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With summer dwindling to its last few days, it's time to put away the beach reads and get the mind back in gear with heartier fare. — Modupe Akinola (TED Podcast: TED Business), The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the 21st Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet We asked TED-Ed Club Members around the globe to . Photo: Michael Brands . Spam or Self-Promotional The list is spam or self-promotional. — Nirupa Rao (TED Talk: An illustrated kingdom of real, fantastical plants), Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe by Marvin Heiferman ), In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West by Wendy Brown For that, Borges is our guide. You’ll definitely “give a damn” about this one, Scarlett. I grew up on the shores of gichi-gami (a.ka. Playlists. When loving our enemy seems hard, she offers practical advice. Almost always, the best and most transformative moves are made in groups, and it was then I drew the inspiration to truly create a bottom-up centered model at work, where I was aggregating inputs and empowering people instead of pushing them down. She presents revolutionary love as the call of our time — reclaiming love from mere sentimentality and recasting it as a potent force for social change. Read 6 722 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This book tells you what many of these immigrants deal with, but they will not share, for fear of being misunderstood. Many hope to move back home someday — but when they do, they realize their lives are now different from what they used to know. Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May May 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT. What it allows for is stronger connection and meaning-making, and these stories, while infused with elements of fantasy, made me feel and feel more connected to the human condition. Writt… Slaughterhouse-Five. Not only does the reader get a front-row seat to just how amazing turkeys are but you also gain all the wonder and joy that Joe Hutto experiences as he brings the turkeys into the wild. — Chris Fisher (TED Talk: Let’s scan the whole planet with LIDAR), Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin It is a work that is both thought-provoking and humbling at the same time. So if you’ve ever wanted to check him out, there is no better book. It gave me goosebumps, the kind that grace you in transcendent moments of appreciating a Mozart sonata, an Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnet or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. So you might as well be brave.” — Nita Mosby Tyler (TED Talk: Want a more just world? This book is a modern classic on race and incarceration, and if you haven’t read it, you’ve probably been told to read it. It won the Pulitzer Prize! The TED Fellows program is a global network of visionaries in their fields who collaborate across disciplines to create positive change around the world. As a businessperson and environmental scientist, I found Anderson’s quest for Interface to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2020 to be awe-inspiring. — Chloe Valdary (TED Conversation: How love can repair social inequality), A History of the World in 21 Women by Jenny Murray It’s filled with empathy, evidence and wisdom on the human condition. This popular book was also made into a movie. The 14 pieces in Building Stories includes a game board, a newspaper, two hardcover books and various ephemera filled with lonely, frustrated people aching for connection. — D-L Stewart (TED Talk: Scenes from a Black trans life), Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (TED Talk: 12 truths I learned from life and writing) Imagine, as the book describes, the work of the great cathedral builders of the world. There are several classics on the list… TED's holiday book list: 68 reads that will inspire you ; We humans How to cultivate a sense of unconditional self-worth ; We humans Let this be your mantra: “Nothing new for now” We humans The 7 types of rest that every person needs ; We humans The 7 types of rest that every person needs ; Science The Glass Universe tells the inspiring and breathtaking story of a group of very remarkable women who changed forever our understanding of the stars in the firmament. When she started the project, she didn’t know the number of cards in a deck. — Mona Chalabi (TED Talk: 3 ways to stop a bad statistic), The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall Respect everyone, find the gem, and more importantly, help former antagonists see and use their strengths to break through. Talk about perspective! It showcases the images that both inspired and changed the course of science as we know it. Octavia Butler illustrates what could be if we practiced an ethic that puts people before profit and community before the self. Before the conference starts on February 15, explore these reads by some of our speakers. I fell deeply in love with this book as it switched between a memoir of a poor childhood in a junkyard and the raw beauty of a rare, long-pine ecosystem. When I travel, I’ve made a habit of reading a book set in the place I’m visiting. It shows that even in the face of a system so impossibly large and complex, a small group of tirelessly dedicated people can make a difference. As a consequence this year, I found myself returning to old favorites and writers who