My favorite TED Talks

Here is a short list of my favorite TED Talks. Enjoy!

Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology #TED : on.ted.com/dYfN

Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world #TED : on.ted.com/hZgQ

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness #TED : on.ted.com/tCRP

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

John Wooden: the difference between winning and succeeding #TED : on.ted.com/cYc8

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement #TED : on.ted.com/iZd3

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music #TED : on.ted.com/aYiF

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation #TED : on.ted.com/fZUZ

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity #TED : on.ted.com/jZj9

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action #TED : on.ted.com/sCPw

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...

Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough! #TED : on.ted.com/fZUY

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong #TED : on.ted.com/jZj8

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.

Biologist Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

For your viewing convenience, here is the entire set on a YouTube playlist.


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