TED talk moments | Ideas worth spreading

From the Pink Dotted Tree, by iHanna on www.ihanna.nu

I came upon another one of my earlier posts, this one from 2009 (!) called Let’s have a TED talk moment recently, and was reminded of how much I love a good TED-talk. So I compiled another list for you guys, with some inspiration on the power of doodeling, taking time off from work, aging with grace, happiness, and having too many choices.


Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite!
Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen. Sunni also wrote the book The Doodle Revolution. It’s on my wish list.

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

Isabel Allende: How to live passionately—no matter your age
Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

Let me know in the comments which of these is your favorite or what things you’ve found recently that I should check out. Thanks.

8 Responses

  1. Hi! I like your suggestions, especially the one on doodling. You should check out Brené Brown and her TEDtalk on the power of vulnerability. I listen to it on and on again. Love from Holland, Poppie

  2. Here is a series of YouTube vids mostly about art and the creative process… Search for Chris Staley…. He’s an art professor. Here’s a link…. Hoping it works…

    Also – Do a search for Rules of engagement: Kate Bingaman Burt at TEDxPortland. I could only find it on YouTube.

  3. Thanks for the list of TED talks. Love your blog, and love your art! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Great talks. I found Dan Ariely most interesting today, but liked the others too. Unfortunately I forget to keep a record of the TED talks I watch, so the only ones I remember offhand is Susan Cain about the power of introverts and Elizabeth Gilbert.

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