TED talks Accounting

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The wildly popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference is being held in Vancouver this week, March 17-21, celebrating its 30th year delivering inspired talks addressing a wide range of ideas and topics, from science to business to global issues.

TED was launched in 1984, and as many as 1,600 TED talks videos are available online. Each individual TED talk is usually in the form of a short presentation (18 minutes or less) told in the form of a story and delivered by speakers who are incredibly passionate about their topic.

Past TED conference speakers have included Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Bono, Jane Goodall, and many others. This year’s conference in Vancouver will feature Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, musician Imogen Heap, educator Salman Khan, and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

The TED conference and talks have inspired many other TED-like events including over 30,000 TEDx (smaller, independently organized community events) presentations from over 130 countries. Out of all those TED and TEDx talks, we figured there must be one on the topic of accounting. There is, watch Dr. Jacob Scholl, a historian, who highlights some notable milestones in the history of finance and accounting, including the start of double-entry accounting, the early origins of the balance sheet and the budget, and accounting’s role in public transparency.