Emily McManus

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Celebrating 5 years of TED video: What's your favorite TEDTalk?

On Monday, June 27, 2006, we flipped the switch on TEDTalks video -- with 6 videos and a dream ...
Now, 5 years on, I'm curious: What's your favorite TEDTalk, and why?
I'll be compiling your answers into a permanent page on TED.com, and very interested in what you have to say!

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    Jun 27 2011: One of my favorite talks is "Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation" http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_innovation.html
    It really hit the spot for me and nowadays I try to learn as much as possible from video instead of text, checking recipes for good food on Youtube is one of the unexpected ways that it has enriched my life.
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    Jul 2 2011: I have 13 actually chosen as my favourites on my profile but if I have to distill it down to one I choose Bjorn Lomberg's talk on prioritizing our approach to global problems as the one that altered my thinking most radically and inspired me most. I felt that his common sense approach backed by data and analysis was compelling.
    You can find it here:
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    Jun 30 2011: Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense
    Angela Belcher - Angela Belcher looks to nature for inspiration on how to engineer viruses to create extraordinary new materials.
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    Jun 30 2011: Whatever one I'm watching at the moment is my favorite:>)
  • Jun 30 2011: Mines would have to be 'Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability". While watching the talk, I could not look away or deny what she was saying because she was speaking the raw truth. It is a talk that can be referenced time and time again; from now and to the future which makes it my favorite.
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    Jun 30 2011: There are so many wonderful life changing talks on here. The one that really stood out for me back in 2007 was the one by Sir Ken Robinson - how schools kill creativity. It was a great blend of humor, seriousness and boldness. He got his point across so well. It is one of the first talks I mention when I tell people they should give TED a try. I don't know what I would do without TED - just wonderful! Perfect!
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    Jun 27 2011: I was introduced to TED by one of David Deutsch's talks. I have been hooked since.
  • Jun 27 2011: I have hundreds of fave TEDtalks..this is one of those I can watch over and over again...
    Raghava KK: Five lives of an artist
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    Jun 27 2011: A very difficult question... I'll have to go with the talk that brought me to TED in the first place - Juan Enriquez sharing mindboggling science.

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    Jun 27 2011: Stacey Kramer : The best gift I ever survived.One word : INSPIRATIONAL

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    Jun 26 2011: i don't see this conversation kicking in. everyone can mark talks as favorite, many of us have. why list here too?

    instead, why don't you create some statistics about which talks are the most favorited, etc. i would be very interested in such data.
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      Jun 27 2011: I cannot really agree, it is a different thing to favourite a talk and another thing to choose one as your favourite.
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        Jun 30 2011: I can't name MY "Favorite" that's why I phrased my post as "one of my"...
        THE favorite is to me like asking a child to choose between his mother and father :P
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    Jun 25 2011: Emily, Tedster Benedikt Heinen asked a similar question, Which talks best represent the T, the E and the D in TED?

    and my repy is,

    T for Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us, specially the power of communication technology to help transform our world, also according to UK PM Gordon Brown which would give the E to me on his talk on global ethics - serious entertainment! and D - Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight on the design of our right brain to expound our power to love one another.

    All of these, among many others I have not yet seen, has the elements for transforming our world into just and happy global home. Is it possible to summarize the TED talks in the framework of its power to transform our world?