What does learning from others mean?
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    Learning from others is a very important question nowadays. Let’s take the situation of the world as it is. It is called postcolonial world. What does it mean to say that our world is considered postcolonial? It means that learning does not come from one single culture or language. One easy way of characterizing the colonial situation is to say that you have, in a colonial situation, some kind of imperial language which is supposed to be the language of the learning, the language of the beautiful, the language of truth, etc.
    Everybody else needs to learn that language, as it is the imperial language, the language of the truth. To say that we are in a world which is postcolonial is that you have total equivalence of culture and languages. And this is a situation in which one can say that you can learn god knows what from god knows who. In other words, learning becomes a radically symmetrical situation encounter. You learn in a symmetrical situation that encounter is learning, in other words encounter is truth. In other words, you are able to step out of your comfort zone, your understanding, your own perspective of the world in order to embrace a different perspective.

    If you are precisely in a situation of understanding what it means that one language in the world is one language among others, one language among other equivalent languages. And, this is why this world is both plural, really diverse world, and also one world. And, hopefully, having such an attitude, adopting such a posture of understanding what it means to learn from others in a situation of radical symmetry is going to teach us some fundamental truth about our time - what it means to be living in a global world.

    We talk about globalization, but when we talk about globalization what it means mainly is that you have all these financial fluxes and fluxes of goods, etc. What does it mean for us, as human beings to learn to inhabit one single world? It means to inhabit it with our differences and at the same time multiply the richness of such a world by precisely learning how to live together, which means how to get from each other the richness of this world, and the multiplicity of perspectives. So, learning from others would mean one world, but one diverse world.


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What Is Citizen Journalism?
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    In the age of social media, everyone has access to the basic instruments in order to become a journalist, without any skills or background. Recent events and the development of terrorism are relevant examples for the way news travel and how any person could be the one who is going to break the next major news. Therefore, this video informs us about the growth of non-traditional journalism and how it crossed into mainstream.

    "So today I will be talking about the rights of citizen journalism in terms of it's effect on print journalism, it's effect on young people, and also it's effect on media in general. The right of citizen journalism I think really started, and is connected with the right of social media. The concept of being able to to be at a place and event of, you know, a fire, a war zone or anything lie that and being able to take a picture, or tweet it or have some kind of input on the event. And has meant that now people can go to twitter above and beyond going to news websites, or any kind of agency where they used to go before to get their news, now Twitter is the place to break news. This effect on the media in terms of the print media has been great, great as in large, rather than great as in a good thing. People now seem to see Twitter as being the authoritative voice  in terms of breaking news, and it is of course though a double-edged sward with far more access to journalism in terms of citizen  journalism, we also get far less authoritative or traditional framework to put events. To take an example, the Boston bombings, the bombings at the Boston Marathon. That actually caused quiet a stir on the social media in terms of one suspect was named and basically trialled online, you know, the trial by the masses, before there be any fact-checking , or any kind of real media actual proper inquiry, and it was the wrong person. And this of course is going to be a problem if one has the equal share in what the news is. I think in that sense citizen journalism is causing a real decline in analysis, being able to break the news first doesn't mean you're able to bring the news best (...) "


How to answer a big question in a short talk?
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    Michael Rickwood shows few simple steps so as to make a short speech powerful.

    There’s time and effort needed to make a long speech short and a short speech great. To illustrate this, Michael Rickwood takes us through different steps so as to polish our talks in a way to engage our audience. First, come with a purpose for your talk, a clearly defined question that you aim to answer with your talk. Then the following principles of ‘hours, minutes and seconds’ will help you to master the art of a great WikiTalk. The hours represent the time spent on preparing your speech, from the initial brainstorming of ideas, to coming up with answers to your big questions ending up with a clear structure to facilitate communication with the audience. The minutes is the time of rehearsal which would make you ready for the speech without the need of using notes or reading out from a paper. Then, there are the seconds, the moment of truth on the stage when your speech shouldn't feel like a performance but rather a conversation with your audience.If you can combine all of these in your speech, the success is guaranteed.

    “Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers” Voltaire

    "It's gotta feel like a story, and not like a lecture. Now story, by definition, is a journey full of twists and turns written with character and conflict."

    “A great talk is dynamite”



How great leaders inspire action
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    Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.