Since 2006, millions of people around the world have been intrigued and enthralled by TED Talks—a video series presenting short, powerful talks to introduce new perspectives and innovative ideas from brilliant minds across business, science, and the arts. Started in 1984, TED later evolved into an idea-based nonprofit endeavor for the world, working to amplify “Ideas Worth Spreading” by publishing the talks as videos and translating them into more than 100 languages.
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Inspirational TED Talks for Nonprofit Finance Leaders
To inform and inspire you, here are seven TED Talks from a philanthropist, an author/speaker/reformer, a sustainable investment expert, and several leadership experts.
1, Melinda French Gates: What Nonprofits Can Learn from Coca-Cola
Melinda Gates in the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—an organization that leads health development projects in developing nations around the world. In this talk, she describes why Coca-Cola is so ubiquitous in the developing world, and how nonprofits can apply Coca-Cola’s marketing strategies to their own development plans. She unlocks three key areas for nonprofits to take away from Coca-Cola’s success: real-time data, local entrepreneurial talent, and exceptional marketing.
2. Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong
Between 1970 and 2009, the number of nonprofit organizations that grew beyond $50 million in annual revenue was 144, while the number of for-profits that achieved this growth was 46,136. Dan Pallotta explains that because we think so differently about for-profit versus nonprofit ethics, nonprofits have been disadvantaged in five key areas: talent, advertising, risk-taking, time horizons, and access to capital. He argues that historically Puritan ways of thinking about capitalism and charity keep us focused on the wrong thing (overhead) instead of growth and the potential for making real change.