9 Best TED Talks


1. A Child of the State · 15:17

Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.

2. High-Tech Art (With a Sense of Humor) · 7:50

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways.

3. A Story of Mixed Emoticons · 3:11

Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that’s short and bittersweet 😉

4. Robots That Fly … and Cooperate. · 16:46

In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

5. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are · 21:02

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” can affect Testosterone and Cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

6. Beware Online “Filter Bubbles” · 9:04

As web companies strive to tailor their services to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.

7. How Schools Kill Creativity · 19:24

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

8. How Great Leaders Inspire Action · 18:04

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

9. Underwater Astonishments · 5:27

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.