His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

TED2017

His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone


A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."

Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read

TEDNYC

Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read


When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea that he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into these magical spaces where school librarians can inspire new generations of readers and thinkers.

Carolyn Jones: A tribute to nurses

TEDMED 2016

Carolyn Jones: A tribute to nurses


Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation's biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.

Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll: How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison

TEDxSanQuentin

Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll: How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison


Financial literacy isn't a skill -- it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with our money.

Carina Morillo: To understand autism, don't look away

TEDxRiodelaPlata

Carina Morillo: To understand autism, don't look away


Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed -- only that he didn't speak or respond to words, and that she had to find other ways to connect with him. She shares how she learned to help her son thrive by being curious along with him. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Sangu Delle: There's no shame in taking care of your mental health

TEDLagos Ideas Search

Sangu Delle: There's no shame in taking care of your mental health


When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak -- it makes us human."

Siddhartha Roy: Science in service to the public good

TEDxVirginiaTech

Siddhartha Roy: Science in service to the public good


We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan -- and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.

Stephanie Busari: How fake news does real harm

TEDLagos Ideas Search

Stephanie Busari: How fake news does real harm


On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls -- but in Nigeria, government officials called the crime a hoax, confusing and delaying efforts to rescue the girls. In this powerful talk, journalist Stephanie Busari points to the Chibok tragedy to explain the deadly danger of fake news and what we can do to stop it.

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies

TEDxPerth

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies


Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can't carry you into its depths (yet) -- but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe using special technology that reveals light spectrums we can't see.

David Casarett: A doctor's case for medical marijuana

TEDMED 2016

David Casarett: A doctor's case for medical marijuana


Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic's hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don't -- and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.

Siamak Hariri: How do you build a sacred space?

TEDNYC Design Lab

Siamak Hariri: How do you build a sacred space?


To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination -- from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.

Amy Green: A video game to cope with grief

TEDNYC

Amy Green: A video game to cope with grief


When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. "We made a game that's hard to play," she says, "because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

TEDxEuston

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists


We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world -- of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.

Zubaida Bai: A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world

TED Residency

Zubaida Bai: A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world


TED Fellow Zubaida Bai works with medical professionals, midwives and mothers to bring dignity and low-cost interventions to women's health care. In this quick, inspiring talk, she presents her clean birth kit in a purse, which contains everything a new mother needs for a hygienic birth and a healthy delivery -- no matter where in the world (or how far from a medical clinic) she might be.

Jonathan Marks: Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them

TEDxPSU

Jonathan Marks: Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them


Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good -- or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator

TEDNYC

Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator


If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED -- in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away. Prepare to save the life of a Jedi, Chewbacca (he'll need a quick shave first) or someone else in need with some helpful pointers.

Ari Wallach: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term

TEDxMidAtlantic

Ari Wallach: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term


We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains -- an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term ... like, grandchildren-scale long term? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

Giorgia Lupi: How we can find ourselves in data

TEDNYC

Giorgia Lupi: How we can find ourselves in data


Giorgia Lupi uses data to tell human stories, adding nuance to numbers. In this charming talk, she shares how we can bring personality to data, visualizing even the mundane details of our daily lives and transforming the abstract and uncountable into something that can be seen, felt and directly reconnected to our lives.

David R. Williams: How racism makes us sick

TEDMED 2016

David R. Williams: How racism makes us sick


Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system -- and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.

Sebastián Bortnik: The conversation we're not having about digital child abuse

TEDxRiodelaPlata

Sebastián Bortnik: The conversation we're not having about digital child abuse


We need to talk to kids about the risks they face online, says information security expert Sebastián Bortnik. In this talk, Bortnik discusses the issue of "grooming" -- the sexual predation of children by adults on the internet -- and outlines the conversations we need to start having about technology to keep our kids safe. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Casey Brown: Know your worth, and then ask for it

TEDxColumbusWomen

Casey Brown: Know your worth, and then ask for it


Your boss probably isn't paying you what you're worth -- instead, they're paying you what they think you're worth. Take the time to learn how to shape their thinking. Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares helpful stories and learnings that can help you better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence.

Katie Bouman: What does a black hole look like?

TEDxBeaconStreet

Katie Bouman: What does a black hole look like?


At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close -- even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe. Scientists used to think that making such an image would require a telescope the size of Earth -- until Katie Bouman and a team of astronomers came up with a clever alternative. Learn more about how we can see in the ultimate dark.

Emtithal Mahmoud: A young poet tells the story of Darfur

TEDMED 2016

Emtithal Mahmoud: A young poet tells the story of Darfur


Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud writes poetry of resilience, confronting her experience of escaping the genocide in Darfur in verse. She shares two stirring original poems about refugees, family, joy and sorrow, asking, "Will you witness me?"

Moshe Szyf: How early life experience is written into DNA

TEDxBratislava

Moshe Szyf: How early life experience is written into DNA


Moshe Szyf is a pioneer in the field of epigenetics, the study of how living things reprogram their genome in response to social factors like stress and lack of food. His research suggests that biochemical signals passed from mothers to offspring tell the child what kind of world they're going to live in, changing the expression of genes. "DNA isn't just a sequence of letters; it's not just a script." Szyf says. "DNA is a dynamic movie in which our experiences are being written."

Katie Hinde: What we don't know about mother's milk

TEDWomen 2016

Katie Hinde: What we don't know about mother's milk


Breast milk grows babies' bodies, fuels neurodevelopment, provides essential immunofactors and safeguards against famine and disease -- why, then, does science know more about tomatoes than mother's milk? Katie Hinde shares insights into this complex, life-giving substance and discusses the major gaps scientific research still needs to fill so we can better understand it.

Ashton Cofer: A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam

TED-Ed Weekend

Ashton Cofer: A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam


From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam -- none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful. Check out their original design, which won the Scientific American Innovator Award from Google Science Fair.

Mona Chalabi: 3 ways to spot a bad statistic

TEDNYC

Mona Chalabi: 3 ways to spot a bad statistic


Polls that predict political candidates' chances to two decimal places are a problem. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether ... instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying.

Sō Percussion: "Music for Wood and Strings"

TED2016

Sō Percussion: "Music for Wood and Strings"


Sō Percussion creates adventurous compositions with new, unconventional instruments. Performing "Music for Wood and Strings" by Bryce Dessner of The National, the quartet plays custom-made dulcimer-like instruments that combine the sound of an electric guitar with the percussionist's toolkit to create a hypnotic effect.

Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks: Political common ground in a polarized United States

TED Dialogues

Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks: Political common ground in a polarized United States


How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today -- and where we can find common ground. Followed by a rousing performance of "America the Beautiful" by Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem.

Simon Anholt: How would the rest of the world vote in your country's election?

TEDxFrankfurt

Simon Anholt: How would the rest of the world vote in your country's election?


To make the world work, we need leaders who consider the needs of every man, woman, child and animal on the planet -- not just their own voters. With the Global Vote, an online platform that lets anybody, anywhere in the world vote in the election of any country on earth, policy advisor Simon Anholt hopes to fill the gap between the few people who elect the world's most powerful leaders ... and the rest of us.