TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Education, and Design. Today it brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.
TEDTalks shares these riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. As an avid advocate of “dare to do different” I regularly watch and listen to TEDTalks via my ipod to satisfy my thirst for curiosity, inspiration and excellence.
Below I’ve listed 5 of my most recent favourite TEDTalks that have achieved all of the above criteria with a review in 10 words or less. I hope they challenge you to do different in some way.
1. Curating humanity’s heritage: Elizabeth Lindsey (filmed December 2010)
Review: Anthropology through captivating storytelling. Science? Not so much.
2. Looking past limits: Caroline Casey (filmed December 2010)
Review: The power of positive role models. Breathless. Jaw-dropping.
3. The antidote to apathy: Dave Meslin (filmed October 2010)
Review: Politics is a spectator sport and reinforces disengagement. Thoughtful. Cynical.
4. Grow your own clothes: Suzanne Lee (filmed March 2011)
Review: A simply stunning biology and art mash-up. Crafty and eco-friendly.
5. Turning trash into toys for learning: Arvind Gupta (filmed December 2010)
Review: Ingenious. If only I had a science teacher like this.