5 Must-See TEDTalks

On a cold winter day, nothing beats curling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea and watching TEDTalks. Here are some of our favorites from over the years, ranging from inspiring to hilarious and everything in between.  Please share your favorite TEDTalks in the comments section below!

 

Teaching with the World Peace Game (John Hunter)

"John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board - and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lesson it teaches - spontaneous, and always surprising - go further than classroom lectures can."

 

If I should have a daughter... (Sarah Kay)

"'If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B...' began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011.  She tells the story of her metamorphosis - from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. - and gives two breathtaking performances of 'B' and 'Hiroshima.'"

The danger of a single story (Chimamanda Adichie)

"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.  Novelist Chimamanda 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."

 

Tales of passion (Isabel Allende)

"Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism - and, of course, passion - in this talk."

 

Everyday leadership (Drew Dudley)

"We have all changed someone's life - usually without even realizing it.  In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives."