I love TED Talks. I was in a church leadership retreat last weekend during which several of us talked excitedly about how powerful these short web-based videos can be for encouraging new thinking. Others at the retreat had never heard of TED Talks. So, I collaborated with my expert daughter to came up with the following list of favorites.
What are TED Talks?
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. Along with two annual conferences … TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. More on http://www.ted.com/
Some Favorite TED Talks
- Brené Brown – The Price of Invulnerability, 2010
- Joshua Klein – On the Intelligence of Crows, 2008 (the crow vending machine is amazing!)
- Larry Lessig – How creativity is being strangled by the law, 2007
- Emily May – Good Morning, 2011 (my daughter volunteers with Hollaback to combat street harassment – this is a video about how that remarkable movement started)
- Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs – Prosthetic Aesthetics, 2009 (I showed this to six little girls yesterday and we talked about what it would be like to be able to change your height by changing your legs.)
- Hans Rosling – No more boring data, 2007
- Stefan Sagmeister – The power of time off, 2009
- Sheryl Sandberg – Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders – from the Facebook COO, 2010
Other videos of great talks (non-TED):
- THE 22 MINUTE MEETING by Nicole Steinbok (an Ignite Talk), 2010
- “RSA: Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us”, 2010 by Dan Pink