I am often asked what my favourite TED talks are and why. Now there is a space for me to answer adequately.

My favourites. Period.

  1. Dan Pallotta – The Way we think about Charity is Dead Wrong
  2. Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
  3. BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life
  4. Alice Goffman: How we’re priming some kids for college — and others for prison
  5. Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox: Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles (personal bias – you have been forewarned 🙂 )
  6. Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided
  7. Sal Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
  8. Suki Kim: This is what it’s like to go undercover in North Korea

Talks that astounded & fascinated me

  1. David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes
  2. Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it’s not what you think)
  3. Michael Rubinstein: See invisible motion, hear silent sounds
  4. David Eagleman: Can we create new senses for humans?
  5. Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

Talks to be an effective leader or role model

  1. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
  2. Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen
  3. Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
  4. Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
  5. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work

For women & men

  1. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
  2. Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20
  3. Susan Cain: The power of introverts
  4. Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are
  5. Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter …

WTFun

  1. Greg Gage: How to control someone else’s arm with your brain
  2. Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)
  3. Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel