If you're not familiar with TED, it's a non-profit, non-partisan group whose goal is to spread ideas through short talks. The first TED conference was held in 1984, and the focus was on the convergence of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Unfortunately, that conference was not monetarily successful, and a second conference didn't convene again until 1990. That time, the stars aligned and TED took off.
The talks now cover the gamut of topics and are easily available on YouTube or on the ted.com website. Browse their library to find talks that might appeal to you. This is how I found the 20+ on my own list.
Here are my five favorites TED talks:
1) Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius, recorded in 2009, runs 19:09 minutes. This talk inspires me when I'm defeated by rejection or feeling like creativity has left me for good. The story she tells about poet Ruth Stone at the 10:12 mark gives me goosebumps.
2) J.K. Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure, recorded at the 2008 Harvard Commencement, runs 20:58 minutes. The amazing author of the Harry Potter series explains how failure helped her find her way as a writer, and how imagination is of crucial importance.
3) Adam Grant: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers, recorded in 2016, runs 15:25 minutes. The original thinkers that Adam Grant refers to in his talk are from the business arena, but I think the three habits he identifies can be true for writers as well. He gives me hope as a moderate procrastinator. (Yes, I'm writing this post on Sunday evening for a Monday posting!)
4) Matthew Dicks: Homework for Life, recorded in 2015, runs 17:46 minutes. This talk introduces a strategy for collecting story-worthy ideas by taking five minutes each night to reflect and identify story-like moments that happened that day.
5) Mac Barnett: Why a Good Book Is a Secret Door, recorded in 2014, runs 16:59 minutes. I have a serious mind-crush on Mac Barnett, and this talk captures his humor, intelligence, and passion about being a children's author.
Readers, do you have a TED talks that is your favorite? Please share the name of it in the comments below - I'd love to expand my list!
Thanks, Patty, I need some creative inspiration after last week and this will help. I know there's a great TED talk by Jarrett Krosoczka: https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_krosoczka_how_a_boy_became_an_artistReplyDelete
That's #6 on my list, Kathy! It was so hard to choose just 5!Delete
I was just going to suggest this too. Great list.Delete
What a wonderful collection of TED talks! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I hope you get a chance to listen to them, Sue.Delete
Beautiful, Patty, thanks so much for these. The JK Rowling one made me cry though (you know the place!) But you've reminded us of all the inspiration that's out there, and I'm going to go do some writing now!ReplyDelete
I do know the place! I wish my commencement speech had been as memorable - I can't even remember who delivered it!Delete
I love TED talks! Here's another favorite - https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stanton_the_clues_to_a_great_storyReplyDelete
Haven't seen that one, Beth. Can't wait to get to it this weekend! Thanks.Delete
Thanks so much for this. I haven't taken advantage of Ted Talks yet. This seems like a good place to begin.ReplyDelete
They can be just the thing to inspire you, Rosi. I hope you have a chance to listen to a few of them. Maybe you'll develop a mind crush on Mac Barnett, too! :)Delete
Thanks for sharing, Patricia!ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Martin! So glad you stopped by the GROG.Delete
Thank you, Patricia :) I've got some listening to do!ReplyDelete
Listen while putting your feet up, Charlotte. :)Delete
Great list! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I hope you have a chance to see some of them, Tina!Delete
Appreciations, Patty. I'm glad you curated this collection & that it's here to dip into.ReplyDelete