our daily inspiration: TED.com

I can’t quite remember how I came across this website, but it has remained a frequent source of inspiration for me ever since. I didn’t pay much attention to the purpose or the initial concept behind the website – all I knew is that the videos were refreshing, thought-provoking and inspiring in a way that simply reading a book or studying for class isn’t.

Quoting an extract from their ‘About’ page:

Our mission: Spreading ideas.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, its mission statement resonates with what we aim to achieve: to inspire global citizens.  Perhaps this is what drew me to it in the first place.

This video by Sir Ken Robinson was the first video I saw on TED.com – in his speech, he challenges the way youth are being educated. He proposes a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Watching this, I remember thinking that this is the reason why UN Youth events are so popular with students – I genuinely believe our members embody a culture where just having a go in itself is valued more than the result.  We don’t encourage delegates to achieve a particular result or a particular standard – we encourage them to think critically about issues and see what innovative solutions they come up with during the Model UN.

Take a step outside your immediate world of friends, family, your studies or your work and be inspired by some of the greatest contemporary minds and learn and think something new.   Daily? Yes?

Where do you get your inspiration from?



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