If you haven’t discovered TED yet, we suggest you stop right here, make yourself a cup of tea, and fully settle in before you begin the unearthing of fabulousness found in its online pages.
TED shares ‘ideas worth spreading’ with the world via 18 minute talks given by ‘the world’s most inspired thinkers.’
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”
To start you off, we’ve hand-picked a few we think you’ll find particularly insightful.
Benjamin Zander on awakening possibility and creating ‘shining eyes.’ A compelling talk that will leave you with a beautiful sense of optimism.
(You may also experience laugher/tears/a new appreciation for classical music.)
After years of research into what fosters a strong sense of love and belonging in all of us, Brene Brown found surprising links with human connection and vulnerability. A talk that reminds us of the importance of authenticity and having the courage to be imperfect & understand that what makes us vulnerable makes us beautiful.
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) on nurturing your creative spirit. Elizabeth opens up about the realities of writing a ‘freakishly successful’ best-seller early in her career and the pressures & expectations of creative professions.
Jessica Jackley, founder of Kiva, speaks of poverty and the potential within us all to make the world a better place, bit by bit, beginning with LOVE.
And finally, Chris Abani shares wonderful stories of compassion and the beauty of humanity.