TEDTalks: Ideas worth Spreading. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.
Angela Lee Duckworth:
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance
About this talk: Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Time 6:12 minutes; Filmed 2013; Posted on TED: April 2013
The Happy Secret to better Work
About this talk:We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Time 12.20 minutes; Filmed 2011; Posted on TED: May 2011
How to Make Stress your Friend
About this talk: Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Time 14:28 minutes; Filmed 2013; Posted on TED: June 2013