TED Talks. Everyone has probably heard about them, but just for the sake of consistency and just in case there is someone who hasn’t heard of them let me quickly explain.
According to their own website TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit organisation that is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks.
They cover a variety of topics from science, culture and business, to dancing, drawing and psychopathic behaviour. Their slogan is “ideas worth spreading”.
It was founded back in 1984 as a conference for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Back then, the talks had greater emphasis on technology and design, but like I mentioned they’ve come a long way since then.
To give you a better idea of what they do, here are some videos from their YouTube channel that, quite frankly, are some of my favourites.
They also have a lot of, for want of a better word, subsidiaries like TEDx, which are independent TED-like events, not organised by TED but are given a free license from TED. Here are some of my favourite videos from them.
TED has many other branches/subsidiaries/whatever but I won’t get into those just yet, maybe in another post. The reason why I bring this is up is because I like TED, and I think that some of the videos they have are truly inspiring and are worth spreading around. So this is my way to introduce all of you to TED.
TED meet everybody, everybody meet TED.
I’ve personally found TED talks to be thought provoking and sometimes entertaining, though that depends on what they are talking about; and of course how they present it.
Anyway, cutting a long story short, try watching some TED talks the next time you’re stressed. You’d be surprised what they can do for you mentally and emotionally.