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From the TED Blog’s week-long celebration of TEDx:
The 20 most-watched TEDx talks so far
X certainly marks the spot.The TEDx program was launched in 2009 to bring the mission of spreading ideas to the local level, with independent organizers curating their own events for their own communities. This week, the program is celebrating many milestones. Not only did yesterday mark the 5,000th TEDx event — this week also brings the 20,000th TEDxTalk.
So which of these many talks has proved the most popular? From baby geniuses and an 11-year-old food activist to the secret of living to 100, we have counted our views from and Youtube to bring you our 20 most-watched TEDx talks to date.
Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (filmed at TEDxPugetSound in 2009): 7,579,005 views
Brené Brown discusses the power of vulnerability (filmed at TEDxHouston in 2010): 7,029,330 views
Shawn Achor gives us the happy secret to better work (filmed at TEDxBloomington in 2011): 3,152,254 views
Thomas Suarez is a 12-year-old app developer (filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach in 2011): 3,053,261 views
Jane Fonda on life’s third act (filmed at TEDxWomen in 2011): 2,090,958 views
Louie Schwartzberg has three words: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. (filmed at TEDxSF in 2011): 1,680,383 views
Jason Fried asks why work doesn’t happen at work (filmed at TEDxMidWest in 2010): 1,671,347 views
Larry Smith delivers why you will fail to have a great career (filmed at TEDxUW in 2011): 1,614,299 views
Joe Smith reveals how to use a paper towel (filmed at TEDxConcordiaUPortland in 2012): 1,585,879 views
Birke Baehr is 11 and knows what’s wrong with our food system (filmed at TEDxNextGenerationAsheville in 2010): 1,544,537 views
Neil Pasricha on the 3 A’s of awesome (filmed at TEDxToronto in 2010): 1,455,980 views
Nigel Marsh tells us how to make work-life balance work (filmed at TEDxSydney in 2010): 1,403,385 views
Charlie Todd on the shared experience of absurdity (filmed at TEDxBloomington in 2011): 1,384,172 views
Luis von Ahn and massive on-scale collaboration (filmed at TEDxCMU in 2011): 1,242,599 views
Dan Meyer says math class needs a makeover (filmed at TEDxNYED in 2010): 1,161,857 views
Amy Purdy on living beyond limits (filmed at TEDxOrangeCoast in 2011): 1,113,388 views
Dan Buettner uncovers how to live to be 100+ (filmed at TEDxTC in 2009): 1,102,431 views
Erez Lieberman Aiden, Jean-Baptiste Michel and what we learned from 5 million books (filmed at TEDxBoston in 2011): 1,088,771 views
Patricia Kuhl shares the linguistic genius of babies (filmed at TEDxRainier in 2010): 1,049,003 views
Michael Norton knows how to buy happiness (filmed at TEDxCambridge in 2011): 997,798 views
Written by Shirin Samimi-Moore

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