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Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to cradle is a very nice method to keep our earth clean. This method tells that we should try to take everything not biodegradable and reuse it in other products. Then, all the other things would be put in a landfill. This all would contribute to the health of the earth.

In my opinion, this is just not going to catch on. If people won't listen now, then when will they listen. This may catch on with some people but not the whole population. It still is a very nice concept though.

Team Work

"Today, on corporate campuses and within university laboratories, psychologists, sociologists and statisticians are devoting themselves to studying everything from team composition to email patterns in order to figure out how to make employees into faster, better and more productive versions of themselves."

"Norms are the traditions, behavioral standards and unwritten rules that govern how we function when we gather: One team may come to a consensus that avoiding disagreement is more valuable than debate; another team might develop a culture that encourages vigorous arguments and spurns groupthink."

"Norms can be unspoken or openly acknowledged, but their influence is often profound."

"Imagine you have been invited to join one of two groups. Team A is composed of people who are all exceptionally smart and successful. When you watch a video of this group working, you see professionals who wait until a topic arises in which they are expert, and then they speak at length, explaining what the group ought to do. When someone makes a side comment, the speaker stops, reminds everyone of the agenda and pushes the meeting back on track. This team is efficient. There is no idle chitchat or long debates. The meeting ends as scheduled and disbands so everyone can get back to their desks. Team B is different. It’s evenly divided between successful executives and middle managers with few professional accomplishments. Teammates jump in and out of discussions. People interject and complete one another’s thoughts. When a team member abruptly changes the topic, the rest of the group follows him off the agenda. At the end of the meeting, the meeting doesn’t actually end: Everyone sits around to gossip and talk about their lives. Which group would you rather join?"

"As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared. First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking'."

Google Team Passage

How do solar panels work?

  • What is light?
  • The flow of photons
  • What are the major physical barriers to using solar cells and modules?
  • Solar energy is unevenly distributed across the planet due to time of day and clouds
  • What are the major social and political barriers to using solar energy?
  • Businesses are trying to keep selling there unhealthy fuels and gases
  • What are most solar cells made from?
  • Silicon
  • Does an electron have a positive or negative charge?
  • Negative
  • How long can solar cells last?
  • They can last for decades
  • Each individual silicon cell puts out how many volts?
  • 1/2 of a volt
  • How efficient are the normal commercial solar cells?
  • 15 to 20%
  • How many people in the world don’t have access to a reliable electric grid?
  • Over 1 billion people

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Can 100% renewable energy power the world

This TedEd goes over the lesson of energy and what the heck were gonna do to make more of it. The video goes over the 2 most used forms of energy; liquid fuels and electricity. In the end it tells the listeners that it may take a long time but if we keep trying harder, we will find an efficient non-renewable energy source.

Throughout the video, I learned more and more about how hard it is to find an energy source. Also, I really enjoyed the charts and information they gave. All in all, it was a great video.

What's next in 3D printing

Ari tells the listeners of the enhancements of 3D printing. There are 2 main points that Ari gets across. He tells us that a 3D printer doesn't care what shape you want it to make, rudimentary or not. Secondly, he says that he doesn't think that 3D printing is making us lose our ingenuity because we are still compiling great ideas and making useful products.

From what I heard from the talk, I for one am on board with his idea. 3D printing is making our generation smarter and creating more technological opportunities. Ari really hit the nail right on the head.

Where good ideas come from

Steven Jackson takes on the task of trying to explain where good ideas come from. He breaks down to 2 parts; the slow hunch ideas and the connective slow hunch ideas. Then he explains some environments that are good to find good ideas in.

I agree with his statements 100%. He goes so in depth and has so much evidence that you kinda have to believe what he is saying. He also has the examples of the great idea of the internet which wrapped the whole thing up.

TedTalk Summary

Amanda Duckworth in the TedTalk informs the listeners of her past. One of her jobs was a teacher in a public school. What she saw in that school was that different people with different IQs were getting the opposite of what there IQs were. She tracked down the solution, and it was the children's work ethic. After this fact arose, Amanda took her children on field trips to many places to show them the work ethics of other people. Eventually, she came to the point that your work ethic is everything. In my opinion, she is 100% on point. If you have good work ethic, you can become stronger and learn from your mistakes easier. In conclusion, I think I have grit, but I would love as much as I can get. I believe I got my grit from my mom and my dad. They are both hard working people who would do anything to keep our family stable and in good health.

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