TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. All of the talks are available free online and can be highly addictive once you get going. Here are some of my faves:
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.
Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened – and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Brene Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it – and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism – and, of course, passion – in this talk.
Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – aOur lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. nd warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.