Lately I've been spending a lot of time on TED. Being up so early in the morning, sometimes I just can't use both hands on the laptop, and it' great to be able to listen and watch smart people present interesting stuff. I highly recommend you check out even the stuff that doesn't take your fancy - it's always interesting!
With that in mind, here are two inspiring talks, the first featuring Dave Eggers (author of A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, which ties Jonathon Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music*, for best title ever) and a fabulous idea for tutoring children that's taking off across the country and, hopefully, the world. It's 24 minutes long, but very well worth it (funny, too). The second talk is by JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias, Regarding Henry, Felicity, Star Trek 11, etc).
Hope you enjoyed these talks, I certainly did.
* I loved GWOM, but also felt it failed at the very end. Like Motherless Brooklyn, it had me giggling madly throughout. Amnesia Moon, however, I just couldn't get through.