Top 10 TED Talks Ever

TED is a non-profit foundation (The Sapling Foundation), listed as an 501(c)3 organisation under the US tax code. Chris Anderson established this structure for TED in 1996.

TED is totally focused on the concept of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It all began in 1984 with a conference that focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design in San Francisco. The challenge to the presenters was, “give the talk of your life in 18 minutes or less”.

Today TED runs conferences and events around the globe, bringing together some of the world’s smartest and most interesting thinkers, visionaries, teachers and people who have achieved extraordinary things in their lives. The subject matter covered in TED talks is no longer restricted to technology, entertainment and design although it must satisfy the ‘ideas worth spreading’ test. Talks now range across topics regarding business, the arts, science and global issues as much as technology, entertainment and design.

The concept of Ideas Worth Spreading is the catch line for the broader goal of the foundation which is to help create a better future for the world by sharing important and relevant information with millions of people. Central to this is the belief that there is no greater force for change than a powerful idea.

Many of the TED conferences have a theme. TEDIndia, TEDWomen, TEDYouth. A program was instituted to translate the talks to open them up for non-English speaking viewers. The subtitles also make them accessible to the hearing impaired. began listing the talks for viewing online in 2006. They are listed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license which means they can be viewed and shared freely.

More than 1,600 TED Talks have been shared online and they have been viewed more than 1 billion times.


Go here to view a list of the people on the TED Brain Trust. Looks like we are in good hands.

10. Daniel Pink

Title: The Puzzle of Motivation
Year: 2009
Views: 8,363,339

9. Mary Roach

Title: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm
Year: 2009
Views: 9,435,954

8. David Gallo

Title: Underwater Astonishments
Year: 2007
Views: 10,266,221

7. Tony Robbins

Title: Why We Do What We Do
Year: 2006
Views: 10,425,014

6. Pranav Mistry

Title: The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology
Year: 2009
Views: 12,068,105

5. Amy Cuddy

Title: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Year: 2012
Views: 12,682,694

4. Brene Brown

Title: The Power of Vulnerability
Year: 2010
Views: 12,703,623

3. Simon Sinek

Title: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Year: 2010
Views: 14,228,854

2. Jill Bolte Taylor

Title: My Stroke of Insight
Year: 2008
Views: 14,343,197

1. Sir Ken Robinson

Title: How Schools Kill Creativity
Year: 2006
Views: 23,510,221



Ten of these isn’t enough. Go here for the full 1,600 of them.

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