This Father’s Day, Schneiders is celebrating dads everywhere with this heartwarming film about traditions.

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Creative Credits:
Advertising Agency: john st., Toronto, Canada

Executive Creative Directors: Angus Tucker, Stephen Jurisic
Creative Director: Niall Kelly

Art Director: David Glen

Copywriter: Noah Feferman
Agency Producer: Aimee DeParolis
Director of Client Service: Heather Crawley
Account Director: Sandra Avey
Account Supervisor: Matthew Bendavid
Director of Strategic Planning: Jason Last
Strategic Planner: Fanny Rabinovitch-Kuzmicki


A new way to practice for the SAT. The SAT, a standardized college admissions exam, is a mammoth test, and every minute of practice is invaluable. But SAT practice courses can be expensive — which oftentimes means kids with less money, or from disadvantaged backgrounds, do worse. One year ago, Khan Academy, a free online platform for learning, uploaded the Official SAT Practice test on its site and the results are in: more than 1.4 million unique visitors, consisting of a wide array of races, ethnicities and income levels. Now, Khan Academy is introducing more features, including live help, subject-matter experts and more tests. (Watch Salman’s TED Talk)

Wikipedia’s stance on censorship. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, is the subject of a Vice interview on the importance of a free and open Internet. In countries like China where censorship is common, access to certain Wikipedia pages is blocked, but censorship of this kind strikes at the very heart of Wikipedia’s mission to provide neutral and factual information to people around the world in their own language. “If governments deter people from finding neutral and factual information, the whole idea of Wikipedia crumbles,” says Wales. (Watch Jimmy’s TED Talk)

When to intervene in domestic violence? Always. What would you do if your friend or loved one was experiencing domestic violence? But what if both the victim and the abuser are your loved ones, close to you in separate but important ways? In a strikingly honest Refinery29 essay, iO Tillett Wright describes the difficult decision to finally call 911 on his friend’s behalf. Numerous reports of violent, bloody encounters motivated Wright to intervene, despite stark emotional complexities. “I realized that as long as I was protecting the abuser from consequences, I was enabling the abuse and I could no longer partake. I had to stand up for my friend, and for what I believe in my gut to be the code of conduct by which human beings have to behave with each other. Whether we loved him or not has nothing to do with it. When it comes to violence, “love” is no longer part of the equation.” (Watch iO’s TED Talk)

A circular solution for plastic. Endless piles of washed-up, discarded plastic choke our natural environment and are economically wasteful. Dame Ellen MacArthur addressed this at the World Economic Forum by introducing her report  The New Plastics Economy, a three-year-long project that uses a circular-economy model for plastic management. Just four months later, this bold idea is already in action: an inaugural workshop of over 40 industry leaders and city representatives met to outline core goals. MacArthur has high hopes for the project.”It seeks to create a shared sense of direction, to spark a new wave of innovation and to move the plastics value chain – starting with plastic packaging – into a positive spiral of value capture, stronger economics and better environmental outcomes.” (Watch Dame Ellen’s TED Talk)

A promising new tool for genetics. Pardis Sabeti is part of a multi-institutional research team applying a new technique to an old problem: identifying which genetic variants cause increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. While stretches of DNA that put individuals at risk have been identified, each stretch can contain hundreds of variants. This makes pinpointing which variant actually causes the increased risk difficult, and current techniques struggle to meet the demands of analyzing tens of thousands of variants. But a new paper by Sabeti and team in Cell documents the ability of a new technique, massively parallel reporter assay (MPRA), to analyze thousands of variants and identify which affect gene regulation. (Watch Pardis’ TED Talk)

If an animal can think like us, should they have rights? A person is held captive for life; part of the mental torment is that they understand their fate and that there’s no hope for freedom. A chimpanzee, a non-human animal with advanced cognitive abilities, is put in a cage and consequently, understands that there is no hope. Is this torture, does this animal have rights? Animal rights lawyer Steven Wise is the focus of a new documentary Unlocking the Cage, which features his fight to rid Tommy the chimpanzee of his “legal thing” status and set him free. (Watch Steven’s TED Talk)

Police force pioneer for governor. On May 29, Kiran Bedi was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a Indian Union Territory composed of four unconnected districts. The appointment is a natural progression for someone who has shown a dogged commitment to reforming and bettering her community. On Bedi’s agenda? A goal as big as helping Puducherry’s tourism, agriculture, fisheries, and health flourish. (Watch Kiran’s TED Talk)

