I cannot remember exactly when I first heard about the concept of TED Talks, but I surely remember how seduced I was with the idea. For those who still do not know what the TED organization is, here is what you can read on their website : “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”
This non-profit and non partisan foundation aims at spreading ideas and knowledge. Today, TED has truly become a global community of people seeking a deeper understanding of the world and who believe in the transformable power of ideas on attitudes, lives and the world. Enticing, isn’t it ?
Anyway, after months of keeping the website in my bookmarks I decided that it was time to get into it. There would not be any particular “right moment” to start, so I might as well play one of the videos I had put in my “to watch” playlist. So I did. Once finished with the first video, I started another one. Then a third. I could not stop – this short 15/20 minute format is really addictive : it is enough for you to get into it and have enough information, yet not too long that it becomes boring or too complicated, or for it to be an excuse that it is too time-consuming.
Those talks are a great opportunity to know more about a topic you are interested in, or even learn about something completely knew. It pushes you to enlarge your circle of interests, and inspires you. I usually watch them during lunch instead of watching a 40 minute-long (or even 1 hour long) TV show episode, it is much more interesting and productive ! Even one a day can make such a big difference over the long term.
Here are some interesting playlists that I’ve already watched or that are in my “watch later” list :
What makes you happy? : Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more gives answers that may surprise.
Talks to help you focus on what really matters : It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.
- A better you : Ready for a change? These well-researched (and heartfelt) talks offer ideas and inspiration for all aspects of your life, from creativity to vulnerability, from competitive sports to collaborative games.
I really advise you to take a look at their website, they have conferences on everything : science, health, mind, happiness, psychology, nature, minority rights, politics… And everything is organized in playlist too, so you don’t have to do too much research either. Everything is free, easy of access, with subtitles. Do not forget to check their podcasts either, and they also have a blog with reasonably-sized articles. You can also suscribe to their newsletter and receive daily fresh and stimulating content in your inbox !
I will try to write another post on my favorite TED Talks, or include links to some I found interesting and sum it up for you, with my opinion. Do not hesitate to le tme know which TED talks you watched and liked !