4 powerful TED Talks to watch this week

Can you spare a quick 20 minutes today? Find some time to press pause and add some inspiration to your week with these 4 TED Talks:

1. Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."

 

2. Shonda Rhimes: My year of saying yes to everything

From producing megahits from Grey's Anatomy to Scandal, chances are high you're a fan of Shonda Rhimes and her work. Watch her TED Talk to find out how she got her groove back and learned how to find inspiration again.

 

3. Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left

From Megan Phelps-Roper's powerful story about growing up inside the Westboro Baptist Church and eventually leaving in her early 20's, the incredible impact of social media and the possibility of understanding beyond ideological lines is apparent. In a time where there are deep ideological and political divides in countries worldwide, her experiences help to show how we can all work towards understanding each other a little better.

 

4. Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Have your best ideas in the shower? You're not alone. Check out Susan Cain's arguments against discounting introversion in favor of extroverts. Introverts are often passed up for leadership positions at work and disadvantaged in the classroom, but Susan argues that this is limiting innovation and creativity.

 

Taryn Anderson