A business partner last night said “I don’t wake up and turn on my phone, or watch TV, or check email right away. I try to keep it simple… ” he said as several of us waxed rhapsodic of the pre-pocket tech and internet days and how teenagers patterns know no other world. But yet he continued, “OK, well that’s not true, I do get my morning dose of TED for inspiration”.
Its just one more to add to the many morning intake mediums. People seeking personal philosophical guidance in the morning through religion, scripture, reading a story, meditation, prayer, mind-body engagement or quiet time. People seeking temporal context in morning news TV, newspaper, internet and feeds, websurfing (can I still use that term?), tablet time. People seeking social engagement with morning coffeee at the diner with the guys/gals, spouse or/and kid quality time, the facebook rise-and-shiner, or other social media digests. People seeking inspiration in either of the above
Personally, I have yet to ever find my morning ritual and I bounce in different mediums. Sometimes, its playing trains or toys or some activity with the family when we get a good rhythm going that morning, sometimes it is tablet browsing when feeling curious on various news or video feeds, sometimes it is mindless TV news digestion, and probably more rare than I should, sometimes it is outside quiet time in a run, bike, walk, or reading or whatnot. Other times, the day gets going to fast, and there is no interstitial time, and an east coast call to this mountain time zone starts right up.
Though, I haven’t found my rhythm, but over the last partial decade here are a few of the greatest TED hits I’ve tweeted out as greatest hits and found inspirational :
Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your world-view (Jun 2007)
Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations (July 2011)
TEDxUofM – Jameson Toole – Big Data for Tomorrow (May 2011)
Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles” (Mar 2011)
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud (Feb 2013)