If you’ve never encountered TED Talks then you should check them out. TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times (info via their website).
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Author, philosopher, prankster and journalist A.J. Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible. Immersing himself in alternate lifestyles and long, hilarious experiments (usually with himself the guinea pig), writer A.J. Jacobs tests the limits of behavior, customs, culture, knowledge — and his wife’s sense of humor.
Erich’s note: I thought this one was interesting even though I disagree with some of what he says (for example, his scientific worldview and his negative comments about creationism). By the way, if you found this video interesting you might want to check this book out (note: I haven’t read it myself but have heard good things about it / follows a similar premise from a Christian perspective): The Year of Living Like Jesus by Ed Dobson
Your turn… Recommend a few TED Talks others should watch.