Posts Tagged ‘TED talk’


This is a story from a while ago that caught my attention.

‘Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime — and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders.’ 

If you have time to check out the TED talk that introduced me to him, check it out.

But if not, then simply read the article which talks about how this Albanian mayor brings art to politics. The colours on the buildings may not look so amazing in themselves [to me, anyways] but it’s when you see the new building held against the picture of the old one that you see just what a difference it makes and then when you hear/read the story you get an idea of how transformative this is.  Have a read.

‘Edi Rama has been in politics since the start of the 21st century, but before that he was a painter. It was this deep affinity for light and color that informed Rama’s time as mayor of Tirana, when he literally painted the town … every color. Rama is best known for the removal of government kiosks all over the city, thus cutting down on endemic bribery, and for the establishment of a modern new reception hall for citizens with paperwork requests. Rama’s administration also demolished thousands of illegal buildings, removed hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete from riverbanks, and planted thousands of trees and bushes all over the city. Rama continues to serve as a leader of the Socialist Party of Albania.’

He asked me for a compromise. I said, ‘No. Compromise in colour is grey. And we have enough grey to last for a lifetime.’ Edi Rama


[For last Tuesday’s Hey dude, Were’s my husband’s bike click here]


Have you ever been part of a flash mob?

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And I don’t mean like the majority of the people who came to the first Cape Town one and stood on the outside in a circlelike shape and largely took pictures and gawked cos they really wanted to, but they were really nervous too, but they could still say they were there, you know. [The fact that the press was literally invited to come and ‘spectate’ as well kinda soared it to ‘epic fail’ status immediately… but it was a start and so even if you were there just watching [rhymes with boozer!] then you got an idea or a taste of it.

Being Wednesday I will continue my focus on Relationships but this, like most of the other posts have been actually, is not a boy-girl relationship post but more just the relationship between people and in particular friends, and, I guess, strangers. [Those you participated with and those you ‘met’ at the event]

The rest of us have probably watched numerous different examples of flash mobs and there are links in the video I am about to share so I won’t link to any others.

This is a TED talk video and so you will need a good 15 minutes or so to watch it, but I can tell you it will be completely worth it. Do yourself a favour! This one is on what the speaker calls ‘The Shared Experience of Absurdity’ and he is going to explain it all so let me not do that once more except to define it personally along the lines of ‘Crazy is less crazy when you’re doing it together’ or something like that.

So Improv flash mobs [and if you ever get the chance to take part, do it – like all improv you may feel lik a tit if you’re doing it by yourself, but once you have company it quickly becomes a comforting art form and is a great experience]

And so without much further ado about nothing, here is Charlie Todd talking about the shared experience of absurdity. I would love to hear what you think.

[For next Wednesday’s Slow and Insane and Quick and True, click here]

[for last Wednesday’s Friendship post on Making them Shut the Door, click here]