12 TED Talks every human should watch

12 TED Talks every human should watch

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TED stands for Technology, Education and Design and if you’re not familiar with them, by now… LOL, you sux0rs at the interwebs. This is only the greatest repository of speeches and presentations by the most brilliant minds, most fascinating people, education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends of our time.

Awhile back on my blog, I made a goal to watch every TED Talk. So, I watch at least one daily. I firmly believe that the more good stuff that goes into your mind, the more good stuff comes out. It’s my opinion that if most humans were to watch a few of these selected TED Talks, then perhaps the world could become a better place.

    1. Juan Enriquez: The Next Species of Human – Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don’t look for it on your ballot — or in the stock exchange. It’ll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be … different.(Filmed at TED2009.)
    2. Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability – Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.(Filmed at TEDxHouston.)Twitter_icon Follow Brené Brown on Twitter
  1. James B. Glattfelder – Who Controls The World?James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system — say, a swarm of birds — is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.(Filmed at TEDxZurich.) Twitter_icon Follow James B. Glattfelder on Twitter!
  2. John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding – With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.(Filmed at TED2001.)
  3. Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life – When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.(Filmed at TEDGlobal2012.) Twitter_icon Follow Jane McGonigal on Twitter!
  4. Joe Smith: How to Use a Paper Towel - You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you’re doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.(Filmed at TEDxConcordiaUPortland.)
    Twitter_icon Joe Smih is not active on Twitter.
  5. Tony Budden: Hemp Educate Innovate Cultivate: -Tony Budden promotes the use of industrial hemp as a sustainable and eco-friendly solution. In this talk, he discusses the over 25,000 different uses of hemp. And how marijuana differs from hemp. Hemp can provide jobs, housing, fuel, insulation, clothing, nutrition and much more while saving energy, trees, agro-chemicals, water and Earth… it’s an amazing plant that the world has wrongly demonized.(Filmed in TEDxCapeTown)Twitter_icon Tony Budden is not active on Twitter.
  6. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action – Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …(Filmed at TEDPugetSound.) Twitter_icon Follow Simon Sinek on Twitter!
  7. Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion – Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur’an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion — ourselves.(Filmed at TEDSalon 2009 Compassion.) Twitter_icon Follow Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf on Twitter!
  8. Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+ – To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.(Filmed at TEDxTC.) Twitter_icon Follow Dan Buettner on Twitter!
  9. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! – In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk on how schools kill creativity, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.(Filmed at TED2010.) Twitter_icon Follow Sir Ken Robinson on Twitter!
  10. Cameron Herold: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs – Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults. If we want to grow economies worldwide… let’s train our kids to be entrepreneurs, not employees.(Filmed at TEDxEdmonton.) Twitter_icon Follow Cameron Herold on Twitter!

Two Non-TED Videos that Every Human Should Watch

Steve Jobs – How to Live Before you Die – No list of inspiring talks would be complete without Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. While not actually a TED Talk, the speech is deeply touching and inspirational. A must-watch even if you’ve already seen it ten times already.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Midway Island Video on Pollution by Chris Jordan
This is one of the most poignant examples of why we need to change the path that we are on as a civilization. We have polluted this earth and the oceans so much, that 2000 miles away from the nearest continent, animals are dying due to all of the pollution that finds it’s way there. We need to change. Let’s find some solutions. It starts with you!

This post written by guest contributor Travis Wright, and originally appeared as: “Best TED Talks” on his blog. Follow Travis on Twitter: @teedubya.

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