Monday, April 22, 2013

TED Talks

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is an annual conference put on by the Sapling Foundation, and which is designed to allow for “ideas worth spreading.” Most of us have seen one or two TED presentations, but all of them are interesting, unique and informative.  If you have never seen a TED talk, I am offering here some which I think are best.

1.       Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sport: http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_dishman_health_care_should_be_a_team_sport.html

2.       Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice: http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice.html

3.       Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe: http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_hawking_asks_big_questions_about_the_universe.html

4.       Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html

5.       Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of insight: http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

6.       Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius: http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

7.       Ken Robinson: Schools kill creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

8.       Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

9.       Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story: http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

10.   Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice: http://www.ted.com/talks/roger_ebert_remaking_my_voice.html

In particular the speech by Roger Ebert, whom I considere the greatest critic in any field, is quite moving. I highly recommend spending time with TED.

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