TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

It is a fact TED is a unprecedented success. How do you think it differs from other inspirational and original talks available online?

Hello global community :) At the moment i'm doing a dissertation for my MA. in social entrepreneurship. I am curious to know the underneath (sometimes subconscious reasons) why the individuals are so passionate about TED and what does it triggers in their lifes. Innovation? Reinforcement of personal talents? Creativity? awareness? a more personalized type of education revolution? A craving for authenticity and establishment of relationships? Empathy? A reconnection with millenary way of inspiring by story telling? Is TED playing a "digital parenting" role for individuals, especially for the young generation? Is it a tool for reforming education?

As you may see, there are so many questions! Please feel free to just pop intutitive ideas, feelings and visions ... They will all serve for my analysis.

Looking forward to reading your comments.

Thank you very much,

Melina.

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Jun 15 2013: I spent last night happily immersing myself in TEDtalks. (I'd watched one a year or two ago, but since the link was sent to me I hadn't realized it was a series.)

    What struck me about the talks were their focus on the Idea. Each Idea received the audience's attention, accolades, and limelight (versus the speakers being there for their own glory or ego). Every speaker seemed to have happened upon an Idea which resonated with him or her. Upon pursuit of said Idea, each realized it not only resonated and helped them in some way, but could also help others. That seemed to spark (and/or intensify) a passion for the Idea itself. And, as passionate individuals are wont to do, they were eager to share. TEDtalk gave them a forum.

    As a first time observer I found myself emotionally drawn in by the passion ... and yet what kept me enthralled was the respect afforded to the Idea itself, by the audience and presenter.

    Contributing my two cents to a couple of your other questions in the comments, it was the passion that drew me in, the respect for the Idea itself that kept me there ... and watching the videos. (When given a choice I prefer to listen. Watching -- with the theatrics and goings-on -- is usually distracting, taking away from the message.) The TEDtalks offered three ways to receive the information: visual only, visual and auditory, auditory only. Three choices was manageable.
    • thumb

      . . 100+

      • 0
      Jun 15 2013: Welcome Tana! I am so glad you joined. I hope you will enjoy my welcoming gift to you:http://www.ted.com/talks/sunni_brown.html
      • thumb
        Jun 16 2013: Thank you Juliette, both for the welcome and gift.

        Sunni Brown's was the one TEDtalk I'd watched last year (or the year before) when the link was sent to me. As stated above, at the time I didn't realize TEDtalk was a series. I was enlightened last night (or the night before). Quite a high-quality series ... at least from what I've viewed in the past 24 hours.
        • thumb

          . . 100+

          • 0
          Jun 16 2013: Aha! well you have come to a great place. When you browse through the 1500+ talks you can pick the ones on topics that interest you.The majority are brilliant. I click on the 'favorite' button to add them to my collection...That way I can go back periodically and listen again.
          As another welcoming gift then:) Here is another one of my top favorites for you;

          http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude.html

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.