The ever-popular TED conference is taking place this week in Vancouver, and this year's theme is Dream. More than 70 speakers will dare us to dream— to "make no small plans." Who can't get behind that?! The talks will be released (for free!) online throughout the year. Here are a few recaps that are already inspiring us:

Shnda Rhimes - A crazy thing happened -- the very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear.

Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes: TV Producer Shonda Rhimes' message at TED2016? Say 'yes' to what scares you, even if it's saying 'no' to work.  

“A while ago, I tried an experiment,” says the “titan” behind Grey’s AnatomyScandal and How to Get Away With Murder. “For one year, I would say ‘yes’ to all the things that scared me. Anything that made me nervous or took me out of my comfort zone, I’d say ‘yes.'”

Public speaking? Yes. Acting? Yes. “A crazy thing happened—the very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear,” she says. “It’s amazing the power of one word. ‘Yes’ changed my life. ‘Yes’ changed me.”

Read the full recap of her talk here

Joseph Ravenell - I see an opportunity -- an opportunity for health equity.

The Intersection of Health and Haircuts: Joseph Ravenell at TED2016: "What do you see?" asks Dr. Joseph Ravenell, as he stands in front of an image of a barbershop. "I see an opportunityan opportunity for health equity."

The barbershop is much more than a place to get a haircut—it’s a place where men go for discussion. “I remember the range of the conversations was immense,” Ravenell recalls of his childhood barbershop trips. “The men would talk about politics and sports and music and world news, national news, neighborhood news … and what it was like to be a black man in America. But many times they also talked about health.”

Read the full recap here.

Great talks from past years:

Evolution's Gift of Play, From Bonobo Apes to HumansWith never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing — solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos' key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?

Do Schools Kill Creatvity? Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating a system that nurtures (rather than undermnes) creativity.

Play! Discover! Experiment!Biochemist and Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.

Play Is More Than Just FunA pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Katie Franke is a Writer and Marketing Communications Specialist at Ideas To Go, an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies in ideation and concept development to incorporate the voice of the consumer.

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Katie Franke

Katie Franke is a Marketing Communications Specialist and Concept Writer at Ideas To Go, an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies in ideation and concept development to incorporate the voice of the consumer.