6 Inspirational TED talks

ONE Campus loves TED talks, specifically these six. Need a pick-me up, an inspiring quote for your latest Instagram caption or just something to listen to on your way to class? Hopefully these talks can help you out.


In this TED talk, Mr. Smith, a schoolteacher, emphasizes the importance of using your voice for justice. If you like spoken-word poetry with a message that everyone can get behind, look no further than this; “So this year instead of giving anything up, I will live everyday as if there was a microphone tucked under my tongue. A stage on the underside of my inhibition, ‘cause who needs a soapbox when all you ever needed was your voice”.


In response to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2009 TED talk “The danger of a single story,” Msimang discusses the need to do more than just listen to stories. She suggests that “storytellers can help us to dream, but it’s up to all of us to have a plan for justice.” In this action-inspiring talk, Msimang makes you laugh while simultaneously demanding more from you as a consumer of stories.


Simon Sinek, a marketing consultant and author of Start with Why, found the difference between leaders and those who lead. He says, “There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us.” It all begins with a golden circle and a simple question of “why?”


Listen to this hang-gliding firefighter as she explains the importance in cultivating bravery. Caroline Paul suggests that everyone can use a little more risk in their lives: “Bravery is learned and like anything learned it just needs to be practiced”. What have you been too scared to do? Let Caroline inspire you to be brave.


Have you ever felt like you were just one person and that you couldn’t make a difference or change the world? Like the word “leader’ didn’t describe you very well? Drew Dudley shares a personal experience illuminating the idea that we can all be leaders. He challenges us to change the definition of leadership “because we’ve made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There are only 6 billion understandings of it. And if you change one person’s understanding of it, understanding of what they are capable of, understanding of how much people care about them, understanding of how powerful an agent of change they can be in this world, you’ve changed the whole thing.”


In her TED talk, Caterpillar Foundation president and ONE board member Michele Sullivan talks about the importance of support. Not only in having a strong support group, but being a part of other people’s support groups as well. She shares to the audience: “I do not believe you can walk in another’s shoes, and because of that we must find another way of giving of ourselves.”

Feeling inspired to change the world? You can start by calling your Senator to protect the international affairs budget! Take a look at the latest ONE Campus campaign to learn more.

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