The TED Effect
Technology. Entertainment. Design
What is TED? What is TEDx? What is its significance? Why should we listen to people talk about their lives? Do the stories really matter? All of these are the kind of questions which are bound to come to your head if you are unaware of TED as an organization or hearing about it for the first time.
Talking in terms of technicalities, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. The talks pertain to various fields which may include science, art, global issues, business ideas, basically any idea which is relevant to the current world in one way or another.
TEDx which is organized independently under TED was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “Ideas worth spreading.” While talking about the significance of TED as an organization, let’s keep aside the technicalities for some time. The reason that TED has been able to leave such a huge mark over the world, with more than two million followers, is the fact that it represents something truly important. The organization is based on the power of ideas and realizes the true power of speech. The most revolutionary ideas, which were lost somewhere in the crowd, have found a voice through this medium and the followers, found a source of inspiration. We could read 100’s of inspirational books and they may leave us completely unaffected, but when we listen to people who talk about their stories, we can connect to them on a deeper level and it is sure to leave an impact.
But inspiration isn’t the only outcome from witnessing a TED talk, the impact is way beyond that. Talks like “Keith Barry’s- Brain Magic” leave its viewers amused and intrigued. Within a span of 15 minutes, he left his audience dumbfounded, using simple tricks to confuse the human mind. Alexander Betts, who is a social scientist from Britain, has given TED talks pertaining to the reasons and repercussions of BREXIT and about possible solutions to the Refugee Crisis in Europe. Brene Brown talks about the Power of Vulnerability in her TED talk, which is amongst some of the most viewed TED talks in the world. She talks about human connection and how vulnerability has an important part to play in strengthening human connections.
Speakers such as Simon Sinek and Amy Cuddy have inspired thousands of people with their TED talks about Leadership and about the importance of body language. Gill Hicks, who is a terrorist attack survivor, talks about the kind of emotions she went through in the moments when she was under attack and also of the state of mind of the attackers, and finally, of her journey back to a life of normalcy.
Indian comedians such as Abish Mathew and Bhuvan Bam have also delivered TEDx and used it as a platform to talk about the importance of originality and of passion.
As it is evident that there is no particular domain to which these talks are restricted. No idea which can’t be conveyed. Along with inspiration, these talks can entertain, provide a fresh perspective to previously well-known problems, educate, enhance our worldview, have an emotional impact, shape our personality, the possibilities are just endless. There is always a chance to learn , an opportunity for growth, some undiscovered potential which might just need a little push.