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Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  March 05, 2013

TED’s Greatest Hits

Whew!  What a week — came back from TED2013 and slept all weekend.  Now that I’m back among the living, here’s my top ten list of favorite TED talks and lessons learned.  Note:  Not all talks are posted ye, so keep going to TED.com.

  • Phil Hansen — artist who has permanent nerve damage from his intense artistic style.  Gave up; then came back to create art using conventional materials.  Lesson:  talent trumps technique.
  • Meg Jay — clinical psychologist who disputes that the 20s is extended adolescence.  Her book is a must-have for anyone giving up on this vital decade.  Lesson:  our most defining moments happen before we turn 35.
  • Liu Bolin — this artist paints himself into the background, making him invisible to the bigger picture.  Lesson:  creativity is alive and well without Photoshop.
  • Amanda Palmer — “it” girl at TED2013 appearing three times on the main stage.  Alt-rock punkster with a big voice and a bigger heart.  Raised $1.2M on kickstarter from 25k fans.  Lesson:  if you can’t make people do something, ask them instead and get far more than you bargained for.
  • Lawrence Lessig — shot of reality about how our elections really work.  Upshot:  132 people gave 60% of PAC contributions.  It’s the money people.  Lesson:  a lot of people giving a little can topple any money monopoly.
  • Taylor Wilson — at 14, he’s the youngest person to achieve fusion — with a reactor built in his garage.  At 18, he’s come up  with a way to create carbon-free electricity.  His youthful exuberance is contagious.  Lesson:  brilliance is not a function of age of experience.
  • Jack Andraka — another teen who designed a cheaper, better cancer detector.  Great story about overcoming the status quo.  Lesson:  good ideas don’t get adopted immediately.  Keep going.
  • Ron Finley — artist-turned-anarchist.  Gardens in city property to feed his neighbors.  Lesson:  just do something.
  • Joshua Prager — WSJ reports.  Found the guy who made him a quadriplegic at 19.  Spoiler alert:  he didn’t get an apology.  Lesson:  how to forgive when you don’t get what you need.
  • Dan Pallotta — renegade non-profit builder.  Questioned everything I thought about charitable giving.  Lesson:  scale can matter.

About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.