Mark Whiting

Ph D Candidate, KAIST University
Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, South Korea

About Mark


I'm a PhD student at CMU. I work in design, innovation, strategy, and a range of other topics. You can find out more about me here:

Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking, Innovation Strategy, Business design & strategy, User Innovation

An idea worth spreading

I think the value of appropriation of decision making in design or any other context is probably the one thing I think would benefit the world most at the moment. I think many of the problems we currently face are due to solutions that have been designed too generally and without consideration of details. I think we need a new model of thinking and doing, one that supports better awareness and use of knowledge and one that revolves around the creation of really appropriate solutions.

I'm passionate about

Almost anything that is being done well.

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I am really interested in just about everything. I think anything that is being thought about passionately can be wonderful.

People don't know I'm good at

Sudoku, graphical mathematics, sewing

My TED story

My TED story so far is that every time I watch a great talk it changes my life a little. It makes me glad that there are so many people doing such wonderful work and I think about how great the future is going to be. I feel TED does a good job of representing, both in the talks and in the overall ideology, the greatness of what the world is becoming, through the help if many dedicated people.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Mark Whiting
Posted over 2 years ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
Doron, I think you are right to some degree. But I am not sure if that makes Alain wrong. What if your children recited that 'We believe in skepticism and free critical thought' every morning. Alain just thinks that it takes recitation and many other religion invented methods to make those concepts strong. Perhaps his point is, if we think critical thought is important, we should recite it, build communities around it, talk about it in awe inspiring places, and generally take it on fully. I think he also points out that many atheists think they can't really do this because its the scope of religion.
Mark Whiting
Posted over 2 years ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
Sounds like some of the more active TEDx communities around the world. We meet regularly in places we appreciate, get funded by all sorts of groups, and do activities which engage us while observing great words of wisdom from a vast array of inspirational lectures and writings. I agree there is a gap in societies investment in this kind of thing, but perhaps not forever. I think you are right, its not going to happen to the same level immediately, but I think removing the tax advantages etc. is also unlikely in the short term. Perhaps there is a place for a cult of knowledge in our future.