10 of the best TED talks for CAs

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By Eleanor O'Neill and Ellen Arnison, CA Today

13 December 2016

TED talks have been inspiring the world by sharing ideas since 1984. Here’s our selection of the best ones for CAs looking for a few inspiring thoughts.

1. Economic growth has stalled. Let’s fix it

Renowned economist Dambisa Moyo makes the argument that dogmatic capitalism is creating a stagnant economy with knock-on effects for political stability, social progression and business innovation.

She suggests that we should start treating capitalism as a spectrum to better integrate state-sponsored and market-driven models and foster more impactful growth in the economic landscape.

2. Eight secrets of success

Researcher and analyst Richard St John has condensed years of interviews with the success stories of TED into one presentation explaining what makes them tick.

The things they have in common and the things that set them apart all fall into this list of the real secrets to success.

3. How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

Bettina Warburg, an educator and entrepreneur, explains how blockchain is about to change everything, eliminating the need for centralised institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade.

She demonstrates how this rapidly growing technology will cause the current models of commerce and finance to evolve into a distributed, transparent and autonomous system for exchanging value.

4. How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh, author of 'Fat, Forty and Fired', presents an example of the perfect day, balanced between work, family and personal time.

He states that such an ideal is up to the individual to make happen, rather than their employer, and lays out how to go about creating that reality.

5. Why you will fail to have a great career

Economist Larry Smith delivers an entertaining and enlightening talk on the excuses we use to avoid following our dreams.

Good isn't good enough in this day and age and great careers take passion, work and, according to Larry, no more excuses.

6. Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”

Futurists are a thing of the past in this engaging premise from Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab.

To be truly innovative and shape the world of tomorrow, he believes that we should be open and alert to what is happening now. A 'now-ist' builds quickly and improves constantly without waiting for permission.

7. 4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines

Automated learning machines are becoming more and more common in a variety of businesses and sectors. Caught up in the appeal of efficiency and futuristic technology, are we forgetting the value of human employees?

Tim Leberecht, Silicon Valley humanist, believes so and introduces a new radical idea of humanism, celebrating questions and authenticity over simple answers.

8. The future of money

Digital currency researcher Neha Narula discusses the impact of cryptocurrencies and a money-less future where we buy, sell and pay for things entirely contactless.

What place, if any, will institutions like banks and currency exchanges have in this future?

9. Forget the pecking order at work

Business leader Margaret Heffernan argues that organisations are often run according to the ‘traditional’ model, rewarding star employees who outperform others, is not a recipe for success.

She observes that it is social cohesion, built up with every colleague interaction, that leads to great team results over time.

10. How the Panama Papers journalists broke the biggest leak in history

It was 2016's biggest financial scandal and the biggest collaborative journalism project in history.

Gerard Ryle led the international team that divulged the Panama Papers, the 11.5 million leaked documents from 40 years of activity of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Here he tells the story of how they uncovered the underbelly of offshore finances.

Do you have a favourite TED talk to share with fellow CAs? Tell us in the comments below.


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