Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Genius of TED

I happen to be in love with TED (the lecture series not the profane stuffed bear). Especially when I'm procrastinating. Especially when I get to hear talks about how to whip up a great story, or what it's like to be a teenager. Here are a few of my faves for the next time you want to be inspired:

Pixar genius Andrew Stanton talking about the clues to a great story:

Neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on the development of the teenage brain:

THE Amy Tan talks about where creativity resides by saying brilliant things like "We all hate moral ambiguity in some sense, and yet it is absolutely necessary. In writing a story, it is the place where I begin." :

Wish I could've seen all of those live, but did get to attend a local TED x event.
If there's one near you, you may want to check it out!


  1. I'd never even heard of this before. I'll have to check it out. these sound really interesting. thanks for the links!

    P.S. But I still love the profane bear as well. :)

  2. They're great. My all-time favorite inspiration-getter, though, is J.K. Rowling's commencement address at Harvard. It's phenomenal. They have it on TED, too, and I've blogged about it in the past.