*By Ima Rios
Someone said that one TED talk a day can change your vision of the world. And we totally agree. If you don’t know what TED is, basically imagine people getting together to discover great ideas from one or several speakers. TED is happening simultaneously in many cities around the globe, and the best part is you can check all the videos from those conferences online whenever you feel like it. So for the newbies and for the regulars, here some of the most popular talks of all time. Enjoy!
Chris Anderson – How YouTube Is Driving Innovation
TED head honcho Chris Anderson speaks on how the force of Youtube–online video–is causing a global renaissance in learning.
Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke Of Insight
Jill was a brain scientist who experienced a brain hemorrhage. Her experience caused her to see the two hemispheres of the brain individually. While experiencing the left hemisphere, she called an ambulance and worried about her condition. At times, this experience would fade into the right hemisphere, and everything would start melting into everything else.
Dan Gilbert Explains How We Generate Our Own Happiness
Harvard psychology professor Dan Gilbert presents research which clearly makes the case that happiness is something we invent. It is not something that happens to us. It is not based on how well our lives are going. It is not even real. It is just something we make up and in so doing, create the story of our lives.
Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do, and how we can do it better
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that make us do what we do — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
Jimmy Wales Explains The Birth Of Wikipedia
One of the top 10 websites in the world, Wikipedia still maintains a staff of under 40 and is almost entirely run by the community. Founder Jimmy Wales shares the experience of making it and how it was created from a previous failure and shows the audacity that enormous vision requires.
Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success
Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
Benjamin Zander Gives A Passionate Speech About Classical Music And Creativity
Benjamin Zander addresses the disconnect between classical music and mainstream society and shows how alive and passionate the music really can be when it is understood and played with vitality.
Sir Kenneth Robinson Argues That Schools Kill Creativity
Sir Robinson shows what we’ve all secretly known to be true. School is a bad thing that hurts kids and turns them into consuming, desk-jobbing robots. But he makes the point with wit, with clarity, and with compassion, and puts forth a vision of how things could be different, right now, in this world.
Mary Roach: 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm
“Bonk” author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious.
Barry Schwartz Explains Why Too Much Choice Is A Bad Thing
Barry Schwartz basically runs a chainsaw through the most basic modern American assumption: MORE CHOICE IS BETTER and less choice is Communism!