In an upcoming issue of School Arts, my @r+ column focuses on using TED Talks as a way of opening up a dialogue about the nature and purpose of art with our students. This playlist includes the videos that will be referenced in that article, as well as some others that I've used repeatedly over the past few years. This is sort of a top ten list, if you will. There are, in fact, 11 videos included, but our rule number one here at the revolution is that all rules must be broken.
What I think is most powerful about these talks is that they demonstrate not just the care and love of the included artists' craft, but a humor and playfulness that brings life to much of their work.