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Archive for September 10th, 2012

What’s planned for Zouk Mikael (Lebanon) this Sept. 12? A special TEDx session?
I have been hearing and reading terms like ‘salon,’ ‘innovation,’ inspiration’ and ‘TEDx’ in the last three years.  Many people are not exposed to these key words, being thrown around and they are not sure what it’s all about?
It’s about conferences being held around the world for ‘ideas worth spreading’. You could read their website but it’s so full of the word ‘TED’ that it just about makes you dizzy, so here’s a quick re-cap of what they do and why you’d want to be involved in their next salon.
I attended many sessions in Awkar at Patsy and Riad apartment and they were energy recharging events. Engaged people discussing freely on topics being screened, in a very relaxed and homey environment

Time Out Editors posted on Aug 27 2012:


The annual TED conference brings together “humble” geniuses, ideas-people, movers and shakers to talk about technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business and development. It’s basically the best day of lectures that your university never gave you.
But it’s not just the conference, there’s kind of TED everything (hence the confusion.) There’s the Talks, which are the video recordings of lectures from the conference that are available to watch online.
Add the Open Translation Programme, and you’ve got yourself the Talks videos in over 40 languages, made almost entirely by volunteer translators.
There’s the Global conference that has a more international spin, and the TEDx program which is what they’ve got going on in Beirut. The ‘x’ programmes are independently and locally run sessions that follow the mantra of the main conference. At the programme, they screen a couple of TED Talks videos followed by group discussions, and often enlist a couple of local minds for live presentations.
This round of TEDxBeirut has roped guest speaker Yorgui Teyrouz for a Q&A following the video screenings.
I read that transportation will be available from Beirut to Zouk Michael. And that’s a great facility: Transportation is not easy in this tiny Lebanon, even with the crowding of all kinds of private cars. Still, you have got to reach Beirut from where you are located.
There’s also a reception after the conference for a spot of networking. The places at TEDxBeirut book up fast, so register now to join this global community of forward-thinking individuals.

Register for Wednesday Sept. 14 session for TEDxBeirutSalon at the Youth and Culture Center, Zouk Mikael. Register here:

“Be the change you wish to see”: Back to TEDxBeirut?

Count on Lebanese to review past event, like the TEDxBeirut that was held in September of last year.  This time around, it is worthwhile a serious recollection of this non-profit project that came through with flying color. It was a great event that required 6 months preparation and the exhausting last month, which prevented two dozens in the board from getting a couple of sleep daily.

A few members in the organizing board had quit secure and well-paying jobs, a few risked being fired by spending work-hours doing something else other than their paying work, a few stacked up phone bills of around a $1,000, and a few shifted the entire focus of their consultancy towards a non profitable project.

I have posted many articles on TEDxBeirut, TEDxRamallah and other sessions…

Note 1: I wish we could get the full translation of the video presentation: It is very hard to listen to the video with the slow internet connection in Lebanon and many regions of the world. In any case, I am the type who enjoy reading and not sit still and listen when in front of computers…

Note 2:

It is Attitude, not ability: Doing math, physics, chemistry…

The proper attitude is to persist in solving a problem.

It doesn’t matter how difficult or complex is a problem: The more you try solving and figuring out various perspectives to tackling the difficulty, angles, and methods…the closer you are in resolving the problem.

With focus and perseverance, acquired in childhood, you reach this critical instant of eureka “Yah! I get it”

I recall that I never had the patience to sit down and solve math or physics exercises and problems. The easy exercises bored me and the difficult problems didn’t receive much focus and attention and energy to try harder: I would jump to the solution section if available…

Sure I understood the concepts and how to proceed, but what counted is exam time were the limited time, the patience to go on …

If your attitude was lousy during the entire semester, it isn’t going to change and make any difference at exam sessions: You are frantic, out of patience, and your mind wants to fly away and give up quickly on challenging problems…

I recall taking relativity and quantum mechanics courses. There were not books available for solutions of problems.  What I could find were books on the history and philosophy of the materials.  I would thoroughly read all these voluminous books, but the main question remained: “Can you solve the problems in the allotted time at exam sessions?

Maybe if I located solving manuals for exercises and problems I might have barely passed these courses from the first time. With this attitude of mine, I would have never been a mathematician or an efficient physicist…

Now, if you give me a 100-item questionnaire to fill, you can bet that no less than 20 questions would be left blank. And if I am required to fill every single question, the blank spaces would shine with utter cynicism and blunt falsehood

In cultures that pragmatically place the highest emphasis on effort and hard work, people are best in solving math problems...

Pragmatic cultures means to actually do and finish any task handed to you, whether you like the task or not…

And the reward? To be recognized by the community as a hard-working members you can be counted on to pursue difficult tasks and responsibilities…

No one who can rise before dawn, 360 days a year, can fail to make his family rich…” This is an idiom in south China around the Pearl River Delta of rice paddies…

These Far Asian cultures are renown for answering every question in lengthy questionnaire. Kind of if you want to know the details of an individual, all you have to do is to provide him with a questionnaire…

Math proficiency in Far Asian culture is high, in spite of lower IQ scores and other aptitude tests. But again, IQ tests are biased by western culture and idiosyncratic mentality

I recall a few of my cousins who were bright in math and in any course they have taken, even history, geography, literature…They would sit down for hours, strong with a pen, a notebook and a ruler…and solve every exercise and problem at the end of every chapter…and every manual with exercises and problems…

I know they could solve the hardest of math or physics problems, but they built this attitude of resolving every minor and simple exercises, as meticulously and clearly as any other harder problem…

You built-in the attitude and let ability and talent follow you throughout your life, and gathering and reaping success and awards on the way…

The Knowledge Is Power program (KIPP Academy) in the south Bronx believes that sustained learning, even in summer time, is the best responses to increasing students’ proficiency in any topic as the new scholar year starts.

School starts at 7.55 am and ends at 5 pm and extends till 7 pm for students engaged in theater, orchestra…

Every day, students have to attend a 90-minutes math course, 90 minutes of English, 25 minutes in reflective thinking (taking all the time necessary to solving a problem, and not just math…). The motto is smile, sit up, listen, ask questions, nod and track with your eyes…(SSLANT)

Note: Topic was inspired by a chapter in one of Malcolm Gladwell books




September 2012

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