I am passionate about empowering people through knowledge and the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. TED is a real source of inspiration.
TED started out as a conference bringing together people from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence TED). The first TED conference included demonstrations of the newly released Macintosh computer and Sony compact disc, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines with his newly discovered fractals and Artificial Intelligence guru Marvin Minsky outlined his powerful new model of the mind.
The TED Conferences are the heart of TED and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, with many shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy.
TED is a unique phenomenon which gathers the best minds from around the world to share thoughts and ideas. I would like to see a TED conference for social work and social care to inspire and share best practice across the world. Who would you nominate?
Some of my favourite TED Talks:
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! 2010
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement 2010
Lessons about leadership and the importance of the first follower with help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.
Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index 2010
Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity 2009
The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks 2010
The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who’s reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad.
Tony Robbins Why We Do What We Do 2006
Tony Robbins the pioneering life coach discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions.
Barry Schwartz The Paradox of Choice 2006
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Enjoy, do contribute your own favourite TED Talks and your nominations for the inspiring leaders in social work and social care.