The globally acclaimed TED Talk seems to be everyone’s favorite when it comes to free knowledge from highly inspiring people.
For those that might not have heard of TED Talks before, here is a brief history.
TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. This was way before the World Wide Web came into being. But today, through the world wide web, TED talks have reached millions of people across the globe in more than 100 languages.
TED (acronym for “Technology, Entertainment and Design”) started from California and now is hosted in cities across the world. Today, it is one of the most popular conferences worldwide.
Life changing ideas and talks are given beyond technology, entertainment and design. Today, talks and conferences are held on topics from science to business to global issues.
If for any reason you want something new other than TED talks or you have exhausted what they have to offer or you outright dislike it, below is a list of alternatives you can immediately jump into and have yourself inspired.
1.) Talks At Google is held at Googleplex in California and across other Google offices around the world. The Talks collects thinkers, creators and doers in one place to inspire and guide.
2.) 99U conferences provides actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creative people push ideas forward according to their site.
3.) Oprah’s Master Class was founded by the world renowned former talk show host and billionaire Oprah Winfrey. The classes are delivered in a talk show format by distinguished individuals hand-picked by Oprah herself. The teachers range from Academy award-winning actors to Grammy award-winning musicians, to top achieving athletes etc.
4.) School of Life describes itself as devoted to developing emotional intelligence and address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand and, where necessary change, the world.
5.) PopTech is a global community of innovators. They organize peer-level gatherings where participants can share their most provocative questions and their most promising new ideas with the goal of working towards bringing it to life through the poptech lab.
6.) Big Think is all about thinking bigger and beyond rationality. They have talks from the esteemed Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about motivation and science, to Richard Branson sharing entrepreneurial advice.
7.) Do Lectures Born in 2008, the DO lectures have a simple formula: ideas + energy = change. They call themselves the encouragement network with the simple idea that people who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too.
8.) IdeaCity originated from Canada and hosted there annually. Now in its 18th year, the conferences can boast of 50 presenters from groundbreaking scientists to entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, activists etc. Their talks will definitely challenge your thinking.
9.) The World Domination Summit focuses on helping you live a remarkable life in a conventional world. It was founded in 2011 by Chris Guillebeau, the author of The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World.