TED Talks List: http://www.ted.com/talks
Hans Rosling's 2006 TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/92
Hans Rosling's 2007 TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/140
Coming to think of it, I wish all lecturers or Professors engaged us learners with such passion and flavour. I am sure all of us would be more inspired to learn. In short, Hans Rosling has the fire to inspire.
In terms of e-learning and content development, I believe much due to Roger Schank's inspiration and words of wisdom (his books), is that if you want this new generation of learners to be inspired to learn, try using real people, telling real stories in the real language. Forget about locking some audio reader in a studio, reading out a phoney case study (or any content) using dry language with no emotional juice. It simply bores today's young learners, who want the real deal with hands-on activities after (or during) the lecture (or why not a live online session, which could be done from anywhere in the world using web/video/tele- conferencing). Yes, they want to learn about the global super companies little secrets to success (Air-Asia, Shell, Toyota, Infosys, Google, etc.) from their actual founders or leaders. So, surely we should think twice before wasting money, time and talent on content development. In short, perhaps we should use some of these inspiring TED talks (5-25 minutes sessions, which is simply excellent to warm-up the lectures, discussions or tutorials) in our classes, wherever appropriate. Please, remember to download and run the videos on your computer device (and install the necessary plugins, if needed), because you do not want it to buffer for a few minutes (while downloading from the Internet) annoying the learners and stressing you out during your inspiring learning session.
Have fun learning ideas worth spreading :)