Ross McMillan

Assistant Director, Student Community, York University
Toronto, Canada

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Community builder at York University. Hiker. Canoe Tipper. Dad. Personal Mantra: Get Hungry, Focus and Hustle.

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English

TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

Universities

York Univeristy

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Ross McMillan
Posted 11 months ago
Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life
Wow, this talk has a lot in common with one that Kathy Kastner gave at TEDxYorkU in March - Exit Laughing . She has a website called http://www.bestendings.com/ that helps people think and engage the topic of dying/death. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbh694DDufk&feature=share&list=PLX3p_1jHmg62MzhHCBQSwW3wW5vMDGNmV
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Ross McMillan
Posted 12 months ago
What happens after a TED or TEDx conference?
Yay TEDx Tokyo and Toronto! The entire ideas into action is big sub theme for the TED community. The TED Prize is an example of ideas into action, with, I believe JR, being a solid example of ideas into action. Personally, I think there is a lot to learn from the social entrepreneurship and united way crowd.
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Ross McMillan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Hans Rosling: Religions and babies
I was fortunate enough to be at the Summit to see this talk live. I appreciate Mr Rosling's showmanship "We're going to discuss religion and sexuality" when really, that was just a ploy to get people to think of demographic and population shifts (a recurring theme in his talks). In short, he's pretty awesome at demonstrating complex concepts in an engaging way. There are two gaps in my opinion on this presentation: he uses Qatar statistical authority as one source but not for Bangladesh for his 'proof'. The other main correlating factor that isn't included is urbanization of populations.
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Ross McMillan
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are your questions about the new TED-Ed website? Conversation with TED-Ed staff!
First off, thanks for all of your work on this - the TED ED team should take a (short) breather to take a (long) bow! I saw this demo'd at TEDxSummit and am excited for what it can mean for reshaping delivery of education. As someone who has developed leadership and peer mentoring programming at a university, I can see and am planning several uses for TED ED. When it was launched, I flipped my first video: How To Make A Human Arabesque: The Making Of The TEDxSummit Video http://ed.ted.com/on/AOxez5KX and found it an intuitive process (there was some lag, but it could be my connection). I understand this is in beta, so kudos for getting it developed this far. My recommendations include: 1) give us access to the multiple choice editor for youtube videos. I imagine that the challenge is how you link it to time segments? Perhaps as a first step, just allow us to create the multiple choice questions. This is useful to test factual knowledge (eg. did you actually watch the video) 2) depending on where you plan on taking this, let us brand the videos through skinning a page ... I can imagine a lot of companies would be into this for training purposes. 3) search function for video and flipped 4) gaming aspects, like you've done for TED Translation 5) let us link a series of videos into a logical sequence and let us export the results ... this would allow us to start building more serious curriculum
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Ross McMillan
Posted almost 2 years ago
How do you view SlutWalks? How familiar are you with the movement? What aspects of it do you agree or disagree with?
Interestingly, this started based on a comment that was made at the university where I work and studied. I personally think this movement is an important, positive, and reflective one (just read their blog posts to see the depth of thought involved - http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/category/blog Those involved are staking out a space in the public domain, to discuss sexual violence in a way that may be seen as provocative to some. But that provocation ultimately works to build awareness on a topic that really isn't discussed as much as needed. And Peter, I agree, you shouldn't have to wear a tie.