How does the metaphorical lightbulb go off? Is it a flash of genius? The power of crowds? These heady talks explore the nature of ideas themselves: Where they come from, how they evolve, and how each of us can nurture them.
As Dave Eggers says, "The best TED Talks make sense of complicated ideas and trends, and have an elegant simplicity to them. It’s plenty of time to get across a clear and bold idea.” Below, his notes on 4 great talks.
The legendary fashion designer — who created the wrap dress and remains an icon in the industry (she's also President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America) — picks the 5 TED talks that have inspired her most.
"These talks have inspired me to create, in my writing or in my life," says Carlton Cuse, screenwriter and producer of "Lost" and "Bates Motel." "These speakers have 'passionate optimism' -- that inner drive that allows us to risk truly expressing ourselves.”
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian picks 9 talks on the global idea flow. He says, "On an open Internet, where all links are created equal, good ideas win. Anyone, anywhere can share an idea that can be seen by millions."
Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus, says, "I hope to one day perform live music on the moon. Perhaps if all goes according to plan, we can make a TED Talk out of it!" We eagerly await this event. Until then, here are his favorite talks.