Maria “Brainpicker” Popova saw our post The 10 Best Talks from TED 2010 and wondered aloud on Twitter if we maybe missed a few highlights (and asked in private if we actually even went). We invited her to create her own top 10 list in response.
Every year, TED brings together the world’s most progressive thinkers and doers in technology, entertainment, design, and everything in between, packaging their “ideas worth spreading” into digestible 18-minute bursts of pure cerebral stimulation delivered with superb production value. And that formula is important, because what makes a great TED talk isn’t merely a great idea. It’s a great idea, delivered eloquently yet approachably, often using humor to ease the audience into a difficult subject and, ideally, staying focused enough to relay a central theme yet culturally relevant enough to celebrate the cross-pollination of disciplines.
With all this in mind, here is my selection of the top 10 talks from TED 2010, themed What The World Needs Now, evaluated on (1) compelling content, (2) engaging presentation, and (3) wider cultural relevance. (click through to read about Temple Grandin, Dan Barber, Natalie Merchant, Philip K. Howard, Nicholas Christakis, Jane McGonigal, Sir Ken Robinson, Jamie Oliver, Adora Svitak and Esther Duflo)
Note: Maria is one of my favorite friends on twitter. We met last winter and quickly bonded over the desire to devour information. If Maria is not right on top of it - she definitely a few steps ahead. If you’re on twitter, follow her here.
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