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I have been a TED fan for quite some time, and the last months I have been asking myself more and more: where do all these ideas come from?

I mean, from a neurological point of view, can you really say an idea is something that – Eureka! – ‘pops up’ in someone’s brain? Is there suddenly something there – a deep understanding of the working of the economy , the aspiration to write a book about happiness, the dream to meet a personal hero, the idea to call a friend you haven’t seen for a while?

For some of these, possibly yes. But for others, the deep scientifc insights are not just randomly born in someone’s mind. These ideas develop when great thinkers let other people reflect on them. Ideas develop when great minds meet and engage in dialogue. Ideas grow in idea networks. And therefore, coffee houses are great incubators for ideas, as Steven Johson explains.


I am just quickly posting this talk before some friends arrive for dinner, but I should watch it again.

Daniel Pink untidies the knot of motivation and has an answer on the tacky question what a good job involves. In his words, it is

  1. mastery – doing something you are actually good at
  2. autonomy – doing things independently
  3. purpose – doing something that matters.

An important lesson for as long as my job hunt continues! For now, I am pretty autonomous, I don’t really feel that I master anything, but the worst part: (apparently) I don’t have a real purpose at the moment.

Anyway, enjoy the talk and be inspired!

Yesterday, I went to see a documentary about a very peculiar story in European politics. Back in 2002, nobody would believe that Herman van Rompuy would be appointed President of the European Council seven years later.

And yet, it happened. The dull Belgian prime minister, a haiku poet with the ‘appearance of a low grade bank clerk‘, turned out to be the only candidate without any controversy. The Danish documentary, full of irony, tells a story of fading dreams, fights amongst friends and earthy compromises. Recommended!