Crochet’s importance to mathematics. Margaret Wertheim and her sister Christine render coral reefs in crochet. While coral reefs and crochet may not immediately appear compatible, sea life like corals, kelps, sponges, and nudibranches embody a form of geometry known as hyperbolic geometry, and the only way we know how to model this is through crochet. To the sisters, the Crochet Coral Reef project represents the importance of embodied knowledge, “what we want to propose, is that the highest levels of abstraction, things like mathematics, computing, logic, etc. — all of this can be engaged with, not just through purely cerebral algebraic symbolic methods, but by literally, physically playing with ideas.” Now one of the largest participatory science and art projects in the world, the Crochet Coral Reef celebrates its 10-year anniversary. (Watch Margaret’s TED Talk)

Creative Credits:
Agency: Agência3, Brazil
Chief Creative Officer: Paulo Castro
Creative Director: Felipe Gaúcho
Art Director: Lucas Queiroz
Copywriter: Flávio Chubes
Photographer: Casa 13 Produtora de Imagem
Retoucher: Casa 13 Produtora de Imagem

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Danish ad agency & Co. created a pretty cool campaign for Stroer Out-of-home Media to showcase how it is not only striking back against its digital counterparts in ad blocking and claims, it’s winning.

Creative Credits:
Advertising Agency: &Co., Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Directors: Kristoffer Winther Sørensen, Ole Hoffmann, Jeppe Hansen
Illustrator: Morten Grundsøe

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Normally, “Skype Granny” Lesley Keast  lives in Spain and appears as a giant face on a screen in the School in the Cloud learning lab in Gocharan, India. But in the days before the first-ever School in the Cloud conference, she got a chance to visit the lab and meet the students she’d been mentoring from afar. Photo: Sarah Schoengold

“Let’s skip ahead and assume that children of the future are always connected,” said education innovator Sugata Mitra. Thinking out loud about the evolution of screen sizes and the future of wearables, he came to the conclusion: “The Internet is a subject as important as science or mathematics.”

Mitra shared this in a presentation at the first-ever School in the Cloud conference, held in India last February. The conference brought together those who’ve been a part of the education initiative — which encourages kids to explore interesting questions online — since Mitra founded it with the 2013 TED Prize. The school now consists of eight learning labs in India, the UK and US, and an online platform that lets students anywhere participate with the help of retired educators who guide sessions over the cloud. In the five days before the conference, 15 of these “Skype Grannies” gathered to tour four labs in India with Mitra. Traveling by plane, boat and rickshaw, they got a chance to meet the students they’d been working with face-to-face. By coincidence, the tour took place on the eve of the Saraswati Puja festival, which celebrates the Hindu goddess of learning.

In his presentation at the conference, Mitra shared four stories from the tour — each from a different lab, and each centered around a question that pushed attendees to think about the future of education. Below, the stories and the questions they illustrate.

Is learning to read a form of problem-solving?
From “Area One” in Korakati, West Bengal

In Korakati, the most remote of the School in the Cloud labs, deep in a mangrove swamp, Sugata observed a young boy who knew the English alphabet, but didn’t know how to read or speak English. The boy had watched three older kids playing a game, and wanted to try it on another computer in the lab. So he copied the letters of the web address down on a piece of paper, and searched the keyboard carefully to be able to type the letters. Soon, about six children gathered around him to play the game too.

At first glance, this boy was only playing a computer game. But upon closer inspection, he acted on personal initiative, and solved a big problem in order to make the technology work for him. What this boy did is not reading — but it is learning. This kind of creativity should be rewarded, too, says Mitra.

Does learning have to be direct, or can it meander?
From “Area Two” in Chandrakona, West Bengal

The Chandrakona lab is nestled within potato fields in rural West Bengal. Here, a granny showed four boys a volcano experiment on YouTube that involved baking soda and vinegar. Because of connectivity issues, the boys wanted to download the video, to access in case they lost their connection. But there was a problem: they didn’t know how to download a YouTube video.

One of the boys suggested asking the computer itself. After a bit of Googling, they found a video on how to download YouTube videos. But watching the video required downloading free software, which required an email address. The group was stumped again — none of the boys had email.

Working together, the boys learned how to create a fake email address. They downloaded the software. Then watched the video. And finally, downloaded the volcano experiment video. By working as a team and going step-by-step, says Mitra, they learned so much in addition to the science behind a chemical reaction.

