Today I presented Chapter 8, “The Small World, Circles and Communities”, from Charles Kadushin’s book Understanding Social Networks (this chapter was one of my favorites). I think we have all used the expression “what a small world” more than once. This chapter helps readers explore the concept in more detail. I have attached a PDF of my presentation (Kadushin’s_small_world) just in case you are interested in finding our more.
In today’s talk, Intel engineer Maria Bezaitis brings up a fascinating point: why is the phrase “don’t talk to strangers” such a part of our cultural zeitgeist?
[ted_talkteaser id=1742] “When we’re at our best, we reach out to people who are not like us because when we do that, we learn,” says Bezaitis, in this talk given at TED@Intel. “In today’s digital world, strangers are quite frankly not the point. The point we should be worried about is how much strangeness are we getting?”
To hear what she means by this, watch the talk. And below, check out more talks on the great things that can happen when we talk to people we don’t already know.
|[ted_talkteaser id=1603]Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers|
Hannah Brencher doesn’t just start casual chats with strangers – she writes them intimate, handwritten letters. In this talk from the TED@NewYork salon…
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Thanks for sharing! I am going to miss following Hadfield’s posts.
Chris Hadfield, on behalf of my comrades here on Earth, we salute your return to terra firma.
While you were cooped up inside the International Space Station as its first Canadian commander from late December 2012 until recently, you submitted several videos to YouTube; videos containing tasks that, if performed here on Earth, would have drawn the nastiest of the nasty YouTube comments based solely on the relatively mundane nature of the things you did in these videos.
BUT! Since you sent them from the International Space Station, everything was exponentially more exciting and interesting. Unsurprisingly, there were still nasty YouTube comments, but no space station in the galaxy can fix that.
Here are your greatest hits, good sir:
You showed us how to cry.
You didn’t actually cry, but you’re manly enough to be okay with crying.
You showed us how to brush our teeth.
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