TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talks are conversations with some of the leading intellectuals, innovators, and artists of our times. They are brief, about thirty minutes in length, motivational and inspirational dialogues. Many TED Talks are now online so that viewers can watch them anytime to generate ideas and incite creativity. Here are 5 of the most inspiring TED Talks to view right now.
- Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
Elizabeth Gilbert encourages viewers to look at creativity in a new light. Her concept is that we have cemented the idea of the suffering genius. The stereotype of the tormented and suffering artist negatively impacts creative individuals and how we interact with our creativity. Gilbert’s talk compassionately shifts the paradigm of how we view creativity, and she offers a new way to help artists work through the emotional and mental issues of the artistic lifestyle.
- Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion
Every child benefits from having a champion who believes and brings forth the best in them. Rita Pierson is a champion for all of the children. Her observations regarding relationships and the formation of bonds in the educational environment is a point of hope. Her message of kindness and care is sure to make a difference in the role of education in children’s lives.
- Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek gives food for thought in his conversation based on how the great leaders motive and inspire the people around them, and how this has applications in everyday life and business. Sinek posits the idea that inspiration is derived from the leaders own conviction in their enterprise, and in opening up and sharing that conviction with the world.
- Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity
Learn new ideas about education as Ken Robinson explores the process of the US school system, including how schools measure intelligence, view creativity, and gauge academic success. Robinson schools his viewers in ways that will challenge how viewers regard the status quo of the American educational system.
- Andrew Solomon: Love, No Matter What
By sharing his own story, Solomon discusses the process of coming to accept and treasure oneself and others. “People engage with the life they have,” he says, as he examines how far we have come as a society in accepting individual differences, and the path to be traveled in discovering unconditional love.