Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system

TEDxNextGenerationAsheville

Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system

August 28, 2010


11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production. (Filmed at TEDxNextGenerationAshevillen.)

Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff

TEDxHouston

Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff

October 12, 2010


In this funny and insightful talk, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive. (Filmed at TEDxHouston.)

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

TEDxMidwest

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

October 18, 2010


Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)

Zainab Salbi: Women, wartime and the dream of peace

TEDGlobal 2010

Zainab Salbi: Women, wartime and the dream of peace

July 16, 2010


In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.

Kim Gorgens: Protecting the brain against concussion

TEDxDU 2010

Kim Gorgens: Protecting the brain against concussion

May 13, 2010


In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)

Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas

Mission Blue Voyage

Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas

April 16, 2010


Kristina Gjerde studies the law of the high seas -- the 64 percent of our ocean that isn't protected by any national law at all. Gorgeous photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policymaking and a healthy dose of PR.

John Hardy: My green school dream

TEDGlobal 2010

John Hardy: My green school dream

July 15, 2010


Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world's largest freestanding bamboo building.

Shimon Schocken: What a bike ride can teach you

TEDxTelAviv 2010

Shimon Schocken: What a bike ride can teach you

April 29, 2010


Computer science professor Shimon Schocken is also an avid mountain biker. To share the life lessons he learned while riding, he began an outdoor program with Israel's juvenile inmates and was touched by both their intense difficulties and profound successes. Photographs by Raphael Rabinovitz.

Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

TED2010

Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

February 10, 2010


TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

TEDGlobal 2010

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

July 9, 2010


From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.

Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity

TEDGlobal 2010

Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity

July 15, 2010


Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points.

Auret van Heerden: Making global labor fair

TEDGlobal 2010

Auret van Heerden: Making global labor fair

July 16, 2010


FLA head Auret van Heerden talks about the next frontier of workers' rights -- globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we keep our global supply chains honest? Van Heerden makes the business case for fair labor.

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war

TEDxDU 2010

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war

September 19, 2010


Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)

Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts

TEDGlobal 2010

Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts

July 15, 2010


Civil wars and ethnic conflicts have brought the world incredible suffering, but Stefan Wolff's figures show that, in the last 20 years, their number has steadily decreased. He extracts critical lessons from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor and more to show that leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are our three most effective weapons in waging peace.

Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

TEDGlobal 2010

Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

July 16, 2010


Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.

Andrew Bird: A one-man orchestra of the imagination

TED2010

Andrew Bird: A one-man orchestra of the imagination

February 10, 2010


Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra.

Gero Miesenboeck: Re-engineering the brain

TEDGlobal 2010

Gero Miesenboeck: Re-engineering the brain

July 16, 2010


In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward -- manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light.

Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

Mission Blue Voyage

Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

April 16, 2010


Aboard Mission Blue, scientist Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific -- protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself.

David Bismark: E-voting without fraud

TEDGlobal 2010

David Bismark: E-voting without fraud

July 14, 2010


David Bismark demos a new system for voting that contains a simple, verifiable way to prevent fraud and miscounting -- while keeping each person's vote secret.

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain

TEDGlobal 2010

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain

July 14, 2010


We're bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours -- and real money -- exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why? As Tom Chatfield shows, games are perfectly tuned to dole out rewards that engage the brain and keep us questing for more.

Miwa Matreyek: Glorious visions in animation and performance

TEDGlobal 2010

Miwa Matreyek: Glorious visions in animation and performance

July 14, 2010


Using animation, projections and her own moving shadow, Miwa Matreyek performs a gorgeous, meditative piece about inner and outer discovery. Take a quiet 10 minutes and dive in. With music from Anna Oxygen, Mirah, Caroline Lufkin and Mileece.

Shimon Steinberg: Natural pest control ... using bugs!

TEDxTelAviv 2010

Shimon Steinberg: Natural pest control ... using bugs!

April 26, 2010


Shimon Steinberg looks at the difference between pests and bugs -- and makes the case for using good bugs to fight bad bugs, avoiding chemicals in our quest for perfect produce. (Filmed at TEDxTelAviv.)

Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart

Mission Blue Voyage

Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart

April 7, 2010


Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage -- "Eat your vegetables!"

Joseph Nye: Global power shifts

TEDGlobal 2010

Joseph Nye: Global power shifts

July 9, 2010


Historian and diplomat Joseph Nye gives us the 30,000-foot view of the shifts in power between China and the US, and the global implications as economic, political and "soft" power shifts and moves around the globe.

R.A. Mashelkar: Breakthrough designs for ultra-low-cost products

TEDIndia 2009

R.A. Mashelkar: Breakthrough designs for ultra-low-cost products

November 2, 2009


Engineer RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone.

David Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby: "(Nothing But) Flowers" with string quartet

TED2010

David Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby: "(Nothing But) Flowers" with string quartet

February 12, 2010


David Byrne sings the Talking Heads' 1988 hit, "(Nothing But) Flowers." He's accompanied by Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel, who made up the TED2010 house band.

Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons

TEDGlobal 2010

Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons

July 15, 2010


In a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people together.

Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution

Mission Blue Voyage

Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution

April 16, 2010


Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre.

Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut

TEDGlobal 2010

Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut

July 16, 2010


Did you know you have functioning neurons in your intestines -- about a hundred million of them? Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising things it makes us feel.

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love

TEDGlobal 2010

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love

July 14, 2010


What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed -- and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.