Check out two recent TED talks on making subway commutes more meaningful.
The first talk, which you can find here, comes from TEDxHouseofParliament in London, and argues that long commutes without any human interaction are not only a waste of time and uninspiring, but are also unhealthy. Emily Kasriel offers advice on how to start conversations with strangers and advocates for better designs and technologies to facilitate connection.
In the second talk (above), Kristin Pedemonti talks about how she’s resorted to “Free Hugs” and blowing bubbles to combat the listless drones of the New York subway.
“So we’re on the subway, and it’s rush hour. The car is crammed of people, but no one interacts with anyone,” Pedemonti says. So she obviously starts blowing bubbles! “Of course, since it’s New York City, people act like they don’t see anything. But I notice somebody is smiling.”
“Say yes to opportunities for joy,” she concludes, but it sounds like a load of phooey if you ask us — we have a Fruit Ninja high score to beat! Kidding, we’re kidding!
[via TED Blog]