TED Talks on Thursdays in Big Canoe

By Bob Littell

TED Talks fostered a flurry of interest in Big Canoe with its inaugural 2018 season. As a result, the Knowledge Series will continue the talks known as “The Best of TED Talks” in February and March 2019. These very short talks, typically 15-20 minutes or less, are made by some of the most brilliant minds on the planet, covering every imaginable topic.

The February 7 TED Talks will feature two speakers. First, Robert Waldinger will speak on “What Is Happiness Really All About, and What Does It Mean to Have a Life Well-lived?” Waldinger is the third project head of the Harvard Adult Development Study spanning over 75 years.

Instead of asking people to look back over their lives to find out what they remembered, such as when they were happiest, etc., this study is a living document of 724 Harvard men done by tracking each of them, from their work to their family life. About 60 men are still alive and still reporting. Don’t think they all came from affluent families. Two separate groups were chosen – one group was compiled of sophomores at Harvard in 1938 and most went off to WWII after graduation. The second group was specifically chosen from among Boston’s poorest neighborhoods. You will find the results very eye-opening and provocative and maybe even give another reason why we love Big Canoe.

Secondly, Suzanne Simard will discuss “How Trees Talk to Each Other.” Without giving anything away about her life-long dedication to this topic, hearing Suzanne will change the way you walk the 25+ miles of trails within our forests and fields in Big Canoe.

TED Talks will be held 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Mountains Grille at the Clubhouse on Thursday February 7. While there is no admission charge, wine, beer, bottled water and soft drinks will be available for purchase from 4:00 p.m. when registration begins.

For further information, contact Bob Littell at chiefnetweaver@gmail.com or Ken Dutter at kpdutter@bellsouth.net.

Reservations are required to ensure a seat by registering online at the www.bigcanoepoa.org website under the listing of Upcoming Events, or by emailing tsawyer@bigcanoepoa.org. Attendance is limited to the first 100 reservations. Cancellation is required by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 6, the day prior to TED Talks.