#11: TED Talks - in­spir­ing, chal­leng­ing and thought pro­vok­ing

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Clau­dio Laferla Clau­dio Laferla, MITA Knowl­edge Man­age­ment Cen­tre Ex­ec­u­tive

TED stands for: Tech­nol­ogy, En­ter­tain­ment and De­sign. This started way back in 1984 with a con­fer­ence set up. How­ever, as time went by, it de­vel­oped into a pow­er­ful 18-minute-long lec­ture by ex­perts in a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor, de­liv­er­ing var­i­ous insights into a plethora of themes such as life as­pects, tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ments and their pro­mo­tion in ev­ery day ex­pe­ri­ences, life coach­ing tips, etc.

TED Talks (TT) are also a pow­er­ful means to learn and con­nect eas­ily with the world around you through the myr­iad of pre­sented themes. Also, it is a way of learn­ing new and in­ter­est­ing as­pects of life or things com­mon to daily life which may be of great ben­e­fit. So im­por­tant and in­ter­est­ing are TED Talks that in 2014 an ar­ti­cle on TIME Mag­a­zine was writ­ten, high­light­ing all the pos­i­tive en­dorse­ments of the ses­sions.

Here, we will list a num­ber of them. First of all, why would you lis­ten to a TED Talk? The rea­son is sim­ple: their mis­sion is to ‘in­spire, chal­lenge, and be thought pro­vok­ing’. Hav­ing ‘in­spi­ra­tion’ is a ben­e­fi­cial as­pect of the ev­ery­day work­ing trait, which will help you not to fall in the daily rou­tine which then be­comes bor­ing!

An­other in­ter­est­ing fac­tor is that, peo­ple at­tend­ing to TED Talks need to have a gen­eral grasp of at least 12 dif­fer­ent sub­jects, namely math, science, medicine, ar­chi­tec­ture, eco­nomics, geog­ra­phy, ed­u­ca­tion, lit­er­a­ture, law, his­tory, tech­nol­ogy and pol­i­tics. This as­pect brings to the fore the high-level of speak­ers at TED Talks and con­se­quently, any­one will ben­e­fit from lis­ten­ing to a free on­line ses­sion.

Fur­ther­more, the speak­ers who de­liver th­ese talks are per­sons who are ‘work­ing on world problems, cli­mate change is­sues, phi­lan­thropy, so­cial in­jus­tice, ed­u­ca­tion and gov­ern­men­tal re­form, ef­fi­ciently feed­ing the planet, di­ag­nos­ing in­fec­tious dis­eases and pro­vid­ing vac­cines.’

TED Talks are def­i­nitely a ‘must-lis­ten’ while surf­ing on the in­ter­net. It is in­ter­est­ing how highly knowl­edge­able ex­perts de­liver an 18-minute lec­ture which im­pacts your think­ing process. The rest is up to you!

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