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

TEDxWomen 2012

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


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

TEDxGoodenoughCollege

Boghuma Kabisen Titanji: Ethical riddles in HIV research


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

TEDxHampshireCollege

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist


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

TEDxWomen 2012

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


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

TEDSalon NY2012

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


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

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease


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


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.)

Don Levy: A cinematic journey through visual effects

TED2012

Don Levy: A cinematic journey through visual effects


It's been 110 years since Georges Méliès sent a spaceship slamming into the eye of the man on the moon. So how far have visual effects come since then? Working closely with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Don Levy takes us on a visual journey through special effects, from the fakery of early technology to the seamless marvels of modern filmmaking.

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

TEDSalon NY2012

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff


At the end of 2012, the US political system was headed for the "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that could only be solved with bipartisan agreement. Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data on how bipartisan we truly are -- and hints at the disconnect between representatives and the people they represent.

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

TEDGlobal 2012

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us


Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?

TEDxJaffa 2012

Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?


When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

TED2012

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time


A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk


Brains are ubiquitous in modern marketing: Headlines proclaim cheese sandwiches help with decision-making, while a “neuro” drink claims to reduce stress. There’s just one problem, says neuroscientist Molly Crockett: The benefits of these "neuro-enhancements" are not proven scientifically. In this to-the-point talk, Crockett explains the limits of interpreting neuroscientific data, and why we should all be aware of them.

Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car?

TEDGlobal 2012

Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car?


A decade ago, Robin Chase founded Zipcar in the US, now the largest car-sharing company in the world. Now she's exploring the next level of car-sharing: Buzzcar, a French startup that lets people rent their own cars to others. The details are fascinating (how does insurance work, exactly?), and the larger vision (she calls it Peers, Inc.) points to a new definition of ownership and entrepreneurship.

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?


Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online


By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.

Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle

TEDxWitsUniversity

Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle


A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source -- animal excrement -- home. How? It all comes down to a dance. (Filmed at TEDxWitsUniversity.)

Ellen 't Hoen: Pool medical patents, save lives

TEDxZurich 2011

Ellen 't Hoen: Pool medical patents, save lives


Patenting a new drug helps finance its immense cost to develop -- but that same patent can put advanced treatments out of reach for sick people in developing nations, at deadly cost. Ellen 't Hoen talks about an elegant, working solution to the problem: the Medicines Patent Pool. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

TEDGlobal 2012

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?


Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)

Lemon Andersen: Please don't take my Air Jordans

TEDYouth 2011

Lemon Andersen: Please don't take my Air Jordans


Would you kill for a pair of Air Jordans? Lemon Andersen spins a tale of someone who did, reciting a poem by Reg E. Gaines. These verses taught Lemon that poetry could be about more than self-expression, and could sound like music when given rhythm and infused with the grit of the New York streets around him.

Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison

TED@New York

Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison


Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected -- he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.)

Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing

TEDxGeorgetown

Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing


Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority has appropriated the second meaning, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests it's time to reclaim the word.

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

TEDxKC

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person


Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams

TEDxHelvetia

Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams


It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. (Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.)

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games

TEDxCHUV

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games


How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask. (Filmed at TEDxCHUV.)

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

TEDxEQChCh

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!


When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.

Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair

TEDxBoston 2012

Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair


How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.