TED Prize winners turn ideas into world-changing projects, with $1 million in seed money and the TED community’s support. Beyond having a solid track record of making high-impact change in their communities and beyond, all prize winners must be capable of one thing: dreaming big.
Does this sound like you or someone you know?
This morning, we’re sharing eight motivating talks to stir your soul, pull your heartstrings, and move you to take courageous action. Why? Because the deadline to nominate for the 2014 TED Prize is approaching on June 16. Whether you’re compelled by Brené Brown to be “powerfully vulnerable” and nominate yourself, or if you follow Barry Schwartz’s advice and surface another person’s “practical wisdom” by nominating a mentor or co-worker, it’s time to take a step toward a transformative wish for the world.
|Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative geniusElizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk from TED2009 inspires you to tap into your inherent creative genius. This, naturally, begs the question: is there the seed of a TED Prize wish in the work you already feel passionate about?
|David Kelley: How to build your creative confidenceDavid Kelley: How to build your creative confidence
In spite of the messages we may receive, creativity is accessible to all of us. Turn to David Kelley’s advice from TED2012 to build creative confidence if you encounter any blocks as you develop a possible TED Prize wish.
|Derek Sivers: How to start a movementDerek Sivers: How to start a movement
In this talk from TED2010, Derek Sivers uses humor to illustrate how movements begin — and the necessity of collaboration. Reminding us of the power of a movement’s courageous “first follower,” he speaks to the humility and team-building skills a TED Prize winner needs to make an impact.
|Brené Brown: The power of vulnerabilityBrene Brown: The power of vulnerability
A scholar of love, empathy and compassion, Brené Brown found that her research led her to a profound knowledge about the power of vulnerability. If you’re apprehensive about putting yourself out there and applying, watch Brown’s talk for some refreshing perspective.
|Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdomBarry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom
In a passionate argument about the limitations of bureaucracy and impractical rules, Barry Schwartz advises us to “appeal to virtue” as we work to improve the world. Schwartz’s talk from TED2009 speaks to what makes a good TED Prize winner — audacity, resilience and the ability to improvise based on practical knowledge.
|Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spreadSeth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread
In his TED2003 talk, Seth Godin explains why some of the ideas we might write off as odd or awful have more value than we give them credit for — because they just might stick with people. Watch this talk as you shape your TED Prize wish.
|Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire actionSimon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Simon Simek illustrates how true leaders inspire action in this talk from TEDxPugetSound. What helps the world’s greatest leaders stand out? Working, thinking and speaking from “the inside out.” Consider this lesson as you imagine nominating yourself for the TED Prize. Ask yourself the question at the center of his talk: “Why?”
|Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kidsAdora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Adora Svitak, then 12, gives a provocative talk that suggests adults should adopt “childish” thinking to improve the world. Defining “childish” thinking as imaginative, hopeful and courageous, Svitak calls for adults to respect the power of young people’s ideas. So maybe ask yourself: What’s the wish for the world that your 10-year-old self would make?