TED Talks are amazing. Free, online, and available to everyone, they are an incredible platform. Whether speakers are sharing their triumphant journey, or an incredible discovery— TED Talks are absolutely captivating and addictive.
Here are my favorites, in no particular order.
1. Sarah Kay: If I Should Have a Daughter…
For those of you who don’t know who Sarah Kay is, get on that. She’s an amazing spoken word poet, with her soft voice and eloquence, making for breath-taking performances. Learn about her story— from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in the beauty of words, to leading Project V.O.I.C.E and teaching about the power of words.
2. David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments
Bioluminescence is pretty cool. Watch oddly beautiful underwater critters light up.
3. Tavi Gevinson: A Teen Just Trying to Figure It Out
At just 15 years old, Tavi Gevinson built an online space where teens trying to figure it out (so, basically everyone) could find each other. She runs a wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls.
4. Rives: The 4 a.m. Mystery
Rives is one of my favorite modern poets. His speech is lyrical origami, folding and unfolding the mystery and coincidences of 4 o’clock in the morning.
5. Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in Prison
Damon Horowitz teaches college-level philosophy to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison and is practically a lyrical word genius. In this powerful short talk, he delves into the notion of right and wrong, and how quickly it becomes personal.
6. Ken Robison
Unbelievably charismatic, Sir Ken Robison makes an incredibly entertaining and profound case for creating an education system that nurtures, rather than undermines, creativity.
7. Ursus Wehrli: Tidying Up Art
In this very entertaining and amusing talk, Ursus Wehrli demonstrates what a cleaner, more organized, tidier art would look like. He humorously deconstructs famous modern paintings, and reorganizes them by size and shape.
8. Fiorenzo Omenetto: Silk, The Ancient Material of the Future
Fiorenzo Omenetto is a Tufts Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He shares astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature’s most elegant materials, and its incredible potential.
9. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
We don’t often realize how truths are composed of a plethora of overlapping stories. Adichie reminds us of the dangers that stem from one single story, and how it bears the incredible risk of critical misunderstandings.
10. Richard St. John: 8 Secrets of Success
In a presentation that only lasts three and a half minutes, analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews and research to unlock the secrets of success.