I'm teacher in Singapore private sector. I have been here for over two years and have developed my own program to teach children how to read. Over the past year I have written 8 children's books and working on 3 adult novels. Most of my work is dominated by content of my family experience as I have 9 brothers and 7 sisters. My family has also fueled my interest in consumerism and how my family lived on minimal income. As of the last year, I have looked at Asia and how it is relating to my life and world as well. The rise of Chinese consumerism and how/if we can change the perceptions Asians have of the West's lifestyle after it has been looked up to for so long and is now destroying the planet. How can we convince nearly 3 billion people to not take on the lifestyle that looked so glamorous, so promising. I recently had my first child, and these are the issues I must face to help her. Teaching her less is more. Poor is not unhappy, and how we must live with less.
My passions are using creative thinking and innovation to educate new critical thinkers through exciting learning experiences. Also, I study human perceptions of good and evil through writing.
Learning to live with less without losing the things we love. It is my contention that less options for consumers has gone unregulated for too long. Saying it does not mean that we take every similar item off the self, but it means limiting the number of similar items. Do we really need 15 different types of toothpaste? Do we really need 1000's overly salty and sugary snacks? Do we really need to put MicroSD cards in plastic sealed packaging that are literally 50 times larger than the actual product? Consumers have been sent down a path of useless, unnecessary squandering and for what? So they have satisfaction of making a choice? The masses don't know what they want, that doesn't mean they need everything. But how do we change people's perceptions and living habits? Like all ideas on TED, there is never an easy answer. A place to start could be Government Policy that helps entrepreneurs that create new useful products and Educating youths out of a consumerist lifestyle
Education, Creativity and Writing, Technology
Creating new ideas for uses of current technologies.
I'm not really sure what I am to write in here, but I found TED by accident. My friend had written on her facebook about the site and I just decided to check it out. Since then I have told almost everyone I know or meet about TED. I have been most impressed by talks by Ken Robinson talk on creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity and writing, and lastly the variety of the technology talks by many.
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