My TED Talks TOP 20:

Observing a Stroke from Within
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I have updated my personal all-time favourite list of TED Talks (which now  includes 3 TEDx Talks). This is a very personal list and no doubt your own list would be very different. These though are the talks that have moved me, educated me and generally widened my horizons or maybe made me see the world in a different way.

I have finally (Easter 2011) reached my Top 20…. will I stop here? I don’t think so…because the Talks go on and on and they are wonderful.. so here’s to my next ten talks!

1.  Hans Rosling:  Debunking Third World Myths If you’ve not seen the Swedish doctor give a talk with his wonderful animated statistics then you’re in for a treat

2. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Sir ken talking in his own inimitable style about the key significance of creativity in education..a must see for teachers and educators who care about the way education must go.

3. Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child One of the great technological innovators on a project that deserves to be looked at.

4. William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed The Wind The wonderful William talking about building his windmills in Malawi.. watch the video and then read his book.

5. Ben Dunlap: Ben Dunlap Talks About a Passionate Life A real tour-de-force by a brilliant speaker and storyteller…. probably my favourite ever TED Talk.

6. Chris Abani: Chris Abani On the Stories of Africa Moving and well delivered a powerful and brave talk.

7. Emmanuel Jal: The Music of a War Child Another powerful talk from a wonderful young rap singer and political activist.. just watch his song “Emma” at the end of his talk… inspiring.

8. Doris Kearns Goodwin: on  learning From Past Presidents Avery personal talk by a great writer and historian…. beautifully delivered… great to listen and learn from.

9. Pranav Mistry:The Thrilling Potential of Sixthsense Technology This is just awe inspiring stuff and definitely has the “wow” factor…. if you want to see the future then watch this Talk.

10. Jill Bolte Taylor: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight A great and moving talk that links science to real experience. Jill Bolte Taylor talks about what she learned about the brain from her own stroke…. absolutely riveting talk.

11. Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds Of Minds

A brilliant talk by an animal expert who has autism herself and has achieved so much in her life.


Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity A  wonderful talk by an inspiring individual about redefining disablement but most importantly….. human potential.

13. Benjamin Zander: Classical Music With Shining Eyes: A brilliant talk that is simply life enhancing.


TEDxSaskatoon Dean_Shareski The Return of Barn raising and Pop Ins A great talk about the  return to community that the internet has given us… and the implications for education.

15. Denis Dutton A Darwinian Theory of Beauty A brilliant talk that poses questions about the universality of our experience of beauty from a wonderful academic and speaker who died yesterday (December 28th) from Cancer…. a worthy memorial to his work and ideas.

16. Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian Revolution this is a talk about the recent amazing and powerful events in Egypt that saw the overthrow of President Mubarak by a revolution that was fueled and supported by new social media such as Facebook and the man who became the unofficial leader of that revolution Wael Ghonim. A powerful talk that explains much.

17. Sarah Kay If I Should Have a Daughter a wonderful talk by a great Spoken Word Poet from the TED 2011 Conference

18. Roger Ebert Remaking  My Voice a talk by a great film critic who has no voice after suffering cancer but who has rediscovered a voice and the ability to communicate using digital tgechnology.

19. John Hunter On The World Peace Game  A great teacher who uses a game to get his 4th grade children to try and “solve” the world’s problems! This is a great talk which shows so clearly the value of open-ended collaborative learning in the classroom.

20. Eve Ensler: Embrace Your Inner Girl A powerhouse of what it means to have emotion and how the “inner girl” inall of us is a strength that has allowed the huiman race to develop and may yet save us. Brilliant.


2 thoughts on “My TED Talks TOP 20:

  1. Hi Doug,

    Many thanks for your feedback. I checked every link and only the Temple Grandin one did not work.. but I have corrected that now. I apologise about this. I am still in the “learning curve” about blogging and will now check every link before I go “public”.
    Thanks for your comments and for continuing to read my posts.. it is much appreciated.

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