Jack Myers Curated List of Recommended TED Talks from TED 2011

Published: March 7, 2011 at 09:35 AM GMT
Last Updated: March 9, 2011 at 09:35 AM GMT

By Jack Myers

Here’s my curated list of recommended TED and TED U Talks from this year’s TED 2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder Most of these talks have not yet been posted, but will be in the next several weeks. We will add links here. Depending on your personal passions and interests, there may be several TED Talks that you will value, but that I’ve not included. Best to check out the full program at and be your own curator.

Ted Talk by TED Prize winner JR, whose vision is to help us reveal our true selves to those who live around us.

TED Talk by Sarah Kay, a 22-year old performing poet, whose Project VOICE is teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States. WINNER: JACK MYERS BEST OVERALL TED TALK 2011.

TED Talk by Salman Khan, a hedge fund analyst who began posting math tutorials on YouTube in 2004 and now has posted more than 2,000 tutorials that represent a framework for the future of education. BEST HOPE-FOR-HEDGE-FUND-ANALYSTS AWARD

TED Talk by Deb Roy, whose studies on how children learn language are informing a major new intelligence resource for advertisers and TV content creators. WINNER: MOST RELEVANT TED TALK FOR MEDIA COMMUNITY

TED Talk by Anthony Atala, whose lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is engineering over 30 tissues and whole organ. Atala “printed” a kidney during his TED Talk. BEST TED TALK FOR MEDICAL ENGINEERING BRILLANCE

TED Talk by Morgan Spurlock, who shines a new light on some people you know, in his new film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold RUNNER UP: MOST RELEVANT TED TALK FOR MARKETING COMMUNITY.

TED Talk by Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford, who focused on his lifelong passion for the environment, but who failed to demonstrate Ford’s understanding of the need for improved public transportation. I hope TED curators package this Talk with Cindy Gallop’s eloquent reply.

TED Talk by Pepsico CEO Indra Noohi, who was praised for her company’s commitment to the Pepsi Refresh campaign, but who missed the point of TED by ignoring her company’s response to the environmental impact of plastics and the contribution of sugar drinks to obesity. WINNER: MOST RELEVANT TED TALK FOR MARKETING COMMUNITY. But watch Morgan’s video first.

TED Talk by New York Times columnist David Brooks, who points to emotion as offering the deepest sense of what it takes to thrive. “Emotion is contagious. Reason is not the highest of faculties. Sentiments are strong and trustworthy.” RUNNER-UP: MOST RELEVANT TED TALK FOR MEDIA COMMUNITY

TED Talk by director, designer Julie Taymor; what might have been a triumphant curtain call, turned into brave defense and hopeful optimism. Whatever the fate of Spiderman, Julie will triumph again.

TED Talk by composer, conductor Eric Whitacre’s classical music video composed by cobbling together more than 2000 musical submissions from 58 countries. A TED premiere. People will go to any length to connect with each other. MOST EMOTIONAL

TED Talk by Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen; anyone who can share such compelling arguments for climate change needs to be seen and heard.

TED Talk Sunny Brown, one of several speakers who focused on education and who backstopped the TED community’s new educational underwriting program, TED ED.

TED Talk by Bobby McFerrin, who when asked to name his greatest wonder, he said it all for everyone: “Waking up every morning.”

TED Talk by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio; the wonder and mystery of conscious minds.

TED TALK by Béatrice Coron, MOST ECLECTIC, unless you like paper-cutting, in which case it’s BEST MAINSTREAM.

TEDU Talk by Bill Gates. A TEDster who knows how to win over a crowd. Bill was everywhere at TED.

TED Talk by MIT’s Carlo Ratti, who demonstrates how every atom is becoming a sensor and actuator. Our environment is talking back to us in real time.

TED Talk by Dennis Hong, beyond inspirational. Paralyzed downhill skier walks for first time in 19 years.

TED Talk by FIORENZO OMENETTO. I’m recommending this one to myself first, before I comment.

TED Talk by Kate Hartman. FUNNIEST AND CUTEST. In a conference hall generally devoid of laughter and glee.

TED Talk by musician Jason Mraz, whose song You Fuckin’ Did It could become a hit.

TED Talk by General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal; impressive. TED’s audiences in Long Beach need to keep in mind that TED Talks are now broadcast to the world and have a long shelf life. Controversial issues are likely to be avoided. TED’s audiences are friendly and welcoming to widely diverse points-of-view.

TED Talk by Wrongologist Katheryn Schultz. I have a great idea but I’m probably wrong about it. MOST IMPORTANT TO VIEW

TED Talk by educator John Hunter, whose World Piece game forces us to rethink Educational Theory.

TED Talk by Philip Zimbardo. Men Beware!

TED Talk by Felisa Wolfe-Simon. Arsenic in DNA. “The most significant scientific discovery of the past year.”

TEDU Talk by Joseph Crump, SVP Strategy, Razorfish: The Connected Favelas.

TEDU Talk by Jack Myers; My Personal Proof that Life After Death Exists. The response from the TED community has been overwhelmingly positive, for which I am very grateful. MOST INTERESTING TO JACK MYERS FANS.

TEDU Talk by Mark Bezos, firefighter and SVP Robin Hood Foundation; Fire Rescue.

TEDU Talk by Suzanne Lee. Can We Grow a Jacket?

TEDU Talk by Robert Hammond, co-founder, Friends of the High Line.

TEDU Talk by Candy Chang; “I Wish This Was…”

TEDU Talk by Camille Seaman, polar photographer, The Last Iceberg.

TEDU Talk by John Hegel; co-chairman, Center for the Edge.

TEDU Talk by Amit Sood of Google; Experiencing Art Online. Congratulations to Google, which had a strong presence at TED 2011, including Sergei and Larry.

TEDU Talk by James Stewart; The Third Dimension of Story Telling.

TEDU Talk by Lorraine Justice, I Blame Hollywood

TEDU Talk by Nicoletta Iacobacci, Head of Multiplatform European Broadcasting Union: The Right Shoes for the Kilimanjaro

TEDU Talk by Ron Gupta; The Untapped Powers of the Smile

TEDU Talk by Ric Elias: The Perfect Near-Death Experience

TEDU Talk by Dan Ariely; The Upside of Irrationality

TEDU Talk by Jim Hornthal; Pattern Recognition: Lessons from Pandora’s Box. Good insights from the CMEA Capital partner.

TEDU Talk by Graham Hill, founder Treehugger: LifeEdited: Live Little to Live Large

TEDU Talk by Isabel Behncke Izquierdo; Sex, Play and Videotapes the Bonobo Way. By far the sexiest presentation, which isn’t saying much.

TEDU Talk by musicians Robert Gupta (violin) and Joshua Roman (Stradivarius cello). BEST MUSIC.

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Hi Jack,

Sad to have missed TED this year. Had to cancel just a few weeks ago :-(

How would you rate this year's TED vs 2010 or all the others you've been to over the years?

Thanks for the post :-)

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