Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do you know TED?

This is really going to be a stretch for a blog whose subtitle is "all things reading." The best that I can do is: 1) we read to investigate ideas and 2) for many of us, at least some of our reading these days is "audible." So why not a website that records (video and audio) and makes available for download lectures of "ideas worth spreading"? Hence, TED: You can listen on your computer or download MP3 files for later portable listening.

The range of topics and speakers is vast. Many are short - less than 20 minutes. I have listened to:
Edith Widder on Glowing Life in an Underwater World
Simon Sinek on How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Dan Pink on the Science of Motivation

Trying to make a selection is almost paralyzing. One way to get started:
- Go to the Home Page
- Select "Talks" at the top
- Along the left side select "Most favorited (is that really a word?) all-time"

Or listen to Elif Shafak's talk on The Politics of Fiction.

Think of this as another arrow in our Alzheimer's Prevention quiver. Let me know what you think. I can't imagine that you will be disappointed. If you find a particularly noteworthy talk, please share.

PS: Many thanks to my friend Jill for introducing me to this wonderful resource.

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