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Global Health Video Makes Top 10 TED List

Everyone I have spoken to loves TED videos. If you aren’t familiar with TED, you are missing out. The Technology Entertainment and Design (there is that word again! see Jaspal’s work in the area of global health design) outfit gathers some of the best people in their respective fields to share ideas . While their annual conference is extremely exclusive, they do post their videos online. The tag line: Inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers. TED just posted on the their top 10 videos in the past 2 years. On first glance I found 2 things remarkable about this list:

1. These videos have over 50 Million views (amazing)!

2. There is a global/public health video in the top 10, debuting at number 7

The numbers clearly display a strong appetite for for this kind of work – work that is innovative, connects and sometimes has great impact on the social good. What’s more – global health issues can garner a lot of attention and people do care about it (translation, there are ways to make it sexy and appealing). I would be very curious to get a age based demographic breakdown of who is watching these videos, specifically I want to see if there is a generational breakdown. The public health video has made its rounds and we did discuss it here at THD (I have posted it below again). From TED:

Announcing the Top 10 TEDTalks

“With 50 million views since we started posting video two years ago, TEDTalks have become a powerful cultural force. To celebrate this milestone, we’re releasing a never-before-seen list: the Top 10 TEDTalks of all time, as of June 2008.

With speakers like neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor and global health expert Hans Rosling, the list proves one of the compelling ideas behind TEDTalks: that an unknown speaker with a powerful idea can reach — and move — a global audience through the power of quality web video…”

Hans Rosling (well worth watching):

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Written by Aman

July 7, 2008 at 2:04 am

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  1. aman, would you like me to create an age-sex pyramid of viewers for you? ha…
    thanks for posting this. i’m definitely going to watch some videos. i think i just found my new favorite website.

    Nada R

    July 7, 2008 at 9:49 pm


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