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In an invitation to slow down and look at the world around you, graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton illustrates how drawing can spark deeply human, authentic connections. Ready to try? Grab a pencil and join MacNaughton for this delightful talk. “Drawing is looking, and looking is loving,” she says. Visit to get our entire library of…

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  1. Harshit Kumar

    November 19, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful 💖, Session

  2. OfficeTricks

    November 19, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Felt like – Living the life the presenter. Awesome naration.

  3. Mel Arc

    November 19, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    💕

  4. steve jette

    November 19, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    EXCELLENT !!

  5. Motivational(PREM)

    November 19, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I love drowing

  6. HerbertElayda

    November 19, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    *_”Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others”_*
    – Ellen DeGeneres

    • Kevin Di Mauro

      November 19, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      She should have taken her own advice

  7. T- man

    November 19, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    She moves like a performer. So graceful

  8. Jamie W

    November 19, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Profound, absolutely incredible.

  9. Haldun

    November 19, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    wow

  10. herrdirektor1969

    November 19, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Can you stop publishing these video thumbnails with speakers holding out their hands? It is getting old, annoying and just plain stupid.

  11. haku4207

    November 19, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    why has youtube disabled the dislike bar ?? ????

  12. pavillion ET

    November 19, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    amazing

  13. W Shray

    November 19, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Watching this was such a breath of fresh air for my day today! I’m inspired!

  14. Zeno of Caledonia

    November 19, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    So Don became the oppressor to victim after you went from just lazy face value assumption to objective analysis. Hard to pay attention to every individual in this busy modern life though.

  15. 🎯Motivation Bay Channel

    November 19, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Some think it is the big things that cause men to stumble. Often it is the minor ones that shake us the most. This shows the futility of self-confidence.

  16. Home Wall

    November 19, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Nice message, but ironic when government has locked us away from each other, closed schools, made us afraid to be around other people (especially their virus laden faces!), ordered to cover our faces until penalty of the law, and now kicking out co-workers who refuse to get vaccinated. The only global catastrophe was the fear and panic of totalitarianism among the submissive class who do not pay attention and still think all these harms were the result of 2% of all people who get infected dying, which includes 1.9% of them being old and sick already.

  17. Nathan

    November 19, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Is it just me, or does it sound like she’s talking to grade school students? Meaning that she’s talking down to her audience.

  18. David Macenko

    November 19, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    had to rewatch it two times because i wasn’t paying attention the first two times

  19. Tim Dietz

    November 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds like a personal success story to me. But, yes, I do agree that we as a people should learn to notice more details everywhere around us, drawing or not.

  20. Nathalie Lazo

    November 19, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Incredible person reading this, you have everything there is to succeed in life, whatever that is for you. Go after the life you truly want NOW! ✨
    I believe in you! Love – Nat ❤️

  21. LITTERING &...

    November 19, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    This is the best thing I’ve felt on the internet in a very long time! I fell back in love with life

  22. picolo

    November 19, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Absolutely love this talk, and how engaged she made everyone

  23. UMR 007

    November 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I loved watching it, Thank you Wendy !!!

  24. TrinkBruder

    November 20, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Geez what a freaking Social Gospel guilt trip. Just like I’d expect from LGBTQ friendly churches; don’t look vertically, look horizontally. I think I will keep my heart and my eyes set on what is above where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God, and you can keep telling fairy tales about violent landlords

    • Ofay Hunkey

      November 20, 2021 at 1:28 am

      Yeah tell ’em to go down to the public library maybe they’ll let you stay the night

    • TrinkBruder

      November 20, 2021 at 1:47 am

      @Ofay Hunkey Psalm 27 He will lift up your head when you seek His face in the sacred tent

  25. Bill Ackles

    November 20, 2021 at 1:45 am

    The Edmonton Public Library main branch was a god send to me when I was homeless one winter

  26. Randy James

    November 20, 2021 at 1:47 am

    If I become a drawer, I’ll might be part of one nightstand.

  27. Marco Tigno

    November 20, 2021 at 2:36 am

    I like how the room design complemented her talk about drawing with only a single stroke in order to demonstrate the topic of paying attention.

  28. Lisa Love Ministry

    November 20, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Seek God’s will daily.
    Proverbs 9:10

    • first name last name

      November 20, 2021 at 7:11 am

      🤣

  29. james kirk

    November 20, 2021 at 3:08 am

    A lefty Lesbian?, that’s all I need to know. I’m not interested in what you have to say.

    • Bernardus Greeff

      November 20, 2021 at 4:56 am

      That is quite a close-minded outlook to have . Because of it you are missing out on a wonderful ted talk that have nothing whatsoever do to with politics (other than the fact that we should appresciate each other despite our political differences).

      All because you are to much of a coward to watch a talk by a lefty lesbian

  30. Musilicious

    November 20, 2021 at 3:09 am

    the boys looking at girls or vice-versa in future be like : oh that son is how i met your mother/father

  31. Vince Davis

    November 20, 2021 at 4:24 am

    Wait, what..?

  32. Jorblin Cobb

    November 20, 2021 at 7:14 am

    I know exactly why I’m crying in the club rn

  33. Alchemical Sound Designs - Nathan Quade

    November 20, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Bravo!! 🙏🏻

  34. Phong Pham

    November 20, 2021 at 8:54 am

    One of the best talk

  35. Noukz

    November 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Speeches like this restores my hope in TED, which was almost lost recently… Such a wonderful person she is!

