TED: Ideas worth spreading, has since 1990, done exactly that. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) brings together thought-leaders from various fields to give talks that are usually 20 minutes or less. In 2006, the talks were put online for free viewing. By 2009 the various talks had been viewed 50 million times; by 2011, 500 million times; on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, they had been viewed 1 billion times. They are currently about 1500 talks available.
TED’s mission statement is: We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
On Friday, May 17, our English class watched a TED Talk by Dan Ariely on “What makes us feel good about our work”. It is an amazing talk that highlights how easily we can be motivated, but also how easy it is to be de-motivated. Students answered a few questions before the 20-minute video, and then were asked to share what they learned after.
The video is below. Enjoy!