Amanda Palmer – The Telegraph’s pick of the 10 best TED talks

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Amanda Palmer, singer and one half of the band, Dresden Dolls, gives an inspirational talk, The art of asking, about how to engage with the audience and making music pay – but without making the fans do so. Palmer tells the audience of her journey from street performer to her Kickstarter campaign to get funding her music by simply saying to fans: please donate what you want. “I don’t see these things as risk. I see them as trust. Now, the online tools to make the exchange as easy and as instinctive as the street, they’re getting there. But the perfect tools aren’t going to help us if we can’t face each other and give and receive fearlessly, but, more important, to ask without shame,” she said during the talk in February 2013.