Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

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Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

February 11, 2013


In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.

James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?

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James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?

October 25, 2012


James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)

Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

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Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

July 14, 2012


How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks us through the PISA test, a global measurement that ranks countries against one another -- then uses that same data to help schools improve. Watch to find out where your country stacks up, and learn the single factor that makes some systems outperform others.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

December 1, 2012


Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters -- and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)

Erik Schlangen: A "self-healing" asphalt

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Erik Schlangen: A "self-healing" asphalt

October 5, 2012


Paved roads are nice to look at, but they’re easily damaged and costly to repair. Erik Schlangen demos a new type of porous asphalt made of simple materials with an astonishing feature: When cracked, it can be “healed” by induction heating. (Filmed at TEDxDelft.)

Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

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Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

May 12, 2012


Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime -- and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)

Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day

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Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day

March 2, 2012


There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life -- how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.

Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

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Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

January 24, 2013


Kid President commands you to wake up, listen to the beating of your heart and create something that will make the world awesome. This video from SoulPancake delivers a soul-stirring dose of inspiration that only a 9-year-old can give.

Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine

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Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine

June 26, 2012


Chemist Lee Cronin is working on a 3D printer that, instead of objects, is able to print molecules. An exciting potential long-term application: printing your own medicine using chemical inks.

Fahad Al-Attiya: A country with no water

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Fahad Al-Attiya: A country with no water

April 22, 2012


Imagine a country with abundant power -- oil and gas, sunshine, wind (and money) -- but missing one key essential for life: water. Infrastructure engineer Fahad Al-Attiya talks about the unexpected ways that the small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar creates its water supply.

Zahra' Langhi: Why Libya's revolution didn't work -- and what might

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Zahra' Langhi: Why Libya's revolution didn't work -- and what might

December 1, 2012


In Libya, Zahra' Langhi was part of the "days of rage" movement that helped topple the dictator Gaddafi. But -- then what? In their first elections, Libyans tried an innovative slate of candidates, the "zipper ballot," that ensured equal representation from men and women of both sides. Yet the same gridlocked politics of dominance and exclusion won out. What Libya needs now, Langhi suggests, is collaboration, not competition; compassion, not rage.

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

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iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

December 1, 2012


Artist iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line? (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code

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Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code

November 17, 2012


Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

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Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

November 8, 2012


Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours -- but it's difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time.

Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun

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Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun

November 17, 2012


High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

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Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

November 10, 2012


Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

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Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

July 24, 2010


Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child -- the artist who wanted to play forever. (Filmed at TEDxSeoul.)

Steven Schwaitzberg: A universal translator for surgeons

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Steven Schwaitzberg: A universal translator for surgeons

November 17, 2012


Laparoscopic surgery uses minimally invasive incisions -- which means less pain and shorter recovery times for patients. But Steven Schwaitzberg has run into two problems teaching these techniques to surgeons around the world -- language and distance. He shares how a new technology, which combines video conferencing and a real-time universal translator, could help. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war

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Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war

December 1, 2012


Reporter Janine di Giovanni has been to the worst places on Earth to bring back stories from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of human moments within large conflicts -- and explores that shocking transition when a familiar city street becomes a bombed-out battleground.

Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

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Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

November 17, 2012


When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of "Star Wars," he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

Colin Powell: Kids need structure

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Colin Powell: Kids need structure

October 26, 2012


How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Richard Weller: Could the sun be good for your heart?

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Richard Weller: Could the sun be good for your heart?

March 4, 2012


Our bodies get Vitamin D from the sun, but as dermatologist Richard Weller suggests, sunlight may confer another surprising benefit too. New research by his team shows that nitric oxide, a chemical transmitter stored in huge reserves in the skin, can be released by UV light, to great benefit for blood pressure and the cardiovascular system. What does it mean? Well, it might begin to explain why Scots get sick more than Australians ...

Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.

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Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.

October 27, 2012


Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison

TEDxWomen 2012

Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison

November 30, 2012


At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives. But what about girls whose fathers can't be there -- because they're in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)

Boghuma Kabisen Titanji: Ethical riddles in HIV research

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Boghuma Kabisen Titanji: Ethical riddles in HIV research

May 5, 2012


It’s an all too common story: after participating in an HIV clinical trial, a woman in sub-Saharan Africa is left without the resources to buy a bus ticket to her health clinic, let alone to afford life-saving antiretrovirals. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji asks an important question: how can researchers looking for a cure make sure they’re not taking advantage of those most affected by the pandemic? (Filmed at TEDxGoodenoughCollege.)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist

October 12, 2012


When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, our protagonist grew up to become the successful creator of beloved children’s book characters, and a vocal advocate for arts education. (Filmed at TEDxHampshireCollege.)

Sue Austin: Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair

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Sue Austin: Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair

December 1, 2012


When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom -- yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground

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Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground

December 19, 2012


If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we'd all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way -- some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right -- and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.

Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

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Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

November 7, 2012


In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet? Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitos to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species.

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

November 16, 2012


When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)