clip: screwing up and other breakthroughs courtesy of the TED Radio Hour

May 11, 2013

So I know you’ve heard about TED Talks. Maybe you’re already a fan. You might even know that the brilliantly distilled title of the video series of talks stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.

Yeah, there’s an app for that or you can go to the TED site or, now, at least if you get Vermont Public Radio on radio or online you can listen to the TED Radio Hour, or subscribe to the NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast . It amplifies and gives a kind of behind-the-scenes treatment of some of the most influential, interesting or popular TED Talks. This episode deals with mistakes via three TED speakers:

  • Brian Goldman, the doctor and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat Black Arts,
  • Brene Brown, who speaks about creativity and shame, and
  • Stefon Harris, a jazz musician.

This is a particularly great show. Mistakes. We’ve all made a few. But once you get beyond the cringe, or the reprimand, or the holy-fuck-i-blew-it-and-no-one-noticed, what is the value of making a mistake, the thing that Samuel Beckett, in 1983’s Worstword Ho, described thusly:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

More generally, TED Radio Hour is a perfect way to ease into TED talks if you haven’t yet. Equally perfect way for TED Talks fans to enjoy them when driving or commuting or otherwise can’t sit and watch the video.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: