As part of my 40 before 40, I pledged to watch 50 Ted Talks because: 1) they are usually pretty amazing; and 2) they are compressed nuggets of (usually) excellent information from extremely impressive people.
Here are my top five, in no particular order, that everyone should enjoy and possibly learn from!
Full List of 50 Videos I Watched
Sorted loosely by subject. Some include descriptions too.
- Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore unfortunately, it is complicated...
- Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees they need our help and here's what you can do!
- Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing
- Mike McGrath: Everything You Know About Composting is Wrong it is all about the falling leaves in Autumn!
- Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability
- Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants
- Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish you might know this chef from the fantastic foie gras Ted Talk he did (which is amazing and was featured on This American Life in 2011). Here, he yarns how sustainable fisheries can make amazing tasting fish.
- Paul Stamets: 6 Ways MUSHROOMS Can SAVE the WORLD Ah, this one is a little bit out there and is lacking some scientific data. But, it is an interesting talk to watch.
- Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it
- Catherine Bracy: Why good hackers make good citizens
- Christopher Ryan: Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?: a bit racy, but based upon Darwinian evolution and cultural anthropology. Favorite quote: "Human beings are not descended from apes, despite what you might have heard. We ARE apes! We are closer to the chimp and the bonobo than the African elephant is to the Indian elephant... We are closer to the chimps and bonobos are related to any other primate: gorillas, orangutans, what have you."
- Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage: funny outline about the science behind what makes a happy married couple (i.e., why men need to do more work around the house, women shouldn't watch romantic comedies, and that divorce is contagious).
- Yann Dall'Aglio: Love -- you're doing it wrong (in French)
- Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen
- Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
- Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power
- Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar
- Timother Prestero: Design for People, Not Awards
- Penny De Los Santos: food photography
- Colin Grant: How our stories cross over
- Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.
- Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away
- David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes
- Paul Sereno: Digging up dinosaurs
- Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken
- Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions
- Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?
- Chris Anderson: Questions no one knows the answers to
- Jeff Iliff: One More Reason To get a Good Night's Sleep: fascinating talk that shows how sleep is actually the time when your brain literally cleans itself by pumping away cellular waste (proteins, etc.) with cerebral fluid. Sleep is literally flushing and clearing your mind.
- Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? Make your bedroom a haven for sleep. Turn off all electronics and make the room as dark as possible.
- Edith Widder How we found the giant squid
- Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)
- Marco Tempest: cyber-magic card trick like no other
- Marco Tempest: the magic of truth and lies (and iPods)
- Adam Leipzig: How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes
- Tracy McMillan: The person you really need to marry How to enter into a relationship with yourself first, creating a whole person that is looking for internal validation rather than external validation from your partner.
- Michele Weiner-Davis: The sex-starved marriage
- Frans Lanting: Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom
- Scott Bradlee: 21st Century Piano Bar (TEDxOrangeCoast)
- Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth
- Mark Bittman on What's Wrong with What We Eat
- Dave Meslin: The Antidote to Apathy
- Larry Smith: Why You Will Fail To Have a Great Career
- Nathan Myhrvold: Cooking as Never Seen Before
- Dong Woo Jang: The art of bow-making
- BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery
- Peter Reinhart: The art and craft of bread