I was born in Bangladesh, grew up (the Bronx), studied (SUNY Albany) and worked (UBS, DreamLife.com, Goldman Sachs, Columbia University) in New York from 12 to 34 years of age. With a front-end technology/project management background, I always tried to get the best use of technology for lay people and would like to see Bangladesh education leapfrog onto current resources. I am back in Bangladesh since October 2006 working in the development sector. BD Expats is a labor of love which was inaugurated in August 2008. TEDxDhaka is another love and I feel privileged to be one of it's co-founder & it's curator.
education as a process of discovering and developing our hidden talent. This "daemon" is the continuation of the evolution process that created us. It's ultimate goal is a World Civilization.
World Peace is achievable in our lifetime! Mcluhan said, technology extends our senses. Kevin Kelly said, we are the vehicles for extending internet technologies. Both are technically accurate but missed the "feely" part. First, we are becoming extensions of one another through the internet more so than TV/radio because of cheap feedback system. And two, this extension is increasing our locus of empathy. Limitations of politics, religion, history or mythology is being overwritten by technology.
I see ethics embedded in technology. As it extends our senses to encompass other's experiences, we cannot help but feel empathy for the "other". This empathy translates to ethical behavior toward others. We are at the verge of beginning to treat others without suspicion and hate but as our other self (En Lak Ech as the Mayans greeted).
Achieving the impossible is just one person, one relationship away.
The uniqueness of man is not that he creates tools, but that his tools recreate him.
executing education and development projects in Bangladesh that focuses on developing the middle class and technical education (engineering, medicine, etc.).
hustling people to do good and help someone else.
I discovered TED.com beginning of 2007, after moving to Bangladesh, and have watched every single talks (yes, ALL) from Dhaka. I felt I finally found "my people", my friends, my teachers, my compatriots. I am cataloging all the presentations to spread TEDsters ideas among the young University students in Bangladesh. I think TEDsters are the new "chosen" who will bring forth World Peace. To these ends I'd like to start a TED Village in Dhaka where TEDsters can live very cheaply (less than $1000/month or perhaps lower) with other TEDsters around to collaborate with. No cooking, laundry or housekeeping to worry about, so that they can focus on their work in a relaxed environment. There is the additional benefit of testing out new ideas/techniques/technologies in a needy area quickly, cheaply and without much (or any) red tape. Btw, I still keep up with all the TEDTalks online so much so that a friend has dubbed me TED Yoda :-)
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