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Ngrams, Applesauce and Billions of WordsMatthew Gray

Posted by Maura Welch June 23, 2013 06:17 PM

Ever wonder what all those words in all those books might be good for? Google has an app for that.

In this TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Google software engineer Matthew Gray discusses learning about culture, technology, language and even applesauce when you use the Google Books Ngram Viewer. Watch as he demonstrates several breakthrough projects now possible with a tool that can analyze billions of words from hundreds of years of books.

Words, they’re not just for reading anymore!

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

An Ultra Low Energy LifestyleStephanie Horowitz

Posted by Maura Welch June 23, 2013 05:57 PM

Where and how we live have always spoken volumes about who we are. In this TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Stephanie Horowitz, an Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, shows how our homes and lifestyle choices offer a unique opportunity to express our environmental values. Stephanie presents a project in Brookline, MA that, through thoughtful design, detailing, and construction, achieves a 70-80% reduction in energy use and carbon footprint, relative to conventional new homes.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Ngrams, Applesauce and Billions of Words | Matthew Gray

Posted by Maura Welch June 23, 2013 02:17 PM

Ever wonder what all those words in all those books might be good for? Google has an app for that.

In this TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Google software engineer Matthew Gray discusses learning about culture, technology, language and even applesauce when you use the Google Books Ngram Viewer. Watch as he demonstrates several breakthrough projects now possible with a tool that can analyze billions of words from hundreds of years of books.

Words, they’re not just for reading anymore!

An Ultra Low Energy Lifestyle | Stephanie Horowitz

Posted by Maura Welch June 23, 2013 01:57 PM

Where and how we live have always spoken volumes about who we are. In this TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Stephanie Horowitz, an Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, shows how our homes and lifestyle choices offer a unique opportunity to express our environmental values. Stephanie presents a project in Brookline, MA that, through thoughtful design, detailing, and construction, achieves a 70-80% reduction in energy use and carbon footprint, relative to conventional new homes.

Improving Nutrition on a Global ScaleGeoff von Maltzahn

Posted by Maura Welch June 14, 2013 04:50 PM

When could society tackle the twin epidemics of starvation and obesity? 50 years? 100 years? What about today?

Geoff von Maltzahn from Flagship VentureLabs explains how their team harnessed the power of technology, biology, and economics to launch Pronutria- a company that takes a system approach to the twin crises of malnutrition and is developing a new solution with the potential to improve nutrition globally in a sustainable, cost-effective way. By identifying the best proteins in food and designing low-cost, low-input methods of producing these proteins– all without requiring arable land, Pronutria could provide essential protein nutrition to every person on Earth with only a piece of land the size of Rhode Island.

Geoffrey von Maltzahn, PhD, is an award winning biological engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, a Principal in Flagship VentureLabs, and a founder of multiple biotech companies including Pronutria, Seres Health, and Sienna Labs.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Ending Malnutrition on a Global ScaleGeoff von Maltzahn

Posted by Maura Welch June 14, 2013 04:49 PM

When could society solve the twin epidemics of starvation and obesity? 50 years? 100 years? What about today?

Geoff von Maltzahn from Flagship VentureLabs explains how his team harnessed the power of technology, biology, and economics to launch Pronutria- a company that takes a system approach to the crises of malnutrition with the potential to end it in a sustainable, cost-effective way. By identifying the best proteins in food and designing low-cost, low-input methods of producing these proteins all without requiring arable land, Pronutria could provide essential nutrition to every person on Earth with only a piece of land the size of Rhode Island. So what are we waiting for?

Geoffrey von Maltzahn, PhD, is an award winning biological engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, a Principal in Flagship VentureLabs, and a founder of multiple biotech companies including Pronutria and Seres Health.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Improving Nutrition on a Global Scale | Geoff von Maltzahn

Posted by Maura Welch June 14, 2013 12:49 PM

When could society tackle the twin epidemics of starvation and obesity? 50 years? 100 years? What about today?

Geoff von Maltzahn from Flagship VentureLabs explains how their team harnessed the power of technology, biology, and economics to launch Pronutria- a company that takes a system approach to the twin crises of malnutrition and is developing a new solution with the potential to improve nutrition globally in a sustainable, cost-effective way. By identifying the best proteins in food and designing low-cost, low-input methods of producing these proteins– all without requiring arable land, Pronutria could provide essential protein nutrition to every person on Earth with only a piece of land the size of Rhode Island.

Geoffrey von Maltzahn, PhD, is an award winning biological engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, a Principal in Flagship VentureLabs, and a founder of multiple biotech companies including Pronutria, Seres Health, and Sienna Labs.

Finding the Thrill in Your LifePhil Klein

Posted by Maura Welch June 13, 2013 04:43 PM

It’s easy to get lost in the mess of life. But, it can also be easy to rid your life of that mess.

Phil Klein, a cultivator of community and a business intelligent consultant for Microsoft through ProjectLine Services, tries to section his life into three basic categories: 1) What he needs, 2) the dreams he has, and 3) the adventures that make him feel fulfilled. Klein also suggests that none of us can really feel fulfilled without a personal support network.