A group of 15 Skype Grannies toured four School in the Cloud learning labs in India with TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra. Many of the moments they witnessed became stories that Mitra shared in his keynote presentation at the School in the Cloud conference. Photo: Sarah Schoengold

A group of Skype Grannies toured four School in the Cloud learning labs in India with TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra. Many of the moments they witnessed became stories that Mitra shared in his keynote presentation at the School in the Cloud conference. Photo: Sarah Schoengold

How do peers spark each other to learn?
From “Area Zero” in Gocharan, West Bengal

“Area Zero” is the School in the Cloud’s flagship TED Prize lab — a sleek, solar-powered learning lab set amid palm trees. There, a boy demonstrated an interactive computer program that he’d taught himself to code — a “chatbot” that lets the computer carry on basic conversations in English. At the program’s prompting, Mitra typed in his name. “Hi Sugata,” the computer responded. The computer asked where he lives, and Mitra asked the same of the program. “I live in Gocharan, inside a computer,” the chatbot answered.

The program piqued the interest of several younger children at the lab, and sparked several to experiment with coding on their own. This made coding a focus of their School in the Cloud sessions. Mitra points out that no one had to plan lessons to teach the topic. Instead, the kids were so inspired, they felt compelled to teach themselves.

What can students learn from teaching?
From “Area Four” in Phaltan, Maharashtra

In the bustling city of Phaltan, the School in the Cloud lab sits within a traditional school, and kids participate in a session each week. Here, a group of students puzzled over a hard question, not quite finding what they needed online. When a group of older students walked by an open window, the younger students asked for their help. The older kids jumped in. But instead of showing the younger kids where to look, the older students employed “the Granny method,” and provided encouragement as the children circled in on a promising direction themselves.

The younger students learned about the problem at hand, says Mitra, but the older children learned too. They got an active lesson in how to give guidance, and sharpened their own skills for locating information.

Mitra’s point in telling these four stories: Traditional education is based on testing and assessment, but many things that have a big impact on children aren’t easily measured. The School in the Cloud pushes education toward something more thematic and fluid. Mitra describes it as “learning at the edge of chaos,” and measuring chaos — or curiosity, for that matter — is no easy task.

When these students at the School in the Cloud lab in Phaltan, India, felt stumped on a question, a group of older students popped their heads through a window and offered encouragement. Photo: Sarah Schoengold

When these students at the School in the Cloud lab in Phaltan, India, felt stumped on a question, a group of older students popped their heads through a window and offered encouragement. Photo: Sarah Schoengold

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Kit-Kat creates ‘the breathing room’ to help young people in Spain study for exams. The agency DoubleYou created the “the break room,” a soundproof cabin installed inside the library that allows students to blow off steam for a few minutes exceptionally and without disturbing anyone.

“We saw an excellent opportunity to not only make tangible the famous ‘break’ brand but to be useful to our target. Thousands of young people have been they bowed elbows coming weeks and is proven to make small pauses helps perform better in school, “said the agency in a statement.

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Advertising Agency: DoubleYou, Spain
Executive Creative Director: Xavi Caparrós
Creative Director: Ximo Villalba
Senior Copywriter: Esther Carrasco
Art Direction: Luís Villalba
Designer: Berta de la Iglesia
Client Service Director: Alba González
Account Director: Ángela Linés
Senior Account Executive: Maite Zamora
Account Executive: Pau Huéscar
Tech Director: Álvaro Sandoval
Interactive Director: Jose Rubio
Multimedia: Octavi Figueres
Producers: Blua Producers
Production AV: Glassy Films

Creating Brand Distinctiveness And Action With Meaning

Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker are two writers who collaborated on a literary and economic experiment between 2009 and 2010, to discover whether adding meaning to an object would draw attention and sway people to buy it for more money than it’s worth.

They bought knickknacks at thrift stores for a total of $129. They paid no more than $2 per object and asked various professional writers to compose a story for each object. Then they posted each item with its story on eBay and watched what happened.

A beat-up motel room key cost them $2. The story, written by novelist Laura Lippman, began with a wife putting away her husband’s knickknacks. She asked him why he had kept the key for so many years. On the key was engraved Perkins Motel, Laconia, NH, Room 3. The husband replied that the key reminded him of the movie Psycho (the actor’s name was Anthony Perkins, which he thought “was cool”). When the wife was unimpressed, he mentioned a trip to that motel with a “bunch of guys” in junior college and he forgot to return the key and has had it since. “Here’s the moment where you choose to believe, or not to believe,” the wife reflects. “A marriage is a kind of religion, defying rational thought.” She realized that motel rooms no longer use traditional keys anymore, even in Laconia, New Hampshire. Whatever memory her husband treasured may have been beyond one shared with a “bunch of guys.” She wondered if he wanted to keep the story to himself, for her sake or his, and not spoil what may have happened in Room 3.

