Elad Yakobowicz

Herzliyah, Israel

About Elad

Languages

English, Hebrew

Areas of Expertise

Public Policy, Counter terrorism, Middle East, e-government, Social Media, Online business, technology, Public Speaking

An idea worth spreading

See Chip Conley's TED talk: "What makes life worthwhile". Also Viktor Frankl's "Search for meaning".

I'm passionate about

Experiencing life in action.

Talk to me about

Anything and everything. Adventures, experiences, new ideas and old memories.

People don't know I'm good at

Fencing and tango. I can also cook a pretty good frittata.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Elad Yakobowicz
Posted over 4 years ago
"I don't try to be right, I choose to be happy" ... wait, what?
Let's not forget also that there are some people who, for them, being right makes them happy. I'm sure Ric doesn't give up being right 100% of the time, but after surviving a plane crash I think his point is that his priorities have, well, re-prioritized. And top of the list of being a good parent, as he says.
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Elad Yakobowicz
Posted over 4 years ago
Which TED talk would you choose to show social work students to inspire them in their final class of the semester
It's not a talk at TED per se, but I think Viktor Frankl's speech on why to believe in people would be perfect. It also happens to be one of my favorites. You should remind them that in their line of work they may see some nasty things but that, aside from helping individuals deal with issues, they can help open up opportunities for them by believing in their potential. http://www.ted.com/talks/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning.html
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Elad Yakobowicz
Posted over 4 years ago
Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy
I think that part of the problem is that in today's post materialist societies, whatever isn't properly marketed gets lost in the mist. Even things that are obviously a privilege that we should be very thankful for (such as democracy, as some people here have suggested, and therefore also political involvement) need to be properly "marketed" - and they're not. I think that's part of what Dave is saying. Today involvement in the community is not the "chique" thing to do in every place, that's why it doesn't happen on its own. To promote involvement, one of two things must change: either the government's approach must match society's perception (Dave's suggestion) or society's perception must change from the inside out -- meaning we need to come to the realization that these things are important and a privilege and that in and of itself should be enough to motivate us -- which is much harder to do. Just my two cents. What do you guys think?
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Elad Yakobowicz
Posted over 4 years ago
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
I thought this speech was brilliant. I've read many of the comments here and though I agree with some of them (with respects to there being more to the general picture than what Mr. Sinek touches upon), I still feel that he has opened up many of our minds - mine included - to two things: those who were not previously can now be aware that they are being pitched an idea or product in such a way and those who have trouble pitching an idea can do so more effectively. Some people have great ideas yet have trouble communicating it. I think that as a template for explaining an idea and for speechwriting in general, the Golden Circle is a wonderful concept.