A Beams and Struts TED talk

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TJ Dawe delivering a TED talk

On February 9, 2012, I was a featured speaker at TEDx Manitoba. This talk is nominally the story of Beams and Struts and an explanation of our process, but it's really about all of us, how we can operate in our changing world, and why this is the most exciting time to be alive there's ever been.

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19 comments

  • Comment Link Paul Duke Monday, 05 March 2012 23:05 posted by Paul Duke

    This is bloody fantastic.

  • Comment Link Michael Tuesday, 06 March 2012 00:20 posted by Michael

    That was excellent. I agree with the dichotomy that was described about doing the thing(s) that make you feel the best sometimes are the hardest to get done. Fascinating observation.

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Tuesday, 06 March 2012 01:22 posted by TJ Dawe

    Paul - thanks so much. And when are we going to get a submission from you?

    Michael - I've gotten a lot of feedback from people who've related to that point. This bears further exploration. I've ordered the book Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield, which supposedly addresses this issue. Watch for a future Bricolage or Article...

  • Comment Link Jonathan Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:06 posted by Jonathan

    Excellent talk, beautifully delivered. Great to hear Beams and Struts telling its story to the world!

  • Comment Link Marco V Morelli Tuesday, 06 March 2012 06:29 posted by Marco V Morelli

    Hear, hear!

  • Comment Link Vanessa D. Fisher Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:10 posted by Vanessa D. Fisher

    Congratulations, TJ!

  • Comment Link James Barrow Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:40 posted by James Barrow

    Brilliant - thank you TJ.

  • Comment Link Matthew Wesley Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:38 posted by Matthew Wesley

    Beautiful. Thank you for this. It was not only worthy in its own right but it helps me to be a better member of this community. Cheers.

  • Comment Link Natalia Tuesday, 06 March 2012 18:47 posted by Natalia

    Loved it! Penny from CIES passed this along to us - so happy to see.
    Thank you so much for this piece!

  • Comment Link Pete Strom Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:29 posted by Pete Strom

    Way to go Hitler. ;)
    I loved it.

  • Comment Link Sylvia McQuillan Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:36 posted by Sylvia McQuillan

    Penny Whillans, CIES, shared this site. Congratulations TJ. Your talks are always fascinating. Cheers

  • Comment Link Tracy Tuesday, 06 March 2012 21:57 posted by Tracy

    Uh oh, now you've got me thinking . . .

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Wednesday, 07 March 2012 17:47 posted by TJ Dawe

    Thanks so much for the love, everyone. And I can't express my gratitude enough to the organizers of TEDx Manitoba for bringing me in as a speaker. If not for the assignment, I'd never have written this piece.

    By the way, I just posted a new piece that further explores Richard Rohr's explanation of dualistic thinking, titled Can You Think: http://bit.ly/yfSN5m

  • Comment Link Joanne Thursday, 08 March 2012 00:17 posted by Joanne

    Wonderful...just the right length, and the message was powerful.

  • Comment Link Shelley Thursday, 08 March 2012 21:25 posted by Shelley

    Hi,tj,
    tHAT was awesome,I love your talks,
    its something that says with me thoughout
    the day,
    from Shelley from the Edmonton fringe,

  • Comment Link David MacLeod Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:40 posted by David MacLeod

    Well done, TJ!

    On the subject of "Weapons of Mass Distraction": I was an early adopter of online communication (Prodigy and AOL); I was an early adopter of the Web when it became widely available, and created a number of websites; I have blogged, and I have YouTubed, and I have even created 2 successful online social networks (using the Multiply and Ning platforms).

    However, I have so far not crossed the line over into Facebook, Twitter and "Texting" (no cell phones in my life either).

    I am wondering if I have become a Luddite that will be left in the dust, or have I made a noble stand that will keep me from falling (further)into the abyss?

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Monday, 12 March 2012 21:35 posted by TJ Dawe

    Whenever I meet someone who doesn't have a Facebook account, I'm not sure whether to congratulate them on keeping away from this thing that sucks up many many many hours, or to recommend they get one for the benefits it can offer. Like I say in the talk, Facebook is a research tool for me. It's also a conduit where new ideas come into my awareness. And it's an avenue for me to spread my ideas. According to Google analytics, roughly half of our hits here at Beams come from links posted on Facebook. But damn, can it ever be a black hole sometimes. A lot of the time. Very hard to get off of, even when it's not fun or interesting anymore. Like flipping channels on TV.

  • Comment Link Karla Thursday, 26 April 2012 21:07 posted by Karla

    "...prompting us towards distraction... and argumentativeness."

    No it's not! ...Hey, look, a puppy!

    In all seriousness, great talk, and I loved the last 3 minutes where you suddenly break the scope wide open, and then (politely) challenge the audience to get involved. Excellent way to end!

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Friday, 27 April 2012 03:58 posted by TJ Dawe

    Thanks so much Karla. It's hard for me to put forth a challenge without doing so politely. And there's point in giving such a talk if it can't be applicable to all of us and how we're living our lives.

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