Cloe Shasha

Associate Content Producer, TED


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Do you have a story about when a young person first watched a TEDTalk or TEDxTalk? What happened?

TEDTalks and TEDxTalks inspire viewers of all ages.
In the past few years, the TED community has expressed a heightened interest in youth-focused TEDTalks and events.
Initiatives such as TEDxYouthDay ( and TED-ED ( are bringing TED's spirit of "Ideas Worth Spreading" to a younger audience.
We are interested in hearing stories about how TED and TEDx have reached and inspired young people.

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    Sep 26 2011: I think my first one was in 2003/4 (i was 15 ) watching a TEDTalk by Tony Robbins... and then addicted to TED community after Al Gore's inspiring speeches. I was truly reignited and driven to better the world via my tree-planting project called GREENPLEASE! i started in college.

    Keep it up inspiring, spreading the ideas to YOUTH.

    Thank you, TED.
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    Oct 2 2011: I actually made a TED talk an extra credit assignment for one of my advanced students. He watched one and made the remark that it was better than watching TV. We will discuss the TED talks he watches each week when we meet. GO TED
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    Sep 29 2011: The first TEDTalk I ever watched was by Sir Ken Robinson. I was simply amazed that this guy who actually worked in academia was giving a talk on things that I never imagined anyone in education would have the guts to say...publicly! I watched that talked 3 times and listened carefully to everything he said. Then I went and wrote in my journal all the thoughts it had inspired and the solutions I would love to try. I then sent the video to 20 of my friends from college and high school via Facebook. I was 19 or 20 at the time. Now, I'm 23 and I still remember how watching Sir Ken Robinson's talk made my brain explode with inspiration and a new sense of awareness about the world around me.
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    Oct 3 2011: I'm a 17 year old High School Senior and am generally disappointed by the general indifference and willfull ignorance my generation expresses when it comes to intelligent conversations and scientific or philosophical topics. TED helped me realize that there still is another side to society - a side that cares, that studies, and wishes to learn and embraces curiosity.
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    Oct 1 2011: i am 21.i first watched a TED talk just a week ago.
    i find that it can broaden my horizon,inspire me a lot and the most important is that it can improve my english .
    i think it's such a good resource to help people share ideas with each other and to enjoy the charm of talk!
    my english is poor,however i love TED!
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    Oct 1 2011: One of the most wonderful things that can happen in education happened to me and TED.
    My teacher called it a way of selfeducation and that we would get another kind of information and a new perspective from people who had witnessed the stuff we were talking about (especially poverty and aid at that time). I am very thankful for that because he encouraged us to think differently and TED just matched our subject (called World Development) wonderfully.
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    Sep 30 2011: First time I watched it (11 years old) I didn't pay attention, but when i revisited the site a few years later I got inspired by the "Ideas worth spreading" and set out to host a TEDx event at my school.
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    Sep 29 2011: My cousin was learning to tie her shoe, so we watched the Terry Moore video. It was so funny to watch the perplexed look on her face. She hadn't grasped the concept of tying any kind of knot, much less one that aligns properly with the perpendicular axis of your body. When the video was done, she looked at me and said, "How do you feel about velcro?" We all died laughing. She's five years old.
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    Sep 26 2011: I saw 'the hole in the wall' project video by Sugata Mitra and was deeply touched! I recommended it to my son who showed it at his school assembly.
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    Oct 1 2011: I was 17 years old, (2 years ago) i thought it was interesting, but it wasn't something i wanted to get involve..until now.