The 8 Most Underrated TED Talks That Defined 2017
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Every day, somewhere in the world, it is likely there is a TED or TEDx event going on. This speaks to the power of a brand that has flourished for more than30 years, providing thought-provoking talks on the simple premise of “ideas worth spreading.”

This can be a double-edged sword — there are so many events, and their catalog of knowledge is vast. This can be daunting when you’re trying to find some truly amazing talks buried in the archives.

Here are just a fewthat I feel are worth another look.

1. Garry Kasparov — Don’t Fear Intelligent Machines. Work With Them

Former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov implores us to take a look at the dawn of robotics and A.I. with an open mind and open arms. His recounting of how he faced Deep Blue and lost is poignant and beautiful, and gives a lovely perspective on how we should think about the years to come.

2. Casey Brown — Know Your Worth, and Then Ask for It

In a year where we have had a seemingly endless stream of negativitysurfacingin all industries, it is refreshing to hear Casey Brown’s simple message of positivity and personal responsibility. While she doesn’t promise a quick fix to all of the industries’ problems, it is a great first step.

3. Giulia Enders — The Surprisingly Charming Science of your Gut

In this quirky talk, GiuliaEnders takes us on a journey through our digestive system,and teaches us how our “gut feelings” really do mean something.

4. Pope Francis — Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone

As an entrepreneur, I’ve found this is probably one of the most important talks to watch of any on the TED site. In just a few short minutes, Pope Francis delivers a nondenominational talk that truly redefines “change the world.”

5. Nagin Cox — What Time Is It on Mars?

One thing that many of ustake for granted is that because we are all human, we have basically the same experiences. In this delightful and informative talk from NaginCox, she opens up the world of dailylife — on the planetMars.

6. Mariana Atencio — What Makes You Special?

In a world where we are constantly told that we are all unique, Mariana Atencio’s talk shows usnot only how that can betrue but also why it matters.

7. Bill Eckstrom– Why Comfort Will Ruin Your Life

Sometimes, getting fired can be the best thing to happen to you. At least, that’s the premise of Bill Eckstrom’stalk about getting comfortable with discomfort. It wasn’t until he got the jolt to his career path that he was able to find his true calling — and he’s here to tell you what you can do to change your life today.

8. Sarah Knight — The Magic of Not Giving a F***

This is probably my favorite talk of the year — and I warn you, it’s as NSFW as it is hilarious. Sarah Knight expands on the premise of her best-selling book to tell us all how we can live much happier, better lives by simply letting things go.

These are my personal favorites, but I’d love to know what other underrated talks you have found interesting. Let me know in the comments.

Dec 22, 2017

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