Two wonderfully enlightening TED Talks

Over lunch today I found time to watch a couple of amazing TED talks

The first is by Moshe Safdie, an architect who’s work should be an inspiration to us all.

I spent a number of years working for an architect, in fact as a young teenager I had my heart set on becoming an architect, however by the time it came round to choosing a degree I had discovered a new passion. Nevertheless I’ve always been fascinated by buildings and both the science and the art involved in their construction. Moshe Safdie’s work has long been hailed as both innovative and inspirational, as you listen to him describe four of the projects he’s worked on you’ll get a sense of why!

The second talk is by Howard Rheingold, he talks about about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

It’s a fascinating talk that is filled with remarkable sociological, economic and cultural observations about how as a species we have evolved and are continuing to evolve.