Kandice Sumner: How America's public schools keep kids in poverty

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Kandice Sumner: How America's public schools keep kids in poverty

November 14, 2015


Why should a good education be exclusive to rich kids? Schools in low-income neighborhoods across the US, specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools -- things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields -- and this has a real impact on the potential of students. Kandice Sumner sees the disparity every day in her classroom in Boston. In this inspiring talk, she asks us to face facts -- and change them.

Victor Rios: Help for kids the education system ignores

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Victor Rios: Help for kids the education system ignores

November 2, 2015


Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack -- especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see "at-risk" students as "at-promise" individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.

Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue

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Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue

June 29, 2016


The smartphone you use reflects more than just personal taste ... it could determine how closely you can be tracked, too. Privacy expert and TED Fellow Christopher Soghoian details a glaring difference between the encryption used on Apple and Android devices and urges us to pay attention to a growing digital security divide. "If the only people who can protect themselves from the gaze of the government are the rich and powerful, that's a problem," he says. "It's not just a cybersecurity problem -- it's a civil rights problem."

Kelli Jean Drinkwater: Enough with the fear of fat

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Kelli Jean Drinkwater: Enough with the fear of fat

May 24, 2016


In a society obsessed with body image and marked by a fear of fat, Kelli Jean Drinkwater engages in radical body politics through art. She confronts the public's perception of bigger bodies by bringing them into spaces that were once off limits -- from fashion runways to the Sydney Festival -- and entices all of us to look again and rethink our biases. "Unapologetic fat bodies can blow people's minds," she says.

Silk Road Ensemble + Rhiannon Giddens: "St. James Infirmary Blues"

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Silk Road Ensemble + Rhiannon Giddens: "St. James Infirmary Blues"

February 16, 2016


Singer Rhiannon Giddens joins international music collective Silk Road Ensemble to perform "St. James Infirmary Blues," spiking the American folk song that Louis Armstrong popularized in the 1920s with Romani influence and mischievous energy.

Tasos Frantzolas: Everything you hear on film is a lie

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Tasos Frantzolas: Everything you hear on film is a lie

February 6, 2016


Sound design is built on deception -- when you watch a movie or TV show, nearly all of the sounds you hear are fake. In this audio-rich talk, Tasos Frantzolas explores the role of sound in storytelling and demonstrates just how easily our brains are fooled by what we hear.

Wanis Kabbaj: What a driverless world could look like

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Wanis Kabbaj: What a driverless world could look like

September 15, 2016


What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Transportation geek Wanis Kabbaj thinks we can find inspiration in the genius of our biology to design the transit systems of the future. In this forward-thinking talk, preview exciting concepts like modular, detachable buses, flying taxis and networks of suspended magnetic pods that could help make the dream of a dynamic, driverless world into a reality.

Philippa Neave: The unexpected challenges of a country's first election

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Philippa Neave: The unexpected challenges of a country's first election

September 7, 2016


How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It's a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world -- and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can't describe something, you probably can't understand it. In this eye-opening talk, election expert Philippa Neave shares her experiences from the front lines of democracy -- and her solution to this unique language gap.

Manwar Ali: Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist

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Manwar Ali: Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist

April 15, 2016


"For a long time, I lived for death," says Manwar Ali, a former radical jihadist who participated in violent, armed campaigns in the Middle East and Asia in the 1980s. In this moving talk, he reflects on his experience with radicalization and makes a powerful, direct appeal to anyone drawn to Islamist groups that claim violence and brutality are noble and virtuous: let go of anger and hatred, he says, and instead cultivate your heart to see goodness, beauty and truth in others.

Zeynep Tufekci: We can't control what our intelligent machines are learning

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Zeynep Tufekci: We can't control what our intelligent machines are learning

June 29, 2016


Machine intelligence is here, and we're already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don't fit human error patterns -- and in ways we won't expect or be prepared for. "We cannot outsource our responsibilities to machines," she says. "We must hold on ever tighter to human values and human ethics."

Todd Coleman: A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

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Todd Coleman: A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

November 18, 2015


What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive.

Rachel Botsman: We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers

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Rachel Botsman: We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers

June 29, 2016


Something profound is changing our concept of trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly rely on others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive and accountable society -- if we get it right. Who do you trust?

Melissa Walker: Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds

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Melissa Walker: Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds

November 18, 2015


Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts them -- and, finally, start to let it go.

Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox: Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles

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Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox: Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles

November 7, 2015


Tango, waltz, foxtrot ... these classic ballroom dances quietly perpetuate an outdated idea: that the man always leads and the woman always follows. That's an idea worth changing, say Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox, as they demonstrate their "Liquid Lead" dance technique along with fellow dancer Alida Esmail. Watch as Copp and Fox captivate and command the stage while boldly deconstructing and transforming the art of ballroom dance.

Jim Hemerling: 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change

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Jim Hemerling: 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change

May 18, 2016


Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

Alyssa Monks: How loss helped one artist find beauty in imperfection

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Alyssa Monks: How loss helped one artist find beauty in imperfection

November 13, 2015


Painter Alyssa Monks finds beauty and inspiration in the unknown, the unpredictable and even the awful. In a poetic, intimate talk, she describes the interaction of life, paint and canvas through her development as an artist, and as a human.

Adam de la Zerda: How we can start winning the war against cancer

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Adam de la Zerda: How we can start winning the war against cancer

April 24, 2016


Learn about the latest advances in the war against cancer from Stanford researcher Adam de la Zerda, who's working on some cutting-edge techniques of his own. Using a remarkable imaging technology that illuminates cancer-seeking gold particles injected into the body, de la Zerda's lab hopes to light the way for surgeons to remove even the tiniest trace of deadly tumors.

Pico Iyer: The beauty of what we'll never know

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Pico Iyer: The beauty of what we'll never know

June 30, 2016


Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan -- or, indeed, about anything -- than he thought he knew three decades ago. In this lyrical meditation on wisdom, Iyer expands on this curious insight about knowledge gained with age: that the more we know, the more we see how little we know.

Ione Wells: How we talk about sexual assault online

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Ione Wells: How we talk about sexual assault online

June 30, 2016


We need a more considered approach to using social media for social justice, says writer and activist Ione Wells. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes how sharing her personal story gave hope to others and delivers a powerful message against the culture of online shaming.

Sayu Bhojwani: How immigrant voices make democracy stronger

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Sayu Bhojwani: How immigrant voices make democracy stronger

September 7, 2016


In politics, representation matters -- and that's why we should elect leaders who reflect their country's diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. "We have fought to be here," she says, calling immigrant voices to action. "It's our country, too."

John McWhorter: 4 reasons to learn a new language

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John McWhorter: 4 reasons to learn a new language

February 16, 2016


English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

Isaac Lidsky: What reality are you creating for yourself?

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Isaac Lidsky: What reality are you creating for yourself?

June 26, 2016


Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.

Ellen Jorgensen: What you need to know about CRISPR

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Ellen Jorgensen: What you need to know about CRISPR

June 27, 2016


Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology CRISPR has made extraordinary questions like these legitimate -- but how does it work? Scientist and community lab advocate Ellen Jorgensen is on a mission to explain the myths and realities of CRISPR, hype-free, to the non-scientists among us.

Sam Harris: Can we build AI without losing control over it?

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Sam Harris: Can we build AI without losing control over it?

June 26, 2016


Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris -- and not just in some theoretical, existential crisis kind of way. We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.

Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)

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Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)

April 15, 2016


What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is -- a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map the same way again.

Helen Fisher: Technology hasn't changed love. Here's why

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Helen Fisher: Technology hasn't changed love. Here's why

June 27, 2016


In our tech-driven, interconnected world, we've developed new ways and rules to court each other, but the fundamental principles of love have stayed the same, says anthropologist Helen Fisher. In this energetic tell-all from the front lines of love, learn how our faster connections are actually leading to slower, more intimate relationships. Watch to the end for a lively discussion with love expert Esther Perel.

Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves

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Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves

June 1, 2016


Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.

J.D. Vance: The struggles of America's forgotten working class

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J.D. Vance: The struggles of America's forgotten working class

September 7, 2016


J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country's working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America's forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?

Eric Liu: Let's make voting fun again

TEDNYC

Eric Liu: Let's make voting fun again

September 7, 2016


Many people like to talk about how important voting is, how it's your civic duty and responsibility as an adult. Eric Liu agrees with all that, but he also thinks it's time to bring joy back to the ballot box. The former political speechwriter details how he and his team are fostering the culture around voting in the 2016 US presidential election -- and closes with a powerful analysis of why anyone eligible should show up on Election Day.

Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison

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Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison

November 2, 2015


Our kids are our future, and it's crucial they believe it themselves. That's why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in New York -- because she believes in every child's brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves and their families.