TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short and powerful talks.
Here are some of our favorite Ted talks that nonprofit organizations should watch.
1) Rachel Botsman: The Currency of the New Economy is Trust
There’s been an explosion of collaborative consumption — web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls “reputation capital.”
2) Marnie Webb Re: Create the Ways We Look at Social Issues
Marnie Webb is the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Caravan Studios’ collaborative approach uses a theory of technology intervention to allow communities to respond to the issues they care about most.
3) Beth Kanter: Individual Social Responsibility
Beth Kanter is a well-established international leader in nonprofits’ use of social media. Her first book “The Networked Nonprofit,” introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world. Her second book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” is a practical guide for using measurement and learning to achieve social impact.
4) Julie Dixon: A Note on Generosity
Julie Dixon, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication, talks about changing the ways we interact with and support the significant social issues facing the world today
5) Seth Godin: The Tribes We Lead
Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.