Glamour magazine asked Anna Verghese, deputy director of the TED Prize, to choose the top 10 moments for women in the TED collection of more than 1,700 talks. Her selections are listed below. I cannot prevent myself from adding a TED talk, plus a priceless gem that resides on YouTube. As you might expect the wisdom in these talks is as appropriate for men as it is for women.
I have Susan Banes to thank for posting a link to the Glamour article on Facebook. I’m not sure I see the relevance of #9. These presentations will speak to you according to your personal temperament and tastes, so I won’t single out my favorites.
- Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
- Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
- Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
- Courtney Martin: Reinventing Feminism
- Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight
- Angela Patton: A Father-Daughter Dance…in Prison
- Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
- Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls
- Cynthia Breazeal: The Rise of Personal Robots
- Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
My additions are Ken Robinson on How to Escape Education’s Death Valley, and Albert Cullum on A Touch of Greatness. I added these for two reasons. They are both superb. They present passionate, intelligent male voices, and I feel the need to bring some degree of balance to this post.
I have strong feelings about how men behave these days. They have become ultra conventional and passive. My generation of men are not generally skilled at being fathers, and that explains a lot about the condition of young men these days.
I work with photographs, and I value them because they help people define their place in the family, and in history. People generally don’t assign value to defining that sense of place. There are new landmarks now that upstage our membership in the village. Which college did you attend? Which profession did you enter? Don’t tell me you are an artist. How rich are you?
Men are superficial and have forgotten how to be a warrior. An MBA degree has replaced heroics. We don’t regret the decline of brotherhood in society. See a man down on his luck? We look the other way. We skim the surface by taking a totally literal view of the world. We have replaced vision with cleverness.
Now men will do the bidding of bosses no matter how heinous the acts they are paid to perform. Dump toxic chemicals into waterways? Sure, if you are getting paid. Men largely remain silent unless they feel moved to blame somebody for something. We don’t work at understanding people any more, we just compete with them to make our opinions dominant.
Even guys who are tattooed and pierced and ragged all look like each other. They have simply redefined conventionality.
Women, in general, are incredibly patient with this misbehavior even though the misbehavior creates serious burdens and obstacles to women. Talk number 10 gets right to this issue.
I looked at this list and thought it would be burdensome to watch all of these. I had only seen two of them previously. Then I went on and watched them all. Some of them will provoke you to anger toward men. We’ve got it coming.