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A Little Dose of Inspiration – The Foush hearts TED

TED conference

As many of you have noticed, I haven’t been able to keep up the same level of blogging since I’ve been in Chicago. Rest assured as of November 11th I’ll be back home and getting back into the swing of things. I was actually surprised to realize how much I miss regularly blogging, it had become such an integral part of my daily routine! Still, these days I’m lucky to steal a few minutes of down time to post something of relevance, so thanks for checking back for content!

Anyway, I did want to share a little habit that I’ve picked up since I have been in Chicago, one that has really added a lot of value to my life. Every day, as I journey to and from the city on the Brown Line I have started watching the TED talks on my iPod.

TED is one of the best conferences in the world, and it stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Started back in 1984 (the year I was born, clearly a sign, lol) it has brought some of the most fascinating thinkers and doers to share their ideas with the world. I have heard people who have attended these gatherings speak about experiencing life-altering revelations. So I was beyond thrilled to see TED release footage of the talks for free online! You can download them off of iTunes( both video and audio), watch on Youtube or at the Official Site.

TED is famed for their 20 minute presentations, the perfect length (in my opinion) to introduce a new idea. I watch two of those videos every day, one on each leg of my commute. I have been surprised to find how much of an impact it has had on me. You can hear everyone from Bill Clinton to Bill Gates cover all sorts of fascinating topics, and for an information junkie like myself, it’s the highest quality of information you’ll probably ever consume.

  1. It really sets my morning off on the right foot. Listening to people share their stories of triumph and discovery just helps focus my mind, and I feel more empowered and hopeful. I definitely notice a change in my mood when I don’t get a chance to watch a segment!
  2. I’m learning so much about such a diverse range of topics- medicine, engineering, physics just to name a few.
  3. When I’m feeling bone-tired on my way home it helps me keep going as I am reminded that struggle is sometimes a necessary state when trying to accomplish something that makes a difference.

A New Foushy Segment!

SO, what’s my point? My point is I want you to watch them, but more importantly I want to discuss what I’ve seen with people! So far that has been the one draw back, I learn about all of these interesting topics and no one is around to talk about them. So here’s what I want to do. I’m going to start picking some of my absolute favorites and blogging about them on the FOUSH. I’ll post the link to the videos and a short summary of why it inspired me, and I would love to hear your thoughts! I think I’ll start doing once a week and see how it goes. TED Tuesdays? or TED Thursdays? I’m excited already!

Comments: 1

  • adam montandon

    October 30, 2008

    Hi Rahaf. I’m in Toronto at the moment, heading back tomorrow though so I’ll guess we will miss each other.

    I have been interested in the TED talks for ages, they are great, perfect on my ipod video for that long train ride.

    One of the things that I am always interested in is not just the information that is presented but HOW it is presented. its great to see different peoples different presentation styles. But its also frustrating to see that many people (not all, but a majority) still present brilliant ideas with a powerpoint, that style has hardly evolved since the days of the old slide show.

    I’ve been looking at what the future might hold for different presentation styles, and its SO hard to find something really new and different.

    But maybe you have seen some that really stand out……?

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