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The Games of Our Lives

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

Welcome to the latest generation of computer games. They don't so much help you escape reality as insert you back into it at a different angle.

WATCH: 6 Insanely Popular TED Talks To Make 2014 The Best Year Of Your Life

TEDTalks | Posted 03.05.2014 | TED Weekends

insanely popular ted talksTo kick off the New Year, TEDWeekends is proud to present a compilation of six insanely popular TED Talks from our 2013 programming. These talks inspired a tremendous amount of engagement from our community last year, and each one provides valuable insight that will help you get the most out of life in 2014.

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school. Employers, however, often cite communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, ingenuity, innovation, and risk-taking as the most sought after skills in new hires.

Can Playing Video Games Make You a Better Parent?

Monica J. Vila | Posted 11.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Monica J. Vila

How do you know if you're a good parent? There are some markers along the way to give you an idea of your grade -- such as whether your kids are good, caring friends; whether they work hard in school; and whether they are supportive members of the family.

It's Not a Game: It's Gamification

Rajat Paharia | Posted 11.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Rajat Paharia

I don't think that even Jane would argue that JtCS was fun, and it wasn't meant to be. It was meant to drive a behavior change both in Jane and the people that she "played" with, to help them address the reality of her brain-injured life.

Life Is a Game, Play Without Regret

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 11.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Ryan Williams

I was sad, my ex-husband was sad, our three children were sad. Divorce is the very definition of trauma. A bomb explodes in the middle of your life and you're left, shell-shocked, wondering what in the hell happened. How did we get here?

We Need More Games in Schools

Ali Carr-Chellman | Posted 11.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Ali Carr-Chellman

Can gaming really revolutionize the way we understand learning, the culture of schools, and how to reach unreachable kids? I think so.

Making Our Schools "SuperBetter" With GBL

Michael Levine | Posted 09.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Michael Levine

Is GBL a transformative way to deepen instruction and build new habits for life-long learning? Or will it go the way of many past reforms, with many practitioners taking "old wine" and placing it in "new bottles"?

Are Love, Money and Glory Building Blocks to a Better World?

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 09.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Giovanna Mingarelli

Who will take charge in providing people with the incentives they need to change the world?

Living Your life Without Regrets: Gamifying Health and Well-being

Danya Braunstein | Posted 09.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Danya Braunstein

Many adults view gaming as a waste of time, when they could be achieving other goals. The polemic about gaming is driving these two very different attitudes towards gaming: those who are pro-gaming and those who are anti-gaming.

8 Ways Violent Games Are Bad for Your Kids

Laura St. John | Posted 09.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura St. John

The thought of my little boys picking up a gun to shoot someone is not only disgusting, it teaches them to disrespect life. What if that could carry over to their own life or others?

"What Would You Do With Ten Extra Years of Life?" Think About It

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 09.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Wouldn't it be interesting to know if people who are dying might have many fewer regrets if they had started their lives answering those questions?

The Game Is You: Adding Years to Your Life

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 09.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Did you notice that McGonigal's talk is titled, "The game that can give you 10 extra years of life"? It doesn't say, "The game that will give you 10 extra years of life." There's a big difference between "can" and "will."

The Rise of the Developer-Poet

Kate Edwards | Posted 09.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Edwards

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe generational change will come, and games will secure their place as yet another part of the human experience.

Four Games to Make You Happier, Healthier Now

Meghan Ventura | Posted 09.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Meghan Ventura

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWant more resilience-building, life-lengthening games after watching Jane McGonigal's TEDTalk? In addition to McGonigal's own SuperBetter, here's four games to put a smile on your face and help you push your personal limits further than you imagined.

Let's Not Forget That Beyond Gaming, There's Life

Maggie Jackson | Posted 09.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maggie Jackson

While briefly using my daughter's laptop, I was taken aback to see slightly off-target word suggestions flashing above my prose -- the work of her school software. How often had an algorithm's choice eclipsed a moment of potential student musing?

Can Video Games Alter Society.. in a Good Way?

Tom Chatfield | Posted 09.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Tom Chatfield

For some, the right kind of play can spell the difference between becoming part of something, and the lifelong feeling that they're not meant to take part. Why is this?

WATCH NOW: What Gamers Can Teach Us

Jane McGonigal | Posted 09.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Jane McGonigal

2013-09-05-JaneMcGonigal_2012Gstageshot.jpgIt was the strangest thing. A gasp went up in the audience. Just when I was finding the courage to discuss the darkest moment in my life, we were literally plunged into darkness together.

Visitors of Social Networks: Media, Mindnets and Gaming, Oh My!

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

For any of us who are experiencing the "paraphernalia with which to communicate" in the 21st century, the question "Is anybody really listening?" could expand to include, "Is anybody really understanding what they are listening to?"

Leveling Up Religion

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Reality is the world after the fall and games are offering one of the few glimpses of the new Eden -- a place where people find meaning and purpose, a world of global cooperation, a community where epic healing can happen.

Can Gamers Save the World?

Kate Gale | Posted 04.19.2013 | Technology
Kate Gale

A relationship with a person involves presence. If you don't believe me, try raising kids by Skype or phone or email. Obviously, it wouldn't work. If you want to have a relationship with your kids or as an adult kid with your parents, you have to commit to presence.

What If You Only Had A Few Months To Live?

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 03.06.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Ellen Niver

You never know what will happen next but most of us do not spend our days and our time doing the things we most want to accomplish. Chores and responsibilities get in the way until we are faced with a reason to focus on our priorities.

What Can We Learn From Near-Death Choices

June Cohen | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
June Cohen

2012-11-29-riceliaspullFew of us come face-to-face with death in such a clear and present way as Ric Elias, who was on board Flight 1549 when it crash-landed on New York's Hudson River four years ago.

Video Games Can Actually Be Good for Kids

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.18.2012 | Parents
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I went to the NACAC kick-off talk, in spite of concerns that the topic was not exactly "my cup of tea." After all, video games, such as World of Warcraft, Angry Birds and Tetris, are kids' stuff, right?

Call Me, Maybe? 9 Images For Prayer Beyond A Phone Call

Lisa Hickman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Prayer is listening as much as talking, stillness more than chattiness. A phone call is anything but silence. But those seasoned in the practice of prayer know that "listen" is "silent" rearranged.