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5 Important TED Talks on Cities

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richheap
richheap  
12/2/2013 12:11:39 PM
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Yeah, she's making urban planning and public space cool. Okay, perhaps that's going a bit far, but it's nice to see a human face associated with these things. How many other people in similar roles in other cities could we name off the tops of our heads? Erm... well...

Also, the more I think about these things, the more interesting I find them. Perhaps if I get enough knowledge about these topics then I could use it to improve my own city.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/2/2013 11:55:00 AM
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Really interesting points, Rich. I hadn't considered that.

In addition to having a Commissioner who knows how to dress, the DOT has done a very good job of showing off its hard work and human side. I recently started following their instagram account, and it's cool the way they're using social media to promote their work and generate excitement around things like bus lanes and other streetscape elements that typical citizens think of as boring, and as things that just appear out of the blue.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/2/2013 11:33:59 AM
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PeterJ: That's awesome. I was just thinking about getting an Apple TV and was wondering if the TED app will work through that. I need to look into it. I'm having so much fun with the TED iPhone app, and it would be great to get it to work on the TV as well.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/2/2013 10:23:47 AM
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Your point speaks to mine, @Rich. NYC is known as one of the world's design capitals, full of top talent in a range of professions. IMO, this is why bike-share works here and not so much elsewhere. New York has the slickest, most talented, and trendiest in the urban planning sector. Not that other cities don't have top  planning talent too; but it's part of the brand in NYC.

richheap
richheap  
12/2/2013 4:11:57 AM
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@Nicole: Her dress may seem like a small point, but it's one worth making. How often do citizens think of traffic engineering and urban planning as the preserve of stuffy, middle-aged bureaucrats in bad shirts? I'd suggest it's quite common that people have an image of city planners as faceless people stuffed away in some corner of city hall. It's an unfair image and, if it takes Sadik-Khan's dress to show that isn't always the case, then so be it. Apparently small points like that could encourage more people to consider this as a career.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
11/30/2013 9:07:35 PM
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Jjust as an aside to the wealth of informative talks on TED, I learned that ROKU has an app for TED tv watching. It is really the greatest way to enjoy and view these videos, old and new, and the perspective they bring to societal challenges- especially cities.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
11/30/2013 9:01:44 PM
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Mary, I think many of us outside of NYC, but interested in the city, are also waiting to see how well the transition in administrations takes place and how mayor DeBlasio leads.

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
11/30/2013 8:10:26 PM
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The only time a scary statement is heeded is when a critical mass of people believe in the authority of the speaker.  Not sure this was the case with him.

On the positive side, I recalled this TED Talk with Hans Rosling. If there's one skill I'd like to have besides writing and singing country music, it would be studying macro change and communicating it through amazing charts and graphics. This guy's a stud.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 7:53:38 PM
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"And yes, a great outfit! Also, very much typical of New York."

You'll typically find her wearing black (except the day we shot video with her, when she broke character and wore white). Very New York, indeed.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 7:52:34 PM
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Hmm, really good points, hrfreeman. Speaking in platitudes, particularly on a subject like this, may appeal to the converted; but we really need to get naysayers on board, and that won't happen without specifics and data to back it up. Like you, I don't really need convincing, but others do and won't be persuaded by grand, scary statements.

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