One of the things I like to do on my mornings walks is listen to TED talks. I find that they inspire me to think new thoughts and do new things… or they may simply just inspire me to be happier and healthier. Over the past few months, I have come up with a list of TED talks I love in different categories.
I’ve talked about the importance of creativity in the past, so I thought that would be a good place to start – below you’ll find a few of my favorite talks on the topic of getting creative.
You may think, I don’t have time for a 20 minute video… but you can listen to these while you are getting ready, commuting to work or instead of watching TV. Or perhaps it might even be a reason for you to get outside – just get creative… no pun intended :). If you are listening at a time you cannot watch, you can always come back to a visual you may have missed.
I hope you enjoy these inspiring individuals as much as I do!
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1. Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius – 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.
2. Sir Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity – Creativity expert Sir 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.
3. Logan LaPlante: “Hackschooling” Makes me Happy – When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.
4. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation – Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t – traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think.
5. Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in LA – Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
Do you have a favorite TED Talk? Please let me know in the comments below!