Top 10 TED Talks Ever
TED is a non-profit foundation (The Sapling Foundation), listed as an 501(c)3 organisation under the US tax code. Chris Anderson established this structure for TED in 1996.
TED is totally focused on the concept of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It all began in 1984 with a conference that focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design in San Francisco. The challenge to the presenters was, “give the talk of your life in 18 minutes or less”.
Today TED runs conferences and events around the globe, bringing together some of the world’s smartest and most interesting thinkers, visionaries, teachers and people who have achieved extraordinary things in their lives. The subject matter covered in TED talks is no longer restricted to technology, entertainment and design although it must satisfy the ‘ideas worth spreading’ test. Talks now range across topics regarding business, the arts, science and global issues as much as technology, entertainment and design.
The concept of Ideas Worth Spreading is the catch line for the broader goal of the foundation which is to help create a better future for the world by sharing important and relevant information with millions of people. Central to this is the belief that there is no greater force for change than a powerful idea.
Many of the TED conferences have a theme. TEDIndia, TEDWomen, TEDYouth. A program was instituted to translate the talks to open them up for non-English speaking viewers. The subtitles also make them accessible to the hearing impaired.
TED.com began listing the talks for viewing online in 2006. They are listed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license which means they can be viewed and shared freely.
More than 1,600 TED Talks have been shared online and they have been viewed more than 1 billion times.
Go here to view a list of the people on the TED Brain Trust. Looks like we are in good hands.
10. Daniel Pink
Title: The Puzzle of Motivation
9. Mary Roach
Title: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm
8. David Gallo
Title: Underwater Astonishments
7. Tony Robbins
Title: Why We Do What We Do
6. Pranav Mistry
Title: The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology
5. Amy Cuddy
Title: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
4. Brene Brown
Title: The Power of Vulnerability
3. Simon Sinek
Title: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
2. Jill Bolte Taylor
Title: My Stroke of Insight
1. Sir Ken Robinson
Title: How Schools Kill Creativity
Ten of these isn’t enough. Go here for the full 1,600 of them.