terça-feira, 6 de julho de 2010

Animations are as great as these talks at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

The first animation I've got to see by RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) came to me through a tweet by @renatalemos (thanks, Renata!). It was "Smile or Die", a critical reflection by Barbara Ehrenreich about positive thinking (or willful ignorance). I found it to be a piece of rare, straight, realist thinking (video below).

Another thought-provoking talk and animation is this: "Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us". Food for thought for whoever is in Social Web:

In "The Secret Powers of Time", "professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world". The second half of the talk will appeal deeply to educators:

... and there are many others - animations or plain talks (but the animation is definitely a plus). You might want to check other RSA short films in their YouTube channel. RSA, together with TED, is a great source of interesting stuff on the Web.

Among the non-animation talks, I choose to point to one still to happen (July 13, 2010) at the time of this post: "The Woolwich Model - How citizens can tackle anti-social behaviour". Are your executive/representative candidate dealing with this issue? (Are you?) (An initiative worth mentioning in Brazil regarding this is WikiCrimes).