most influenced me. Sometimes we can look at or be in exactly the same things and places and have an entirely different experience. Travel Movies Books Food Other. Entertainment TED Talks Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters. Although an autobiography, this is also America’s first self-help book. It also sings a song of encouragement to female leaders, to people looking to pivot in their careers, and underlines the all-too-often overlooked importance of having a few good friends along for the ride. He makes success and the pathway to achieve it clear and attainable. — Mona Chalabi (TED Talk: 3 ways to stop a bad statistic), Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg This book is a must-have guide on how we can walk through this darkness together and emerge better than before. This is the memoir of a young, overweight Black man growing up with a single mother in Mississippi, and it is, well, heavy. Be an unlikely ally), In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddy Ratner This book was actually an “anti-inspiration” for me. I now search for both when I am in those parts of the country. First read this book, then see if the company completed its Mission Zero by the target date here (and how): — Leah Garcés (TED Talk: A lesson in turning adversaries into allies), A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold Browse the library of TED talks and speakers. Sign In. Abraham Lincoln was a master at seeing the talent and common ground below the partisan patina of a group of people who had the skills to navigate the nation’s darkest challenges. An autobiographical account by a physician-turned-patient diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as his emotional and physical trials through that experience. Save Me the Plums is the memoir of writer Ruth Reichl as she moves from the free-wheeling food scene of Berkeley, California, into the often baffling world of corporate media when she becomes the editor of Gourmet magazine. I am especially grateful for the sacrifices he made during the founding of America. It was around the time of the Sunflower Movement that I started reading this book by Kōjin Karatani. When I arrived at Michigan to start my doctorate in psychology in 2003, I was stunned to learn that happiness expert Philip Brickman — who did the famous study which compared the happiness of lottery winners and accident victims — had died by suicide on campus. The story’s calming nature has brought inspiration in my life to help bolster my personal ambitions, while also recognizing the unconditional comfort of familial support and love. Anyone paying attention in the US and elsewhere can see that democracy is fragile and under attack. It inspired me to keep seeking truth and to keep speaking truth. 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By Emilie Soffe on September 25, 2014 in TED-Ed Lessons. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: How Interface Proved That You Can Build a Successful Business Without Destroying the Planet by Ray C. Anderson But when you read this book, it’s more than just practical writing tips (of which there are plenty). Here’s a huge list of TED speaker-recommended books, with all the diversity of titles and topics you might expect. ), Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler As he raises them and works to safely return them to the total wild, they change his life. Truly, you can just flip to any page and glean a bit of inspiration for the day. It’s also stuffed with beautiful photography. This nonfiction journal follows Hutto as he finds himself raising two clutches of wild turkey eggs in the flatwoods of Florida. — Gil Winch (TED Video: How we can use the hiring process to bring out the best in people), Ho’oponopono: The Hawaiian Forgiveness Ritual as the Key to Your Life’s Fulfillment by Ulrich E. Duprée — Adeola Fayehun (TED Talk: Africa is a sleeping giant — I’m trying to wake it up), My Favorite Thing is Monsters: Vol. For this year’s holiday book list, we asked TED speakers, educators and podcasters: “What books have inspired you?” We hope their recommendations will help you refresh and recharge. This book vicariously motivates us to value what we should treasure most in our world. He is the reason I am doing all I’m doing today, because he believed in me even more than I believed in myself. Be an unlikely ally, How India could pull off the world’s most ambitious energy transition, How to win an argument at the Supreme Court, or anywhere, Performing brain surgery without a scalpel, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, 3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage, The radical act of choosing common ground, Why specializing early doesn’t always mean career success, A lesson in turning adversaries into allies, Big data, small farms and a tale of two tomatoes, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, How animals and plants are evolving in cities, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, How we could make carbon-negative concrete, The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, Why city flags may be the worst designed thing you’ve never noticed, A concrete idea to reduce carbon emissions, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. — Chloe Valdary (TED Conversation: How love can repair social inequality), This American Life Sef! Answer questions – set 15-20 minutes to answer. You must have