Wisdom From Around The World

I Love TED Talks!

What a remarkable way to learn about cutting edge ideas and research from around the globe. I also love sharing ideas so here are some of my favorite TED talks that have left an indelible mark on my mind, spirit and influenced my work.


You Aren’t At The Mercy Of Your Emotions – Your Brain Creates Them.

Lisa Feldman Barrett at TED@IBM

Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research — and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.

Why Aren’t We Awesomer?

Michael Neill at TEDxBend

You’re not afraid of what you think you’re afraid of, you’re afraid of what you think. How we interpret what we see, creates our experience in the world. To Neill, happiness is our natural state and we’re always just one thought away from peace.

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Your Body Language May Shape who You Are.

Amy Cuddy at TEDGlobal 2012

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read “Criticisms & updates” below for more details as well as Amy Cuddy’s response.

The Power Of  Vulnerability

Brene Brown at TEDxHouston

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.

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek at TEDxPuget Sound

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …

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The Birth Of A Word

Deb Roy at TED2011

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

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How To Start A Movement

Derek Sivers at TED2010

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

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The Tribes We Lead

Seth Godin at TED2009

Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.