Van Jones: The economic injustice of plastic

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch

Van Jones: The economic injustice of plastic

November 14, 2010


Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries "first and worst," with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. In this powerful talk, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet. (Filmed at TEDxGPGP.)

Charity Tillemann-Dick: Singing after a double lung transplant

TEDMED 2010

Charity Tillemann-Dick: Singing after a double lung transplant

October 25, 2010


You'll never sing again, said her doctor. But in a story from the very edge of medical possibility, operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick tells a double story of survival -- of her body, from a double lung transplant, and of her spirit, fueled by an unwavering will to sing. A powerful story from TEDMED 2010.

Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk

TEDWomen 2010

Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk

December 8, 2010


Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?

Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

TEDxPSU

Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

October 21, 2010


In her talk, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.

Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch

TEDWomen 2010

Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch

December 8, 2010


There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue -- by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.

Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster -- from scratch

TEDSalon London 2010

Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster -- from scratch

November 11, 2010


It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.

Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now

TEDWomen 2010

Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now

December 8, 2010


Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace

TEDWomen 2010

Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace

December 8, 2010


Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what "peace" really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle -- and sacrifice -- of those who work for it.

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome

TEDxToronto 2010

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome

September 30, 2010


Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

Deborah Rhodes: A test that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it's not available to you

TEDWomen 2010

Deborah Rhodes: A test that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it's not available to you

December 8, 2010


Working with a team of physicists, Dr. Deborah Rhodes developed a new tool for tumor detection that's 3 times as effective as traditional mammograms for women with dense breast tissue. The life-saving implications are stunning. So why haven't we heard of it? Rhodes shares the story behind the tool's creation, and the web of politics and economics that keep it from mainstream use.

Charles Limb: Your brain on improv

TEDxMidAtlantic

Charles Limb: Your brain on improv

November 5, 2010


Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation -- so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran

TEDxRainier

Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran

October 10, 2010


Lesley Hazleton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- wasn't what she expected. With serious scholarship and warm humor, Hazleton shares the grace, flexibility and mystery she found, in this myth-debunking talk. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

TEDWomen 2010

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

December 7, 2010


In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.

Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom

TEDSalon NY2011

Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom

November 18, 2010


In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

TEDxHouston

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

June 6, 2010


Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

TEDxMidwest

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

September 10, 2010


The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. In her talk, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security." (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

TEDWomen 2010

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

December 8, 2010


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats

TEDWomen 2010

Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats

December 8, 2010


Beverly + Dereck Joubert live in the bush, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. With stunning footage (some never before seen), they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic animals -- and their quest to save the big cats from human threats.

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

RSA Animate

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

October 14, 2010


In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consumption

TEDxSydney

Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consumption

May 22, 2010


In her talk, Rachel Botsman says we're "wired to share" -- and shows how websites like Zipcar and Swaptree are changing the rules of human behavior.

Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman: Let's talk parenting taboos

TEDWomen 2010

Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman: Let's talk parenting taboos

December 8, 2010


Babble.com publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit -- and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.

Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes

TEDxMidAtlantic

Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes

November 5, 2010


Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Hanna Rosin: New data on the rise of women

TEDWomen 2010

Hanna Rosin: New data on the rise of women

December 7, 2010


Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the "end of men"? Probably not -- but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussion.

Kiran Bedi: A police chief with a difference

TEDWomen 2010

Kiran Bedi: A police chief with a difference

December 8, 2010


Kiran Bedi has a surprising resume. Before becoming Director General of the Indian Police Service, she managed one of the country's toughest prisons -- and used a new focus on prevention and education to turn it into a center of learning and meditation. She shares her thoughts on visionary leadership at TEDWomen.

Tony Porter: A call to men

TEDWomen 2010

Tony Porter: A call to men

December 7, 2010


At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."

Halla Tomasdottir: A feminine response to Iceland's financial crash

TEDWomen 2010

Halla Tomasdottir: A feminine response to Iceland's financial crash

December 8, 2010


Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm in Iceland by applying 5 traditionally "feminine" values to financial services. At TEDWomen, she talks about these values and the importance of balance.

Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants

TEDGlobal 2010

Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants

July 15, 2010


If you've been in a restaurant kitchen, you've seen how much food, water and energy can be wasted there. Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson shares his very personal vision for drastically reducing restaurant, and supermarket, waste -- creating recycling, composting, sustainable engines for good (and good food).

Bart Weetjens: How I taught rats to sniff out land mines

TEDxRotterdam 2010

Bart Weetjens: How I taught rats to sniff out land mines

June 4, 2010


At TEDxRotterdam, Bart Weetjens talks about his extraordinary project: training rats to sniff out land mines. He shows clips of his "hero rats" in action, and previews his work's next phase: teaching them to turn up tuberculosis in the lab.

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

TEDGlobal 2010

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

July 14, 2010


Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.

William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

TEDxMidwest

William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

October 17, 2010


William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East. (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)