Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

TEDxSydney

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

May 28, 2010


Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power

TEDWomen 2010

Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power

December 8, 2010


Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" -- meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded."

Christopher McDougall: Are we born to run?

TEDxPennQuarter

Christopher McDougall: Are we born to run?

July 11, 2010


Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive -- and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live.

Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender

TEDWomen 2010

Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender

December 8, 2010


Media and advertising companies still use the same old demographics to understand audiences, but they're becoming increasingly harder to track online, says media researcher Johanna Blakley. As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media.

Dale Dougherty: We are makers

TED@MotorCity

Dale Dougherty: We are makers

January 9, 2011


America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.

Kate Orff: Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters!

TEDWomen 2010

Kate Orff: Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters!

December 8, 2010


Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

Bruce Feiler: The council of dads

TEDMED 2010

Bruce Feiler: The council of dads

October 10, 2010


Diagnosed with cancer, Bruce Feiler worried first about his young family. So -- as he shares in this funny, rambling and ultimately thoughtful talk -- he asked his closest friends to become a "council of dads," bringing their own lifetimes of wisdom to advise his twin daughters as they grow.

Liza Donnelly: Drawing on humor for change

TEDWomen 2010

Liza Donnelly: Drawing on humor for change

December 7, 2010


New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life -- and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data

TEDMED 2010

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data

October 10, 2010


Your medical chart: it's hard to access, impossible to read -- and full of information that could make you healthier if you just knew how to use it. At TEDMED, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insight from it.

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

TEDSalon London 2010

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

October 10, 2010


Speaking at a TED Salon in London, Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of "When China Rules the World," he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

Heather Knight: Silicon-based comedy

TEDWomen 2010

Heather Knight: Silicon-based comedy

December 8, 2010


In this first-of-its-kind demo, Heather Knight introduces Data, a robotic stand-up comedian that does much more than rattle off one-liners -- it gathers audience feedback (using software co-developed with Scott Satkin and Varun Ramakrishna at CMU) and tunes its act as the crowd responds. Is this thing on?

Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing the medical data explosion

TEDxGöteborg 2010

Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing the medical data explosion

November 20, 2010


Today medical scans produce thousands of images and terabytes of data for a single patient in mere seconds, but how do doctors parse this information and determine what's useful? In this talk, scientific visualization expert Anders Ynnerman shows us sophisticated new tools -- like virtual autopsies -- for analyzing this myriad data, and a glimpse at some sci-fi-sounding medical technologies in development. This talk contains some graphic medical imagery. (Filmed at TEDxGöteborg.)

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.