TED continues to spread ideas and help us all be better critical thinkers. Watching, listening and talking about TED Talks is a popular pastime for many in the CN&CO community. We visit TED.com regularly to clear our heads, have a laugh, learn or get inspired. TED Talks open our minds, spark new ways of thinking and can lead to some very interesting conversations and business opportunities. Each week we pick a favourite and publish it on a Tuesday, because we like how “TED Talk Tuesday” sounds. It’s also a way that the CN&CO team play their part in spreading ideas and helping to make the world a better place. This week Carel chose bite size talks that use song to beautifully illustrate their points.

During this time of uncertainty, angst, anger and trauma – across the world – it is important – vital in fact – that we all look after our health (physical and emotional) as well as the health of those around us.

Perhaps we should not be lik an ostrich with our head in the sand. Maybe we mustn’t be so angry and scared that we lash out at medical knoweldge and logic.

Maybe listening to these very short TED Talks (in facts songs!) may lift your spirits and help you be the best you can be – for yourself, those you love and the broader community.

In the first talk/song, “[f]rom her stoop in Brooklyn, [American] singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin shares her experience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 — a moment that pushed her to become her best self — and performs “TRY,” a song she wrote about chasing your dreams despite what others say.”

I love the filming of this talk – real technical brilliance. And how cool is Madison – coming back from the trolls to TRY! A good lesson for us all in never gviing up. In putting one foot in front of the other. Always.

In the second one, “[i]n a moment of musical beauty that calls for reflection, actor and performer Cynthia Erivo sings a moving rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” accompanied by pianist Gary Motley. With her words and voice, Erivo urges us all to do better for the Earth and the generations to come.”


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