0 Indian slum activists are Revolutionary Optimists at Melinda Gates TED talk

Like most TED talks, it was fun with a lot of broad and encouraging statements without too many complicating details. The webcast itself was ‘negatively disrupted’ (lots of jokes on Twitter about this) when the TED live stream dropped just as Melinda was making her opening statements. It was restored minutes later.

Of all the featured speakers, there may be no better examples of positive disruptors than 14-year-old Sikha Patra and 15-year-old Salim Shekh, along with their revolutionary Bengali community activist and mentor Amlan Ganguly. Salim and Sikha spoke with Melinda at the event. I talked with them earlier.

0 Radical Charity: Dan Pallotta at TED

Dan Pallotta at TED says we keep trying to fool ourselves into believing that a more perfect market strategy will make charity unnecessary. It’s the wrong approach and undermines the essential value of most humanitarian endeavors, Pallotta says. “You can’t monetize love and compassion.”