Sources of Inspiration: My Favourite TED Presentations

11
Feb
Nick

I personally adore everything which gives me inspiration. Being inspired is an enjoyable experience in itself and may also lead to new and potentially useful ideas.

Therefore, I was delighted to find out about TED, an organization which holds an annual four-day conference for top speakers to share their ideas on almost any topic (motivated by three US $100,000 prizes). Most presentations are limited to 15-20 minutes, which ensures that the speakers stick to the key messages.

Attending this event requires an invitation and a US$6,000 fee (the prize money has to come from somewhere), so it is great that TED posts all the presentations online for free viewing.

Below please find a selection of what I consider to be “must-see” presentations:

  1. Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY[/youtube]

  2. Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc[/youtube]
     

  3. Benjamin Zander: On Music and Passion

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE[/youtube]

    (For more information on how to enjoy classical music please have a look at this blog post)
     

  4. Marc Pachter: The Art of The Interview

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_NEIwDiCSw[/youtube]
     

  5. Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+ 

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-jk9ni4XWk[/youtube]
     

  6. Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-SkZs5rh8[/youtube]
     

  7. VS Ramachandran on your mind

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl2LwnaUA-k[/youtube]
     

  8. Murray Gell-Mann on beauty and truth in physics

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuRxRGR3VpM[/youtube]
     

  9. Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU[/youtube]
     

  10. Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5QCM1_gVGA[/youtube]


Other presentations I enjoyed watching (among many others):

Did I miss any?

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