Michael Metcalfe: We need money for aid. So let’s print it.

TED@State Street

Michael Metcalfe: We need money for aid. So let’s print it.


During the financial crisis, the central banks of the United States, United Kingdom and Japan created $3.7 trillion in order to buy assets and encourage investors to do the same. Michael Metcalfe offers a shocking idea: could these same central banks print money to ensure they stay on track with their goals for global aid? Without risking inflation?

Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

TEDWomen 2013

Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints


Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.

Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability

TED@State Street

Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability


Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world's most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it's large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn't enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company's environmental, social and governance structures, too.

Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

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Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore


Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

Yann Dall'Aglio: Love -- you're doing it wrong

TEDxParis 2012

Yann Dall'Aglio: Love -- you're doing it wrong


In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)

David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?

TEDxHousesOfParliament

David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?


In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

TEDYouth 2013

Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

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Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence

TEDxBeaconStreet

Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence


Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention

TED Fellows Retreat 2013

Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention


In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception -- and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.

Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders

TEDGlobal 2013

Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders


As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity.

Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...

TED@BCG San Francisco

Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...


We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth.

Esta Soler: How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped)

TEDWomen 2013

Esta Soler: How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped)


When Esta Soler lobbied for a bill outlawing domestic violence in 1984, one politician called it the "Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act." "If only I had Twitter then," she mused. This sweeping, optimistic talk charts 30 years of tactics and technologies -- from the Polaroid camera to social media -- that led to a 64% drop in domestic violence in the U.S.

Nicolas Perony: Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

TEDxZurich 2013

Nicolas Perony: Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory


Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.

McKenna Pope: Want to be an activist? Start with your toys

TEDYouth 2013

McKenna Pope: Want to be an activist? Start with your toys


McKenna Pope's younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using an Easy-Bake Oven -- because it was a toy for girls. So at age 13, Pope started an online petition for the American toy company Hasbro to change the pink-and-purple color scheme on the classic toy and incorporate boys into its TV marketing. In a heartening talk, Pope makes the case for gender-neutral toys and gives a rousing call to action to all kids who feel powerless.

Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime

TED@BCG San Francisco

Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime


When she became the attorney general of New Jersey in 2007, Anne Milgram quickly discovered a few startling facts: not only did her team not really know who they were putting in jail, but they had no way of understanding if their decisions were actually making the public safer. And so began her ongoing, inspirational quest to bring data analytics and statistical analysis to the US criminal justice system.

Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

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Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter


2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.

Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright

TED@State Street

Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright


Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

TED@BCG San Francisco

Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify


Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)

Paula Johnson: His and hers … healthcare

TEDWomen 2013

Paula Johnson: His and hers … healthcare


Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight -- and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.

Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

TEDGlobal 2013

Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality


“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?

Guy Hoffman: Robots with "soul"

TEDxJaffa 2013

Guy Hoffman: Robots with "soul"


What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots -- including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art

TEDxMet

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art


Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in ... now what?

TEDWomen 2013

Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in ... now what?


Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 -- because she was going to talk, for the first time, about the lonely experience of being a woman in the top tiers of business. Millions of views (and a best-selling book) later, the Facebook COO talks with the woman who pushed her to give that first talk, Pat Mitchell. Sandberg opens up about the reaction to her idea, and explores the ways that women still struggle with success.

Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that's safer and way cheaper

TEDGlobal 2013

Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that's safer and way cheaper


One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine that can be applied painlessly to the skin. He shows how this tiny piece of silicon can overcome four major shortcomings of the modern needle and syringe, at a fraction of the cost.

Harish Manwani: Profit’s not always the point

TED@BCG Singapore

Harish Manwani: Profit’s not always the point


You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.

Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. Literally

TED@BCG San Francisco

Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. Literally


The music industry has sometimes struggled to find its feet in the digital world. In this lovely talk, TED Fellow Ryan Holladay tells us why he is experimenting with what he describes as "location-aware music." This programming and musical feat involves hundreds of geotagged segments of sounds that only play when a listener is physically nearby. (Filmed at TED@BCG.)

Frederic Kaplan: How to build an information time machine

TEDxCaFoscariU

Frederic Kaplan: How to build an information time machine


Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years. (Filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU.)

Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research

TED@State Street

Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research


Believe it or not, about 20 years' worth of potentially life-saving drugs are sitting in labs right now, untested. Why? Because they can't get the funding to go to trials; the financial risk is too high. Roger Stein is a finance guy, and he thinks deeply about mitigating risk. He and some colleagues at MIT came up with a promising new financial model that could move hundreds of drugs into the testing pipeline. (Filmed at TED@StateStreet.)

Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn't usually work

TEDGlobal 2013

Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn't usually work


In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.