TED is a great example of useful video in my opinion, but as someone pointed out at the TEDx event I attended last weekend, it’s not just about ideas being spread, hopefully some people take action on some of these ideas too.
In fact I went through a period in my life not too long ago where I made a point of watching one new TED video each day as a scheduled break in the day.
I keep a running Evernote…err…ugh…note, on all the TED talks that I’ve watched that I found particularly interesting and that I would possibly watch again.
It’s a great way to keep track of ideas that have given you some insights, and quite frequently I’ve had the very great experience of watching a TED talk, getting version 101 and then going on to read the books written by many of these great speakers. At the very least it’s led to me checking out their work online, people like Kevin Kelly (who has done some TED talks, but whom I did not feature below), Sir Ken Robinson and Steven Johnson, all people with ideas I discovered through TED initially and have since come to feature in my own writing and work in some way, shape or form.
TED has the tremendous power to influence us all.
Here is a list of talks I recommend watching, in no particular order:
1. Jamie Oliver on Teaching Food/Cooking To Every Child
2. Simon Sinek on Why and How Leaders Inspire Others
3. Daniel Pink on Motivation 3.0
4. Dr. Nicholas Christakis on The Hidden Influence of Social Networks
5. Jason Fried on Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work
6. Sir Ken Robinson on Schools Kill Creativity
7. Sir Ken Robinson on Bring on a Learning Revolution
8. Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From
9. Dan Ariely on Are We In Control of Our Own Decisions?
10. Daniel Kahneman on The Riddle of Experience vs Memory
11. Rory Sutherland on Sweating the Small Stuff
12. Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion
13. Derek Sivers on How to Start a Movement
14. Dan Ariely on Our Buggy Moral Code
15. Dean Ornish on Changing Your Genes
16. Dan Buettner on Living to Be 100
17. Rory Sutherland on Life Lessons of an Ad Man
18. Derek Sivers on Keeping Goals to Yourself
19. Gever Tully on 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do
20. Hans Rosling on The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
21. Mark Roth on Suspended Animation
22. Mike Rowe on Dirty Jobs
23. Chip Conley on Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile
24. Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi on Psychological Flow
25. Tim Brown on Creativity and Play
26. Tony Robbins on Why We Do What We Do
27. Dan Gilbert on Why We’re Happy
28. Heribert Watzke on The Brain in your Gut
29. Chris Anderson on The Long Tail
30. Timothy Ferriss on Smash Fear, Learn Anything
31. Sam Harris on How Science Can Show Us What’s Right
32. Dean Ornish on Healing
33. Sugata Mitra on Child Driven Education
34. Barry Schwartz on The Paradox of Choice
35. Jeff Bezos on The Next Web Innovation (and oldie…)
36. And because I really like Richard Branson…Life at 30,000 Feet