Since 2011 I have been part of the TEDx Amsterdam Women team. I’m a huge fan, but who isn’t? Sure along with possessing the newest iPhone, having read Fifty Shades of Gray and eating macrobiotic, being a fan of TED is an illustration of being in the know of what just happened, what’s happening and what is about to happen. At times it might seem as if people use it as an imagebuilder. But it’s more than that. It’s an education. Unlike regular profile enhancing tools, TED talks educate you, teach you more about modern history than any newspaper can and make you cry and laugh while you’re at it. Or as one of my more intelligent friends states: “I don’t read a newspaper anymore, I download three TED talks daily, and watch them commuting to work. I’m smarter and have more lunch conversation than any of my also extremely bright colleagues”.
Better TV than these twenty talks below you will not find. Enjoy and be enlightened. I don’t know why, but number 1 on the list is also my absolute favorite. Was it my genius marketing move by posting his talk on my Facebookpage that made this happen, or am I just following the crowd?
From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics.
- Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 13,409,417 views
- Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 10,409,851
- Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,223,263
- David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 7,879,541
- Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,467,580
- Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 6,879,488
- Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 6,050,294
- Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022
- Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 4,966,643
- Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 4,763,038
- Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 4,706,241
- Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,658,425
- Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 4,538,037
- Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,269,082
- Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,153,105
- Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,891,251
- Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,869,417
- Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 3,847,893
- Mary Roach 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 3,810,630
- Vijay Kumar demos robots that fly like birds (2012): 3,535,340