‘Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world’.

This web site has an extraordinary collection of pod & vod casts by inspiring and leading speakers.    Key terms used to describe the range of sessions include: persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, inspiring, beautiful, funny and informative. For example, hear from Bill Gates on battling HIV, Physicist David Deutsch on change and existence, Ken Robinson on why schools kill creativity, or Vilayanur Ramachandran on your mind.

Lately the BI team have enjoyed watching the vodcast of Ian Goldin, Director of the 21st Century School at Oxford discuss ‘Navigating our Global Future’Systemic risks and shocks, resilience and technology are just some of the issues discussed. He also warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.

Another funny but good presentation is Richard St John talking about the ‘Secrets’ of success.

TeD is also now available in العربية, Deutsch, Arabic, ไทย, Русский, and more languages due to the TED Open Translation Project.  This project is also worth looking at as a fascinating exercise in global and free collaboration to enable cross-cultural sharing of leading ideas.

History of Aid To Laos, Villiam Phraxayavong, Mekong Press, 2009

Villiam Phraxayavong is an extraordinary and inspiring man and I have been fortunate to know him for more than ten years. I still promise to him I will return to my Lao language learning and do that PhD one day! Formerly head of International Collaboration for the Royal Lao Government 1969 – 1974, Villiam was sent to re-education camp for many years after the revolution in Laos.  He eventually fled to Thailand where he was held in a refugee camp for two years before migrating to Australia where he worked as a trauma counsellor with STARTs.  Villiam recently completed and published his PhD focusing on the effectiveness of Aid to Laos.  Villiam warns that Laos’ continued dependence on foreign aid could lead the nation to ruin.

Listen to a pod cast of an interview with Villiam.

To purchase a copy of his book, go to