I choose not to live with out TED.
The main idea for TED | Talks is that almost every single day of the week a new video is posted, normally close to or under twenty minutes long, and all taped live in front of an audience. The videos are of speakers from insanely diverse walks of lives. Different TED conferences have different themes and then the videos are tagged and classified in many different ways on the site making it incredibly easy for everyone to find a TED | Talk that they are genuinely interested in.
Since 1984 these conferences have been happening and speakers have been educating people about endless topics in hopes of creating connections and furthering the betterment of the planet.
A LIST OF MY FAVES:
+ Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep
I have spent a lot of time educating myself about our changing climate, peak oil, the Tar Sands, etc; And I always run across the doomsday attitude that turns people off to even wanting to learn about it because everything you read makes you feel like we are beyond the point of hope. If there is no time to fix anything why would you want to spend your time trying to understand what the problem is. This video is technical and is a bit hard to follow at times but it is very positive overall while delivering a message of hope and inspiration.
+ Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil
An INSPIRING & HOPEFUL story from LA!
+ Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher
Most of these videos on the list I have watched several times because like I often do with full length films I pick up something new every time I watch it. I have seen this video at least twice but would watch it again and again.
+ Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge
Talk about a heart warming story.
+ Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison
The lesson I will hold on to from this talk can be boiled down to this cute catch phrase.. 'Don't Live for the Oprah Moments'
+ Natalie Warne: Being young and making an impact
Once of those cool vids where a hand draws out everything that is being said really fast and with a fun, quirky style that makes the lesson more easy to digest and much more interesting to watch.
+ Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty
If this title doesn't sell it to ya, let me tell you that this vid offers new perspective and a few laughs!
+ Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine
+ Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity
+ Tony Porter: A call to men
+ Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel
+ Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School
Super cute, funny and very short!
+ Julia Sweeney has "The Talk"
+ Ben Dunlap: The life-long learner
This idea is no near and dear to my heart and I hope that adults will start opening their hearts and minds to the potential of empowering youth.
+ Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
I love Maddie A and it is not just because of her ground breaking work in politics but because she lays down gems like this, "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help each other."
+ Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat
This woman is amazingly articulate and if you can stay awake while her soothing voice explains trust and ways to build it you might learn something that will help your everyday relationships.
+ Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust
+ Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood
+ Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy
"Being true to yourself is freedom."
+ Caroline Casey: Looking past limits
Our world is full of opportunity to better ourselves but a lot of times we got lost amongst the distractions of mindless TV or endless sales of stuff. I know that everyone reading this post has the potential to do more, express their passion in a new way or even discover a new interest. TED is your friend, go explore the possibilities.