Top 10 World Changing TED Talks

July 24, 2016

The TED Talks nonprofit stands for technology, entertainment, and design has hosted thousands of speakers around the world since its foundation on 1984 to share their ideas on education, humanity, marketing, science, etc. The conferences cover all topics you can imagine, and the speakers range from Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to two little Indonesian girls living in Bali who started the project “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” to make the island plastic-free.

I want to share with you what I believe to be 10 TED Talks that are changing the world right now. Presentations about explorations of how to change the world to valuing each day of your life as it were the last. So just sit back, relax, and feast your mind with these inspirational and fascinating ideas!

1. Al Gore: New Thinking on the Climate Crisis

Nobel Laureate Al Gore is an American Politician and environmentalist focused the climate change activism. In this spirited talk, Al Gore discusses why the world is facing a “planetary emergency” due to climate change and the importance for all of us to act with a sense of “generational mission”.

2. John-Paul Flintoff: How to Change the World

John-Paul Flintoff writes for major newspapers and magazines about people who are well known and powerful, and others who are little known. In this talk, Jon-paul Flintoff offers concrete examples how society is transformed by the actions of individuals through generations and the small steps he has taken to change the world himself .

3. Dr. Artika Renee Tyner: Education for Social Change

Dr. Artika Renee Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought-after speaker and advocate for justice. In her talk, Dr. Tyner shares her vision for reimaging education focusing on leadership development and social justice advocacy. She talks about her experience of transforming the classroom into a learning laboratory where students experiment by applying their technical training to address the social justice challenges of our time.

4. Lee Mun Wah: The Secret to Changing the World

Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker and the founder of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, transmits peacefulness though his speech by challenging you to think about the power of cultural perspective and the need to reach beyond the superficial by making cross-cultural connections. In his opinion, the secret to changing the world is that we can be open to differences, celebrate, learn and respect uniqueness in all of us.

5. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Ethnographer Simon Sinek uses the “golden circle” to explain why some organizations and leaders are able to inspire people and why others are not. By using vivid examples from iconic figures like Apple, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Wright brothers, he dares people to be rebels, to think, act and communicate in a way that is the complete opposite of everyone else.

6. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

In this talk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks into the reasons why women are not making it to the top of any professions anywhere in the world. As Sandberg sheds light on some differences between men and women in the office and the personal obstacles that prevent women from reaching success, she offers women 3 powerful tips that can help take their career to the next level.

7. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” discusses the impossible expectations we have from artists and geniuses. In this popular Ted Talk, she discusses the evolution of the concept of genius and proposes that we all have something in us that is creative.

8. Dr. Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Dr. Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work who studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong and love. In this enlightening talk, Dr. Brown offers new insight into human perception of vulnerability – we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty, yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.

9. Ric Elias: 3 things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

Ric Elias was a survivor of Flight 1549, which crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. In this short clip, he tells you what went through his mind as the plane went down and how his perspective on life has changed after the traumatic event.

10. Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World

The game designer Jane McGonigal shares her vision on how to harness the game power to improve the way we learn and work and then solve real-world problems. Her goal is to try to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it is to save the world in online games in the next decades.

Personally, I recommend the talk from Simon Sinek the most. This was the first video I watched about marketing, and it really has changed my understanding of business. What’s more, the golden cycle theory cannot only be applied to companies but also used in real life situation, such as how you communicate with people, how to write better articles, etc. I hope you find this video helpful as well!

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