15 Inspirational Ted Talks Worth Watching
Posted on Mar 16, 2015
We’ve all been there. We all had days where we needed some inspiration, some motivation. We were desperate enough to open a tab and search for that one person who would drive us creativity when nobody else could. Maybe your favourite Kevin Spacey talk. Or maybe Stephen Hawking’s deepest questions about the universe.
If you are having one of those days, then look no further. There are 1,900 TED talks to start your day with, but don’t worry, we picked the top fifteen talks to inspire you this week.
If you think we missed one of your favourite talks, let us know.
15. The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
Statistics Guru Hans Rosling knocks the bottom out of the so called “developing world” and its myths.
14. Try Something New For 30 Days
Matt Cuts will show you a completely new way of achieving goals in less than 4 minutes: by trying something new for 30 days. Try something you’ve always wanted to do, that skill you’ve been pushing to next year or maybe one thing you feel you’re always meant to.
13. The Power of Introverts
Susan Cain explains how talented and creative introverts are and how their abilities should be recognized in today’s society.
12. Love, No Matter What
Celebrate love in Andrew Solomon’s talk. His main focus will be on families who raise children who are different from you and me in a fundamental way. What is it like to raise a criminal, or a prodigy or a differently abled kid? Andrew talked with dozens of parents and what he learnt was very touching.
11. Here’s How We Take Back The Internet
A most awaited talk last year was the teleconference from Edward Snowden on security, Internet freedom and surveillance. His suggestions, as his movement states, that data privacy rights are not a one-sided issue - it needs an important rethink on the role the internet has on our lives today and the laws protecting us.
10. Dare To Disagree
Margaret Heffernan show us that you cannot avoid conflict (like some people instinctively do) but disagree more. Disagreement is, in fact, the road to progress. She highlights how the best partners (and teams and relationships) allow people to disagree.
9. Teach Every Child About Food, by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver shares with us, as part of his Anti-obesity project, a picture of the food we eat and how we need to educate ourselves the food we eat.
8. Your Elusive Creative Genius
The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” reflects on how we expect the impossible from the unique artists and geniuses. And in return, Elizabeth Gilbert illustrates the radical thought that, maybe, instead of the unique person being the “genius”, we all have a “genius” inside of us.
7. Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, considers why more men than women reach the top of their professions. A very powerful and inspiring talk, as Sheryl gives advice on how women should aim for chief executive positions.
6. Innovating to Zero
The passionate techie Bill Gates shares his world energy future’s vision: there is a need for “miracles” to avert planetary disasters and why he is defending a completely different type nuclear reactor. He exposes his 2050 energy goal: zero global carbon emissions.
5. The Genesis of Google
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google Co-founders invite us to peek inside the Google machine, sharing treats and information about their search patterns, the Google foundation and their dedication to innovation and happy employees.
4. Questioning The Universe
With his talk, professor Stephen Hawking asks very big questions about the universe and he tell us how we can answer them.
3. Every Kid Needs a Champion
The brave and rousing Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, brings us a call for educators all over the world. Rita shares teachers need to connects with students in a real, human personan level.
2. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Amy Cuddy research on human body language shows us that we can change other people’s perceptions. With a “power posing” with confidence, even if we don’t feel confident, we can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
1. How School Kills Creativity, by Ken Robinson
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson makes an excellent and intelligent case for creating an educating system that cares and nurtures about creativity, instead of impairing it.
The best Non-TED Talk:
How To Live Before You Die, by Steve Jobs
At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, encourage us to chase our dreams and see the chances and circumstances in difficult moments — even in times of death.
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About TED: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
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