    • BASIL PA

      November 21, 2021 at 7:48 am

      Okay

  36. arcoyun

    November 20, 2021 at 11:27 am

    people might find inner peace when they are drawing.

  37. TrinkBruder

    November 20, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Drawing aside, most public libraries will have a copy of Mahler’s 8th Symphony and a listening room. Plenty you tube feeds of the same. Toward the end of the Symphony the text calls us not to a horizontal view, but a vertical one. Doctor Marianus and the chorus beckons us to “Blicket aut zum Retterblick,” to look up to the redeeming gaze.

    Sometimes there is no hope to be found in this world, and yet, even a public library can point us in the right direction, which I am afraid, is not, horizontal.

  38. Yuliia Nedoruba

    November 20, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    She is amazing)💖💖💖

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    November 20, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Oru hai tharumoo😜😜😜

  40. Geraldine Leonardis

    November 20, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Wow!

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    November 20, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    CLICK BAIT ?????????? GOOD LUCK IN COURT.

  42. Ana Herrera

    November 21, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Used to draw …

  43. Jerry Miller

    November 21, 2021 at 3:37 am

    If homeless people take over a library then where do people that need a library go? Same with parks or other public places like sidewalks.

  44. みたらし団長

    November 21, 2021 at 3:54 am

    I’m Japanese
    Could you put subtitle on for me?

  45. killabeeshow

    November 21, 2021 at 6:02 am

    Really nice job.

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    November 21, 2021 at 7:33 am

    You just gave me ideas for my 7th graders!!! You are amazing !

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    November 21, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    I wish to like this video twice..

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    November 21, 2021 at 1:23 pm

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    November 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

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  51. Propps

    November 21, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Krishnamurti; When you teach a child that a bird is named ‘bird,’ the child will never see the bird again.

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    November 21, 2021 at 3:53 pm

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  53. sehriyar huseynxanov

    November 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    my wonderful wife?) do you consider yourself husband?))

  54. Dylan Thomas

    November 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    I began drawing again after a long hiatus solely to let go of judgement and my inner perfectionist. Glad to say I’ve been loving it and learning a lot more than I could have thought about the craft and myself. Great talk 🙂

  55. Tina Stoddard

    November 21, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I truly enjoyed your talk. It was inspirational and hopeful. Thank you.

  56. briancole628

    November 21, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Reminds me of the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver.

  57. s0hlless

    November 22, 2021 at 5:08 am

    what is this video about?

  58. 政瑜 侯

    November 22, 2021 at 6:04 am

    就e.3狗

  59. Milan Sharma

    November 22, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Very Informative talk, paying close attention to things really makes a big differences.

  60. 이화연

    November 22, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    It’s really fun!! I want to do that.

  61. Nisar Nisar

    November 22, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Peace. Interest Processes. The greater the interest the greater the success. The brain processes interests, which make the heart it needs happy. Why often a human will run away from fear. Fear causes the heart the brain needs to pound harder at what is causing the fear, the brain then does not like this, for the brain loves the Heart the most.

  62. Martin Harefa

    November 23, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Thank you so much !

  63. Doug Ewald

    November 23, 2021 at 3:27 am

    When I was homeless in Portland, Oregon they frowned on homeless people in the library. Portland (the liberal epicenter of a very liberal state) treats homeless people terribly. They have no idea what they’re doing and are completely incompetent. Most of the people in the social services industry are ½ a step from homelessness themselves. They applied for the job because of their contact with social services when they were homeless.

  64. edmorphine

    November 23, 2021 at 5:15 am

    She is *living* and I mean *LIVING*

  65. JHANKAAAAR⭐

    November 23, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Very beautiful 🖤

  66. pnweerak

    November 23, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    This talk has much of the power and it just touched me softly

  67. Salt Sister

    November 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Sounds like a personal success story to me. But, yes, I do agree that we as a people should learn to notice more details everywhere around us, drawing or not.

  68. Nick Stern

    November 23, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    That was beautiful

  69. The Great Kind

    November 23, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    SUCH A LOVELY MESSAGE, WENDY!! Thank you for sharing your gift and perspective with us. I frequently do the blind portrait exercise in my PLAY workshops. I get the drawers to draw themselves and see themselves in a new light. Your exercise of drawing a stranger and practicing the art of “looking” is the perfect perspective shift I needed today. Thank you once again. And I’m excited to watch strangers draw each other in my future sessions!

  70. Tx Lee

    November 23, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    She sounds like such a lovely person.

  71. No one star

    November 23, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I publish the print version of ‘Diamond Dragons’ on 12.21.21. It contains 60+ illustrations, some of them, hand-drawn. A few, crafted by myself. But, unfortunately, my Time has been cut short.

    I doubt anyone will understand just how spiritual the book is (at a glance), but… I hope some people find out how far the portal of fire leads.

    *”Time is the only resource for which no creature may bargain.”*

    🐲✨🐲✨🐲✨
    “Before I start, I must see my end.
    Destination known, my mind’s journey now begins.
    Upon my chariot, heart & soul’s fate revealed.
    In Time, all points converge–hope’s strength re-steeled.
    But to earn final peace at the Universe’s endless refrain,
    We must see all in nothingness…
    …before we start again.”
    🐲✨🐲✨🐲✨
    — Diamond Dragons (book 1)

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