We’ve cherry picked 10 of our favourite Ted Talks that will fill you with the desire to think, make and do. 

1. Sir Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity?

“Creativity is as important as literacy and we should afford it the same status” – In the most watched TED Talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson argues that we should nurture and celebrate creativity rather than undermine it.

2. Amanda Schochet, How Bumble Bees inspired a network of Tiny Museums

“It began with bumblebees.” – Ecologist Amanda Schochet reminds us that small acts can lead to big differences as she discusses MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending machines.

3. Elizabeth Gilbert, Your Elusive Creative Genius 

‘All of us have a genius’ – Elizabeth Gilbert entertains as she reflects on the unnecessary pressures we put on ourselves to be a creative genius.

4. Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability 

‘Let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen’ – an important message from Brené Brown about how embracing your own vulnerability is a strength in itself.

5. Dan Pink, The Puzzle of Motivation 

‘Think about your own work. Are the problems that you face, or even the problems we’ve been talking about here, do they have a clear set of rules, and a single solution? No.’ – Dan Pink  considers how we are motivated.

6. Marie Naffah, Making Music with the Blind 

‘Disability does not Obstruct Creativity’  – Our very own AHA Tutor, Marie Naffah discusses Creativity’s power to unite whilst challenging the stigma of disability in the music industry.

7. Michelle Kuo, The Healing Power of Reading

‘Vision is one of the best things we do’ –  Michelle Kuo explains how reading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves.

8. Nora Atkinson, Why Art Thrives at Burning Man

‘Do I care about these because they move me, or do I care about them because they’re expensive and I think they’re supposed to?’ – Nora Atkinson discusses the Nevada festival ‘Burning Man’ and contemporary art’s need to engage and spark curiosity in its viewers.

9. Titus Kaphar, Can art amend history?

‘So I ended up with an art history class, and I didn’t know a thing about art history. But something amazing happened when I went into that class. For the first time in my academic career, my visual intelligence was required of me.’ – Titus Kaphar champions the important role of art within history.

10. Richard Howells, What Culture teaches about Utopia

‘Why do we bother with beauty?’ Richard Howells tells us what aesthetics can teach about the utopian drive to make the world a better place.

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