The Character Movement

10 Ted Talks That Inspire

At Youth Frontiers, we love TED Talks. They inspire us with their engaging approach to all topics, including education and character development. Here are some of our favorites:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story – Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaking at TED

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaking at TED

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes  Mindfulness expert Puddicombe describes the transformative power of taking just 10 minutes a day to refresh our mind – allowing us to be “present.”

Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple – though hard – way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability – Brené Brown studies human connection – our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction – reaching out to others.

Trisha Prabhu: Rethink before you type – 14-year-old Trisha Prabhu urges teens to rethink before sending a hurtful message online and shares the inspiration behind her innovative app called ReThink which prompts teens to pause and reflect before pressing send on a potentially hurtful message.

Trisha Prabhu speaking at TEDxTeen

Trisha Prabhu speaking at TEDxTeen

Victor Wooten: Music as a language Five-time Grammy award winner, Victor Wooten, makes the case for learning music in the same way as we learned our first language, calling for a more natural, less academic approach.

Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn’t true – As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let’s honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke — but they’re not broken.

Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? – Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are – Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

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