Finished binging that Netflix show? Waiting for the next webinar to appear on your calendar? If you’re looking for entertainment that will also educate and inspire you, then allow us to bring TED talks back on your radar.
We recommended seven TED talks for every legal professional several years back, but the great minds gathered by TED continue to create thought-provoking and curiosity-piquing presentations.
Here are just 10 of the talks we recommend for legal professionals looking to learn more.
#1: How to win an argument at the Supreme Court or anywhere
U.S. Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal discusses how he won some of the hardest cases in Supreme Court history—and lost others—and how emotion and conviction plays a role in arguing.
#2: How to disagree productively and find common ground
One world debate champion offers three techniques for shaping how we talk to each other to better structure discussing differences of opinions with the people in our personal and professional lives.
“People who disagree productively start by finding common ground, no matter how narrow it is. (This invites) us in to what psychologists call shared reality. Shared reality is the antidote to alternative facts.”
#3: The world’s first AI legal assistant
The creator of the world’s first artificially intelligent legal assistant talks about how ROSS can make justice more accessible.
“ROSS doesn’t replace lawyers, it allows them to get away from that legal research task and focus on advising their clients.”
#4: The jobs we’ll lose to machines—and the ones we won’t
A conversation about how machine learning will automate repetitive tasks in the coming decades and how those shifts will impact the nature of work.
“The future state of any single job lies in the answer to a single question: To what extent is that job reducible to frequent, high volume tasks?”
#5: How judges can show respect
How can procedural justice redefine the business of the legal system? One pioneering judge shares her stories and philosophies.
“We want people to enter our halls of justice … and know that justice will be served there.”
#6: How to make stress your friend
One health psychologist talks about how the fear of stress is more dangerous than the stress itself.
“When you choose to see your stress response as helpful you create the biology of courage.”
#7: How to know if it’s time to change careers
Key things that you should think about when you start considering changing careers.
“Life is about finding the intersection of what you really, really love with what you’re really, really good at.”
#8: 3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview
We all have biases, becoming aware of them is the first step. And meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd is here to help.
“The reality is, we all struggle with perceiving outside of our experience level.”
#9: The human skills we need in an unpredictable world
Technology has made us more efficient, but technology cannot fill in for when more than just efficiency is needed.
“Efficiency works really well when you can predict exactly what you need. But when the anomalous or unexpected comes along…efficiency is no longer your friend.”
#10: The new jobs of the future and other insights on the changing workforce
A tech futurist and the head of TED himself talk about how COVID-19 will change the nature of work altogether.
“I think the notion of the regular commute…that’s probably going to decline and people will do that less routinely.”