Have you checked out TED?


TED.com is such an amazing resource that I’m always surprised at how many people don’t know about it.

If you want to learn more about the ideas behind TED, be sure to check out their about page. This excerpt explains the mission of the site: On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

There are several TED resources worth mentioning:

Here are some of the TED talks that have made an impact on my own life:

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

This was filmed at Harvard where she gave the commencement speech in 2008. She talked about her own experiences and the lessons she has learned and gives great advice to the graduating class.


Deborah Rhodes: A tool that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it’s not available to you

This talk was such an eye-opener for me. Dr. Deborah Rhodes developed a new tool for tumor detection that’s 3 times as effective as traditional mammograms for women with dense breast tissue. The life-saving implications are stunning. So why haven’t we heard of it? Rhodes shares the story behind the tool’s creation, and the web of politics and economics that keep it from mainstream use.


Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice


This is an older TED talk, but even more applicable today. Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. – Just a warning that this talk has a few mild adult words and a comic with a suggestive drawing.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius


Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia


I’m a big fan of Wikipedia so I really enjoyed watching this TED talk given by the founder Jimmy Wales. With a vision for a free online encyclopedia, Wales assembled legions of volunteer contributors, gave them tools for collaborating, and created the self-organizing, self-correcting, ever-expanding, multilingual encyclopedia of the future.

Do you have any favorite TED talks? I’d love to know!

katie big