About Mirek

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Czech, English, French

TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

An idea worth spreading

Go beyond the threshold of your fear and learn things you thought were impossible.

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Learning and figuring things out, languages, art, startups.

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Mirek Mráz
Posted almost 2 years ago
Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"
I am against any strong normative statements about how schools and education should change. I think better way is to spot changes and trends already taking place and just direct it. Carl Jung complained about over-protectiveness of the European educational system (in a way that repressed talented students and favoured average) whereas he liked American approach that, in his opinon, focused on assisting inquisitive minds. With this indredible access to information, I think teachers will become imporant mentors on how to filter information and how to think analytically. Learning process will take place outside the classrooms as well and will be self-paced and individual according to the interests and abilities of children (students) - we can see that in the case of Khan Academy. One of my many questions regarding this topic is: What would Carl Jung of the future be like?
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Mirek Mráz
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is fighting climate change a losing battle?
I think fighting labelled term "global warming" is not a solution to our real problems, i.e. our approach to life and vision of the future, mainly in economic terms - energy spending, consumption, etc. How can you fight some abstract thing so vast if we are not even able to take care of ourselves and our personal lives. Dan Ariely pointed this out in his behavioral research - people are not able to plan their dentist appointment properly, they don't know how to plan their financial future etc. etc. (I am not mentioning that we were fighting "global cooling" in the 70's. Actually, we were possibly very successfull at it, as now we are fighting the exact opposite..). In my opinion, this fight should be about something completely different (I wouldn't call it fight, rather a quest) and should envolve making small changes and spark discussion so that people start to rethink, or rather to think for themselves, in wider perspective. That is what TED is about.
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Mirek Mráz
Posted almost 2 years ago
What motivates you?
Overall, although it may seem to be an easy and simple question, the answer is rather intricate as it entails many nuances and it varies person to person. I was tempted to just say - the vision of success and the immediate satisfaction after completing our goal is the ultimate motivator. But, isn't it the curiosity and hunger for learning new things, competitivness, that serves as a much needed pre-requisite to keep us going? The goal itself doesn't motivate you in long-run. Aristotle claimed that every activity aims at some end, but only when you enjoy the activity itself will you find true happiness on your path to achieving your goal. I think that a lot of people get miserable aiming at something and not enjoying the path there - like doing something for the sake of the aim only. For example - choosing a career of a banker or lawyer just because they are said to be intelligent and well-paid while going through a lot of pain because you basically ignore the fact that you should be a TED translator, do fulfilling things that make sense to you and be happy instead :)