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50 TED Talks Every Student Should Watch Before Graduation (Part 1)

50 TED Talks Every Student Should Watch Before Graduation (Part 1)

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From Steve Jobs’ Stanford address to Tony Robbins high-fiving Al Gore. These inspiring TED talks for students will change your perspective of the world.

1. Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD1512_XJEw

From TED’s Best of the Web series comes an inspiring talk by Viktor Frankl – a psychiatrist, philosopher, and Holocaust survivor. Watch as he explains youth’s quest for “meaning”.

2. Philip Zimbardo prescribes a healthy take on time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo4HiVetBd0

Students aren’t usually known for their excellent time management skills, but Philip Zimbardo’s talk looks into how they can improve their productivity by looking at their past, present and future.

3. Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7t61U6BBcs

Ben Kacyra’s groundbreaking 3D scanner has come up with visual models of Babylon, Pompeii and many other extinct cities. But Ben shows off how this exciting technology can be used for much more academic purposes.

4. Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y2sj_G4Njg

India’s Riverside School is empowering its students so that they promote positivity in their community themselves. Listen to Kiran Bir Sethi explain how they’re achieving this.

5. Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

Most of you have seen this one by now. But nonetheless, it is one of the most inspiring addresses ever, and well worth another watch.

6. Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooUqOwh-2LE

Charlie Todd on how participatory displays of humor and absurdity encourage interpersonal connections, and promote the importance of smiles and laughter in life.

7. Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

https://youtu.be/arj7oStGLkU

A subject close to every students’ heart, procrastination! Tim talks about YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window.

8. Angélica Dass: The beauty of human skin in every color

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiMgOklgeos

You’ll meet students from all walks of life at university, so watch Angélica’s TED talk which challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity.

9. JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAy1zBtTbw

French street artist JR depicts social issues through his works, which portray the faces of the poor.

10. Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8eyF4UWG38

Shukla Bose’s Parikrma Humanity Foundation goes deep into India’s poorest neighbourhoods and provides children with the educational opportunities that they deserve.

11. Danielle Feinberg: The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1R1z9ipFnM

Find out how pixar’s director of photography uses math, science and code in creating movie faves like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, WALL-E and more.

12. Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7LzE3u7Bw

Richard Wilkinson presents his research regarding relationships between equality, health, happiness, and finances. Money isn’t always what matters!

13. Sunitha Krishnan fights sex slavery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeOumyTMCI8

A former sex slave opens up about her terrifying past with the hope that people around the world find effective ways to heal the trauma her and many others are subjected to.

14. Mother and daughter doctor-heroes: Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6M54p8VQFA

This inspiring duo helps Somali refugees with pharmaceutical medicine and education, creating a friendly environment in an otherwise war-torn country.

15. Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q25-S7jzgs

Larry Lessig’s TED Talk shows how American legislation discourages the creativity and innovation of its citizens.

16. Paul Lewis: Crowdsourcing the news

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9APO9_yNbcg

Students wanting to know what’s going on in their own neighbourhoods should listen carefully to Paul Lewis’ talk. It could have a big effect on their life.

17. Dean Ornish on the world’s killer diet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTIY66IPjdY

To try and overturn the world’s trend for fatal heart problems, Dean Ornish makes a point about how important it is for schools to make the right choices when it comes to students’ nutrition.

18. Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRETz2F-heQ

How integral is to our living are pigs, really? Most people aren’t actually aware of how much pig parts take a part in today’s society.

19. David Fasanya and Gabriel Barralag: “Beach Bodies”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVnPQw0f8Qc

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David Fasanya and Gabriel Barralag give us a great reflection on self-image: “I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to get this beach body…”

20. William Gurstelle: A call to invention

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pZr-3D2Mus

Tinkerer William Gurstelle shows off all the little things you can make out of everyday items.

21. Robert Full: Curiosity, discovery and gecko feet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlyvS1ckDZM

Robert Full tells the story about a college student who solved the mystery of how geckos actually stick to walls and trees. *SPOILER ALERT* – It’s something to do with their toes.

22. Maurice Ashley: Working backwards to solve a problem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v34NqCbAA1c

Maurice Ashley, a chess grandmaster, shares a method he used to improve his game. It’s a bit like starting a maze puzzle from the centre.. but it can easily be applied to anyone’s life!

23. Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpxVIwCbBK0

Kevin Allocca watches YouTube videos for a living, so he knows all about what makes them go viral. In this talk, he shares his insights and breaks them down into four factors.

24. Katherine Kuchenbecher: The technology of touch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wJ9Aakddng

Katherine Kuchenbecher shares why she thinks touch-based experiences are the future of our technology. She obviously doesn’t mean just touch screens – imagine being able to feel a fabric before you buy something online.

25. Carvens Lissaint: “Put the Financial Aid in the Bag”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMGRpzf2RL8

Performance artist Carvens Lissaint explains why education should be more affordable, but does it in style!

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