The key sold for $45.01.

The writer Ben Ehrenreich tells the story about a jar of marbles and starts with an irresistible statement: “I pull a marble from your skull each time we kiss. ‘Give it back,’ you say, each time.” The rest of the story is a surreal dialogue between two people during which we move from hunchbacks, to Noam Chomsky, to Beyoncé, to the narrator’s lover arranging TV remotes attractively, to Vladimir Putin in the form of a crow, being the narrator’s friend on Facebook. When we get to the final scene, we are left with this paragraph to ponder: “And I kiss your fingers and your dry lips and with my free hand I reach up and I stroke your hair and I poke about until I feel the bulge and then I dig in with my nails and pull another marble from your skull.”

The jar of marbles was bought for $1 and sold for $50.

Overall, the Significant Object project made $8,000 and beautifully illustrates the impact of meaning in making decisions.

Reflecting on your own content whether it be a presentation, blog, marketing campaign or training program consider this: At any moment, the world is filled with sights and sounds that simultaneously compete for your listeners’ attention. The human mind is limited in its ability to process information and selects only relevant stimuli that receive priority for further processing. In a world of constant data explosion, how do we create meaningful content that leads to recall and influences decisions?

Give your audiences the thrilling relevance of Room 3.

To Do That Consider These Nine Steps To Distinctiveness:

1. Distinctiveness is important for long-term memory because isolated items draw more attention and rehearsal time. In addition, isolated items come to the foreground, reducing interference with other items, and also appear in smaller numbers, which makes them easier to recall long term.

2. The more similar things are, the harder it will be to retrieve them later. However, similarity is important for the brain to detect distinctiveness.

3. The brain is constantly looking for rewards. In business, when many messages are the same, we can create distinctiveness, and therefore improve recall, by being specific about these rewards, which we can frame as tangible results.

4. If you’re not first to market, observe pockets of similarity in your domain and then strike with distinctiveness. Allow your audiences’ brains to habituate to similarity; it will be easier for your message to stand out.

5. The more an item differs from other items, the bigger its 
effect. Select a property you want to isolate and increase its distinctiveness by at least 30% compared with neighboring items.

6. Find opportunities to deviate from a reality your viewers have learned to expect.

7. Create distinctiveness by thinking in opposites. This is helpful not only because it helps the brain distinguish some stimuli more strongly than others, but also because contrast is a shortcut to thinking and decision-making

8. Enable self-generated distinctiveness.

9. Achieve distinctiveness with a human touch and deep meaning.

Contributed to Branding Strategy Insider by: Carmen Simon, PhD, co-founder of Rexi Media and the author of Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

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Pat Mitchell, curator of TEDWomen, shares this report with the TED Blog:

In April, I had the privilege of moderating a discussion at the Skoll World Forum on the subject of “Leading Through Adversity.” My panel consisted of four powerful women: Mary Robinson, Ireland’s first female president (watch Mary Robinson’s TED Talk); Halla Tómasadóttir, a good friend who is now campaigning to be president of Iceland (watch Halla Tómasadóttir’s TED Talk); Alaa Murabit, an activist who founded The Voice of Libyan Women (watch Alaa’s TED Talk); and Rev. Canon Mpho A. Tutu, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, and an ordained Episcopalian minister in South Africa.

All of these women know a lot about leading through adversity. They talked about the need for more women in leadership positions and shared their ideas about what it takes to be a strong leader.

One big takeaway from the Skoll World Forum session — and from many other conversations I’ve had over the years about women’s leadership — is that the decision to become a leader is one that is often made early in one’s life. We began by talking about some of the formative experiences the women had had early on in their careers.

Mary Robinson first ran for political office in her early 20s. During that first campaign, she took a controversial and courageous stand on reforming family planning in Catholic Ireland. She became an object of hatred overnight, denounced from pulpits and the recipient of bags of hate mail. She still won, serving 20 years in Parliament and then seven years as president. “If you really believe in something and want it,” she explained, “you’ve got to pay a price – and you’ve got to be prepared to pay a price.”

Learning that lesson at a young age helped her to find the strength to maintain her values and principles while under attack throughout her political career, especially when she was seeking ways to build consensus. These are skills she continues to use in her work as the climate ambassador for the UN.


Finding Common Ground: Alaa Murabit talked about the importance of consensus and finding common ground with those who oppose you — a vital skill in her work as a women’s rights activist in Libya.

