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Best TED Conference Videos

Updated on March 12, 2011

Must Watch TED Videos

Have you seen the top 10 videos from TED? Here they are! If you haven't heard of TED, it's a conference where entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, and thought leaders from all over the world come together to share their knowledge in 18 minute speeches.

This is a list of the best speeches from TED - and they will blow your mind!

What is TED?

TED stands for Technology, Education and Design. It's an annual conference (with many side-conferences each year called TEDx events) where thought leaders, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and all kinds of very talented people share their knowledge and expertise in a brief 18-minute speech format.

The result is a massive library of 18-minute speeches on everything from what makes us do what we do to the environment to the future of computers to the meaning of life to great artistic performances. If you watched every TED video on www.TED.com you'd get as much value or more than you would from a conventional education.

So watch these top 10 TED Videos and get ready to learn!

#1. Tony Robbins TED Video - Why We Do What We Do

This is Tony Robbin's speech from the TED Conference called "Why We Do What We Do" - Truly amazing!

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#2. TED Talk Jill Bolte Taylor - How It Feels to Have a Stroke

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.

#3. Ted Talk Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes -- including speakers such as Jill Bolte Taylor, Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Al Gore and Arthur Benjamin. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com, at

#4. Ted Talk Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that well be miserable if we dont get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things dont go as planned.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes -- including speakers such as Jill Bolte Taylor, Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Al Gore and Arthur Benjamin. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts.

#5. Ted Talk Bill Gates: How I'm trying to change the world now

Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them.

#6. TED Talk Ray Kurzweil: How technology's accelerating power will transform us

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

#7. TED Talk Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

#8. TED Talk Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium -- and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.

#9. TED Talk Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all 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.

This is one of the most amazing educational videos I've ever seen for anyone who's interested in influencing others, being an entrepreneur, or just someone who wants to make a difference.

#10. TED Talk Chris Anderson: How YouTube is driving innovation

TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...

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