Expatriates in Paris submitted their favorite TED videos – and the winner is of two tickets is…

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Last week we announced that we have 2 tickets to give away for the TEDx event at the end of the month. We received over 120 submissions, each person submitting a link to a TED video and the reason why that particular video was a favorite. A winner was selected by an impartial judge and the winner of the two tickets is Marika Salerno. Choosing Simon Sineks “How great leaders inspire action” for the following reason:

Because it was a “Eureka moment” for me and it deeply impacted the project I was working (and I’m still working) on. It inspired me so much that I started recommending it to anyone who was thinking about starting its own business

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action


Some of the other entries and inspiring reasons for selecting the video included:

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems… palsy is just one

Expat Reason 1 : It was a very moving and funny talk by an incredible woman who could see the humour in her situation. She was able to put the audience at ease with her situation through laughter.  It was very moving because it shows the power of the human spirit and how we can conquer anything.

Expat Reason 2 :I have seen this video several times, and I would say is between my favorites for 2 reasons. The first one is because it comes up to my mind every time I think I’ve encountered a “big” problem and make me say “Ok, this is nothing. Do something about it and move on!”. And second, it reminds me that there are no limits as far as I don’t create them in my mind.

Men – The Forgotten Gender | Deepika Bhardwaj

Expat Reason : I was the vicitim of 498A in india, fought back strongly against the odds and won the court case by getting clean chit and aquittal

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

Expat Reason : In the talk, Aimee talks about how the synonyms for’ disabled’ are:crippled, useless,  lame, weakened …  I related to this straight away because these were some of the names I was called as a child, simply because I’d had an accident on one of my eyes that left it disfigured.  It’s the only talk that’s ever made me cry.

Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consumption

Expat Reason :  Because collaborative consumption is working via airbnb , bla bla car , task rabbit, zipcar, swaptree and dozensof other examples but also because collaborative consumption also means participative consumption , people stuckat home can participate in the real economy via this phenomenon by offering their services online ; the TED programs are all good but none quite so far reaching as the movement Rachel helped found. 6,000 new companies work in this space with more added every day!

Joseph Pine: What consumers want


Expat Reason :  If nothing else, just for the comparison between Disneyworld and the entire country of The Netherlands. This guy is just brilliant and has shaped my career as a marketer. Authenticity is such a huge component of what people are looking for in businesses today and his points make you realize how difficult that really is. Worth a watch!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Expat Reason :  Working in an international environment in different countries has led me to have a clear understanding of the importance of being culturally aware and culturally sensitive. The power one story can have is very significant and it’s important to ensure that story is an accurate one.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Expat Reason :  The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown, talks to ones soul. It made me understand the importance of breaking the shell that I’ve created for myself. This is truly magnificent!

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Expat Reason :  An amazing and moving talk that shows there is so much more to life than we see on the surface and that happiness and love are what truly matter.

Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen

Expat Reason : Because “the problem is not ignorance, its the pre conceived ideas” As an Indian female student in Paris, I have spent quite some time explaining things and problems and ideas about India, and learning the same about various other countries and cultures. And it is quite amazing how we carry those pre-conceived notions in our minds which shape our world view. I find it very impressive how Hans Rosling uses statistics and numbers to remind us how wrong we can be most of the times. And this video has helped me to be more curious about the things I don’t know and putting in more diligent effort to learn more about the same without viewing them through the biased glasses of pre conceived ideas.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Expat Reason : This video has changed the way I used to think about stress. Kelly McGonigal has become one of my favourite speakers ever since I watched this ted talk. She gives concrete exemples of the situations we face in our day today life. She comes with many new ideas while focusing on the facts and research.

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

Expat Reason : Sixth sense technology is future of humans..i was amazed from this technology when i was kid..gesture is key interactive way in human communication. from last 2 years i am working on LEAP motion to create my own gesture reorganisation module. Pranav is brilliant guy and he showed us future in this video.

 Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud


Expat Reason : First of all i am an IT Engineer from India working in Paris. From beginning i like to play with computer. So, i have started very early to understand the world of technology. Why its my favorite video? Well, there are many reasons. Firstly, I was very impressed by the idea of School in Cloud. It is very important to share knowledge with everybody. Secondly, i totally agree when he said “It’s not about making learning happen. It’s about letting it happen.” The objective is to “MAKE it Happen”. Last but not the least, Teaching is the only profession that creates all other professions.

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do


Expat Reason : Cause it helped me understand how to improve my memory, But it was really a difficult choice..

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