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18 December 2011 / jmmshaw

In praise of TED

For me, TED is probably the most inspirational and wonderful website I know of. You can think of it as a site full of amazing, thought-provoking and, yes, inspirational videos of talks and presentations given at various TED conferences over the years. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and the subjects of the talks are delightfully diverse. I would strongly encourage everyone to explore the TED website and look at what looks interesting. To start you all off, here are some of my favourites:

  • Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity. This is probably one of the most-viewed TED talks, with an estimated 200 million people having seen it. It’s a funny and passionate talk by Sir Ken Robinson, who suggests that schools in the industrialised world focus too much on reading, writing and arithmetic at the expense of creativity. It’s a great talk, and not a terrible one to begin with if you’re a TED virgin.
  • Three Things I Learned While my Plane Crashed. This is a short but poignant talk by someone who was on the plane that crash landed in the Hudson river in New York in 2009.
  • Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation. Here we learn how the traditional motivation methods that the vast majority of businesses use (like bonuses) have been scientifically demonstrated to not really work.
  • The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves. An amazing group of dancers. I watched the last five minutes of this with my mouth open with amazement at the beautiful music and dancing, which actually made me feel quite emotional.

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