Grant Nieddu

CPI Haiti
Lakeland, FL, United States

About Grant

Languages

Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Humanitarian Development, Motivating and Inspiring

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helping you and your organization taking the next level, navigating the current economic climate, and sparking those around to action.

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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
Will there ever be singularity?
Pankaj, Kurzweil has had a lot to say on this. (Check out the documentary Trancendent Man.) There is much discussion about the singularity. But ideologically, what is it? The singularity has been defined as when we will depend on technology to keep up with the pace of technology's growth. Which, if you look at it, has ALREADY OCCURED. For example, I use, more accurately, I NEED, an RSS feed reader to keep up with the developments and pace of growth in my field. I require this information to stay competative in my field, thus I am dependent on a technology to keep up with technology. So, if this is the singularity, it didn't take too much intelligence to overshadow my own!
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
Attending College IS a Right. Enrich the person & the future (theirs & ours) via Mandatory 4 yr Higher Ed in the US or Compulsory K - 16
Paul, though no one can argue that enrollment is up for many reasons, high enrollment does not imply it as relevant or useful. For example, I manage a branch of a Fortune 500 business. In recent job interviews I was interview PhD and MBA graduates who were far less capable of the job than the "uneducated" individuals and entrepreneurs who came through my doors. Further, to Libby's point that it should be a human right is taking it a step too far. Watching Sir Ken Robert's TED talk on the state of education reveals a need for a major overhaul in the education model. This is true, and especially true in the developed world. But when speaking of human rights, we must look at the broad spectrum of the human race. I therefore look to our work in Haiti over the last 4 years to consider if the brick and mortar, debt-ridden model of education would work for them. Most of my Haitian friends want the education, the ideas, the resources that is available to the rest of the world. They just could neither imagine a) where to even find a brick and mortar college, nor b) taking something that they could not obtain debt free. Borrowing that much money is not an acceptable paradigm in the least. The level of education, the access to information I agree is relevant and useful; it could be a human right. The Americana college experience should not.
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
How to maintain a good relationship with friends?
Lesley, you pose a question. Most people would ask you: what are you looking to get out a relationship that you are not currently getting Instead, I think the way to keep friends is to focus on what you are trying GIVE rather than get out of it. Serving others is the key to any lasting relationships. Wenceslao has good point as well.
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
Tim, I guess, thinking about it, it may be a bit confusing. When TED announces the thought of "City 2.0" being a TED prize winner, it made immediate sense to me in that I have watched most all of the TED videos. In seeing TED over the years, one has noticed a mode of operation evolve. For example, in the past, the TED staff and attendees may have congregated around a theme, say "oceans", and applied the amorphous ideals of technology, entertainment, and design around oceans. Talks, discussions, solutions from way out of the box have arisen. The ideas are then hedged with a dose of reality. Sometimes TEDx conferences surround that topic. Sometimes an applicant to the TED prize will come up with a solution to a specific problem in the area of oceans, or they may deliver a point of view that was previously not considered. Taking this unrestricted, creative-thinking approach and applying to a theme City 2.0 and offering it as the TED prize is intended to not have too many terms. Instead, it is to offer a theme that the TED community (staffers, attendees, and those posting on the community) will congregate around with that same mode of operation. The goal is to get ideas starting, open up conversations, identify previously unnoticed issues and to think openly and creatively on how to affect the idea of a city. Several previous TED talks (searchable in the database) would be a good starting point for current ideas and problems with the model of what we know of as a city today. The TED wish of a City 2.0 is to then dream about what we can do to upgrade the current city. When you compared it to Web 2.0, you made a fair comparison. We first had to identify what we though was outdated with Web 1.0 and then problem solve and innovate for Web 2.0 (some of which grew organically.) Similarly to City 2.0, we are being asked to pioneer new thoughts for the idea of a city, what the problems are, and how we can approach it anew. And are giving $100,000 at the best idea
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
An ideation destination for The City 2.0
Terry, this used to happen all the time. What is historically called the Liquid Network are coffee shops, pubs and bars around the world. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien did it. The question is, how do you do it in a way that not only gets a following but also has powerful action behind it?
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
An ideation destination for The City 2.0
Tim, I believe that the contest for the City 2.0 is to place the $100,000 toward the best idea to being able to incite a City 2.0. That would demand that one a) describe what City 2.0 and b) describe a way to incite it that TED thinks is awesome.
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
Attending College IS a Right. Enrich the person & the future (theirs & ours) via Mandatory 4 yr Higher Ed in the US or Compulsory K - 16
Libby, I think that the impetus is now upon us to take advantage of the education free to us. College, though valuable in its education, has already been rendered virtually useless (see the current amount of college grads that can't get work.) On top of that place the insurmountable debt. I would fully agree that the Level of Education should be free and available (which it currently is for those with access to the internet.) It is in need of individuals willing to create valid curriculum. But the brick and mortar college is falling to the wayside in irrelevance. Perhaps an overhaul of the education system would make it more appealing to me.
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
Should some inventions be suppressed?
I believe that some things should be supressed. The key questions is by what mechanism should something be suppressed? Should something be suppressed by a governing body? Or should the free market suppress an idea as amoral or destructive? I believe the answer lies in the "how" more than the "if".
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Grant Nieddu
Posted over 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
Tim, check out my response above, but I believe that TED is discussing, as Michael is pointing out, that CITY 2.0 is not a zero-base, start-from-scratch-masterplanned city as much as a "real-world upgrade." Simply put, as shiny and clean as Venus Project's ideas are, they are more futurist than real-world. $100,000 won't go a long way to buy his magnetic rail systems and polymer houses. TED is looking for what massive impacts we and our collective innovations can do right now. I lay some of that out above.