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Behind the TED Talk

With more than a billion views, TED Talks have become a powerful cultural force. But it all starts with a single person on a stage ...

At TED2010, we sent a video crew to follow two speakers as they prepared to give the talk of their lives. One, the artist Raghava KK, had never spoken at TED before. The other, Sir Ken Robinson, gave one of the most emailed TED Talks of all time in 2006, but hadn't spoken since. Follow both speakers on their journey to the TED stage in this charming 8-minute film.

Watch how their talks turned out:

"Behind the TED Talk" credits:

Video by m ss ng p eces
Executive producer Jason Wishnow
Produced by Ari Kuschnir and Ben Nabors
Filmed by Josh Nussbaum and Todd Banhazl
Edited by Adam McClelland

Music credits:

Music Supervision and Rights Coordination by
Samuel Valenti IV & Jeremy Peters at Ghostly Songs Music Supervision

"Legume Minimal"
Written by Benjamin Mullins
Performed by Ben Benjamin
© 2009 Copyright Control
Licensed Courtesy Benjamin Mullins

"Legume Shotgun"
Written by Benjamin Mullins
Performed by Ben Benjamin
© 2009 Copyright Control
Licensed Courtesy Benjamin Mullins

"Locks"
Written by Jeff McIlwain
Performed by Lusine + David Wingo
© 2006 Ghostly Songs
Licensed Courtesy Ghostly International
From the Album: Idol Tryouts Two: Ghostly International Vol. 2

"Flowers Into Stardust"
Written and Perfomed by Christopher Willits
© 2010 Overlap Music
Licensed Courtesy Ghostly International Under Exclusive License from
Christopher Willits
From the Album: Tiger Flower Circle Sun

"Viper Skies"
Written by Jason Corder
Performed by Offthesky
© 2009 Copyright Control
Licensed Courtesy Jason Corder