“I depend upon and rely upon a community of people,” Klein explains. “These dreams and adventures are not solitary activities,” Klein explains.

Join Klein in his insightful TEDxBeaconStreet talk as he explores what is means to feel happy in your life, how an entire community can be full of heroes, and your own light can shine for so many people in your life.

Klein is a business intelligence consultant for Microsoft through ProjectLine Services and runs an independent consultancy called Pen & Pixel, that builds web databases for clients including Child Care Resources, Senior Services, Philanthropy NW, Crisis Clinic and others.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Finding the Thrill in Your Life | Phil Klein

Posted by Maura Welch June 13, 2013 12:43 PM

Phil Klein: It’s easy to get lost in the mess of life. But, it can also be easy to rid your life of that mess.

A cultivator of community and a business intelligent consultant for Microsoft through ProjectLine Services, Phil Klein tries to section his life into three basic categories: 1) What he needs, 2) the dreams he has, and 3) the adventures that make him feel fulfilled. Klein also suggests that none of us can really feel fulfilled without a personal support network.

“I depend upon and rely upon a community of people,” Klein explains. “These dreams and adventures are not solitary activities,” Klein explains.

Join Klein in his insightful TEDxBeaconStreet talk as he explores what is means to feel happy in your life, how an entire community can be full of heroes, and your own light can shine for so many people in your life.

Klein is a business intelligence consultant for Microsoft through ProjectLine Services and runs an independent consultancy called Pen & Pixel, that builds web databases for clients including Child Care Resources, Senior Services, Philanthropy NW, Crisis Clinic and others.

Journalism and the Commitment to DepthNoah Bierman

Posted by Maura Welch June 10, 2013 06:29 PM

You may have heard that print journalism is a dying art. Well, not if Noah Bierman has anything to do with it.

As a journalist for The Boston Globe, Bierman’s job has taken him on many investigative adventures. But he would argue that the most relevant aspect of print journalism is providing the public with enough information to form intelligent arguments.

In 2012, Bierman helped to cover the Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. The election was greatly fueled by swirls of support and information over social media sites like Twitter, blogs and Facebook. But Bierman believes that no citizens would have been able to take a strong stance for either party without the investigative journalism by The Boston Globe. When Scott Brown launched an attack ad pinning Elizabeth Warren to a massive asbestos case, The Globe sifted through the story and came up with the facts—and resolved to be much more thorough than Twitter could have been.

“This was a case that was two decades long. Enough legal files, I would suspect, to fill this entire room, enough lawyers to fill maybe two more of these rooms, several legal cases. Try tweeting that sort of information,” Bierman explains.

In the age of digital information, this TEDxBeaconStreet talk challenges you to reconsider how you learn about your world and make informed decisions. At the very least, Bierman would like you to stop for a second and think—maybe “old-school journalism” isn’t so outdated after all.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Journalism and the Commitment to Depth | Noah Bierman

Posted by Maura Welch June 10, 2013 02:29 PM

You may have heard that print journalism is a dying art. Well, not if Noah Bierman has anything to do with it.

As a journalist for The Boston Globe, Bierman’s job has taken him on many investigative adventures. But he would argue that the most relevant aspect of print journalism is providing the public with enough information to form intelligent arguments.

In 2012, Bierman helped to cover the Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. The election was greatly fueled by swirls of support and information over social media sites like Twitter, blogs and Facebook. But Bierman believes that no citizens would have been able to take a strong stance for either party without the investigative journalism by The Boston Globe. When Scott Brown launched an attack ad pinning Elizabeth Warren to a massive asbestos case, The Globe sifted through the story and came up with the facts—and resolved to be much more thorough than Twitter could have been.

“This was a case that was two decades long. Enough legal files, I would suspect, to fill this entire room, enough lawyers to fill maybe two more of these rooms, several legal cases. Try tweeting that sort of information,” Bierman explains.

In the age of digital information, this TEDxBeaconStreet talk challenges you to reconsider how you learn about your world and make informed decisions. At the very least, Bierman would like you to stop for a second and think—maybe “old-school journalism” isn’t so outdated after all.

The Power of the TEDx CommunityEiso Vaandrager

Posted by Maura Welch June 8, 2013 11:34 PM

Cleantech expert and curator of TEDxAmsterdam, Eiso Vaandrager , talks about how the TEDx community can push ideas further into action and move from speaking about changing the world, to actually doing it. With the support of an estimated 6-10 million TEDx-ers around the world, TEDx  have the potential to spark something incredible.

Here is Eiso at the top of Mt. Everest – proudly wearing his TEDxBeaconStreet Ideas in Action t-shirt!

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Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Want to get Ahead? Go to Sleep.David Randall

Posted by Maura Welch June 8, 2013 10:22 PM

David Randall is a journalist, speaker and educator who came to the subject of sleep after walking into a wall while sleepwalking. That painful experience spurred him to write the bestselling book “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.” David gives a glimpse of his findings after that fateful night and ultimately shows that the key to success, sleep, is still a grand mystery waiting to be solved.

