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TED Talks on Minimalism: An Ongoing Curation Guaranteed to Inspire

Minimalist TEDx Talks - Angela HornTED talks on minimalism abound on the internet nowadays. Well, by minimalist standards anyway. Which is to say, there are a good few out there in addition to my own.

Initially this page was purely for my personal braggy purposes, but then I thought it would be put to far better use if I turned it into a curation of minimalism-inspired TEDx talks.

As the title suggests, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be adding new ones as and when I come across them and encourage you to hit me up with suggestions if you know of any that I’ve missed.

I’m an urban hippie living at the very bottom of the African continent, so there’s every chance I might have. (We stroll to the beat of a different drum down here.)

The Benefits of Living With Less

The Less You Own, the More You Have by Angela Horn 

Speaking at TEDx Cape Town definitely features as a pinnacle moment in my life. In part because I wanted to get over my fear of public speaking. But mostly because it gave me the opportunity to share an idea that has had such a profoundly positive effect on our own lives.

If you’d like to know more you can check out our about page or sign up for our weekly blog updates and whatnot (this is also where we tell you about our #FromCapeTownWithLove project).

[Tweet “”Spend your money on experiences, they last longer.” —Angela Horn #minimalism”]

Less Stuff, More Happiness by Graham Hill

Writer, designer and founder of LifeEdited, Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

You can get in touch with Graham on Twitter or via his website LifeEdited.

[Tweet “”Small is sexy.” —Graham Hill @ghill #tedtalks #minimalism”]

A Rich Life With Less Stuff by The Minimalists

Better known as The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the authors of several bestselling books, including Everything That Remains. They spoke at TEDxWhitefish about minimalism, the value of community, and discovering what makes people rich.

You’ll find the duo on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

[Tweet “Clearing the clutter can help us focus on everything that remains.” — @TheMinimalists #minimalism”]

Minimalism – For a More Full Life By Grant Blakeman 

In this snappy little talk (it’s all of 3:25 minutes) Grant neatly sums up the problem of choice overwhelm. He offers minimalism as a solution. Although he’s quick to point out that the lifestyle isn’t about stripping everything away, it’s about actively curating our lives, removing distractions and my personal favourite, removing something before adding something new.

You can connect with Grant on Twitter, Dribbble and LinkedIn.

[Tweet “”In your daily life, what is your negative space?” —Grant Blakeman @gblakeman #minimalism”]

Downsizing Your Stuff

Getting rid of 1000 things by Liz Wright

Liz realised that she spent a lot of time, money and resources buying and maintaining ‘stuff’. So, she set herself the challenge to get rid of 1,000 things from her life in an attempt to live more simply. This talk describes the impact it has had on her.

You can find Liz on Twitter (maybe, she hasn’t tweeted since February last year).

[Tweet “”Storage solutions are not the answer.” —Liz Wright @lizwcreates #tedtalks #minimalism”]

The 100 Things Challenge by Dave Bruno

Dave is the author of The 100 Thing Challenge, a book that documents his challenge to live with less than 100 personal items for a year. Dave challenges our conceptualization of The American Dream and asks us what is truly necessary to live a fulfilled and happy life.

You can stalk Dave on Twitter or get in touch via his website.

[Tweet “”Simplicity is action.” —Dave Bruno @guynameddave #tedtalks #minimalism”]

Big Life, Tiny House

What Exactly is a Tiny House By Amy Henion

Amy Henion believes tiny houses could be the ticket to the freedom and security she and other young professionals need to succeed. Like most college students and recent grads, Amy isn’t sure what the next few years will hold. While fretting about paying the bills and figuring out how to remain flexible to new opportunities, Amy stumbled upon a potential solution to her concerns.

You can find Amy on Twitter and over at The Tiny Life, where she’s helping Ryan Mitchell grow (a contradiction in terms, I know) his tiny house blog.

[Tweet “”With a tiny house you can go where work takes you.” —Amy Henion @amy_henion #minimalism “]

Living Intentionally

Get Rid of the Unnecessary to Get Down to Basics by Colin Wright

Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveller who moves to a new country every four months based on the votes from his readers. The author of over thirty books, including a travelogue aptly titled My Exile Lifestyle (still my favourite of his by far), Colin is all about living intentionally. In this talk he explains how to you to get rid off the superfluous and do just that.

You’ll find the Colin on his blog: Exile LifestyleTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

[Tweet “”Get rid of the unnecessary to get down to basics.” —Colin Wright @colinismyname #minimalism”]


    1. Thanks Heather, what a lovely thing to say! If you like my accent then I can only assume you’re not from around these parts. 😉

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