Last year I helped, in a small way, organise the TEDxBedford event. For those of you who are unfamiliar with TED Talks, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. On TED.com, they’ve built a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.
They are massively inspiring talks and I take a useful thought or idea from every one I watch. The huge range of topics keeps me interested and open to new ideas. Much of the work week is about routine, so I feel that these talks get me in to a more creative mindset and stimulates my brain.
The TED website has a spreadsheet of all the TED talks, so I made a list of the ones that interested me. I have now made a habit to listen to a couple when I first get into the office. I found this a really good use of time as it;
- Gets my day off to a positive start
- Can be running whilst I do emails and other admin tasks
- Introduces new ideas and ways of thinking
- Shares new experiences and ways to approach problems
Check out the talks at https://www.ted.com/talks/browse . Many of them are also available on Youtube.
What gets your day off to a good start? How do you get inspiration on a daily basis?