First of all happy new year to all!
As asked by many people, which TED/x talks I would highly recommend. These are few I would like you to watch, I will soon review them all, and try to make meaning out of it on my blog.
Here is the list (my personal favorite)
1. What motivates a person the most (in non-factory-type work) is how much autonomy, mastery, and purpose they have, not how much money they make. Dan Pink in his TED talk discovers “The Puzzle of motivation”, Have a look at it : http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html
2. “Gaming can make a better world”, a talk by Jane McGonigal, twin sister of Kelly McGonigal, who has also given a TED talk on how to use stress as your friend? I saw Kelly’s talk first so I was in the presumption while seeing Jane, one day she was talking on stress as a psychologist, today she is a gamer…..this let me search about Jane, and i found they are twins, so moving ahead a great video, how gamers can actually change the world. Gamers are problem solvers, they are highly optimistic, make social bonds easily, have blissful productivity and make meaning while playing games. So, gamers are super empowered hopeful individuals. Gamers are human resource that we can use to solve real world problems like poverty, healthcare, etcetera. Let’s be a gamer and unleash our potential as a problem solver! here is the link : https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html
3. In another TED talk, Jane talks about “The game that can give you 10 extra years of life”. Playing video games can actually make you more physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially resilient. So, actually transforms your life and increases your productivity and creative skills. here is the link : http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life.html
4. Shawn Achor, in his TED talk on “The happy secret to better work”, talks about how we can increase our productivity by being happy, as he stresses on the fact that “success can’t make you happy, but by being happy you can be successful”. We assume our external world is predictive world is predictive of our happiness levels, when in reality if we know everything about external world, we can predict only 10% of our happiness while 90% is predicted by how your brain processes. here is the link : https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html
5. My favorite TEDx talk by Eunice Hii, a recent graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business on “Don’t just follow your passion: A Talk for Generation Y”. In her TEDx talk, Eunice critically analyze passion and associated myths surrounding it. She touched my heart when in the last she said “I still have no idea, what I gonna do after my graduation, but I do know I will be passionate about it”. And most importantly what I figure out was that it’s not just about following passion but also meeting community needs, so overlap of community needs and your passion, lies your true potential. Let’s be passionate and change the world! here is the link and I want you to watch this TEDx talk : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgbzbdxTm4E
6. Famous designer Tim Brown gave a TED talk on “Designers — think big!”. Recently I have done a course on “Design thinking for business Innovation” on coursera platform, so I can relate this TED talk very well, in this he talks about how design thinking and integrative thinking can actually solve some big global social problems like sanitation, water, healthcare, etcetera. Design thinking not only integrates technology and economics, but it starts with what humans need or might need in the near future. Design thinking encourage us to take a divergent approach rather than a conventional convergent approach, to explore new alternatives, solutions, new ideas that have not existed before. for more about design thinking do watch his TED talk : http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_urges_designers_to_think_big.html
7. If you have watched “Now you see me” movie then you will love this TED talk by Apollo Robbins on “The art of misdirection”. You can’t recall memories while processing new data, you can only process so much information at once, and your attention is easily manipulated (like by magicians). here is the link : https://www.ted.com/talks/apollo_robbins_the_art_of_misdirection.html
8. Recently i reviewed a TED talk by Steven Johnson on “Where good ideas come from?” “Innovative thinking is often a slow and gradual process, not a moment of instant, lightbulb-like inspiration.” have a look at this : http://exploringted.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/5-where-good-ideas-come-from/
for more watch this TED talk : http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_johnson_where_good_ideas_come_from.html
9. Rory Sutherland, in his TED talk on “Sweat the small stuff” talks about “If you want people to remember you and to appreciate what you do, the most things are very very small so look at small things”. Soon, I am going to review this TED talk. Looking out small things, don’t need large marketing or research budgets, highly complex strategies to solve problems, you just need right approach in analyzing those small things, by detailing out.
10. Rache Botsman, in her beautiful TED talk on “The currency of the new economy is trust”. I will call this idea, a radical idea, not everyone can accept this or swallow this TED talk. She took examples of some start-ups like connect.me, task rabbit, legit, airbnb, trust cloud and stack overflow which focuses on reputation as the new currency in this knowledge economy. We are at a start of collaborative revolution, let’s see what is hidden for our future. I recommend you to watch this TED talk : http://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_botsman_the_currency_of_the_new_economy_is_trust.html
For more, stay tuned! I will soon post more about TED/x talks.