TEDTalk Videos: New Ideas In Economics And Business

I’ve just spent the last hour watching various talks from previous TEDs, which from what I can gather is a symposium about exchanging ideas from innovative people from around the world. If you have an iPod, these would be great videos or podcasts (about 20 minutes long each) for a commute.

While not necessarily all money-related, many of them touch on economics and business. Here are a few that I found intriguing:

Rethinking Poverty: Novogratz
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit that takes a business-like approach to improving the lives of the poor.

Myths About The Developing World

Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, he debunks a few myths about the “developing” world.

(The graphics on this talk should not be missed.)

The Freaking Point: Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and best-selling author ofThe Tipping Point and Blink. In this talk, filmed at TED2004, he explains what every business can learn from spaghetti sauce.

(watch this one and the next one together)

The Pursuit of Happiness: Schwartz

Barry Schwartz is a sociology professor at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox of Choice.

The Freaking Point: Levitt

Steven Levitt is an economics professor at the University of Chicago and the best-selling author of Freakonomics.

(Not too new if you’ve read the book.)

I really think I might listen to them all, if I find the time.


  1. WOW. Rosling’s talk is unbelievable and I can’t recommend it highly enough. A normally bland subject coupled with incredible visualizations makes the topic very attractive. It’s really unbelievable.

  2. TrumptheWeb says:

    Will we come full circle and only want thin spaghetti sauce? According Malcolm the industrialized world gave us choice and freedom to choose which was great for corporations but it seems we may have passed this tipping point of having choice and now we must enter our fish bowl of simplicity to pursue true happiness as Barry explains it. Two very different outlooks on life…I think I’ll pass on spaghetti with a side salad tonight.

  3. I don’t know, I just buy what’s on sale at Safeway for $2 or less. I usually stock up on Classico when it’s on sale, but then I found out it’s always less than $2 at Target.

    Wait, what were we talking about? 🙂

    Honestly, this is why I love restaurants that do one thing and do it well. In-N-Out. Steakhouses. House of Prime Rib (San Francisco). Chick-Fil-A!!

  4. Statistics are evil, period. They can be used (and always are) to manipulate whatever the “truth” people want to say or hear.

    On the other hand, most of us living in this world trying to do one thing: to proof that we exist. To illustrate that, we must proof that our ideas are correct and that’s where statistics comes in to help us to be more convincing.

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