There are over 2,000 TED Talk videos available for viewing on the TED Talks’ website, delivered on all kinds of fascinating, complex and eclectic topics. Most of them are not longer than 18 minutes – according to TED Talks curator Chris Anderson, this is long enough to be serious but also short enough to hold people’s attention.
Here are seven fascinating videos that brilliantly showcase the wealth, style and diversity of insight available through TED Talks.
Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
– Witty author and educator Ken Robinson makes a moving case for creating an education system that nurtures rather than undermines creativity. This is one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time.
Monica Lewinsky: The Price Of Shame
– Social activist Monica Lewinsky (most known for her affair with former US President Bill Clinton) takes a hard look at the culture of online humiliation, and shares her experiences. A brave talk, which earned rave reviews, and an apology from Lewinsky’s longtime critic, author Erica Jong.
Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. This is how I chose peace.
– When Zak Ebrahim was seven years old, his father helped to plan the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing in New York City. Instead of choosing his father’s legacy of dogma and hate, Ebrahim chose another path.
David Gallo: Life In The Deep Oceans
– Through vibrant video clips captured by submarines, oceanographer David Gallo takes us to the valleys and volcanic ridges of the oceans’ depths, where life is bizarre, resilient and shockingly abundant.
Brene Brown: The Power Of Vulnerability
– Researcher Brene Brown studies human connection: our ability to empathise, 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.
Yasmin Ahmad at TEDxKL
– The late (1958-2009) great Malaysian film director and scriptwriter speaks about choosing her actors and creating beautiful things. A fun, candid talk peppered with Yasmin’s trademark wit and humour.
Red Hong Yi: So I Threw Away My Paintbrushes at TEDxKL
– Acclaimed Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi shares how she discovered her unusual art style, and discovered things about herself in the process.