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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference and TEDGlobal -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The following links will take you to a chosen few of the best talks by some amazingly talented people. Some are on the TED website, and others are on YouTube. The videos will open in a new window. I hope you enjoy them.




Not everybody is interested in the US economy, although it affects the whole world. But listen anyway, and wait for the second half as Juan describes the medical advances that have already been made.
Juan Enriquez: The next species of human

Just a couple of years later the science is faster, and the future has truly arrived.
Please excuse the lame 30-second introduction that begins this video. The whole video runs for 59 minutes, which includes Q&A.
Juan Enriquez: How the new biology will affect the global economy.

If this talk doesn't get you choked up, then you weren't paying attention. Janine has a message that applies to everybody - not just athletes. She will move you with humor and truth.
Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

Bob Ballard is famous for discovering the Titanic, but not everybody knows what else he has done. You might be surprised.
Robert Ballard on exploring the oceans

Mike Rowe has spent years experiencing the kind of dirty work that makes our lives possible and comfortable. Along the way he has made some discoveries about work.
Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

One man's voice can hold an entire audience spellbound. Philippe describes the fear and joy of wire-walking.
Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

Here are more great talks on a variety of subjects. Each of these people have something important to say, and we can all learn from them.

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney

Aimee Mullins: It's not fair having 12 pairs of legs

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?

Rob Legato: The art of creating awe

Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown?

Adam Savage: How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

JJ Abrams: the mystery box

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

Todd Kuiken: A prosthetic arm that "feels"

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

James Kunstler: How bad architecture wrecked cities

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?