Self-Organization, Economics & Football @ TEDxKL

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tedxklYesterday, I am at the TEDx Kuala Lumpur, checking out what they are doing in their events. Organized by my counterpart, Daniel Cerventus (owner of Malaysian Entrepreneurs) and his TEDx team (kudos to them for the hard work and effort), the event is held in a very conducive and cosy environment in Plug and Play centre, 7 Floor in Mid-Valley. At the same time, I also managed to catch up with some old friends in KL: Yung-Hui (Grey-Review), Colin Charles (Bytebot), Daniel SY Tan, Michael Teoh, Arief Aziz (TEDx Jarkata) and many other new friends I have met yesterday. Of course, Meng Weng Wong was there and have covered the event with his camera (though I think that he should speak at some point). In any case, in the aftermath, during the wrap party at Delicious in Mid-Valley, both Cerventus and I agreed on one thing. We both thought that even the others thought we did alright with the presentation, we felt that we did not hit our maximum potential. Surely, for myself, I never thought that delivering an idea to be spread around within 18 minutes can be that exciting but I know that I have to improve much more. So, I will just place an abstract, links to the twitter comments of the talk and also the slides I have presented here, and hope that you can find the idea of “self-organized criticality“, a concept from physics that found many applications in economics, biology, chemistry, computer and even football managers (or CEOs) worth spreading. There is a sequel to this story too that I have some new thoughts to pursue this idea further and I will work on it when I returned to Cambridge for a visit next month :)

The main ideas behind the talk are explained earlier via a blog post I have written entitled: Firing of BPL Football Managers and Maximal Efficiency. The reference for the research paper I have published with my collaborators in Cambridge: Toke Aidt, Bernard Leong, William Saslaw and Daniel Sgroi, “A power law distribution for the tenures of Sports Managers“, Physica A, 370(2):697-703 (you can request the research paper from me via email or twitter). The twitter comments for the talk can be found here. (Photo below taken by Meng Weng Wong)


My presentation for the TEDxKL conference:

Related Links:
[1] Niki Cheong, An Afternoon at TEDxKL

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