Popular TEDX Talks include topics such as leadership, courage and happiness at work. One of the most popular talks is by Tom Thum, a beatboxer who entertains with instrumental impersonations. A presentation by Simon Sinek is also among the most popular talks. In his talk, Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership. Louie Schwartzberg talks about nature, gratitude and meditation in his popular TEDX Talk.
Other popular talks cover topics such as what happens when one fails to pursue their passions, how to summon courage and the power of vulnerability. Brene Brown shares her research during one of the more popular TEDX Talks about human connection. Brown talks about the human need to belong, to love and to empathize.
An inspirational TEDX Talk is presented by Thomas Suarez, who at the age of 12 invented a series of apps. Suarez now uses his skills to inspire and to help other kids become developers. Colin Stokes presents a thought-provoking talk about how movies teach manhood. A key focus of the talk is the need for more movies that send positive messages to boys.
TEDX Talks began in 2009. Close to 50,000 talks have been given at over 10,000 events as of 2015. The TEDX program supports independent organizers who want to create TED-like events in their own communities.