I had heard about TED Talks, but I never really paid them much attention as I wasn't interested in listening to a bunch of academic lectures with no frameable prize as a goal. When I saw the app for my Windows Phone 7, I decided to try it out and I'm starting to get hooked. CURSE you TED for making me learn on my own time with unassigned lectures that I see...well...just because.
Unlike the lectures in college, the TED Talks are relatively short and are given by pretty accomplished individuals. I don't pretend to agree with everything that is said, but I have yet to not come away without at least considering the speaker's position or perspective. I'm considering it a graduate study in life applied academics and I invite you to join me.
The following respresent what I think to be a nice 5 part introductory course. There are no testsso you're on the honor system. This is also an interactive learning experience so if you have any TED Talks that you recommend, please let the rest of the class no about it in the comments section. :)
This is the one that got me started. I admit that I'm a bit of an Economics nerd with that being one of my areas of study in college. The title also intrigued me. On top it all, this was the economic mind behind Freakonomics. This TED Talk brought economic analysis to a non-traditional situation and made it interesting for a wider audience.
This was the first TED Talk that I watched on my new Samsung Focus - A Windows Phone 7 device. The title drew me in, not because I had previously thought about eating insects, but rather that the thought was so far removed from my mind. I was interested to hear someone make the case. He did a great job, even though I won't be partaking in the 8 legged feast anytime soon. Well, not on purpose anyway.
OK, this has been the most passionate talk I've heard so far. Jessica Jackley isn't just talking either, she is speaking from experience on the front lines. I love her energy AND her "can do" actions. She was very inspiring and I highly respect her and her work. I'm not even going to introduce her topic, I'll let her tell you.
Interesting perspective. I have watched this one a couple of times because there is such a diverse reaction to it. There are people who love it and call it inspiring, others think it say very little and call it a waste of time. I think the concepts described by this Anthropologist can cause people to think about thinking about situations from a "3rd side".
I'm not sure what I think about this one. I disagree with so much of what he said, but can't deny that it made me think about some things. I embody many of the attributes of what he calls the "man box", but I would never link to the horrible end results he says come from the "man box" issues.