Everyone needs a little motivation, entertainment or a feel good story. TED talks are short videos of inspiration; they are videos about the leading innovation in every occupation that you can think of. My favorite talk is the Stanford Commencement Speech with Steve Jobs the creator of Apple briefly telling his life story, it is fascinating! You can see it here: http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html.
There are no advertisements it is a completely free online resource. If you like the thousands of free videos on the TED website then you can pay $35 this fall to see Redding’s own TEDx event at the Cascade Theater this fall. There is a little bit of something for everyone with the TED Talks videos. This is a link if for twenty most watched videos: http://blog.ted.com/2012/10/14/the-20-most-watched-tedx-talks-so-far/ nineteen of the videos have over a million views, some of the videos have over seven million views. Some of my favorite videos are; “Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything”, “Susan Cain: The power of introverts”, “Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar” and “Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter”.
I am a mom of a junior high school boy. There is something that happened in Junior High School where the kids become so self-conscious and for my son, his failures seem to weigh so heavy on his shoulders. I remember a kid committing suicide when I was in Junior High School and a kid committed suicide at my son’s school this past year. I started looking for inspirational videos to show him that that what I am telling him about the world is not just another one of mom’s talks. I wanted teach him that he was not alone and there are so many people in the world that are experiencing the same challenges and feelings as him. I wanted to show him that the world is huge, full of endless possibilities and that the things that seems so important now, he probably won’t remember in a couple of years. I get the grown and eye roll and he pretends not to be interested in the videos but I can see the talks really do bring subjects to the table that are important and never really talked about in the ways presented in the TED Talk’s videos; they are a great resource for almost any age. There are even TED Talks about bullying. These videos are a collection of inspirational people giving their personal opinions, every child’s maturity and exposure to the world is different so I would suggest to parents to watch the videos first to make sure they are agreeable to their family values.