TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and it's a yearly conference in Long Beach in California that started in 1984.
TED is something really cool and also worth many hours of your time once you are hooked on it. TED gives the worlds most facinating thinkers and doers this simple task: Give us the best talk of your life, (in 18 minutes or less). One invited speaker asked about this and said "I don't know what to say", and got the reply "Don't worry, just be profound". So you can imagine how good theese talks are! 😊
Since we all can't visit this conference, TED has decided, and you should thank them for this by sending them bushels of money or at least register , to post these talks on their website, over 200 now. You can watch them on their site for free or you can watch them in iTunes, also for free. Subscribe in iTunes to get them downloaded as they are released and automatically transfered to your video capable iPod. (Links to iTunes Store: TED Talks , TED Talks (HD), TED Talks (Audio) You can find in iTunes like this: iTunes Store > Podcasts > Arts > TED Talks)
I love taking walks listening to theese and since there is room for it, I feel my IQ increasing with at least 50 points for every walk.
My favourite TED Talks, part 1
I will now start a series of blog entrys where list that I think are the most interesting, funny or amazing, and I'm starting with theese five.
- Julia Sweeney - On letting go of God
Julia tells some really funny stories from her childhood starting when she turns seven. Her non-traditional parents tell her that today she has reached the "age of reason". Fascinating story, really funny!
- Tony Robbins - Why we do what we do
This famous motivational speaker whose books I have read, explains how emotion is the force of live and decision is the ultimate power and how we can use that to achive what we want. He is famous for a reason, check it out!
- Hans Rosling - Shows the best stats you've ever seen
Hans show us the evidence that the world is actually getting better than it was before. Good news!
- Dave Pogue - Simplicity sells
Want to sell more, make your stuff simple. Good and funny examples on good and bad software design from a good speaker. If you like comparing Apple-stuff and Microsoft-stuff you will thoroghly enjoy this.
- Majora Carter - Urban Renewal
Majora has a great and gripping story about her work to renew her community Bronx and bring beautiful green to the inner city. She got a long standing ovation.
- Sir Ken Robinson - Schools kill creativity
Interested in shools? Then you really should listen to this guy who is not only very funny and have some great stories but also has the solution to how we can create a shools system that actually works and can take us into the future. Quote: "My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status."
Julia Sweeney om att släppa taget om Gud.
Tony Robbins frågar varför vi gör det vi gör.
Hans Rosling visar oss den bästa statistiken du någonsin sett.
David Pogue säger att enkelhet säljer.
Majora Carter's berättar om förorts-förnyelse.
Ken Robinson säger att skolan dödar kreativiteten.