TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. See more at TED.com.

TED Talks: ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’

By TED | August 17, 2016

In this TED Talk, internet writer Tim Urban explains what happens in the mind of a procrastinator—and why one specific form of waiting until the last minute leaves a lot of people feeling unfulfilled. Related: The 3 Types of Procrastination and How to Beat It For procrastinators and non-procrastinators alike, both brains have a rational…

TED Talks: ‘Shonda Rhimes: My Year of Saying Yes to Everything’

By TED | July 20, 2016

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Scandal, Grey"s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, churns out 70 hours of TV each season. She says her dream job has little to do with dreaming and more to do with working hard. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no…

TED Talks: ‘The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers’

By TED | July 6, 2016

In this TED Talk, best-selling author and Wharton professor Adam Grant shares the habits of what he calls “originals”—people who dream up and execute new ideas. On the creativity scale, Grant shows how original thinkers lie somewhere between the pre-crastinators and procrastinators—and how that results in creative ideas. Original thinkers fail the most because they…