Need An Online (educational) Distraction? Try TED.

Brain by BB Luhring 1/2/12It’s not like any of us really need more online distractions but I’m going to share my favorite anyhow. Three simple letters – TED. TED stands for “Technology Entertainment Design” and was planned as a one time conference in 1984. The conference grew in popularity and emphasized the design and technology aspects with a heavy dose of Silicon Valley celebs.

Since 2006, TED conferences, which now take place all over the world are taped and available FREE for online viewing. TED is one of my very favorite 12 to 25 minute distractions on the Web. Everytime I watch a TED video I learn something I never knew or learn MORE about something I thought I knew a lot about.

My favorite TED category (I assume I am not alone!) is “Jaw Dropping.” And while the largest percentage of presenters are male, women are well represented. Below are a few of my favorites. But don’t rely on my recommendations. Visit and find your own favorites!

Isabel Behncke:Evolution’s gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans

2011 Google Science Fair Winners – Teen-age Girl Scientists

Julie Sweeney on letting go of God

Check out TED once and you’ll have a new Online distraction too!



Partner, Social Marketing & Web Development at 3W Media Co & Proactive Planet
If you wanted describe what Barb brings to 3W Media in a single word it would be “ideation.” Check out ideation as described by Wikipedia:

"Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract.[1] Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.[2] As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.[3]"

Barb provides ideation for her clients as well as for 3W Media's suite of social marketing services. She can help clients develop and implement relevant technology and social marketing solutions for their businesses. As the chief social marketing officer for Proactive Planet and 3W Media, Barb sees social platforms as entities from which to reach specific demographic groups. She will help your business expand the reach of your message, your product and your service.

Barb is a visual communicator, creating cartoons and infographics to explain the concepts of social marketing to her clients and students of her social media marketing classes. She wants clients to better understand the concepts and potential of social marketing in order to grow their business’ bottom line. And she can help you.