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Common Theme 2017-18Democratic Dialogue

TED Series

The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences feature speakers from all over the world who are challenged to give the lecture of their life in 18 minutes or less. Countless TED speakers intrigue us with new ideas, innovative solutions, and creative thinking.

  • Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
    Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
  • Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
    Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity
  • Janet Eschelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing – which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.
    Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously
  • Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia – meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.
    Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing
  • At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play – with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
    Tim Brown on creativity and play