Today’s inspiration for gratitude has *got* to be TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, now celebrating one billion views! Amazingness. I can’t tell you how many hours (days?) of contemplation have been inspired (especially while journeying solo!), or how many times I’ve forwarded and posted with bubbly excitement links to these glimpses of genius. Projects like this have been crucial in globalizing brilliance, offering up fully digestible sessions of 20 minutes or so each, from trailblazers in all manner of studies. Compare this accessibility to academia 100 or even 200 years ago . . .
What reminded me about how much I truly appreciate TED, was this earnest presentation by the inventor of behavioral economics, Daniel Kahneman. The subject of his talk? The role of the experiencing self and the memory self in happiness. At the very end of the talk, the presenter brings up the topic of how happiness studies might play a future role in domestic policy. While it’s already playing a role in many countries’ approach to modern governance, the question remains: how long will it take the States to catch up?
What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Some of my TED favorites, previously published on TWJ:
- Brain researcher Jill Bolte’s stroke experience (if you’re only going to watch ONE video, watch THIS one!)
- VS Ramachandran gives us 3 clues to understanding our brains
- Atheism with Alain de Botton & Humanity, Transcendence and Evolution
- Dean Ornish: Let food do the work
- Bonobos and Evolution
Do you have a favorite TED vid?