I now teach kids at the Hong Kong Harbour School. It is the first time I have taken a long term commitment (2 years) to teach classes to the young, before I was only teaching at master level in Europe. It’s not a smaller challenge. I have to teach differently. I have to explain things from scratch with non-technical words. I have to be super articulate and clear. And more importantly it’s got to be directly relevant to them, meaningful and rewarding at every step.
They will ask questions that will keep me awake at night. They deserve answers, but more importantly, they need to develop the capacity to inquire and propose their own answers, have their own opinions and strategies to affect change to society.
Map by Safecast showing radioactivity in Hong Kong with the brand new Mac (free) app. Government data here.
The topic of environmental radioactivity is timely :
For the first class, I have prepared a slideshow with many videos. I have watched many crazy and inadequate videos and these are the most informative ones. More about environmental and marine radioactivity coming soon.
Share or watch in full screen : http://goo.gl/cKiFAE
Today I presented several works at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, on the invitation of the brilliant Takuro Mizuta Lippit ak DJ Sniff. It was interesting to present to a young designer crowd and connect older art / design works I did to my current robotics research Protei– all creative to my point of view. Here are the slides. I highly recommend to pump up the volume and turn off the lights for the 2 first videos on Vimeo.
Thanks to all who came to attend the lecture.
Yesterday I was grateful to be a keynote speaker at the GIN852 conference. It was the very first time in my life I was asked to speak about my life path. Am I that old already? :)
I was overwhelmed to share so much about myself, I never felt so vulnerable. I hope that was helpful for the students and inspired them to find the courage they have in themselves to pursue what they believe is worthwhile.
In the 45 minutes presentation I explained about how to “Draw your life in one page” – which is explained in details in the video above. Over the past few years I developed and simplified a visualization method to map what you have done in the past, where you are now, and how to move on forward. The whole drawing exercise generally take about 30 minutes to do – maybe a little more the first time you do it. For me, it’s been a life changing experience that helped me :
- gain clarity
- improved my confidence to take hard decisions and
- make my life more meaningful for myself, others and hopefully the world (I mean Nature in my case).
I hope it will help you make sense of it all. As of today 2014 March 3rd, this is my life drawing. Please share your life drawing with me.
The “Draw your life in one page” slides are here:
The GIN852 slides are here (many are similar slides):
About GIN852 : Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action: Hong Kong-wide Global Issues Network conference will be hosted by ICS on March 1- 2, 2014. Follow us @GIN_852 Description For the past years, the Global Issues Network (GIN) has been an ambitious worldwide event that brings schools around the world together, with the goal of empowering young people to collaborate and create solutions for global issues. However, we believe that international solutions should begin locally. 852 is the area code and also a colloquial term for Hong Kong. Hence, GIN852 both embodies the original international focus of GIN conferences and our unique local context. International Christian School will be hosting the 2nd GIN852 conference on March 1st and 2nd, 2014. The theme for the conference is “Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action.” It is our hope that the conference will provide a great opportunity for students all over HK to work together, learn, and build valuable relationships. Follow us on Twitter @GIN_852 Subscribe to us at youtube.com/user/gin852
A few days ago, I was lucky to be invited to speak in front of about 3000 leaders at the bi-annual APM gathering in Marseille on the topic “Renaissance & Entrepreneurship, New Ways». The organization was seamless, the stage and screens gigantic, the audience smart and enthusiastic. I loved it. I was there as a young tech / green entrepreneur using innovative methods to reach an international audience. I was honored to share the stage with amazing intellectuals such as Jacques Attali, Serge Soudoplatoff, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Axel Kahn, Florence Servan-Schreiber, Cynthia_Fleury, Jean-Francois Noubel and more.
My 3 key themes were :
- Innovation, the shape shifting hull and modular sailing drone
- Open Hardware for the Environment, inviting company leaders to change how they approach intellectual property
- Global collaboration, to solve world pressing problems
I presented more than 200 slides with many videos and several people asked me to post my presentations : they are below. You can flick through the slides and simply click the links on connected articles / sources / videos.
Pleinière (12 minutes, ˜3000 people)
#1 Entreprendre pour l’environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
#2 Crowd Sourcing (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
#3 Open hardware pour l’Environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
#4 Océans espace d’Opportunités (45 minutes, ˜90 people)
I really enjoyed sharing my experience during this event, the many smart & difficult questions, the great conversations. I want to send a special thanks to Marc Tirel (for introduction), Fleurke Combier (from APM), Marion Chapsal (coach http://ideasonstage.com/) Yves Rajaud and all the workshop animators – you have been amazing. Also great thanks to my agent who has organized all the logistics of the event, the magic Lavin Agency.
It was my first time in Marseille, I loved the classic small yachts in the Vieux Port.
Even If I must admit, I did not take much time out of my hotel room :)
I will come again. The adventure continues!
We just completed this application for Think Beyond Plastic for plastic debris sensing and mapping in the ocean. It is a really rough proposal for now, for the first step of selection.
We made those new images to push the concept forward :
Protei ecosystem for plastic sensing and collection
Operating many sailing robots instead of one large oceanographic vessel.
A Protei with sensors at the forefront to avoid disturbing flow. A vertical stack of optical plankton sensor (laser optical particle counter) to capture the image of plastic debris, not plastic samples.
Let’s see how it goes :)