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.)

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.