I love TED Talks and honestly, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t.
If you’re familiar with the TED videos, you know what I’m talking about.
They’re edifying, educational and full of wisdom.
My only complaint is that there are too many of them! Which is a very good problem to have.
I have been listening to TED Talks like crazy and I found these six that really stood out. I think they will change the way you think about money in many regards.
All six of these talks will only take about an hour and a half to go through.
1. How to Rob a Bank (From the Inside, That Is)
William Black is a former bank regulator who’s seen firsthand how banking systems can be used to commit fraud — and how “liar’s loans” and other tricky tactics led to the 2008 US banking crisis that threatened the international economy. In this engaging talk, Black, now an academic, reveals the best way to rob a bank — from the inside.
2. Why Giving Away Our Wealth Has Been the Most Satisfying Thing We Have Done
In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away.
3. The 3 Agencies With the Power to Make or Break Economies
The way we rate national economies is all wrong, says rating agency reformer Annette Heuser. With mysterious and obscure methods, three private US-based credit rating agencies wield immense power over national economies across the globe, and the outcomes can be catastrophic. But what if there was another way? In this bold talk, Heuser shares her vision for a nonprofit agency that would bring more equality and justice into the mix.
4. Profit’s Not Always the Point
You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it’s the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.
5. The Investment Logic for Sustainability
Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world’s most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it’s large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn’t enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company’s environmental, social and governance structures, too.
6. Let’s Raise Kids to Be Entrepreneurs
Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults.
What’s your favorite TED Talk on money?