This week in PopTech: Quotable and notable

eL Seed PopTech 2011

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

Give back to the world at least what you’ve received.

—French-Tunisian artist eL Seed’s thoughtful and fitting work of graffiti and Arabic calligraphy, produced during the PopTech 2011 conference, aptly expresses our shared commitment to positive action in support of world-changing people, projects and ideas.

When you do things on a small scale, you have to understand every part of the process. The smaller the scale you want to work on, the further back in time you have to go. There is such a lot of effort and intelligence and history that go into something as simple as a toaster.

Thomas Thwaites at PopTech 2011. If you enjoyed his PopTech talk, you'll love his new book entitled, The Toaster Project

The present looks less sinister, the past less innocent. The mind always focuses on current threats, and takes for granted the violent events that don’t happen but could easily have happened a few decades ago. A sniper in Norway kills dozens of innocent people—and the population does not riot or lynch the perpetrator and his extended family, but holds candlelight vigils. The Egyptian government falls—but the new one does not vow to push the Israelis into the sea. North Korea sinks a South Korean ship, killing 45 sailors—but instead of escalating to war, the Koreans go back to life as usual. Every day I notice the dogs that don’t bark.

Steven Pinker (PopTech 2007) on the history and the decline of Human Violence this week in Scientific American.

I think, if anything, we could be headed toward a social entrepreneurial bubble if we’re not in one already. It’s not easier than traditional business. It’s harder. No one changes the world in a drive-by, no one tweets their way to climate change.

Our own Executive Director and Curator Andrew Zolli heard on Marketplace earlier this week.

A view is a composite of experiences.

Daniel Kish (PopTech 2011) is featured in a video on CNN where he shows us how uses his ears to see. This week we also posted a short video where Kish hops on a bicycle to show us echolocation in action

I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor….there are physiological benefits, obviously: You use your lungs in a way that you probably don’t for the rest of your day, breathing deeply and openly. And there are psychological benefits, too: Singing aloud leaves you with a sense of levity and contentedness. And then there are what I would call “civilizational benefits.” When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That’s one of the great feelings — to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.

— Brian Eno (PopTech 2006) rocked this quote right on The Colbert Report last night performing an a capella rendition of "Lean on Me," with Michael Stipe and Stephen Colbert.

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