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SDG 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities- Ted talks

The above Youtube video puts together the highlights of 5 excellent TED talks on SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. The links to the full TED talks are as follows:

The common understanding among these speakers is that the world’s problems like poverty and global warming are problems created by cities, especially those that grow too rapidly.

I want to share this Youtube video because the place where I live in, Tokyo, despite its safety and punctual trains, has few assets for community building. Nearly all public spaces where people can go to to meet other people have been taken over for housing and commercial buildings. The malls are almost the only public places left where people can gather freely. However, these are not places for spending a quiet day. Houses are too small to invite guests, only very close family and friends. So people meet in restaurants, cafes or on the street. Although many people live in Tokyo, many of them spend almost all their time working in the office, commuting and then go home only to login to their favorite SNS, clean up and sleep.

I have been reading up about SDG 11 in the hope that I can find something I can do to help improve cities and urban living. This is a topic that I plan to share more information through this blog.

Goodnight !

IT Culture

TED Talks

Example of an inspiring TED talk

The above video from is one of thousands of inspiring talks given by expert speakers that anyone can view on the internet (Youtube as well). This particular video has transcripts in 39 other languages, provides a reading list and footnotes (references and notes) for interested listeners who want to explore further into the subject.

A TED talk that is particularly inspiring, by Marianna Pascal.

TED talks not only inform but I also find them thought-provoking. The above talk by M. Pascal touches on an issue that many non-native English learners face – fear of using wrong vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Pascal’s advice is to focus on communicating well rather than on speaking English like a native speaker.

TED talks are short and to the point, characteristics that are welcome to listeners on the internet. Speaking for myself, I find myself fast-forwarding a video if I get bored. Unlike live talks, we have control over time not the speaker. In some ways, this is similar to reading a book – skip when the content does not keep one’s attention. I prefer to have this freedom whenever little new information is provided above my previous experience and training. Of course, if I think I have missed something important I can return to the skipped sections. Probably my behavior is not uncommon among people who have a digital (instead of analog) style towards receiving information.

I will end here.