When I read this week’s assignment, the first resource that came to my mind was ted.com. TED Talks have become really popular over the past few years, and each day the website keeps growing, having more than 2100 talks on different topics. The conferences started in 1984 from observing a convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design, and after failing to hit the market at the time, funders Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks tried again years later, achieving their goal and making the TED conference an annual event, but it ran exclusively to for those people that got an invitation. In 2006, the first six TED talk conferences were uploaded online, and the gained so much views that the site was relaunched the next year around these.
I believe TED Talks gained their popularity because they give us access to information directly from experts on a selected topic. It covers from business, technology, global issues and science, to more ‘creative’ topics such as design and entertainment. Not only that, it counts with a variety of languages, which gives this online source more accessibility from all over the world. I would recommend it not only for learning purposes, but for entertainment as well.
Give it a try! https://www.ted.com