27 December 2016

Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers

Some key points about talking to strangers:

  • It helps us build a sense of connectedness
  • Liberation comes from connecting to individuals
  • Strangers often "get" us simply because we do not expect them to read our minds and so we explain the details to them
  • We can safely open up to people with whom we will have no further interactions with
  • There is joy in "fleeting intimacy" 

Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers


It is funny to hear someone lecture other people on talking to strangers. Funny to me because my parents have done this my whole life, and so I have too. Just as Stark encourages connectivity with strangers, I can also attest to learning some wonderful fascinating things about people and the world by talking to strangers.

13 December 2016

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers

"Learning about the natural world is one thing; learning from the natural world -- that's the switch," Benyus says. She shares many experiences she has had in teaching engineers to learn from nature.

She asks:

  1. How does life create things? (Life does not "heat, beat and treat")
  2. How does life make the most of things? (Life gives information to matter)
  3. How does life make things disappear in a system? (Because life deals with systems, not things)


Janine Benyus: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers