In this day and age of negative people and “fake news”, we do need a fix for something inspiring. Here are 10 highest viewed TED talks ever! And they provide us with some amazing insights into some of the most important things in life. These are all experts in their areas and they are sharing their most profound thoughts. Watch the videos and get hold of their best seller books as well.
Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson (11.7 million views)
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Ken Robinson has been a big advocate of changing the way education is approached in the current day and age. We are focusing on too narrow a skill set which kills creativity ad entrepreneurship and lowers the professional standards in teaching itself. There are several trends which needs to be addressed for the teaching of future.
- decreasing monetary value of a college degree and the rising cost of earning one
- bifurcated academic and vocational class system contributing to rising income inequality
- social and financial drain of having nearly 1.5 million students (who are disproportionately racial minorities) drop out of high school each year
- boredom and demoralization of those who remain in school
Sir Robinson decries the pyramidal structure of education where only a select few kids rise to the top. These are those who have mastered the “student mold”. What we need instead is an all-round development of the citzenry where multiple intelligences are cultivated and nurtured. This can be achieved by allowing the kids to pursue their interests in an authentic, self-paced and playful way. Watch this highest watch TED talk ever for a refreshing take on education!
Why we do what we do | Tony Robbins (10.3 million views)
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that make us do what we do — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.
In this amazing video, Tony Robbins discusses how human needs drive our actions. We have over 6000 different emotions, of which only 12 dominate in any week. Half of these are disempowering. That leaves only 6 emotions which make us happy. These 6 – Certainty (Have some consistency in life), Uncertainty (we need surprises and variety), Significance (Feel important to someone or something and have a way to feel unique), Connection & Love (have friendship and intimacy), Growth (Progress is happiness – if you aren’t growing, you are dying) and Contribution (the satisfaction and happiness from giving)
The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown (5.77 million views)
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
The puzzle of motivation | Dan Pink (5.73 million views)
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. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek (5.6 million views)
Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
My stroke of insight | Jill Bolte Taylor (4.2 million Views)
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology | Pranav Mistry (3.2 million views)
Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.
Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert (2.85 million views)
“Eat, Pray, Love” author 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. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Unveiling game-changing wearable tech | Pattie Maes (1.6 million views)
This demo — from Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry — was the buzz of TED. It’s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine “Minority Report” and then some.
Underwater astonishments | David Gallo (1.1 million views)
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.