David Randall earned his BA from the University of California, Riverside and a masters in journalism from New York University, where he has since been an adjunct professor. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

The Power of the TEDx Community | Eiso Vaandrager

Posted by Maura Welch June 8, 2013 07:34 PM

Cleantech expert and curator of TEDxAmsterdam, Eiso Vaandrager, talks about how the TEDx community can push ideas further into action and move from speaking about changing the world, to actually doing it. With the support of an estimated 6-10 million TEDx-ers around the world, TEDx  have the potential to spark something incredible.

Here is Eiso at the top of Mt. Everest – proudly wearing his TEDxBeaconStreet Ideas in Action t-shirt!

foto

 

Want to get Ahead? Go to Sleep | David Randall

Posted by Maura Welch June 8, 2013 06:22 PM

David Randall is a journalist, speaker and educator who came to the subject of sleep after walking into a wall while sleepwalking. That painful experience spurred him to write the bestselling book “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.” David gives a glimpse of his findings after that fateful night and ultimately shows that the key to success, sleep, is still a grand mystery waiting to be solved.

David Randall earned his BA from the University of California, Riverside and a masters in journalism from New York University, where he has since been an adjunct professor. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Attend the Whale SongRoger Payne

Posted by Maura Welch June 3, 2013 01:47 AM

What do whales have to do with pollution? How is pouring DDT down your sink connected to pollution in the ocean and in your body? In this talk from TEDxBeaconStreet Roger Payne, the co-discoverer of the whale song, tells how pollution transfers through mammals, from generation to generation. Having led over 100 expeditions to every ocean and studied every species of large whale in the wild, Payne tells us that pollution is the biggest problem faced by whales. With more than one billion people depending on seafood as their primary source of animal protein, it’s very much our problem too. Do you consider yourself an apex predator? You may after hearing this talk.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Bridging the Civil-Military DivideSherman Teichman

Posted by Maura Welch June 2, 2013 11:47 PM

There is a dangerous and demoralizing division in our society that threatens the concept of both citizenship and the integrity of our nation. Out of 315 million Americans, less than one percent serve in our active military. What are the consequences of this radical imbalance for relationships and understanding at the highest levels of policy? ALLIES was created as a framework to address this societal schism through transformative, experiential education. ALLIES unites the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, West Point, Tufts University, and other liberal arts colleges to influence the trajectories of future leaders on both sides of the Civil-Military divide.

Sherman Teichman is the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in Boston, MA, a pedagogical project in ethical, complexity-embracing, and immersive education to create young global leaders.

 

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

All-Access Billboard PassKatie Morse

Posted by Maura Welch June 1, 2013 11:08 PM

Ever wonder what it’s like on the other side of the Red Carpet? Katie Morse asked the same question. Presenting her idea for a TedX Adventure, Katie outlines her experience backstage at the Billboard Award Show and what it takes to create one of the biggest spectacles on Earth.

Katie Morse is an NH-born, NC-bred marketer with 10+ years of experience in the music and tech industries.  She’s worked with companies including PAETEC (now Windstream), Radian6, AEI Media (Drum & Bass Arena, UKF, Get Darker), and currently runs Billboard’s social media.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

The Happiest Conference on EarthMario Chamorro

Posted by Maura Welch June 1, 2013 10:33 PM

Mario Chammorro takes us through the experience of TEDx New Haven April 2012, a conference themed on happiness. Holding true the belief that happiness is the key factor to generating social change, Mario engaged every member of the TEDx New Haven Audience.  Each member was asked to contribute their idea to make the world a happier place. These ideas were compiled into a book titled A Million Ways for a Happier World which was distributed online and in print around the world.

Mario Chamorro was born next to an active volcano in Pasto, Colombia. He has held several positions on Wall Street, worked as an energy consultant in Boston, and organized anti-corruption programs in Colombia. He spoke twice in TEDxBogota, TEDxLionRock in Hong Kong have attended several TEDx events, and was part of the TEDxSummit Qatar in April.  He also is an organizer for TEDxNewHaven, TEDxLionRock and a TEDxSalon in Bogota.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

An Adventure Could Change Your LifeArthur Zards

Posted by Maura Welch June 1, 2013 07:25 PM

TEDx Adventures are changing the way we interact with our world, and with each other, in the spirit of making learning engaging and tactile. Arthur Zards organized an adventure of his own, and quickly realized that this could be something big.

Zards organized an Adventure to Argonne National Laboratory to tour the facility and take a look at one of the world’s largest super computers, but there are so many types of adventures one could take. Zard’s advice? Try something new. You never know where it will lead.

Arthur Zards is the co-founder and President of XNet Information Systems, a leader in advanced information systems in Naperville, IL. Zards also curates TEDxNaperville, and hopes to spread some of Chicago’s brightest ideas around the city.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

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