Sites I Follow for Insight and Inspiration
"Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can." — Danny Kaye
The Web is a fountain of knowledge, especially if you know where to drink from. This post is a quick tour of some of the main sites I use that make me think.
Top 10 Inspirational Sites
Here are 10 sites that make me think and inspire new ideas:
- ChangeThis – ChangeThis is focused on spreading important ideas and changing minds. ( ChangeThis | RSS)
- Charlie Rose – Charlie Rose engages America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions. (Charlie Rose | RSS )
- Cincom’s Expert Access – Expert Access partners with some truly brilliant and forward-thinking business leaders to participate in its “Ask the Expert” program, including Al Ries, Bo Burlingham, Steven Pressfield, Sam Horn, Skip Press, and Stephanie Palmer. (Cincom Expert Access | RSS)
- Freakonomics – Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, authors of Freakonomics, keep the conversation going from their best-selling book that explore the hidden side of everything. Freakomoics applies economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by "traditional" economists. (Freaknomoics | RSS)
- Gates Notes – Gates Notes is where Bill Gates shares his thoughts, his learning and his travels. (Gates Notes | RSS )
- MIT Open Courseware – Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). (MIT Open Courseware | RSS )
- NPR (Tell Me More) – The NPR talk show Tell Me More brings fresh voices and perspectives to public radio from the opinions of global newsmakers to listeners’ personal experiences of life-changing travel…the wisdom of renowned thinkers, activists and spiritual leaders…and intimate dispatches of daily life around the world from NPR News correspondents on the ground. ( NPR (Tell Me More) | RSS )
- PBS (Idea Lab) – Idea Lab is a group weblog by innovators who are reinventing community news for the Digital Age. Each author won a grant in the Knight News Challenge to help fund a startup idea or to blog on a topic related to reshaping community news. The authors will use Idea Lab to explain their projects, share intelligence and interact with the new-media community online. ( PBS (Idea Lab) | RSS )
- Psychology Today – Commentary, Research and News that cover all aspects of Human Behavior, from the workings of the brain, to relationships and the larger cultural forces that influence our decisions( Psychology Today | RSS http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.rss
- Ted Talks – TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Their mission is spreading ideas. They believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world, so they built a clearinghouse for free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. (Ted Talks | RSS )
Sample Inspirational Ted Talks
Here is a quick sampling of some of the interesting talks and life changing ideas:
- Bill Gates on Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Education (Video) - Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy.
- Charlie Rose Brain Series Episode 1 (Video) – The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain: consciousness, free will, perception, cognition, emotion and memory with a roundtable of brain researchers.
- Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+ (Video) - To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. At TEDxTC, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.
What are your favorite sources of insight and inspiration on the Web?