In Celebration of #TEDBillion

Screenshot of Malcom Gladwell's TED Talk

What an incredible milestone! I can’t even began to wrap my mind around the number of servers required to make this happen. As people are being encouraged to tweet their favorite TEDTalks, I thought I would share four incredible ones that you may have not have seen yet.

Susan Caine: The Power of Introverts

Lately, my wife has been trying to convince me that I am an introvert like her. I’m still not sure if that’s true as I tend to be as loud and engaging as a used car salesman at a Christmas party. But the more I read the confessional and heartfelt comments on YouTube, the more I thought I should at least take a look. This talk is inspiring, eye-opening and empowering, whether you are an extrovert or introvert.


David Blaine: How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes

Where has this guy been? I’ve missed him! Anyways, in this personal talk about one of his biggest failures and accomplishments, we are given the privilege of seeing inside the mind of someone passionate about their craft. He is willing to make history despite the cost and so whether you are a fan or not, you will find this video worthwhile.

J.J. Abrams: The Mystery Box

If you’re like me, you miss LOST and there doesn’t seem to be a fitting replacement in sight. I even tried to get into Revolutions, but alas, it was not for me. I have probably seen this talk a handful of times but I continue to come back to it as I think about the importance of mystery as a communicator and creative.

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, Happinness & Spaghetti Sauce

Who doesn’t like spaghetti sauce? Okay, there are probably lots of people. However, this talk demonstrates the brilliance of Gladwell and gives us insight into our desires, preferences and tastes.

What is your favorite TED talk? Which of the ones above did you most enjoy?


Blane Young

Blane is a former Communications Pastor who now works with college students as a Campus Missionary with Chi Alpha at American University. He considers himself to be the second funniest person alive, fairly humble and an incredible chef because he once owned a recipe book for Ramen Noodles. He is happily married and is enjoying adjusting to life in Washington, DC.

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    • says

      Yeah. I really like how he built up the mystery box and then – well, I don’t want to spoil it for any TED noobs.

      I will have to watch it this week! I am not a fan of classical music (although I wish I were) so maybe it will help me connect with that genre of music.

  1. says

    Your wife my still be right about you being an introvert. Being an introvert doesn’t necessarily mean being shy or quiet (although you can be introverted and those things). I have friends who are quite introverted but can be the life of the party and publicly quite forward with their opinions (in a good way). Where the introversion comes in is that rather than fueling them emotionally, people time drains them and they need substantial alone time to process things and rest to be emotionally healthy.

  2. says

    I’ve got dozens that I’ve loved, but I’d say the top two I’ve watched the most are Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on creativity and inspiration, and James Nachtwey’s talk on his documentary photography in war zones. Hans Rosling, Sarah Kay, Rory Sutherland, and Barry Schwartz are great too.

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