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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Thursday, October 12, 2006


I recently came across a series of talks that I want to recommend to you. TED is a yearly conference focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design. Attendance is limited, but the speeches have been filmed and are now being released a few at a time.

Most of these speakers are absolute dynamite. For starters, I recommend Majora Carter, who is leading a grassroots effort to revitalize the South Bronx: revitalize is too tame a term for her presentation.

I've already seen the speeches by Malcom Gladwell, Dan Gilbert, David Deutsch, Eve Ensler, Helen Fisher, Mena Trott, Sir Ken Robinson, David Pogue and Hans Rosling. Many of these people speak from a non-Christian perspective, but the facts and figures they present are very motivational. Highly recommended.

These talks are limited to about 20 minutes each. They are available from http://ted.com/tedtalks/. You can watch or listen to them right in your web brower, or as a podcast in iTunes or on other portable video or audio podcast players.

I suggest that you start with the speech by Majora Carter. It's very definitely worth 20 minutes of your attention.


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