TED is a nonprofit organization whose name represents Technology, Entertainment, and Design, famous for its international set of conferences for the cause of “Ideas Worth Spreading”. On TED.com, you can see more than a thousand inspiring speeches by guest speakers in the field of technology, entertainment, and design as well as business, science, and global issues. Each speech or performance is 18 minutes long or shorter, so you can meet the world’s best thinkers and doers without taking much time.
As its slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading” manifests, TED intends to share ideas and inspire people. Its celebrity guest speakers include Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bono, J.J. Abrams, and the late Steve Jobs. While you watch each clip you can also choose its English transcript, so you will be able to read and listen all at the same time. It’s going to be a great reading opportunity as all the speeches are very well written manuscript as well. You can practice your listening skills, improve vocabulary, and most of all have a chance to learn and be touched by the world’s most inspired and inspiring speakers.
You can select the clips by speakers, related topics, or playlists. You can even browse the full catalogue. For your information, below are the 20 most watched TED talks as of August 2012. You may want to check them out on TED.com.
1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 14,850,200 views< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >
2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 11,225,783
3. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of Sixth Sense (2009): 9,897,347
4. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 8,204,051
5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo Sixth Sense (2009): 7,747,690
6. Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 7,564,235
7. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 7,539,516
8. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 5,861,510
9. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 5,444,022
10. Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 5,534,123
11. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 5,249,928
12. Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 5,020,869
13. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918
14. Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 4,793,334
15. Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 4,759,217
16. Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 4,475,303
17. Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 4,470,236
18. Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,997,174
19. Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,982,775
20. Barry Schwartz explores the paradox of choice (2005): 3,836,350