by Brandy D. Anderson
Most of us have probably heard at least one TED Talk by now. They cover all mediums and disciplines, you can find speeches on motivation, education, tolerance, climate change, and those are only a few examples. In fact, there are so many different subjects and talks available, that it’s easy to miss things you may be interested in. Twitter is a great place to find what you want, and these three TED twitter pages are definitely worth following so you can always get the head’s up on what you may have missed!
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About: “Official tweets by TED.com. Ideas worth spreading.”
The pinned tweet reads “Now is not the time to ban refugees. It’s the time to embrace victims of terror. #WorldRefugeeDay t.ted.com/WQcOpN8 @Dmiliband @theIRC”. The speaker in this short, but rather powerful, video clip goes on to say, “Now is not the time to be banning refugees, as the Trump administration proposes. It’s a time to be embracing people who are victims of terror and remember…remember, anyone who asks you ‘Are they properly vetted?’ That’s a really sensible and good question to ask… The truth is, refugees arriving for resettlement are more vetted than any other population arriving in our countries. So while it’s reasonable to ask the question, it’s not reasonable to say that refugee is another word for terrorist”. If you click on the included link, it brings you to the full video.
Although TED does include a lot of political content, not all of it is strictly politics. Another post begins with the commentary, “Plants will never disappoint you” and there’s a link to an article on TED.com entitled “9 TED Talks About the Secret Lives of Plants”: “Trees talk, flowers build elaborate traps and some plants can even come back from the dead. Skeptical? These fascinating talks may just grow on you”. If you’re wondering “Why jealously is so powerful”, you can read “An Ode to Envy”: “What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its ‘loneliness, longevity, grim thrill’ – that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction.” There are also a plethora of talks geared towards education, focusing on educator and student growth. My personal favourite is by Ken Robinson, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
About: “The official feed for #TEDx. Independently organized TED-like events around the world.”
Although this isn’t officially TED Talks, it is so close that you can’t really tell the difference. Their webpage states that “TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, ‘ideas worth spreading’. It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community”. Their latest tweet talks about one of today’s most hotly debated topics (see what I did there? Hot… climate… nevermind). “What we are hearing on our hydrophones are the very real sounds of climate change’ t.ted.com/tf72WDO @TEDxCERN”. Another post tackles biology: “Taking a look inside your genes”: “Scientist, writer, and broadcaster Kat Arney explores our biological make up in this witty and informative look at the language of our genes revealing their often surprisingly random and ‘wobbly’ behaviour”.
If you’re interested in fishing and conservation, you’ll want to listen to Dr. Robert Steneck’s talk all about “The Lost World of the Gulf of Maine”, which answers the question, “Can fishing communities help protect species?” “Based on his many years of marine research and his understanding of the complicated, often self-policing nature of commercial fishing, Dr. Bob Steneck proposes an innovative, bottom-up, multi-player strategy for halting the steep decline in Maine’s natural fisheries, including the iconic lobster”. There’s an article which asks “What would it mean to us if we lost the cauliflower as a species? t.ted.com/CwrvVOJ”. Are you interested in gardens and floral art? You can “Watch an expert at Ikebana – Japanese flower arranging – do her work set to music: t.ted/com/OROKlbs”. More climate and environmental issues are discussed in an article which begins with “The landscapes that we live in on Earth are wiggling around all the time; they’re changing all the time” t.ted.com/uddRYjt”. In addition to lots of environmental topics, you’ll also find talks focused on education and “life hacks”, just like you will with the original TED.
About: “News from #TED and its global community of passionate thinkers. Follow @TEDTalks for daily talks and ideas.”
This account is perfect for those of you who want news primarily revolving around environmental and social justice issues. One of the latest tweets talks about how “#BlackLivesMatter won a global prize honouring those who pursue ‘peace with justice’. Watch the founders’ TED Talk”: “TEDWomen update: Black Lives Matter Wins Sydney Peace Prize”. The blog includes a video and an article chronicling this awesome achievement. Not only will you find news, such as the aforementioned article, that follows up with TED speakers, but there are also updates which directly involve technical aspects of TED Talks, like a blog discussing their new site design and “improved talk viewing experience”. TED News really involves you in everything TED related.
You can “Meet the TEDGlobal 2017 Fellows”. If you click on the blog link, you’ll be able to “Meet the class of TEDGlobal 2017 Fellows, who will join us at TEDGlobal 2017, August 27 – 30, in Arusha, Tanzania! Representing 18 countries – including, for the first time in our program, Somalia, Uruguay, Liberia, and Zimbabwe – this class clears a high bar of talent, creativity, and eccentricity”. There’s a funny article about “Why TED Takes Two Weeks Off Every Summer” which begins by explaining, here’s “A vacation hack for an office full of Type-A’s with raging FOMO: Avoid the fear of missing out by making sure nothing is going on”. You can get a list of “101 Books to Dive Into This Summer”, all recommended by various TED speakers. Additionally, TED Radio recently celebrated their 100th episode, so you’ll find several posts covering this neat milestone. Lauded writer Anne Lamott is featured in TED’s weekly newsletter, and a post from June 10 links you to “Anne Lamott: 12 Things I Know for Sure”. And you know, any account that includes Lamott, has to be pretty darn awesome.