Jaap de Roode: How butterflies self-medicate

TEDYouth 2014

Jaap de Roode: How butterflies self-medicate

November 15, 2014


Just like us, the monarch butterfly sometimes gets sick thanks to a nasty parasite. But biologist Jaap de Roode noticed something interesting about the butterflies he was studying — infected female butterflies would choose to lay their eggs on a specific kind of plant that helped their offspring avoid getting sick. How do they know to choose this plant? Think of it as “the other butterfly effect” — which could teach us to find new medicines for the treatment of human disease.

Brian Dettmer: Old books reborn as art

TEDYouth 2014

Brian Dettmer: Old books reborn as art

November 4, 2014


What do you do with an outdated encyclopedia in the information age? With X-Acto knives and an eye for a good remix, artist Brian Dettmer makes beautiful, unexpected sculptures that breathe new life into old books.

Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

TEDGlobal 2013

Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

June 10, 2013


Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated -- until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Wujec’s surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.

Ben Ambridge: 10 myths about psychology, debunked

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Ben Ambridge: 10 myths about psychology, debunked

November 5, 2014


How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.

Bruce Aylward: Humanity vs. Ebola. How we could win a terrifying war

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Bruce Aylward: Humanity vs. Ebola. How we could win a terrifying war

December 11, 2014


“Ebola threatens everything that makes us human,” says Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization. And when the Ebola epidemic exploded in 2014, it caused a worldwide panic. But humanity can beat Ebola -- and Aylward shows four strategies that show how we are succeeding. The fight against Ebola is not yet won, he says, but it can be.

Zeynep Tufekci: Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win

TEDGlobal 2014

Zeynep Tufekci: Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win

October 13, 2014


Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn't last. Why? She compares modern movements -- Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong -- to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.

Khadija Gbla: My mother’s strange definition of empowerment

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Khadija Gbla: My mother’s strange definition of empowerment

October 11, 2014


Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out. (Warning: This talk contains hard-to-hear details.)

Severine Autesserre: To solve mass violence, look to locals

TEDGlobal 2014

Severine Autesserre: To solve mass violence, look to locals

October 16, 2014


Severine Autesserre studies the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is in the middle of the deadliest conflict since World War II; it's been called "the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world.” The conflict seems hopelessly, unsolvably large. But her insight from decades of listening and engaging: The conflicts are often locally based. And instead of focusing on solutions that scale to a national level, leaders and aid groups might be better served solving local crises before they ignite.

Joe Madiath: Better toilets, better life

TEDGlobal 2014

Joe Madiath: Better toilets, better life

October 21, 2014


In rural India, the lack of toilets creates a big, stinking problem. It leads to poor quality water, one of the leading causes of disease in India, and has a disproportionately negative effect on women. Joe Madiath introduces a program to help villagers help themselves, by building clean, protected water and sanitation systems and requiring everyone in the village to collaborate -- with significant benefits that ripple across health, education and even government.

Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it

TEDGlobal 2014

Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it

October 15, 2014


You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to "the limit of your imagination."

Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are

TED@State Street London

Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are

November 20, 2014


Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.

Sarah Bergbreiter: Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice

TEDYouth 2014

Sarah Bergbreiter: Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice

November 15, 2014


By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the future.

Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life

TEDGlobal 2014

Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life

October 6, 2014


Bassam Tariq is a blogger, a filmmaker, and a halal butcher -- but one thread unites his work: His joy in the diversity, the humanness of our individual experiences. In this charming talk, he shares clips from his film "These Birds Walk" and images from his tour of 30 mosques in 30 days -- and reminds us to consider the beautiful complexity within us all.

Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide

TEDGlobal 2014

Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide

October 17, 2014


What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.

Navi Radjou: Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

TEDGlobal 2014

Navi Radjou: Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

October 9, 2014


Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.

Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests

TEDGlobal 2014

Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests

October 16, 2014


"Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He has five ideas about what we should do next. And he asks if the lessons learned in Brazil could be applied to an even bigger problem: global climate change.

Robert Swan: Let's save the last pristine continent

TEDGlobal 2014

Robert Swan: Let's save the last pristine continent

October 10, 2014


2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet. That year will mark the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antarctica, the Earth’s last pristine continent, free of exploitation. Explorer Robert Swan — the first person to walk both the North and South Poles — is on a mission to ensure that we extend that treaty. With passion and vigor, he pleads with us to choose the preservation of the Antarctic for our own survival.

Fredy Peccerelli: A forensic anthropologist who brings closure for the "disappeared"

TEDYouth 2014

Fredy Peccerelli: A forensic anthropologist who brings closure for the "disappeared"

November 15, 2014


In Guatemala’s 36-year conflict, 200,000 civilians were killed — and more than 40,000 were never identified. At the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala, Fredy Peccerelli and his team use DNA, archeology and storytelling to help families find the bodies of their loved ones. It’s a sobering task, but it can bring peace of mind — and sometimes, justice. (Contains medical imagery.)

Cristina Domenech: Poetry that frees the soul

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Cristina Domenech: Poetry that frees the soul

October 1, 2014


“It’s said that to be a poet, you have to go to hell and back.” Cristina Domenech teaches writing at an Argentinian prison, and she tells the moving story of helping incarcerated people express themselves, understand themselves — and glory in the freedom of language. Watch for a powerful reading from one of her students, an inmate, in front of an audience of 10,000. In Spanish with subtitles.

Daniele Quercia: Happy maps

TED@BCG Berlin

Daniele Quercia: Happy maps

November 10, 2014


Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.

Aziz Abu Sarah: For more tolerance, we need more ... tourism?

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Aziz Abu Sarah: For more tolerance, we need more ... tourism?

March 19, 2014


Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian activist with an unusual approach to peace-keeping: Be a tourist. The TED Fellow shows how simple interactions with people in different cultures can erode decades of hate. He starts with Palestinians visiting Israelis and moves beyond ...

Asha de Vos: Why you should care about whale poo

TEDGlobal 2014

Asha de Vos: Why you should care about whale poo

October 6, 2014


Whales have a surprising and important job, says marine biologist Asha de Vos: these massive creatures are ecosystem engineers, keeping the oceans healthy and stable by ... well, by pooping, for a start. Learn from de Vos, a TED Fellow, about the undervalued work that whales do to help maintain the stability and health of our seas -- and our planet.

Michael Rubinstein: See invisible motion, hear silent sounds

TEDxBeaconStreet

Michael Rubinstein: See invisible motion, hear silent sounds

November 13, 2014


Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him re-create a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe.

Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

TEDYouth 2014

Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

November 15, 2014


In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart?

TEDGlobal 2014

Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart?

October 6, 2014


In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

TEDxNorrkoping

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

November 11, 2014


Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

TEDxBrussels

Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

December 1, 2014


What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.

Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting

TEDGlobal 2014

Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting

October 6, 2014


In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.

Hannah Fry: The mathematics of love

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Hannah Fry: The mathematics of love

April 4, 2014


Finding the right mate is no cakewalk -- but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.

Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

TEDGlobal 2014

Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

October 15, 2014


Nearly 1000 "honor" killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed "shameful," such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi lost a close friend to the practice, she resolved to campaign against it. Yet she met resistance from an unlikely source: the very community she hoped to protect. In this powerful, honest talk, Brohi shares how she took a hard look at her own process, and offers sharp insights for other passionate activists.