Feel like you need a little something to keep you feeling motivated? Something to keep you inspired? Then there’s no better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of hot ginger tea (or coffee, if that’s your poison) and a nice TED talk to make you feel ready to take on your day.‘TED’ which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, features ‘ideas worth spreading.’
The speaker series launched in 1984, and there are now more than 1,400 TED talks available online for free on youtube. Sometimes we need a little more than words on a page to get inspired. Hearing someone talk about their journey and perspective is something that can get our gears turning. Make us feel eager to change the course of our own lives.
So, we compiled this list of TED talks for you to feel driven and inspired again: Photo Source- clairewardle.com Technology: Claire Wardle
Claire Wardle is the co-founder and director of “First Draft”, a non-profit focused on research and practice to address misinformation. She was also the head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency. She holds a PhD in Communication and an MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Claire Wardle begins her poignant TED Talk by saying, let’s be clear the internet has freedom of expression. We just need to stop spreading misleading content! She believes that three complex issues have led to the dangerous internet experience we know today. First, there is so much unverified content being put out and it’s legal to do so. Secondly, people have an emotional relationship to information, not a rational one. And the last, that we tend to give companies who are part of a wider information ecosystem like Facebook, Google, Instagram, etc all the blame when a crime perpetrates.
She questions, How we help transform the internet into a place of trust?
No sector can solve this problem alone, but some are trying. Everyone is creating a different solution to the same problem. But she has a very thoughtful idea to curb that, we need to roll out a solution on a global scale, something huge to make a difference. While global corporations should help, they shouldn’t take the lead. We as public consumers should. We need to follow a new infrastructure that supports the spread of accurate information. What if we started using a structure like Wikipedia that utilizes collective wisdom and experience? We could rely on people to provide insight regarding moderation and platform changes to cultivate a place that gains trust.
She goes on to illustrate how we, as consumers can take charge of the information we wish to consume.
Watch the complete video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iD4HwJ-67Q
Photo Source- Nyra Lang Entertainment: Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham, body activist, super-model, lingerie designer, co-founder of ALDA (a coalition of plus-size models) and all-around beautiful human.
Her TED talk delivers the message of body love and acceptance and inspired millions around the world. The ted talk starts with inspiring affirmations women should say while looking at themselves in the mirror. She recited “You are bold, you are brilliant and you are beautiful. There is no other woman like you. You are capable.”
Ashley admitted that her journey from starting as a teen plus-size model until now was filled with self-hatred and body negativity and it took a lot of work to accept herself. She said, “don’t feel uncomfortable celebrating our beauty, we need to work together to redefine what is beautiful and it all starts with ourselves.”
Watch the complete video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAgawjzimjc
Design: Anamika Khanna
One of the leading fashion designers in India, Anamika Khanna has distinguished herself through her elegant creations that have the perfect balance of traditional Indian textiles and western tailoring. She was not only the first designer to launch an international label in 2004, but also the first female Indian fashion designer to present her collection at the PFW in 2007. Anamika’s outfits are regularly sported by notable Bollywood personalities.
Anamika in her TED talk takes you through to the non-glamorous side of the fashion industry which includes long tedious work hours, dabbling into the different process of in making of beautiful design and the constant pressure to create something new and being judged upon after doing so. The constant struggle of getting inspired by something and delivering it on a specific timeline. She quotes “I am a designer, my name is conflict”.
Anamika also talks about the constant conflict present between personal style and expensive fashion. She believes trends come and go, what matters is personal style. She tells people to start questing trends and what is told to them as fashionable. You accept what trend resonates with your style and let go of the other ones. She says that your personality must shine through in what you wear and it should come from your heart. Watch the complete
Watch the complete video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReD9RSQ1vlo&t=534s
So sit back, relax and go listen to these courageous and captivating people in the world.