Consider yourself lucky if you are able to attend the TED Conference in person, not only to of see the stellar speakers in a live audience, but to actually see the many, many TED Talks that are never posted online. In the years I've gone, I'd estimate only about one in four talks are seen by the general public.

This month TED has opened up the floodgates with the TED Archive. The YouTube channel is slowly adding all the talks that were previously seen only by the attending audience. Did you hear about a great TED talk, but didn't see it online? Chances are it will be available to you soon. The YouTube channel is also categorized by event, so, in most cases, you can watch the videos in the same order as they were done live.

There are a couple caveats.

First, it doesn't feature all the TED Talks ever - which likely go well into the hundreds of thousands - but it will have most going all the way back to the inaugural 1984 event.

Second, it includes talks not just from the main TED Conference, but from the second stages like TED Active (which I spoke at in 2014). The popular TEDx franchises are not included here, as they have their own YouTube channel.

Published on: Jul 21, 2017
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