The Power of Ideas: TED for YSE

TED is a circuit of highly popular conferences where really smart people get together to present ideas that they see as powerful enough to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. Though not everyone in the world is able to attend TED, thanks to the power of technology and growing global interconnectivity, everyone can benefit from the conversations and ideas being presented at TED conferences worldwide.

Here is a small collection of TED Talks to guide, challenge and inspire the world’s young entrepreneurs:

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

This serial entrepreneur and book author reminds everyone that to create positive change, we must do things differently including expending the energy and patience to engage with others who have different backgrounds, disciplines, and ways of thinking. Margaret Heffernan advises that we all resist the echo chamber and work to find constructive conflict.

Shaun Anchor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

“We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards?” This is the question psychologist Shawn Achor focuses on in this talk about happiness and work. He argues, using his research, that doing what makes you happy matters because happiness actually inspires productivity.

Aimee Mullins: It’s not fair having 12 pairs of legs

Entrepreneurship requires creativity—the kind that pushes the boundaries of possibility. In this talk, athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins shows us how she is doing just that through her prosthetic legs. Through her story and her legs, she is redefining what the body can be.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Learn how you can inspire action by using the “Golden Circle.” In this talk Simon Sinek proposes that knowing your purpose, cause and belief, and the reason WHY your organization exists is key. He explains how great inspiring leaders have used this strategy to think, act and communicate in ways that motivate others.


Tim Harford: Trial, Error and the God complex

Economics writer Tim Harford talks about the surprising link he found among successful complex systems: they were all built through trial and error. He asks entrepreneurs to embrace randomness and start making better mistakes.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

In this funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk, Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius that we can cultivate.