Alaa is one of 11 children. Born in Canada, she returned to Libya in 2005 at the age of 15. She founded The Voices of Libyan Women and led a campaign to change the way in which women were represented and viewed in the country. She wanted to facilitate a national conversation about how the rules of Islam were being used to severely limit women’s rights in Libya. Early on in the process – to the dismay of some of her fellow women’s rights activists – she decided to include religious leaders in the conversation. By opening up the lines of communication, her campaign gained access to schools and media outlets — which enabled her to send her message out to the people who really needed to hear it.

In May of last year, Alaa gave a talk at TEDWomen about her campaign that has been watched by over 1.65 million people online. Her campaign, which has been recognized by the United Nations as one of the most successful in history, has been used as a model for similar work in 24 countries.

Another way in which the panelists talked about finding strength in the face of adversity was through faith.

Doing the Next Right Thing: Rev. Mpho A. Tutu talked about the need to stay strong in your faith in order to be courageous enough to defy the rules and politics that restrict personal freedoms – as is also the case for women in Libya – and even to challenge the religious beliefs and policies that restrict women’s rights and positions in their societies.

She talked about growing up in the Tutu family and the lessons she learned from both her father and her mother, whom she described as having her own “kitchen-table ministry.” She told the audience: “That was the ministry that was most visible to us as a family on a daily basis.”

One of the main lessons she drew from both her parents was what she called the “courage to do the next right thing.” She explained: “The vision isn’t: I have in mind a Nobel Prize down the road. It is rather, the person in front of me now has a need for this type of care from me, and so this is what I’m going to do. All of us have the capacity for that piece of courage. I can do the next right thing.”

Until last month, Mpho was a leader in the Episcopalian church in South Africa. She challenged the church’s rules by marrying her partner, Marceline van Furth, and as a result was forced to resign her leadership position in the church.

The Strength of Community: All four women agreed that it’s always harder to be the first to challenge, to be alone facing adversity, and finding and building a community is critical to becoming and sustaining leadership positions.

Iceland’s Halla Tómasadóttir had faced adversity before when she was asked to help her country avoid the economic disaster of 2008. She and her partner created a new model of financial management based on feminine values. With their leadership, her company, Auour (Sister) Capital, weathered Iceland’s crisis — and Halla proved herself to be a decisive, creative leader during very tough times.

“You have to be your authentic self to be a good leader, and you have to stick to your principles,” she told the audience. “You have to believe in your insights and the way you feel just as much as what you can rationalize or what seems good to everyone else.”

Over the next few years, Halla built up a community of like-minded women business leaders by convening an annual women’s empowerment conference in Iceland and taking on leadership roles in the global business community. In March, she announced her intention to run for president of Iceland. Now she’s among the top four favored candidates in Iceland’s presidential election that will be held in two weeks.

After the panel, Mary posed for pictures with Halla and offered to go to Iceland to campaign for her (as did all of us), but Halla demurred, knowing the country’s political traditions are not based on fundraising or outside influence but rather on independent thinking that reflects on the candidates’ experience and credentials of leadership within Iceland.

So all of us will be watching the polls closely on June 25 and sending all good thoughts for Halla’s election — as well as in other elections around the world where women leaders are stepping up to leadership position or seeking them.

We know that in nearly every instance, from business to the public sphere, women leaders will be called upon to lead through adversity (note the numbers of women CEOs who are hired when companies are faltering) and the ways in which they face those challenges – how they approach problem solving, consensus building, and staying true to their values while embracing their power – will continue to make the case that women’s leadership can be just the change that’s needed for a country, a company or indeed even the world.

I have no doubt increasing the number of women in positions of leadership – from the president’s office to the pulpits, from the C suite to the front lines of every challenge and global crisis – will not only make it somewhat easier for other women to choose to become leaders but will also add to the insights and perspectives needed for the kind of leadership that results in less adversity and greater equity, peace and shared prosperity.

TEDWomen 2016 happens October 26-28, 2016, in San Francisco. Passes are available now.

Watch the Entire Panel from Skoll World Forum

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Ronaldo became the world’s best by being the hardest-working man in football. But, what if brilliance had to start all over again? One moment can change everything. The epic 6-minute Nike commercial entitled “The Switch” stars Cristiano Ronaldo, the also includes professional footballers Raheem Sterling, Joe Hart, Harry Kane, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Ross Barkley, Ricardo Quaresma, Andre Gomes, Jose Fonte, Cedric Soares, Vieirinha, Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial and Javier Mascherano.

Creative Credits:
Advertising Agency: W+K
Director: Ringan Ledwidge