TED video roundup: Culture talks

Culture describes the way we live and think. In this latest video roundup we immerse ourselves in Lego, find beauty in the sounds around us and change lives with a garden spade…

Dan Schonhaar (Volunteer 2015-16)

Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups

Dan says, “I loved this talk because, as well as speaking to my inner Lego geek, it speaks volumes about geek culture. You can tell that Hillel is super enthusiastic about his hobby and his enthusiasm comes across as a really light, entertaining talk that gets you pumped to go home and build some Lego.

It really got me thinking about little geeky subcultures and just how extreme they can get. As a beer geek, I know exactly how he felt when he talked about going to a Lego convention for the first time and seeing just how geeky some enthusiasts get about whatever it is.”

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Pete Clark (Volunteer 2014-15, organiser 2016)

Meklit Hadero: The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds

Pete says, “Many times I’ve found myself nodding along to imagined music that’s been sparked by some random sound I’ve heard. It could be the rhythmic creak of a bridge I’m walking over, an apple rolling off a table and bouncing on the ground or something I can’t even identify. This captivating talk by singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero gives some nice insight into why this happens.”

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Tim Whitemore (Volunteer 2014-16)

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Tim says, “Ron Finley paints a depressing picture of his neighbourhood in South Central LA. Endemic obesity is just one of the deep rooted social problems in a community dominated by liquor stores, fast food outlets and derelict land. Fed up of driving 45 minutes to buy an apple free from pesticides he formed a guerrilla gardening group to plant vegetables in public spaces with produce free for all.

This social project has drawn in children, homeless people and youth on a track to nowhere. Participants are building a connection with real food, developing a sense of empowerment and transforming their outlook.

This is a tale of sheer will-power – a struggle for self-determination. As Ron puts it “To change the composition of a community you have to change the soil. We are the soil”.

As a recent convert to allotment gardening I recognise the truth in Ron’s message and hope others will also be inspired by his talk.”

Follow Tim at @TimWhitemore