TED Talks

Here I have provided some of the videos that I have found the most inspiring and a short note of why:

Allan Savory – How to green the desert and reverse climate change

Suprising talk about the mechanisms for desertificaton and the solution to stop it. Highly recommend this talk!

 

Seth Godin – Stop Stealing Dreams

Great talk about the revolution in the universal public education system and what is going to change  One of the most important questions he is asking: “What is school for?”

 

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
Inspiring talk about an education professor that leaves computer around in developing countries and child teach themselves. It is a really funny and engaging talk. I laughed several times during this awesome talk.

 

Brian Goldman – Doctors Make Mistakes. Can we talk about that?

This is a remarkable talk about a doctor that has done mistakes during his career as a doctor. One of the interesting aspects about this is that I think he touches on a subject that is not only present at doctors profession, but at other work environments as well. He was also one of the top academic students in his medical class, but still he managed to do mistakes. I think the dangerous part about this is that we all expect doctors to be perfect, and therefore don’t allow them to do mistakes.

This is a really inspiring talk about a guy who started a really special flashmob group called Improv Everywhere. Check it out!

 

Jeff Skoll makes movies that matter

Jeff Skoll is one really inspiring dude! He started his own production company called Participant Media that create these awesome films and documentaries that really take up important issues. He was one of the first employee and president at eBay, and also started up a social entrepreneurship organization called Skoll Foundation. A really amazing talk!

 

Peter Norvig The 100,000 student classroom

Peter Norvig is definitely one of my heroes. He has joined Sebastian Thrun at Udacity and are really driving the Massive Open Online Courses that pop up these days. I really think we are at an edge of a whole new era in education and learning. Now everyone with passion and motivation can become almost everything they want, as long as they have access to the internet. Go Peter!

 

TEDxYYC – David Damberger – Learning from Failure

This TED talk is about a man working for Engineers Without Borders who created a website called admitting failure, where people can share their failure story, so other can learn from it.

 

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Chip Conley makes the case that GDP is an inaccurate indicator of progress or wellbeing in a country. A really great talk that focuses on what is really important! Two important quotes from the talk:
“When a hammer is the only tool you have, everything around you seems like a nail” and
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” – Albert Einstein
When to not use experts is a really good question. Noreena Herts inpires us and encourges us to think indepently and look for “experts” in other places than just “Professors” and “Consultants”