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The Top 20 TED Talks Videos

8Nearly every college student and professor is familiar with TED Talks and its famous videos and speakers who cover topics ranging including global business, happiness, medicine, technology, joy, workers, innovation, science, biology, psychology, and much more. After all, TED is “dedicated to ideas worth spreading.”

But have you ever wondered which ideas have been spread the most widely from six years of TED Talks online videos? Which videos spark our interest the most?

Here is a list of the top 20 most-watched TED Talks. Go to http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/ for the rest of the list and for links to these thought-provoking talks.

  1. Sir Ken Robinson – schools kill creativity.
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor – stoke of insight.
  3. Pranav Mistry – the thrilling potential of Sixth Sense.
  4. David Gallo – underwater astonishments.
  5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry – demonstrate Sixth Sense.
  6. Tony Robbins – why we do what we do.
  7. Simon Sinek – how great leaders inspire action.
  8. Brene Brown – the power of vulnerability.
  9. Steve Jobs – how to live before you die.
  10. Daniel Pink – the surprising science of motivation.
  11. Hans Rosling – the best stats you’ve ever seen.
  12. Elizabeth Gilbert – nurturing your creative genius.
  13. Arthur Benjamin – does mathemagic.
  14. Mary Roach – 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm.
  15. Dan Gilbert – why are we happy.
  16. Keith Barry – does brain magic.
  17. Stephen Hawking – big questions about the universe.
  18. Johnny Lee – Wii remote hacks for educators.
  19. Jeff Han – demonstrates his breakthrough multi-touchscreen.
  20. Barry Schwartz – explores the paradox of choice.

What TED Talks videos top your list?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Bring up www.TED.com and show a video that appeals to you. Prepare a handout to guide students in the video; include several questions that they can answer in group discussion.
  2. College students love TED Talks. Professors are sometimes surprised at the variety of subjects students seek out on TED. For this activity, divide students into teams and have each team select a topic to search on TED.
  3. Have each team select a video to show the class.
  4. Each team should prepare a sheet with at least five questions. The answers to the question are in the video. As students watch the video, they analyze and prepare answers to the questions for class discussion.
  5. Do this exercise for several weeks, perhaps over the length of the semester. Each week, a new team can present their video.

Source:  TedTalks.com

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The Voices of Chinese Workers

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A global workforce presents both opportunities and challenges to companies and countries alike. Around the world, millions of people work in factories producing high-end goods consumed in the West and Europe. As Leslie Chang begins her talk for TedTalks, she mentions that in the U.S., as beneficiaries of globalization, we often feel we exploit these workers as victims who have been treated unjustly. We assume that Chinese factories are oppressive and that is our fault as Western consumers who desire cheap goods.

Chang contends that these thoughts are both inaccurate as well as disrespectful; what is the ego involved to imagine that we have the power to drive millions of people on the other side of the world to suffer in their work? Her thesis points out that Chinese workers choose to leave their homes in order to earn money, learn new skills, and see the world. Her talk gives a voice to the workers themselves and we learn from them what they value and dream of in their own lives.

In this moving and timely talk, Chang examines the lives of workers in China, interviewing them and taking a new look at what globalization offers to workers in emerging countries. As we might assume, there is both great good, as well as some harm, that has come from the outsourcing of manufacturing to China. Listen to Chan’s talk and decide on the issue for yourself.

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Begin with a discussion about globalization.
  2. Before showing the video, ask students what their thoughts are about the emerging countries’ manufacturing operations?
  3. What are the factors that have led to manufacturing in China?
  4. What are the implications of this? Positive aspects? Negative aspects?
  5. Show the TedTalks video: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/leslie_t_chang_the_voices_of_china_s_workers.html
  6. What are the responsibilities of corporations when outsourcing work to emerging countries such as China?
  7. Discuss aspects of Apple’s and Nike’s oversees manufacturing.
  8. After viewing the video, what are students’ thoughts now about emerging countries’ manufacturing?

Source:  TedTalks.com

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Global Statistics Can Be Fun!

Let’s face it, unless someone is an economist or a statistician, statistics are tough to get excited about. Anyone who has ever struggled to present global statistics has experienced dread at seeing the audience’s eyes glaze over in boredom. Even the most interesting global facts about health and economics leave some people snoring. But one man, statistics guru Dr. Hans Rosling of Sweden, has a way of presenting global statistics in such a manner as to make history and statistics come to vivid life.

Using a unique statistical presentation and mapping program, Dr. Rosling presents global statistics in a manner that illustrates not only the differences between the Western World and the Third World, but also the ways in which countries are similar.

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

1. Before showing the video, have students determine what they think are some of the important global factors that drive growth. What do they think are the factors which are most critical to growth?

2. Ask students to answer the first question posed by Dr. Rosling – before they see the video: Which country has the highest mortality rate of these five pairs?

  • Sri Lanka or Turkey (Answer: Turkey)
  • Poland or South Korea (Answer: Poland)
  • Malaysia or Russia (Answer: Russia)
  • Pakistan or Vietnam (Answer: Pakistan)
  • Thailand or South Africa (Answer: So. Africa)

3. Ask students: What do they think of when they think of the Western World vs. Third World nations?

4. Show the video at TED Talks

5. Note to instructors: Rosling has several other fascinating TED Talks videos that might be useful for future classes. Also check out his software program available for free use at www.gapminder.org.

Source:  http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html

 

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