I really like TED talks. I not only enjoy being exposed to ideas worth spreading, but I am also rejuvenated by seeing the passion people have in their work. But it takes a lot of skill to do TED talks well. It doesn’t matter how exciting the ideas themselves are: One has to convey them in a way that captures the imagination of the audience. The story is not enough; one needs to also be a good storyteller.
Keeping with last week’s theme of urban renewal and gardening, I wanted to share a recent favourite TED talk of mine. It’s by Ron Finley, a guerilla gardener who is working to bring about a more hopeful, healthy and sustainable future for South Central LA:
Receiving a standing ovation, Finley’s passion for and belief in food gardening as a force for societal transformation is evident and infectious. Like other great TED Talks, his presentation worked for me because he is simply a fantastic storyteller with an inspirational tale to tell. His eleven minute talk has great energy, never drags, and is full of humour and memorable quotes. One of my favourites:
“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.”
What do you think of the TED talk? Are there quotes from his presentation that clicked with you?