Last year, I was catching up with a friend over dinner and she kept referring to a TED Talk given by Brené Brown about the power of vulnerability. I became lost in the conversation because I was hung up on who the heck TED was and why was he was not giving the talk instead of this woman Brené Brown. I was even more hung up on the fact that this wasn’t a lecture she attended; it was a video on YouTube.

Needless to say, I got it all straightened out after getting a lengthy explanation from my friend. As soon as I got home, I started exploring this TED Talk thing she had told me about. I discovered that it is quite the phenomenon – as it should be. I can’t believe this organization has been around since 1984 and I’ve never heard of it. I have been so blown away by some of these TED Talks, and I thought I might share so you’re not in the dark like I was.

TED (standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TED has two annual conferences that bring smart people together from all over the world to essentially share their thoughts and ideas on these topics in 18 minutes or less. The conference is huge and people pay big bucks – like $10,000 just to attend. The organization has grown exponentially and has become more expansive with events around the world; however, TED Talks started as a way to share the experience of the conference with the world for free online. So, if you can’t afford the hefty price tag to attend, you can see it all online for free.

So, you might still be scratching your head over this concept; I was too. Why do I want to sit and listen to a lecture for 18 minutes? That’s just it though – these are not lectures; they are engaging stories/conversations of insight that offer mind-shifting thoughts and world-changing solutions for issues large and small, global and local, public and personal. Speakers consist of artists, CEOs, forward thinkers, scientists, authors and more. Some are famous, like Bill Gates, Billy Graham, Quincy Jones, Frank Gehry and Al Gore. Others aren’t necessarily famous, but they are experts in their fields. Topics range vastly from interpersonal relationships to preventing Malaria to sea creatures. All are salient topics on how we understand and navigate our world today. It’s like a big, free online college. All you need is a computer and the Internet to get educated and inspired.

Check out these TED Talks with some inspiring ideas, all worth sharing:

But don’t stop there – visit http://www.ted.com/talks and search for a subject you are interested in to see what new ideas you can learn and spread.

Information taken from:  http://www.ted.com/talks

Carrie Robertson
Research & Community Education
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