8 TED Talks to Help Jumpstart Staff Innovation

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on July 7, 2017

“Where do you get your ideas?”

Ask any innovator, and they’ll tell you, “Everywhere.”

Chances to innovate are all around us, but we often miss them if we’re not in the right frame of mind for innovation.

Here are eight TED talks that can help put you and your staff on the right track.

  1. Steven Johnson, “Where Good Ideas Come From
    Archimedes might have yelled “Eureka!” in the bathtub, but for most of us, good ideas arise when we get the chance to discuss our own work. Steven Johnson explains how to build that environment.
  2. Charles Leadbeater, “Innovation
    Where do most innovations come from? According to Charles Leadbeater, the world’s big R&D firms pale for innovation in comparison to individuals and small groups trying to find what works best for them.
  3. Jeff Bezos, “The Next Web Innovation
    To innovate for the future, it can help to look at the past. Jeff Bezos discusses what the California Gold Rush has in common with Silicon Valley—and what the lessons of the mid-19th century can show us today.
  4. Chris Anderson, “How Web Video Powers Global Innovation
    The internet isn’t just for funny cat videos. Chris Anderson explains how connecting to other teams via web video can create a “perfect storm” of innovation.
  5. Brian Cox, “Why We Need the Explorers
    Many companies drop innovation first when it comes time to tighten their belts, but according to Brian Cox, curiosity and exploration should be the last cut you make—not the first. Cox’s TED talk explains why.
  6. Lisa Gansky, “The Future of Business is the ‘Mesh’
    A company that combines social, mobile and physical assets—what Gansky calls a “mesh company”—is uniquely poised to innovate and take advantage of the moments to which an innovation is perfectly suited.
  7. Rachel Armstrong, “Architecture That Repairs Itself?”
    Blueprints, steel, glass and concrete: To Rachel Armstrong, they’re things of the past. In this TED talk, Armstrong discusses the need for more organic architecture—and in so doing, she gives a master class in innovative thinking.
  8. Mike Matas, “A Next-Generation Digital Book
    By explaining how tablet technology can be used to make books more informative, interactive and interesting, Mike Matas takes an idea many readers have considered—how to move deeper than the printed page—and demonstrates how to move it from whimsy to reality.

If your company steadily strives to be more innovative, you will be positioned to exceed your company goals. Leverage the knowledge and insight of thought leaders to help expand your horizons and integrate new strategies into your company.

While ongoing development is important, hiring the right team is critical to your organization’s success.

At TERRA Staffing, our recruiters work closely with each of our clients to help you find the talent you need to meet your business goals. Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services in Phoenix, Seattle and Portland.

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