I’m aware that most people know about Ted talks, in that at least they know something like it exists on the internet. However, far too many people never actually watch any of them – I know I personally watch way too few*. A great many people, although in my experience far fewer, have heard of iTunes U as well. Both are worth your attention.
In their own words, Ted offers “riveting talks by remarkable people” (for FREE). I can’t but agree, and I’ve added some great ones below.
Caroline Casey – Looking Past Limits
One of my favourites. I’ve actually gone back and watched that one several times; I think it’s so great.
LZ Granderson – The Myth of the Gay Agenda
One that a friend of mine referred me to, because it was so good.
Sarah Kay – If I Should Have A Daughter
Both this one and ‘How many lives can you live?’ (also by her), are awesome. They’re poetic, in a very accessible, funky way.
And finally, to prove – once again – the power of groups, Eric Whitacre’s 2000-voice choir:
Of course there are many, many more – in my Pocket queue, I’ve got another 40 or so lined up, waiting for me to watch them. So much to hear, so little time – alas. But I can safely say that there is something for everyone there, and it is a shame not to look into it and enrich yourself. Not for anyone else, but for yourself. And honestly, I could easily watch all those videos, and more, if I’d just prioritise, so I’m pretty sure you can too 😉
They also regularly publish really cool playlists, like this one on happiness, and there’s TedWeekends – a collaboration with The Huffington Post – of which I really enjoyed the lessons taken from near-death choices. Especially Janine Shepherd’s talk was great and very inspiring, (as well as Candy Chang’s, but I’ve mentioned her before).
* I love those semi-oxymorons; “far too few”, “way too little” – they’re great. There is also a lot of fondness in my heart for “can’t but” and especially “all but”. Robert Jordan used it a lot in The Wheel of Time series (which I have yet to finish, by the way, I’m “reading” the ninth book at the moment; I wonder if the guy who took over uses it as much…), which is where I first learnt what it meant, and I’ve occasionally found times and places to use it myself. Interestingly, when I used it in an essay for English once, my teacher wondered if I’d used it correctly (i.e. instead of meaning ‘almost’, didn’t it mean ‘not at all’) – it was nice to be able to correct her. All the more because she was a native English speaker, teacher, and I was only 15 or 16. I’m glad I could share this with you know.