Wimborne U3A

TED Talks Thursday afternoon, 1:30 to 3:30 CLARC, King Street Contact the leader

The TED Talks group meet weekly to view talks coming under the TED Talks banner. Members of the group have the opportunity of recommending Talks to view and add to those suggested by the Group Leader. The videos last an average of fifteen minutes followed by discussion reflecting on the topic of the talk. Care is

taken to ensure a mixture of topics reflecting the interests of the group.

Below is a list giving a flavour of the talks covered to date:

• Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity;

• Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness;

• Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success;

• James Watson: How we discovered DNA;

• Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, Truth and ... Physics?;

• Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude;

• Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes;

• Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success;

• Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection;

• Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world;

• Jeanne Gang: Buildings that blend nature and city.


TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman’s observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: Technology, Entertainment and Design. The first TED talk included a demo of the Compact Disc, the eBook and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.


Meanwhile the roster of presenters broadened to include Artists, Scientists, Philosophers, Musicians, Business and Religious Leaders, Philanthropists and

many others. For many attendees, TED became one of the intellectual and emotional highlights of the year.


At TED, the goal is to spread ideas. Encouraging the TED community, non-profit organizations, bloggers, companies, news media, and the like to share TED Talks that are open for distribution, through social media, other platforms and public events.

New Group starting October 2017