About Cathy


English, Japanese


University of Auckland

Talk to me about

education, digital art, architecture, city planning

My TED story

I found TED one day while browsing the internet, probably by clicking on a link on someone's blog. I usually check out the latest videos at least once a week, and have frequently been delighted and inspired by them. 'The Power of Time Off' motivated me to take nine months off last year, and it was an amazing and productive (although not lucrative) time for me. I had a lot of new experiences, and gained new energy and perspective for my life.

Comments & conversations

Cathy Cawood
Posted over 2 years ago
The City 2.0 according to YOU... 2 Things a City that YOU design, Must Have...
Interesting conversation! In my opinion, let it be beautiful! OK, I know we don't always agree what beauty is, but most people seem to like flowers and trees so that would be a good start. Also, let it be social. I like the coffee house idea. There should be lots of public space for enjoying nature, for meeting each other, for resting, for art, for performance, for play.
Cathy Cawood
Posted almost 3 years ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
This talk was very interesting. I'm living in Japan, which consistently appears at the better end of the scale. Don't know much about Sweden or Denmark, but I would hestitate to hold up Japan as an ideal society. I love Japan, I'm fascinated by it, but I don't think it's a happy place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_Japan even if they have comparative equality of income. I still think equality of income is a desirable goal, but I don't think it will solve all our problems.
Cathy Cawood
Posted over 3 years ago
Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace
I heard at least one concrete suggestion... don't spend $80 billion on upgrading nuclear weapons. Spend it on things people really need, in the world, or within the United States. I think it won't happen, but I wish it could. United States is not even my country, but all over the world governments collect tax and spend it in ill considered ways. It's a shame.