a goodreads account to vote. Get TED Talks picked just for you. This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves. — Ali Kashani (TED Talk: A friendly autonomous robot that delivers your food), Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh To me, it is a splendid place which exudes history and science all over and I am lucky enough to call it my workplace. — Hasan Kwame Jeffries (TED Talk: Why we must confront the painful parts of US history), Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark Math 101, with … Applications I also love the audio version of the book as Malcolm Gladwell uses existing audio from interviews and, as an added treat, infuses the book with Janelle Monae‘s song “hell you talmbout“. Need I say more? Musk is proof that it’s possible to pick the hardest problems — tackling climate change and making humanity a spacefaring civilization — and make meaningful progress through willpower, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. This playlist of TED Talks by women climate leaders (who were all contributors to our anthology All We Can Save — read about it above) will inspire you, deepen your understanding, connect the dots and help you find where you might fit into the heaps of climate work that needs doing. — Ali Kashani (TED Talk: A friendly autonomous robot that delivers your food), No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings (TED Talk: 3 secrets to Netflix’s success) and Erin Meyer Crime and Punishment. Here, some picks. Dealing with uncertainty often turns out to be messier than we anticipate, and those who are not prepared or who have the wrong expectations give up too quickly. TED Winter Reading List 2017: 56 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down - Page 2 show list info. In 1994, Interface Founder Ray C. Anderson experienced a life-altering epiphany when he read The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken. We humans How our dreams illuminate our lives: A reading list . Here, Gruber and Johnson lay out a plan for the United States to invest $100 billion annually in research and development to jumpstart economic growth in an equitable way across American communities. I love Leopold’s simple and direct writing style, and in A Sand County Almanac, he essentially lays out the fundamentals for an ethics of environment. When others see America descending into darkness, Valarie Kaur asks us to reimagine ourselves, our connection to each other and society. I usually read in bed, but now I tend to fall asleep so quickly that it’s difficult to read things like novels without forgetting the plot from one day to the next. Listen once – take notes 2. The world’s required reading list: The books that students read in 28 countries. It’s strange to call a book that helps me sleep inspiring, but in this insomniac year it really is. And when done right, they both fuel the bottom line. We’re looking for people who can offer new, unique insights and fresh ways of thinking to a very large audience. I have stacks of collections of science-fiction short stories. Wendy Brown’s incisive analysis deepened my understanding of how and why that is happening. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down the different threats to internet freedom and shares his plan to build an alternative, decentralized network that returns power to everyday users. I read this novel while in Cambodia; it’s loosely based on Vaddy Ratner’s own childhood under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. — Gil Winch (TED Video: How we can use the hiring process to bring out the best in people), The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back by Bill Shore The author is a former lawyer who struggled with addiction, before turning his life around and becoming one of the best ultra-endurance athletes in the world. This book is a collection of stories, wisdom — and some original essays — from many of his most fascinating guests. Nnedi Okorafor Broken Spaces and Outer Places. — Lucas Husted (TED-Ed Lesson: Game theory challenge — can you predict human behavior? This book — a spin off from an inspirational podcast — is perfect for dipping into. Chris Ware’s Building Stories, published in 2012, is so much more than a book. Van Jones examines both political parties and the people behind them, presenting a roadmap for coming together to solve our toughest problems. Of course, 21 is an absurdly small number and I hope women today don’t have to be so exceptional to make history! Murray also argues for a vibrant “impromptu heroism culture,” which is a tendency within African-American culture observed especially in the arts that esteems the value of meritocracy and resiliency, two modes of being that are important for Americans at large. Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. — Menno Schilthuizen (TED Talk: How animals and plants are evolving in cities), Love You Forever by Robert Munsch The Master and Margarita. The lessons from Walden are especially relevant during the pandemic. There’s a line at the end of one of the stories that I found particularly inspiring: “Life is terrifying and overwhelming and it can happen at any moment. While it is not beyond reproach, no other book will wake you up to the horrors of the American carceral system. Since we know TED speakers love to read, we asked them: What book could you not stop reading? The thing I love most about this book is how Annalee Newitz started writing this book with a fairly gloomy outlook but after much fascinating research, she came out the other side feeling hopeful for humanity. — Audrey Tang (TED Conversation: How digital innovations can fight pandemics and strengthen democracy), Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (TED Talk: Lessons from past presidents) These are the stories I wish I’d heard. — Erin Baumgartner (TED Talk: Big data, small farms and a tale of two tomatoes), The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin — Varun Sivaram (TED Talk: How India could pull off the world’s most ambitious energy transition), Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together by Van Jones (TED Talk: What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election?) Business Books 20 Books TED Speakers Think You Should Read This Summer The 2020 edition of TED's annual summer reading list is out and packed with great suggestions. Sign In Trending New Popular type to search. Reading list: Big ideas in books from our TED2016 speakers. By the end of his journeys, Gulliver is a changed man who realizes that many of the things he thought he knew were, in fact, wrong and that there are other forms of knowledge and intelligence in the world. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. After reading this book, people will understand that they are literally fish, albeit super-smart fish that evolved to live out of the water — but fish nonetheless. They were building a beautiful legacy of structures that they knew they might never see completion in their lifetimes, yet it never deterred them. Business The happy secret to better work: A reading list. I was gifted a wilderness education in those places that has directly influenced the direction and thinking behind my Earth Archive project. This book serves courage — and some great food! Here’s what to read now — and next. Sourdough: A Novel. Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May June 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm EDT . So just read it already! With TED2016 quickly approaching, what better way to get ready than with a good book (or two, or three)? This book inspired me because of the actual grit Duckworth (herself displays along her journey; She leaves a lucrative job to follow her heart but even more impressively she doesn’t linger in comfort zones and she pushes herself to constantly evolve and grow, despite the challenges and growing pains that often accompany such journeys. — Christine Ladwig (TED-Ed Lesson: Ethical dilemma — the burger murders), The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture by Scott Belsky It's Kind of a Funny Story. Looking beyond the tribalism of today, Jones calls for a “bipartisanship from below” and invites us to find common ground with unlikely allies. The reasons vary, but in many cases, literacy isn't valued by fathers, husbands, even mothers. — David Epstein (TED Talk: Why specializing early doesn’t always mean career success), Fishing Through the Apocalypse: An Angler’s Adventures in the 21st Century by Matthew L. Miller This summer, as Black Lives Matter protests gripped the nation, I retrieved an old, dog-eared copy of The Fire Next Time, a long-form essay exploring civil rights unrest published in 1963 by the incisive African-American writer James Baldwin. With over 200 medieval Japanese stories ( some less than a page), this is the book I reach for when I can’t sleep. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008 . Share This Idea. It’s not quite 16th-century Florence, but for the genre it basically was. This book is like walking through an exquisitely curated museum exhibit from the comfort of your own home. Sometimes, you just need a recommendation from a human, someone you trust. — George Siedel (TED-Ed Lesson: Ethical dilemma — the burger murders), The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf There are six of us — five girls and one boy — and he raised us all the same. — Modupe Akinola (TED Podcast: TED Business), Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell (TED Talk: The unheard story of David and Goliath) It introduces you to things in our everyday world that we’ve probably never thought about before, such as manhole covers, and celebrates them. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and … The Harvard College Observatory is an historical research institute founded in 1839 on a little hilltop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You’re also probably aware that he escaped from slavery as a young man. Be an unlikely ally), Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance Paul Kalanithi’s sad tale provides rare raw insight into the human experience of finality, with inspiration derived through tragedy. Scott Belsky is a great storyteller who paints a vivid picture of how messy it is to create and innovate. — Mona Chalabi (TED Talk: 3 ways to stop a bad statistic), The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger Vance’s biography shows Musk at his lowest points and culminates in his dual triumphs at Tesla and SpaceX. Listen again and add to notes (use a different colour pen). Stereotypes paint leaders as authoritative, dispassionate characters whose job is to make decisions and issue commands. As somebody who also fishes for obscure tiny fish in sewers, it is nice to know that I am not the only crazy one. 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