A Large Dose of TED

TED Talks LogoIf you are ever in need of some inspiration (and who isn’t?), just look to TED.com – a sight dedicated to sharing “ideas worth spreading”. When it comes to public health, simply do a search in their repository of TED Talks and you’ll find about 118 different talks that are relevant to some aspect in public health.

Before you say to yourself “I don’t have time to watch a TED Talk,” you may want to consider the following:

  • TED Talks range anywhere from 5 and 20 minutes.
    Watch one during lunch or when you need a little break from the day-to-day tasks. Grab a few co-workers, hover around the computer, watch and be inspired. Or, start the weekly office meeting with a viewing. If you have time to check your Facebook news feed or forward funny YouTube videos to your friends, then you have time to watch a TED Talk!
  • Watching a TED Talk may align with Essential Public Health Services.
    Let’s look at EPHS #10. It states “Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.” Many of the TED Talks invite viewers to reflect on community problems and local health issues from a fresh or new perspective. In fact, some talks go so far as to offer additional ways to contribute to their on-going discussions about a topic. Isn’t this the start of research? Couldn’t a series of ideas spark new conversations in your organization that eventually lead to new programs or processes to solve local health problems?
  • TED Talks may improve your Core Competencies.
    For instance, the core competency under the Leadership and Systems’ Thinking Domain states “[8A2] Describes how public health operates within a larger system.” Several TED Talks often provide meaningful insights into public health networks and systems. Talks given by top public health experts often share where these systems have failed (are failing) and where they succeeded (are succeeding). Don’t believe me? Just watch Laurie Garrett’s talk on “Lessons Learned from the 1918 flu.”

Don’t know where to start? No problem! Here are the Top 10 TED Talks on Public Health. At the very least, watch one of those!