The Most Inspiring TED Talks Of March
A Girl Who Demanded School
Refusing to accept the oppression of women in her small Kenyan village, Kakenya Ntaiya built a school that changed the lives of 125 young women. She wanted to give them a chance to follow their dreams and determine their own destinies, much like she did when she made the brave and faithful decision to get her own education.
Most memorable line: "I learned that that ceremony I went to when I was thirteen years old, it was called female genital mutilation. I learned that it was against the law in Kenya. I learned that I did not have to trade part of my body to get an education. I had a right."
A self-proclaimed "garden gangster," Ron Finley wants to change what it means to fight for survival. Instead of a gun, pick up a shovel--use that as a weapon against hunger, and as a tool to plant your own food and sustain your own livelihood.
Most memorable line: "Growing your own food is like printing your own money."
"To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful
More poem than speech, Koyczan's talk is a humorous and agonizing observation of bullying and the meaning of beauty. His eloquence and masterful articulation is captivating.
Most memorable line: "One of the first lines of poetry I can remember writing was a response to a world that demanded I hate myself. From age 15 to 18, I hated myself for becoming the thing that I loathed: a bully. When I was 19, I wrote, 'I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.'"
The Art of Asking For Help
As a street performer, Amanda Palmer got good at asking people for help. By asking for help, she connected with people from all different walks of life, and her network grew. Her decision to share her music broke the mold of selling songs online. Rather than charge her fans to download her songs, she offers them for free, and asks for donations from those who can afford to help.
Most memorable line: “I had the most profound encounters with people, especially lonely people who
looked like they hadn’t talked to anyone in weeks, we would get this beautiful
moment of prolonged eye-contact, being allowed in a city street, and we would sort
of fall in love a little bit, and my eyes would say, 'Thank you, I see you,' and there eyes would say, 'Nobody ever sees me. Thank you.'"