TED online videos

Is there anyone out there who isn’t watching TED videos regularly?

Just in case, here are my three favourite ones:

1. Hans Rosling’s 2006 talk on poverty and statistics. Funny, compelling, jaw-dropping, illuminating.

2. Ken Robinson’s 2006 talk on creativity and education. Inspiring, funny, moving.

3. Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 talk on technological change. Amazing, unbelievable, futuristic, hopeful.

And an honourable mention: William Kamkwamba’s talk about building a windmill. Heart-warming, inspiring, wonderful.

What are your favourites? Please post them in the comments and give me more excuses to avoid my MA essay…

29 Oct 2010, 12:47am
by William Adam McDuff


I like Joshua Klien on the intelligence of crows. Even has a Sendai shout out in it.

Hey William

Awesome. Sendai at the six minute mark, too!

I really enjoyed this one about where good ideas come from–as a somewhat introverted person, it was a good nudge to look into getting together with teachers, writers, and other people who are doing the kinds of things that I do. We all need that kind of interaction.

There are a ton of good ones under Words about Words, including Erin McKean’s dictionary talk.

My (mostly Japanese) followers on my Twitter account for English learners (@readable) were really pleased to learn that there are lots of subtitled TED talks at the Open Translation Project. It takes a while for new ones to become available, but they’re there! As complex as the language is in most TED talks, I think watching them with subtitles is totally justified. Even advanced students might want to aim for video + Japanese subtitles, then video + English subtitles, then just the video.

I’m going to add your blog to my blogroll–I love your interesting ideas like literal music videos, hahaha!

Hi Clarissa
Thanks for the great links! I have also subscribed to your blog -looking forward to going through your archive once I get back from my trip to St. Louis next week.

30 Oct 2010, 12:48pm
by William Adam McDuff


Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man was funny, I thought. Though that Shreddies ad campaign made me gnash my teeth when it was on.

William, that video is great!

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