If you know TED.com, then today’s article will make your day, with a solid list of the very best TED Talks.

If you don’t know TED.com, then today’s article will make your day because we are going to turn you on to one of the most amazing websites on the Internet. Really!

Just like the website you are on, TED is also a place for smart and still hopeful people to get a dose of genius and positive possibility on demand.

First, if you are new to Ever Widening Circles: we are committed to demonstrating every day that the world is still an amazing place (our motto),  and TED’s motto is “ideas worth spreading.”

Just the kinds of things our regular readers are looking for in a world where the negative 24-hour news cycle seems determined to do the opposite.

So if you know all about our friend TED, then skip right to this link to our new page, EWC’s Must-See TED Talks.

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If this is all news to you, we couldn’t write a better introduction than the one we found below one of our favorite TED Talks. Here’s what they said:

“TED Talks are the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor (a neuroscientist) on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate “ 1

As good as that description is, it still falls short of putting a finger on the essence of TED.com. There’s something that can only be known by being touched by a few great talks.

And don’t let the word “talks” scare you off. There is an amazing sense of connection and authenticity that flows through the very best TED Talks. The casual nature of the speakers seems to turn all these extraordinary people into ordinary folks like us.

With the best talks, it seems like you’ve just had coffee with an amazing neighbor or friend.

We hope you’ll join us on this quest to discover and share the best of the best TED Talks. If you know of one that hasn’t made our list, by all means, contact us! And we will make an article about it here on EWC and get it out to our fans from 190 countries.

Here’s a bit about a few of our favorites…

An amazing talk that we’d like to share with you is one done by a remarkable man who is leading in several fields at the same time with his creations that move on their own along a Dutch beach…

In this TED talk, you’ll hear an engineer/futurist/designer talk about his “strandbeests”: creations, part robot, part wind-generators, part kinetic sculptures. This and other pieces that independently “live” on a beach in Europe, move in a way that fools you into believing they’re alive. He brings an enormous moving piece on stage in his talk. Amazing possibility here!

Here’s another talk we want to introduce you to!

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Paul Nicklen’s “Tales of an Ice-bound Wonderland”

Astonishing stories and very funny!.. National Geographic's Paul Nicklen, has quite a story from swimming with a particularly "caring" arctic leopard seal for 3 days!

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In this talk, filled with the most amazing images, a National Geographic photographer talks about the elusive “ghost bear” he has photographed = an albino grizzly bear in a remote part of Alaska –  and then tells the story of his breathtaking experiences with an enormous leopard seal. You won’t believe what happened and what you’ll learn.

What Exactly is TED.com?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) and it has expanded into thousands of inspiring videos, many of the best have been viewed as much as two to 31 million times. Though today they’re known more for the TED.com website and namesake, the actual TED organization 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.

Here’s what you’ll find on their homepage today: box after box of links to talks on everything from space, to leadership, to the mathematics of love.

Once you open into one of the talks, there will be many links to related or recommended talks if you scroll down the page. Also, they’ve started creating collections of talks on various subjects. You can get lost in this great stuff! In fact, that’s exactly what’s happened in our household: watching TED Talks has almost completely replaced watching the television in the last 3 years.

Almost flawlessly, every talk on the main stage at the annual TED conference sheds light on incredible new and/or updated ideas that are nothing short of world-changing.

The only difficult part of TED? Trying to cut through the thousands of really good TED Talks in order to find the BEST, the ones that just can’t be missed. Which brings us to the subject of today’s posting,  our Must See TED Talks page!

Our Must See TED Talks!

And just how popular can something called a TED Talk be? Well, the most viewed TED Talk in history is a very funny talk about how schools kill creativity. It’s had 33 million views!

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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Have you ever watched the TED Talk with the most views in history: 33 million? There's a reason this one is on top. Great fun and a subject that can expand every single one of us, no matter our age.

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Although we’ve selected 25 TEDtalks out of the many we’ve featured on Ever Widening Circles, make sure you check out our full list of TED Talks and be certain that we will update our top-curated TED Talks based on any new amazing talks we discover. If you think we’ve missed a “must-see” TEDtalk, feel free to send it to us and we’ll help promote it!

Lastly, if you are new to EverWideingCircles.com, curious about this ad-free place on the web, then welcome! We publish one article like this every day – on any subject under the sun – to remind us all that the world is still an amazing place.

I recently came across a writer who called TED.com “a brain spa,” and I don’t think I could say it better!

Stay open, hopeful and curious!

~ Dr. Lynda


  1. Brown, Brené. “Listening to Shame | Brené Brown.” YouTube. TED, 16 Mar. 2012. Web. 18 Aug. 2017. <Brown, Brené. “Listening to Shame | Brené Brown.” YouTube. TED, 16 Mar. 2012. Web. 18 Aug. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0>.>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.