5 best TED talks on innovation

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TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a set of conferences founded in 1984 as a one-off event. It was then established as a regular conference in 1990, which has been growing not just in numbers but also popularity since they started getting shared on the internet.

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The main focus of these conferences started as technology and design and it’s no surprise that there are a few interesting ones on innovation. We have selected 5 TED talks on innovation, that everyone should watch:

Charles Leadbeater – The era of open innovation. Recorded in 2005, it’s not exactly recent but still relevant as if it had been done yesterday. Hip hop, the rise of bloggers,

Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the “mesh”– which is a “fundamental shift in our relationship with stuff, with the things in our lives. And it’s starting to look at — not always and not for everything — but in certain moments of time, access to certain kinds of goods and service will trump ownership of them. And so it’s the pursuit of better things, easily shared.”

Chris Anderson – How web video powers global innovation – The internet is causing dance and a lot of other areas to evolve due to what is called crowd accelerated innovation.

Brian Cox – Why we need explorers – Why is it important that curiosity-led science and exploration aren’t curbed in these times of economical uncertainty and public spending cuts? Brian Cox explains the importance of these activities in his 2010 TED Talk.

Josh Silver – Adjustable liquid-filled glasses – Josh Silver demonstrates how you can make adjustable eyeglasses for less money and hopefully provide them to people in the developing world.

Which one was your favourite?

If you need inspiration for your innovation programme, why not take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Idea Management?

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