Recently, as you may or may not know a small group of us, Paul Kelly, Haifa Al Rasheed and myself have kicked off CreativeMornings Dubai.
What I love about the CreativeMornings adventure is that it is an hour long, in the morning, hyper focused around the creative community and monthly. Time, topic and format are 3 huge issues in my book and things that have prevented me from attending other events.
What is also interesting about the CreativeMornings organisation is they are fully aware that others might look at what they are doing and say hey great idea but I want to go it alone so they are happy to say look, listen and create!
Marcus Smith at Innerfight has done just that and created his own monthly speaking series, at 8am on the last Thursday of the month.
InnerTalks kicked off on Jan 29th in Dubai. A huge thanks to all who attended the event.
Below is the audio file of the talks which is also available as a podcast download in itunes and also on stitcher. The video versions of the talks will be live very soon and will appear on this page.
InnerTalks will be held on the final Thursday of each month at InnerFight from 8am-9am. We invite anyone who would like to speak to contact us so we can schedule your talk, talks can be on any subject of your choice and can last for up to 10 minutes or even just 60 seconds. We really encourage everyone to share their experiences and learning in the attempt to inspire and motivate others around us. Please now mail us if you would like to talk at a future InnerTalks event.
I love the idea of sharing ideas and creating a mechanism to do so.
I hope we see more hyper-local sharing events in Dubai.
For several years I have been giving intermittent thought to how it is that some ideas seem to stick and others don’t.
As an educator I like to think that I get to play in the ideas sandbox trying to theoretically and practically understand the mechanism of idea uptake.
There are many people thinking about what it takes to get ideas to stick from brands to governments, educationalists to parents.
In the process we are fortunate to have thousands of physical and virtual pages written trying to understand what makes people go in one direction, when it comes to the adoption and internalisation of ideas and not another.
Lately I have been spending a lot of time considering the communication process and the way that system interacts with the audience to influence their thinking.
I have been asking why one person’s story might be more convincing than another’s.
What I keep coming back to is how fast the person sharing the idea or presenting the facts or telling the story is going about the task. How much time is being spent to seed the idea?
In my own words I call this the freeze/thaw effect.
I was watching a presentation by Robert Redford on the changes at the Sundance Film Festival and it would seem that Mr. Redford is describing some of the issues associated with freezing and thawing ideas!
There is a lot in this clip, the piece that really applies to what I am talking about is at 24 minutes.
There is a lot more to be said about ideas and how we get them to go from being talk to action to something larger but there is no doubt in my mind it all begins with the tenacity to slow down the delivery and allow those being communicated with to discover their own enthusiasm.
There is a lot going on in this part of the world, the Middle East, and all that seems to make the news is death, destruction and conflict.
OK, sure there is a bit of coverage of the good side of the Middle East, which is truth be told most of the region, but that coverage of the majority is pretty much eclipsed by the death destruction and conflict of the minority.
Which brings me to the radio show I do with the folks over at Triplew.me that spotlights the best in indie music from the Middle East.
Yes there is Indie music in the Middle East and it is worth listening to.
This week we played 6 tunes.
Against the Odds – The Boxtones
Healer Twins – gelino axali
Jay Wud -Low
Gnawa Diffusion – Ya Laymi
Salma – Monodose – Un Verre Chez Nous
Postcards – Where The Wild Ones
Of course there is a lot of fun conversation along the way.
-way better than the 1st gen, sorry to those who bought!
The Good The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch delivers an improved design, better notifications, a heart rate monitor, and basic fitness tracking offer a lot of extras. It’s water-resistant, too.
The Bad Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung phones; camera is an unnecessary extra for the $100 it costs over the Gear 2 Neo.
The Bottom Line Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you’re better off waiting for Android Wear.
Talko, developed by software legend Ray Ozzie is a coworking and communication app attempting to reinvent the phone call. It falls in the same genre as popular online tools like Slack and HipChat, but unlike those chat-based platforms, it relies heavily on vocal interactions. It’s also mobile based—for now. (A web component is coming soon.) The app allows for calls, texts, and pictures between groups and individuals all happening in the same stream instantaneously and simultaneously. Most importantly, it records all messages. If someone isn’t available, he can chime in or catch up on a conversation when it’s convenient. Participants can flag important moments in meetings or messages, so a late-comer doesn’t have to listen to three hours of audio to get to the important part. “It allows voice to be decorated and annotated just like other data types can be decorated or annotated on the web,” Talko cofounder Matt Pope told Fast Company.
WhatsApp has crossed another milestone number, with founder Jan Koum announcing that the messaging service now has more than 700 million active monthly users.
That’s 250 million more users than WhatsApp had in February 2014, when Facebook announced plans to buy it for $19 billion. (The deal closed in October, with Koum taking a Facebook board seat and continuing to run WhatsApp.)
This Polaroid-branded parachute camera shows just how obsessed we have become with picture taking. This year’s CES is packed with cameras to capture every corner of the world—camera devices that go underwater, strap to our heads and attach to drones. Just strap on a paracute and start shooting.
Cool story about becoming a game designer, sort of!
30 million just doesn’t seem like a lot of money these days http://www.inc.com/graham-winfrey/why-these-entrepreneurs-turned-down-30-million-from-mark-cuban.html?cid=sf01002 All that glitters is not gold