The Meaning of Work (A TED Remix)

What do you do for a living?

The question that starts most conversations between people that have just met. Our careers tend to define who we are. Careers that more often than not where chosen by our uninformed younger selves. This year the nature of work, of economics and of business has changed radically. Many have, voluntarily or not, begun to reconsider their careers choices. How do you define your career? What is success for you? Are you happy and motivated in your job? Are you rewarded positively by your employers? 

The TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment and Design) brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes.) Each conference is structured around an overarching idea. A TED Remix is a new juxtaposition of talks around a specific theme.

Alain de Botton: web, facebook, twitter, wiki
Dan Pink: web, facebook, twitter, wiki
Mike Rowe: web, facebook, twitter, wiki

Sally Hogshead’s Radical Careering: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life
Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life: A Hilarious Tour de Resume
Alain De Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Alain De Botton’s Status Anxiety
Dan Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Pre-order)
Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself
Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs: Collection 1 


Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit

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