julian treasure

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intro’d to Julian via this ted:

5 ways to listen better (2011)

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, “We are losing our listening.” In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you.

listening is making meaning from sound – via: pattern recognition..differencing…filters…

intention is very important in listening..

sound places us in space and in time.

sound always has time embedded in it.

our listening is the main way we experience the flow of time from past to future.

we’re loosing our listening –

1. we invented ways of recording: writing, audio, video, the premium on accurate and careful listening has disappeared… 

2. world so noisy

the art of conversation being replaced by personal broadcasting

harder for us to pay attention to the quiet, the subtle, the understanding...

listening is our access to understanding..

a world where we don’t listen to each other..

5 ways to improve listening:

1. silence – 3 min a day 

talk to self – 3min a da

2. mixing – listen to how many channels of sounds i’m listening to

3. savoring – enjoying mundane sounds

4. listening positions – playing with filters.. as levers to get conscious about them…

5. rasa (essence) receive (pay attention to person), appreciate (hmm., oh,..) , summarize (so…), ask (questions)

why is listening not taught in schools?


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quiet enough

2 needs and a cure


tedglobal 2010:

tedglobal 2012:

7 min – designing better rooms for ed..? teachers at risk of heart attack from noise

how about designing better ed.. where you don’t have people gathering in a room with unwanted noise..