TED Community » Juan Marcos Perez Gulin

About Me

I was born in Galicia (northwest Iberian Peninsula) the 24 of March of 1976. And I love to work with values, ideas and people. The values which make our identity valuable, the ideas which help us move forward, and the people whose potentials are incredibly unexplored.

Spain, Santiago De Compostela
Current organization:
Past organizations:
Dirección Xeral de Desenvolvmento Sostible, Freelance / Self-employed
Current role:
President, board member
Areas of expertise:
Strategic Planning, Urban Planning, Sustainability, Team Building / Training & Motivation

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I'm passionate about

I'm passoinate about rationality on the use of resources and about irrationality on the expense of feelings.

Talk to me about

Your most crazy thoughts, ideas and challenges. Talk to me about you and your concerns. About people making a change in the world. Talk to me about impossible things done.

People don't know that I'm good at

I'm good at letting people get acknowledgments for things I've done. I'm also good at taking on me the responsibility of things I'm not responsible of.


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  • A comment on Talk: Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

    Apr 3 2013: A view from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I'd love I could be called European but, to be honest I can only say that I live in a Member State of the European Union. Of course there are dozens of good ideas to talk about but one of the most interesting thoughts moving in my brain after watching this talk is the parallelism we could establish between the Funders in the USA and the National sovereignty in Europe. So far, our politicians have never thought as europeans but keep thinking as representatives of their countries, and this way that beautiful idea of Europe is not possible.
  • A comment on Conversation: Will Automation Lead to Economic Collapse?

    Sep 26 2012: I think the key point is where do you focus "automation". We should never replace human thoughts and ethics by automate responses to complex problems. Though automation gives us more calculation capacities, we can only say that we can do faster analysis, I'm not sure that they are always better analysis ;)

    Regarding other views mentioned on this thread, of course, we cannot compete with machines on repetitive tasks and we should focus on added value, creativity and of course, human services...
  • A comment on Conversation: What is the 1 Question you'd ask or Idea you'd share with the TED Team ?

    Mar 18 2012: How to deal with demagogic comments through the Internet?
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    A comment on Conversation: What's your favorite single sentence from a TEDTalk?

    Feb 15 2011: My preferred sentence has no sense without its context. It's "They will in a minute" from Sir Ken Robinson's talk Schools Kill Creativity. That was the answer from the girl drawing a picture of God to her teacher who said that nobody knows what God looks like.

    I think the world would be completely different if we all were so focused on our real convictions and we really believed on what we are doing as much as this girl does.
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    A comment on Talk: Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

    Jul 19 2010: How can we understand the world without this kind of information? Do we preffer to think that the real problem is the memmo I have to fill in tomorrow?
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    A comment on Talk: David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation

    Feb 2 2010: Listening to this talk it borught economists to my mind.

    I feel they (we) were perfectly presented when David talked about explanations that can be easily varied, because we are experts explaining one thing and the opposite within a very short period of time.

    It was while I was studying Political Economics at the University of Santiago de Compsotela when Professor Olariaga talked to us about Procrustes myth applied to what economists actually do ("Procrustean solution" is the undesirable practice of tailoring data to fit results).

    Economists, we've doing so fine changing our own theories and explanations about reality that many people say that the Economy is not science. But in the end, maybe the real problem is that economists do not behave as scientists whenever they appear serving political speeches (both for public administrations or big companies). This is a very clear case where explanation is not the goal.