We all love a good TED Talk. They’re enlightening, interesting and extremely entertaining and digestible as an educational format… but what have you actually changed in your life thanks to a TED Talk?
When I think about it, not a lot! Of course TED has made me change my opinion (or at the very least, borrow a new and improved one from a far more informed individual than myself) but what about how TED viewers live their life, day to day?
To be honest, it feels a little bit like what Louis CK says about have a nice thought and not acting on it… but feeling ‘good’ for thinking it all the same. Like seeing a homeless person outside and thinking ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I gave them my umbrella?‘, but walking right passed. Yet still feeling satisfied with yourself for just having such a ‘nice’ thought in the first place!
TED Talks feel a bit like that to me sometimes. Upworthy for the slightly more ‘intelligent’. We can all collectively feel good about something that we are all collectively contributing nothing positive to. But we thought about it, so heck, we’s good people too.
As a member of the middle-class, it’s a trait of middle-class I hate the most… well that and middle-class self hate.
But there were a few vids that have actually changed my behaviour, and I’d like to share them on this short list. If you have any others I would absolutely love to hear them so I can watch them too! Unfortunately only one of them helps the world, the rest are all ‘new enlightened thinking’ secretly driven by a self-interest agenda… but that’s just us middle-class peeps all over in’nit?
1. How to use a Paper Towel:
I don’t always remember to do this one (particularly after a whiskey or two) but I like to think I’ve reduced my paper consumption because of it…
2. Change how you Communicate in the Workplace:
Yes, I have also read her book and I’m not sure which it was that actually changed the behavior, but I find myself recalling things she said here a number of time, particularly during meetings or while writing a work email…
3. A Simple Way to Trick your Brain into thinking you’re Awesome
Really useful pre-pitches and only takes a few minutes to do.
So that’s it, 3 talks. Anybody got any more? I really do want to find more. Because in all honesty, I am not going to be able to hand out mobile phones in 3rd world countries or manipulate Big Data to predict disease outbreaks today…but I could change something I do for five minutes every day. [end rant]