TED Talks: A new world of Ideas

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Have you heard about TED Talks? These 15 minute talks by the world's experts are the biggest thing since Justin Bieber's big break and they are changing the way we share ideas with the world.

TED—a non-profit committed to sharing the ideas of thought leaders in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design—have produced over 1400 videos that offer free access to the most inspiring voices in the world.

Since 2012, TED Talk viewership has exceeded the billions and expanded into every field imaginable. In a culture ruled by soundbites, TED Talks offers us insight into a vast world of ideas and an opportunity to learn from each other—all in a manageable 15 minute lunchbreak. You can receive daily TED Talk video links in your RSS feed, watch them on YouTube, and even Netflix.

Here are 4 of Verily's favorite TED Talks:

1. Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together (Krizia, Lifestyle Editor).

2. Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue

Jackson Katz offers a novel way to look at "women's issues." (Mary Rose, Culture Editor)

3. Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.

Within the span of 10 minutes, Cameron tears down the shiny curtain of the modeling world and brings to light the disparity of treatment when it comes to physical beauty. I commend Cameron for her humility and courage in addressing the power of image. (Janet, Style Editor)

4. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brene Brown's insightful point about the benefits of living a "wholehearted life" through vulnerability is life-changing. (Ashley, Contributing Editor & PR Manager)