TEDTalks are online videos shared to provide visitors with “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Not to take the words out of their mouth, they describe it as:
"…a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions."
Their talks cover topics from technology to entertainment to design and so much more. Just released this September is a discussion from July of 2010 by Chris Anderson discussing how web video powers global innovation. This caught my attention to say the least. I absolutely loved his thoughts and ideas regarding online video, they are inline with our vision at let’s dabble in so many ways. Chris described the importance of online video and it’s impact on TEDTalks by saying,
"Why do people like watching TEDTalks? …there is alot more being transferred than just words, and its in that nonverbal portion. There’s some serious magic…"
It is so true, the power of web video to share a story, to emotionally connect with the viewer, and to change the way we see the world is incredible. He went on to discuss how online video is changing how people can inspire one another,
"…reading and writing are actually relatively recent inventions, face-to-face communication has been fine-tuned by millions of years of evolution, that’s what has made it into the mysterious, powerful thing it is. Someone speaks, there’s resonance in all those receiving brains, the whole group acts together."
What he is highlighting is how for millennia we as a species have been using body language, the oldest form of communication, to communicate and how it is lost in the written word. However, thanks to the advent of online video, it is finally back in the spotlight.
Before I provide you with the video to watch at your leisure, I have to quote Chris Anderson one more time,
"What I’m excited about or what I think is under-reported is the significance of the rise of online video. This is the technology that will allow the rest of the worlds talents to be shared digitally; thereby, launching a whole new cycle of crowd-accelerated innovation…"
"Who’s the teacher? You’re the teacher. You are part of the crowd that may be about to launch the biggest learning cycle in human history. – Chris Anderson"