Across the social media spectrum, you’ve been asked to adapt. You’ve been told to hold on. You’ve swerved your way of life in service of the greater good.

Right now, we’re giving you the green light to do something a little different: take it easy. Go ahead; hit the pause button on life and enjoy something utterly inconsequential. 

Here, we bring you a few talks from the TEDx Universe that have been hand-picked to inspire, to educate, but most of all: to bring pure delight. If you’re tired, now is the time to rest—just sit back and enjoy a happy moment.

Are you ready to #rechargewithtedxtum?

Simone Giertz – Why you should make useless things

You don’t have to be Picasso or Da Vinci to get your creative juices flowing! Creativity comes in different shapes and sizes. When was the last time you created something new?

Don’t hesitate! Get inspired by Simone Giertz and her take on ‘Why you should make useless things’.

You don’t have to be Picasso or Da Vinci to get your creative juices flowing! Creativity comes in different shapes and sizes. When was the last time you created something new?

Don’t hesitate! Get inspired by Simone Giertz and her take on ‘Why you should make useless things’.

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
– Jack London

Not every idea needs to be groundbreaking, but sometimes there are small aha moments which can change the world.

When was the last time you indulged in your latest streak of inspiration and created something new?

Harry Baker – How learning German taught me a link between math and poetry

Do you sometimes feel like your performance anxiety stands in a way of mastering a new language? 

In his TEDxVienna talk, comedian, poet and mathematician Harry Baker turns around our common views on language learning. He tells how his experience of living in Germany opened  him up to a link between math, poetry and linguistics.

Get inspired by Harry’s story to find your own playful way to language learning!

“I realized that once you put the work in, you can get comfortable enough with something, and be willing to take risks, but also have fun with it. That’s when you can really start to put yourself out there.”
– Harry Baker

Everything’s connected. Harry Baker’s talk has depicted a junction of linguistics, math and poetry. Here are some exciting examples of stories that combine things that seem incompatible at first, but yet beautifully align with each other.

Lingo Gaston Dorren

It’s an extraordinary piece of work that depicts Europe’s history seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects.


Science can be poetic too! This YouTube channel is a great place to gain visual intuitive understanding of complicated mathematical concepts.

Surely You're Jokin, Mr. Feynman!

“Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough». This story of a man who was driven by curiosity, leading an eccentric life full of incompatible hobbies.

Mark Ronson – How sampling transformed music

What if you could express your feelings without words, independent of language? For many, music allows just that and modern technology such as sampling makes it easier than ever!

Sampling is more than that though – as Mark Ronson points out, artists sample music because they heard something that they want to become a part of.

In his talk, he takes us on a journey through time to experience how tunes like “La di da di” made it into modern music and the ears of its listeners over and over again.

And we get to experience what a DJ can do with the TED theme and TED talks by sampling them into an entirely new piece

“We take the things that we love and we build on them. That’s just how it goes”
– Mark Ronson

Have you always wanted to create music of your own?

Sampling makes it easier than ever to get started and to get inspired.

See some of our attempts to make some music using sampling

Ann Morgan – My year reading a book from every country in the world

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bookshelves.

Ann Morgan’s bookshelves tell not only the story of her reading one book from every country in the world in one year, but they also tell a story of connection. The books we have hold the power to bridge us across borders and show us the richness, diversity, and complexity our world has to offer.

In her TED talk, she shares the amazing stories she experienced during her year of reading one book from every country in the world.

“The books I read that year opened my eyes to many things. As those who enjoy reading will know, books have an extraordinary power to take you out of yourself and into someone else’s mindset, so that, for a while at least, you look at the world through different eyes”
– Ann Morgan

Here are some highlights from Ann Morgan’s list of books. To find more inspiration, have a look at her blog: https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/ 

Juan David Morgan - The Golden Horse

The writer from Panama sent Ann Morgan an unpublished translation of his novel

Olinda Beja - A casa do pastor

The book from the Portugese speaking African island was translated by nine volunteers

Danderma - The Chronicles of Dathra, a Dowdy Girl from Kuwait

“Kuwait’s answer to Bridget Jones” – Ann Morgan

Clemens Meyer - All the Lights

From a list of recommendations – including 4 Nobel prize winners – Ann Morgan picked this book for Germany

Do you like reading? Do you enjoy discovering stories from new countries?

But how easy is it to find a translation of a book? How much do we read? And how healthy is reading actually?

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