I have published multiple videos and discussions spawned by the TED conference that happens every year in Long Beach, CA
I find the talks inspiring and the fact that the videos are available to the general public and spawn additional ideas and responses is what makes TED so influential.
An article from FastCompany Online makes mention of several of the best features of TED.
Additionally, they point out some of their favorite videos. I must say that Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry’s Sixth Sense talks still; capture my imagination of the future of personal computing. Barry Schwartz’s Paradox of Choice is also very compelling.
|1) Jill Bolte Taylor
My Stroke of Insight
When the neuroscientist picks up a human brain with a spinal cord attached, the audience gasps. When she’s done talking about her stroke, they’re crying.
|6) Dan Pink
Surprising Science of Motivation
The science proves that intrinsic motivation works better than extrinsic rewards, but your boss doesn’t understand. Pink explains how to tell her.
|2) Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry
Sixth Sense Demo
The MIT Media Lab researchers debut a spooky Minority Report — style wearable interface.
|7) Hans Rosling
The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
The Swedish professor dances through a spectacular animation of world development.
|3) Ken Robinson
Schools Kill Creativity
This highly influential talk spawned a viral 2010 follow-up and made the creativity expert a star; Robinson says he now “gets stopped in airports.”
|8) Benjamin Zander
On Music and Passion
TED hosts performances as well as talks. This blends the two, with Zander at the grand piano.
|4) Tony Robbins
Why We Do What We Do
Robbins high-fives Al Gore in this video. “One of the best TED moments of all time,” says TED video chief June Cohen.
|9) Barry Schwartz
The Paradox of Choice
In a baggy T-shirt, with glasses sliding down his nose, Schwartz gives a profound, witty discourse on why more freedom doesn’t equal more happiness.
|5) Elizabeth Gilbert
The best-selling author bares her struggle to repeat the success of Eat, Pray, Love.
|10) V.S. Ramachandran
On Your Mind
A brain scientist in a leather jacket tell us how “this 3-pound mass of jelly … can contemplate the meaning of infinity.”
I would also recommend taking a look at several of the best performance videos on TED. (click on TED and select talks re-sized to ‘beautiful’ and related to ‘entertainment’)