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Five Top TED Talks for Playful Innovators

Tomorrow night we kick off TEDxToronto’s 2013 Salon Series exploring the theme of Technology with guest speaker Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation. We have a long relationship with TEDxToronto, having sponsored the event since it’s inception a few years ago and TED has had a significant impact in the lives of everyone at TWG, inspiring us to realize the power that we have when we dedicate ourselves to a cause and then communicate it to the world.

To celebrate all things TED we polled the team to come up with five of our all-time favourite TED talks. Why not leave us a comment below with a link to your own faves?

 

1. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.

 

2. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.

 

3. Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way

Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance. Reggie Watts creates unpredictably brilliant performances on the spot using his voice, looping pedals and his giant brain.

 

4. Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned. Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research, and explains in his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness.

 

5. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.) In 2009, Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” — a synopsis of the theory he has begun using to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change

 

 

 

 

What’s your favourite TED talk? Leave us a link in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

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