Five TED Talks recommended by experts

It may sound bold to describe the getAbstract employees as experts. But why not? They have dedicated their working lives to finding, compressing and sharing the most relevant knowledge from business books, financial reports and TED Talks and in the process they come across some pretty interesting information on a daily basis.

With this in mind, we conducted a survey on the most popular TED Talks among our colleagues. Interestingly the ones chosen are all extremely funny (= humor is important), they all concern professional fulfillment (= work is important), they’ve been watched millions of times (= quality will prevail) and they are truly evergreen (= age is not important). Please judge yourself:

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity (2006)
More than 30,000,000 views.
British Educator Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation (2009)
More than 12,000,000 total views.
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work (2011)
More than 9,000,000 total views.
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In his fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness is what inspires productivity.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement (2010)
More than 4,000,000 total views.
With help from some surprising footage, entrepreneur and musician Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started and points out the crucial role of the first follower.

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success (2009)
More than 3,500,000 total views.
British-Swiss Philosopher and author Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure  and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments.