Top 20 Most Thought Provoking Videos

To celebrate the first full year of sharing the most inspiring, interesting and perspective challenging videos out there, here are Mouvment’s top 20 most thought provoking videos. Enjoy!

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Calling for an Education Revolution: you know our educational system has big problems, but you probably haven’t quite pinpointed where it all goes wrong. This video nails it, and to date more than 4 million people have gotten a view of what needs to change.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman: literally everyone should read this tell-all book. It will scare the daylights out of you to know just how sinister our corporations can act, and just how complicit our governments are in the scam. Watching the short video will get you going.

The Common Brand: this is a revolutionary idea and initiative from maybe the world’s best branding brain. Keep an eye on Common, there is sure to be a future in the notion of collaborative capitalism.

The Purpose of Steve Jobs: I’m gonna cheat here and list two videos from Steve Jobs (for the price of one!). The first is from when Jobs returned to Apple in 1997. He found a brand that had been suffering from “neglect”. In this short video, where he is launching the now famous “Think Different” ad campaign, he makes it crystal clear that Apple’s core belief, that “people with passion can change the world for the better”, is more important than any product they make. And then, as we know, his company went on to do just that. The second video has had more than 4 million views. It’s Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. He had been diagnosed with a serious illness, and reflected most eloquently on what makes life worth living.

The Story of Stuff: the work that starting a whole movement of ‘edutaining’ sustainability videos. If you haven’t seen it, you simply must. And then watch the others in the ‘Story Of’ series (like the Story of Electronics, or the Story of Cosmetics).

I’ve Fallen and I Can Easily Get Back Up: we’ve all had bad days. We’ve all wanted to give up before. Here is a person to draw strength from the next time you need it.

Tony Robbins at TED: the last time I checked this was the most watched TED video of all time. Tony’s boundless energy and command of the crowd is simply ridiculous. And the message is powerful. But if that’s not enough, there is a spontaneous Al Gore send-up that is priceless.

Ideas that Spread WIN: There’s a upcoming documentary called PressPausePlay that explores the hopes and fears of digital culture, and Seth Godin is one of its star interviews. In one of the doc’s trailers Seth tells a captivating story of the early experiment which spurred his belief that book publishing is due for a seismic shift.

Blessed Unrest: Paul Hawken is a personal hero of mine because he never fails to open my eyes to a completely new way of looking at the world. And in Blessed Unrest Hawken finds something amazing that’s been happening right under our noses. This work was the inspiration for the name of this site. The word movement isn’t big enough to capture what he has discovered.

Secret Motivations: In his best-selling book Drive, Daniel Pink busts a whole slew of myths about what truly motivates people. This video gives you the goods.

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why: those around me have been forced to listen to these ideas ad nausuem – and for good reason. Finding your purpose, and the purpose of any initiative you’re involved in just might be the single most important thing anyone can do.

The Corporation: this is the trailer for my all-time most influencing documentary (someday that may be an Oscar category). The legal structure of our corporations don’t pass the smell test, and knowing is half the battle (conscious capitalism is the other half).

The Rainman Within: this story will literally blow your mind. Daniel Tammet will leave you questioning the intersection of intelligence and intuition – and maybe even divinity.

How to Debate Climate Skeptics: the energy and clarity from this DIY’er is well worth the watch – plus you’ll be well armed to argue with insanity.

Chance Favors the Connected Mind: this is the third and last one of the RSA Animate style videos on my list. It covers Steven Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From, which debunks the myth of the Eureka moment. Any video that describes ideas having sex with each other is at least worth a peep.

If Star Wars was Made by Environmentalists: Derrick Jensen is outspoken against what he sees as futile strategies by environmentalists to save the world. This video makes his point in the most entertaining way possible.

The Red Paperclip: some lighter fare here. One of the first powerful symbols of how amazing social media could be. And a great damn story.

Touche to the Sports Cliche: if you’re into tear jerking sports moments, you’ll enjoy all three of the videos I listed in this post. Here is my favorite – the hand of God dropping threes. What’s your explanation for Jason’s heroics?

Starting a Movement 101: the leader gets all the glory, but the first follower is the key. Who else could transform a lone nut into a leader?

Be Remarkable: an inspirational send-off to get you on your way. Your thoughts have been provoked enough. Now go on… do something! Wait! Before you go, leave a comment about which videos you got the most out of from this list.