My TED Top 15

As is fairly obvious from posts elsewhere in this Blog, I have been very influenced by the TED talks.

Yesterday I noticed TED had their very own list of 10 talks for the holiday http://blog.ted.com/2009/12/10_tedtalks_to.php

This got me thinking about making up a list of my top 10 talks. I found a spreadsheet of 500+ talks! http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?utm_campaign=ted&hl=en&utm_medium=on.ted.com-twitter&utm_source=blog.ted.com&key=

The point is.. how does one choose from so many?

Well of course I haven’t seen all 500 so I still have a lot of potential viewing to do just to catch up and they release new videos daily!

I therefore decided to make a list from the ten videos that I have enjoyed, learnt from, been moved by.

They are as follows:  (in no particular order.. they are all excellent in my eyes)

1.  Hans Rosling:  Debunking Third World Myths http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/hans_rosling_at_state.html

2. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

3. Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child  http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/nicholas_negroponte_on_one_laptop_per_child_two_years_on.html

4. William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed The Wind http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind.html

5. Ben Dunlap: Ben Dunlap Talks About a Passionate Life http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ben_dunlap_talks_about_a_passionate_life.html

6. Chris Abani: Chris Abani On the Stories of Africa http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/chris_abani_on_the_stories_of_africa.html

7. Emmanuel Jal: The Music of a War Child http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/emmanuel_jal_the_music_of_a_war_child.html

8. Doris Kearns Goodwin: on  learning From Past Presidents http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/doris_kearns_goodwin_on_learning_from_past_presidents.html

9. Pranav Mistry:The Thrilling Potential of Sixthsense Technology

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology.html

10. Jill Bolte Taylor: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

11. Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds Of Minds http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds.html

A brilliant talk by an animal expert who has autism herself and has achieved so much in her life… worthy of joinint the ten original entries above.

12.

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity  http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/aimee_mullins_the_opportunity_of_adversity.html A  wonderful talk by an inspiring individual about redefining disablement but most importantly….. human potential.

13. Benjamin Zander: Classical Music With Shining Eyes:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE A brilliant talk that is simply life enhancing.

14.

TEDxSaskatoon Dean_Shareski The Return of Barn Raisings and Pop Ins  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E_VG7nvIy0 A great talk about the  return to community that the internet has given us… and the implications for education.

15. TEDx Toronto Neil Pasricha “The Three A’s of Awesome” A wonderful life affirming talk about self belief and fighting against life’s downs and continuing to experience the wonderful world we live in.

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