A big part of my job as sanitation coordinator is to work with other Volunteers to improve how we train our community members. We are trying to slay the giants of apathy and learned helplessness. Hence, I have done a dissertation's worth of research on behavior change and leadership. I have no title, certificate, or important signature's to validate my work, just a stack of books about my height and a hard drive full of TED talks.
On their site, they describe themselves as 'a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas'.
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long...TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.
For a Volunteer looking for a free education on global development, leadership, and basic psychology it's a perfect starting block. Everything I have done in the last year has been inspired and influenced by the work of these amazing creators, thinkers, leaders, and teachers. Of the nearly 100 talks I've watched so far, here are my 5 favorites, which have impacted how I work, live, and learn. Enjoy.
Every Kid Needs a Champion (and every grown up too!)