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TED Talks on Thursdays at Mountains Grille Room

By Bob Little

TED Talks have fostered a flurry of interest at Big Canoe with its inaugural 2108 season. As a result, the Knowledge Series will continue these in February and March 2019: “The Best of TED Talks.” These very short talks—typically 15-20 minutes or less—are made by some of the most brilliant minds on the planet, covering almost any imaginable topic. Due to limited publicity about our February date, we will repeat the same program in March.

The March 7 TED Talks will feature two speakers. Robert Waldinger will speak on “What is happiness really all about, and what does it mean to have a life well-lived.” Waldinger is the third project head of the Harvard Adult Development Study spanning over 75 years.  Instead of having to ask people to look back over their lives to find out what they remembered—when they were happiest, etc., this study is a living document of 724 Harvard men and tracking each of them—their work as well as their family life. About 60 of them are still alive and still reporting. And don’t think they all came from affluent families. Two separate groups were chosen: one who were all sophomores at Harvard in 1938 and most, after graduation, went off to WWII. The second group was specifically chosen from among Boston’s poorest neighborhoods. You will find the results very eye-opening and provocative and maybe even another reason why we love Big Canoe.

How trees talk to each other

Second, Suzanne Simard will discuss “How Trees Talk to Each Other.” Without giving anything away about her life-long dedication to this topic, it will change the way you walk our 25+ miles of trails within our forests and fields in Big Canoe.

These TED Talks will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Mountains Grille Room of The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti on Thursday March 7.  While there is no admission charge, wine, beer, bottled water and soft drinks will be available for purchase from 4 p.m. when registration begins.

For further information about these TED Talks, please contact Bob Littell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ken Dutter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Members of the 2019 Advisory Council of The Knowledge Series are Calvert (Cal) Johnson, Chair; Gay Abbott, Bob Anderson, Bob Bachman, Jim Crupi, Ken Dutter, Teresa Freeman, Rhonda Gallaspy, and Bob Littell.

Reservations are required to ensure a seat by registering online on the www.bigcanoepoa.org website listing of upcoming events, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attendance is limited to the first 100 reservations. Cancellation is required by 3 p.m. on Wednesday March 6, the day prior to the Ted Talks.

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