Lately, I’ve been completely hooked on watching TED videos. A good TED clip can give me everything I’m looking for when I have a few moments of free time… information, happiness, tears, confusion, awe, amazement, empathy, and more than anything, inspiration.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, the three elements which were the founding premise for this small non-profit back in 1984. Today TED brings together people from every industry and occupation imaginable, from all over the globe. It is a platform for individuals to give their story, in 18 minutes or less, about anything, and the topics are all incredible: Biomimicry, water purification, creativity, slowing down in life, happiness, environment, homelessness, intelligence, inventions, ideas, ideas, ideas…. endless, profound ideas. Not every presenter is poetic, not all presentations are inspiring, but each has something unique and fresh to offer the viewer.
Two of my all time favorite speakers are Jill Bolte Taylor “stroke of insight”, and Elizabeth Gilbert “on nurturing creativity”. Another fascinating one I just watched tonight, Johnny Lee “demos Wii Remote hacks”. Check them out, be prepared to open your mind.