Frank Warren

Secret keeper
Frank Warren is the creator of the PostSecret Project, a blog full of secrets anonymously shared via postcard.

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Frank Warren is the creator of The PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. Since November 2004, Warren has received more than 500,000 postcards, with secrets that run from sexual taboos and criminal activity to confessions of secret beliefs, hidden acts of kindness, shocking habits and fears. PostSecret is a safe and anonymous "place" where people can hear unheard voices and share untold stories.

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“The secrets I receive reflect the full spectrum of complicated issues that many of us struggle with every day: Intimacy, trust, meaning, humor, and desire.” — Frank Warren

Frank Warren’s TED talk

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Culture

TED Weekends explores the catharsis of revealing secrets

April 20, 2013

In 2004, Frank Warren began a massive undertaking: he distributed 3,000 blank postcards and invited strangers to share their secrets with him. This project grew into PostSecret.com – which now holds more than half a million secrets. Warren found that this initiative reveals our common fears, hopes, loves and desires – which are otherwise invisible. […]

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Entertainment

New playlists: “Spoken-word fireworks” and “That’s absurd!”

February 24, 2013

TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, two new playlists are available: Spoken-word fireworks and That’s absurd! That’s absurd! 5 quirky talks remind us that life is funny, weird, sweet, absurd. Watch talks by Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd and […]

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Quotes from Frank Warren

I think the reason I started the [PostSecret] project, even though I didn't know it at the time, was because I was struggling with my own secrets.
Frank Warren
TED2012 • 2.5M views Apr 2012
Beautiful, Inspiring
Secrets can remind us of the countless human dramas, of frailty and heroism playing out silently in the lives of people all around us.
Frank Warren
TED2012 • 2.5M views Apr 2012
Beautiful, Inspiring
It was through crowdsourcing, it was through the kindness that strangers were showing me, that I could uncover parts of my past that were haunting me.
Frank Warren
TED2012 • 2.5M views Apr 2012
Beautiful, Inspiring