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Five of the Most Viewed TED Talks of All Time

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James Kerley, CableLabs –

TED 2014 wrapped up this week, and as always there were mind-blowing concepts, surprise speakers, and a lot of interesting discussions around innovation, one of the core principles of CableLabs.

In honor of TED 2014, we thought we’d take a look back at the most watched TED talks of all time.

How Schools Kill Creativity

This one takes us all the way back to 2006 (the year Twitter was invented!). It’s not really fair to the other videos because this one has had more time to collect views; still, the topic clearly continues to strike a chord on both sides of the debate.  With over 25 million views to date, Sir Ken Robinson pushes for a radical rethink of our school systems.  Watch the video.

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

You’ve heard that someone “exudes” confidence, but you may be picking up on more than just a general quality of one’s personality. In her talk from June of 2012, social psychologist Amy Cuddy talks about her research into how body language can affect brain chemistry. Particularly interesting may not be that chemistry affects behavior, but that our behavior can affect our body’s chemistry. Watch the video.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Speaking in 2009, author Simon Sinek highlights the patterns of great leaders, from politicians to inventors to CEOs. It begins, he argues, by inspiring cooperation, trust and change. With just over 16 million views, it’s a great watch for anyone interested in successful leadership. Watch the video.

My Stroke of Insight

With just under 15 million views, Jill Bolte Taylor’s story is astonishing. A brain scientist, she had the opportunity to study a massive stroke as it happened – the twist is that she was the patient. A must-watch for anyone who has experience with brain recovery. Watch the video.

The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown’s talk on human connections has received over 14.5 million views. She shares an insight from her social research that fundamentally changed her perception. Watch the video.