The concept is simple: every day I record and capture a single second of video—just something interesting about that day. I will compile these tiny slices of my life into a single, continuous video.But what started out as a fun way to chronicle my year off grew quickly into a catalyst that forced me to reevaluate how I approach my day-to-day life. Soon after I started the project, I realized that I couldn’t even spend a couple of days on the couch without detracting from the whole video. Footage of my typical routine was, frankly, boring. The One Second Everyday project has helped me to maintain my creative drive, as I am constantly attempting to capture something noteworthy. It has become a perpetual reminder to wake up and seize the day.
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Imagine you’ve always seen the world in 2D and then one day, BAM! You can see in 3 dimensions. Wouldn’t that be life changing? Now imagine if there was one more “dimension” to add (rest assured, no quantum theory ahead). Wouldn’t you want to consider it as well?
One dimension is more than game-changing. It will rock your perception of the world. It may demystify complex concepts, uncover hidden causes and give you access to information you’ve never knew existed…What kind of dimension I’m talking about? Make it more a “layer” to add up to one’s conception of the world: Networks.
We are very familiar with the power of social networks, of the www or Facebook’s open Graph. But what most of us don’t know is, researchers found these networks not to be that much unique. The same rules organizing today’s WWW (Believe it or not, there are rules! It’s not as chaotic as it may seem) have been observed in other networks ranging from genetic, neural*, electronic, to social organizations.
In his highly interesting book “ Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means”, Barabasi walks us through the time-line of the network science while using a very non-mathematical smooth style. From the Euler Era, father of the Graph theory, to today’s complex economic models, the ultimate take out from the book is to never rule out the Network thinking.
“No matter what organizational level we look at, the same robust and universal laws that govern nature’s webs seem to greet us. The challenge is for economic and network research alike to put these laws into practice”
So, what if everything could be seen as a network? What if adding a new “Network layer” to our thinking process would bring clarity to everything around us and help us uncover the most complex mysteries (the map of life for example)? Let’s think Networks, shall we? What is there to loose anyway?
*Neural networks are being the subject of a multitude of studies. You may want to check this very intriguing TED Talk by Sebastian Seung: I am my connectom.
Disclaimer: Ok, I gotta be honest, it’s a half review since I couldn’t stay till the end although I wished I could!
TEDxCasablanca is the first TEDx event to take place in Morocco. I secretly envied the organizers because the idea was lurking in my head since last May but I just didn’t get the time to think about it seriously. In the end, I’m just glad someone did it! The event, which obviously took place in Casablanca last Saturday, was greatly orchestrated within the calm atmosphere of the Mohammed Sekkat Library. Between the great books and the enlightening insights, we couldn’t but marvel at the beauty of sharing, of openness and of the amazing gift that is the human mind.
What I liked about the event:
What I disliked:
The event started by a brief presentation from the man behind the event. Mr El Ourouba talked about how knowledge has metamorphosed from point to point to multipoint to multipoint thanks to web 2.0 and TED-like communities. He also brought to attention that there are 3 golden rules to grasping knowledge:
1st talk: The power of non domination
Speaker: Mr Driss Alaoui Mdaghri
Main ideas: When we talk about leadership, we are often speaking out of a domination logic. While it could certainly drive success, leadership doesn’t not necessarily lead to happiness nor the happiness of people around us. Success is rather achieving our objectives together, no domination involved.
2nd talk: Identity is diversity
Speaker: Mr Ahmed Ghayet
3rd talk: Morocco 2.0
Speaker: Mr Taieb Debbagh
4th talk: from culture in general, to the documentary in particular
Speaker: Mrs Nezha Drissi
5th talk: I blog, therefore I am
Speaker: Mr Hisham Khribchi
I’m a great fan of Mr Hisham’s work and dedication to a noble cause that is Freedom of speech and human rights. He even was kind enough to grant me an autograph that I’ll cherish along with my Seth Godin and Tariq Ramadan dedicated Books. You must be jealous, I know!
6th talk: DabaTeatr: anchoring here and creating for the long drive (in dialect Arabic)
Speakers: Mr Hisham Khribchi
My adventure with TEDxCasablanca stops here. Kudos to the organizers who brought us an exquisite event that we hope will get only better and better in the upcoming editions.
More details about the speakers can be found on: http://www.tedxcasablanca.com/