Love them or hate them, TED Talks play a crucial role in curating vital ideas in culture of the present! Here are some of the best TED talks that challenge us to transform our imaginations, the ways that we think and talk about the world and ultimately the ways we live within it.
TED Talks also offer a superb opportunity for authors to present sharply a key idea from a new or forthcoming book, and therefore serve as brief and pointed introductions to these books.
We hope you enjoy these TED talks (some of which you may have seen before, but are well-worth re-watching!)
1. Kate Bowler
“Everything Happens for a Reason”
In life’s toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers — challenging the idea that “everything happens for a reason” and sharing hard-won wisdom about how to make sense of the world after your life is suddenly, completely changed. “I believe that in the darkness, even there, there will be beauty and there will be love,” she says.
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