One of the greatest things I appreciate about my work colleagues is their passion for learning and growing themselves as people. As an example, one of my work colleagues, Duana (@starkcoffee), brought in the practice of Friday lunchtime video sessions at a common client of ours last year.
To make it effective, and to make it relevant to all people, she worked with everyone to brainstorm a list of videos that we could watch over lunch. We would bring sandwiches, or grab food to bring back to the office where we sat in a meeting room watching these videos over lunch. The goal was to try to watch a video that worked not just one part of the brain that we used in day-to-day programming, but to watch videos that would inspire and exercise the other half.
I really enjoyed the practice and need to remind myself of this great ritual. It brought people together from different parts of the organisations, and was great watching a number of different topics from different areas. We watched a number of videos from technical sources loaded onto places like InfoQ, or Vimeo and sourced a number of other “alternative” videos from sites like TED or Youtube. The challenge was finding two short videos that you could watch over a lunch-hour, so we tended to go for 15-20 minute videos.
Here’s a list of great videos to get you started:
- Dan Gilbert on what makes us happy
- John Wooden on True Success
- Shukla Bose on Teaching One Child at a Time
- Sugata Mitra on Kids Teaching Themselves
- Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation