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TED Talks: Sharing Ideas From Around The World

TED, the viral video phenomenon unites a worldwide community of curious people.

A few years ago, I discovered TED Talks, and to this day, I enjoy watching them. If you haven’t already done so, these “expert presentations” typically last from a few minutes to around 20 minutes, and they range from incredible entertainers to intriguing topics of all kinds, including science, business, and global issues.

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Tracy Chapman at TED Conference in Monterey, California.

According to their website, TED is a global community, spreading ideas from every discipline and culture for people who desire a deeper understanding of our world. They are passionate about the power of ideas that can change attitudes, lives, and, ultimately, the world we live in. The website TED.com is intended to be a clearinghouse of free knowledge compiled from some of the world’s most inspired and influential thinkers. The platform is built around an engaging community of curiosity seekers sharing ideas, both online and at TED and TEDx events held throughout the year all around the world.

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Margaret Wertheim speaking at TED showing off some hyperbolic surfaces that can only be created by crochet.

Now is a perfect time to catch up or to introduce your family members, children, and friends to this go-to destination. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Julian Treasure, to be featured in Throomers, has a gripping 10-minute presentation entitled How to Speak so that People Will Listen, viewed over 40 million times!
  • Jill Bolte Taylor, featured in Throomers, discusses her recovery from a stroke, with My Stroke of Insight, viewed over 26 million times!
  • James Veitch, a hysterical writer/comedian, engages an audience with This is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email, viewed over 56 million times!
  • Stunning model Cameron Russell discusses Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model, viewed over 33 million times!
  • Pamela Meyer, featured in Throomers, spoke about How to Spot a Liar, viewed over 28 million times!
  • The amazing magician, David Blaine, recounts How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes, viewed over 24 million times!

Check out TED Talks or TED YouTube Channel and find your favorites!