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Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.  He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people […]


There are a few reasons why Andy Puddicombe’s TEDSalon talk (delivered in London in Fall 2012) on mindfulness resonated so much with us. The first is how Puddicombe’s topic is conventional yet unexpected. He opens the short 10-minute talk with an obvious statement that most of […]


Ben Saunders poses an interesting question in his recent TEDSalon London talk: “Why bother leaving the house?” He spends an engaging ten minutes answering that question in a sometimes-unexpected way. His talk is powerful, inspiring and truly motivational for the amateur adventurer. Much of the […]


Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDxSanFrancisco talk “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.” from June 2011 is an excellent mediation for this Friday before the four-day holiday weekend. As cliché as it may be, the holidays serve as a great reminder to be thankful for what we have, and to be […]


We’ve been thinking a lot about creativity the past few weeks, probably because winter is fast approaching. The days are getting shorter, and the urge to stay in bed and hibernate is becoming stronger and stronger. But alas, we have responsibilities and lives to lead, […]


We’ve always been huge fans of TED here at Ethos3, so we were super excited to learn that TED talks reached 1 billion views this week. That’s billion… with a B. The much-celebrated talks are moving mountains in the fight against Death by PowerPoint, and […]


Vicki Arroyo begins her 2012 TED Global talk on climate change as all great presentations begin: with a story. She points to a photo of a skyline behind her, and says, “This is the skyline of my hometown, New Orleans. It was a great place […]


Julian Treasure’s TED talk filmed in June is an exemplary presentation on all fronts: content, design, and delivery. Treasure does an excellent job presenting a compelling argument about why architects need to use their ears. Here are some quick tips we can learn from his […]


We’ve been partial to reviewing shorter TED talks recently because we like to see how well a presenter can get across his points in under 6 minutes. We’re firm believers in the shorter the talk, the better, but our honored truism doesn’t quite hold up […]


Elliot Krane starts funny and ends funny in his TED2011 talk on the mystery of chronic pain. While we tend to think of pain as a symptom of another problem, Krane discusses the condition where pain becomes a disease in and of itself. He works […]


Gary Kovacs’ TED talk ‘Tracking the Trackers’ has over 1.9 million views, a formidable number that reveals its popularity with TED viewers. We’d venture to guess that the talk’s short length helps increase viewership, as it clocks in at a little less than 7 minutes. […]


With nearly 9 million views on alone, Jill Bolte Taylor’s 2008 talk regarding her stroke has truly gone viral. Last week The New Yorker released a list of the Five Key TED talks, and of course hers made the list. It is truly a tour […]


Juan Enriquez begins his April 2012 TEDxSummit talk as all great talks begin: with a story. But this story isn’t personal and it isn’t about an individual like you. Rather, it’s about the beginning of the universe. He uses great visuals to show the evolution […]


Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe gave an interesting and refreshingly concise talk on what’s left to explore in the world during the TED2012 conference. Clocking in at a modest seven minutes, Wolfe’s talk is a great example of how to get across an engaging chunk […]


Eduardo Paes says he has the best job in the world, and we believe him. If being governor of Rio de Janeiro means you get to frolic on Brazilian beaches, have VIP status during Carnival, the biggest party in the world, and get a front […]


They say that money can’t buy happiness. Countless movies, books and music in popular culture revolve around the sentiment. It’s an adage as old as time, one that’s been ingrained in us from the time we’re children, and Michael Norton is here to tell us […]