TED Talk Salon: The puzzle of motivation (Dan Pink)

Join in our TED Talk Salon for a brain-stimulating presentation and lively discussion. For the curious world citizen, you may enjoy this video-style book club.

This month's topic: The Puzzle of Motivation, presented by Dan Pink

Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

3:30...Play the TED Talk, break into smaller groups to discuss
4:45...Whole group summary/further discussion
5:45...Event wraps up

Monthly, we view a recorded TED Talk (of about 20 min.) from those posted at ted.com. Talks are by a person notable in their field, who has interesting things to say. After viewing their piece, we'll break into smaller groups and talk about the ideas raised (with the occasional tangent! ;-)

Talks are selected because they spark the interest of Rebecca, our TED salon moderator, and are likely candidates for good conversation. (Recommendations are welcome - email Rebecca.)

Please join us!

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  • Kristin M.

    Thank you, Rebecca and Audrey. I was super-tired (fell asleep half-way through a TED talk!), and had to leave early....but still great topic and discussion after!

    November 3, 2013

  • Mary M.

    I think the research showed that happiness leveled off at about $70,000 rather than $20,000. (The lower number doesn't cover the basics.) But thanks for the links!

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Someone asked me to post resources, so here I go:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/the...­ is the Youtube Channel of RSA. They do many presentations/lectures/talks which are somewhat similar to TEDTalks but a bit more in-depth.

    At http://www.intelligencesquared....­ you can watch debates hosted by Intelligence Squared, and provide high quality oxford-style debates on current issues.

    I also mentioned some research about happiness having a direct correlation with income until about the $20,000 mark. That came from the book Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, which I highly recommend.

    November 3, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Good topic. Enjoyed discussion afterwards. Look forward to more TED talks.

    November 2, 2013

  • Ginny R.


    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Mary-Hannah J.

    It's a great topic. I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think about it.

    October 28, 2013

  • Rebecca


    In case you're new to this monthly event, after watching the video talk together, we break-out into smaller groups to discuss it. After about 45 min., we come back together as one group and continue the discussion.

    The poll question is--

    For the smaller, break-out discussion groups, what is the maximum number of people that sounds comfortable to you? (Feel free to add comments.)

    October 7, 2013

    • Julie

      `5-6 seems optimal to me.

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Jan


      1 · October 8, 2013

  • Andre G.

    7 is a good maximum.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Steve

    5 to 8.3 people per group

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Mark T.

    I like a size of 7-10 people for the small group and I liked the 45 minute timeframe for that part very well this month.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Douglas H.

    Why was my reservation dropped?

    October 5, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Doug, I'm not sure what might have happened. We haven't changed any RSVPs. I see you are currently signed up now, so maybe it was a meetup or internet glitch. Glad to hear you will be joining us.

      October 5, 2013

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