Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better

Fort Worth City Council

Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better

October 12, 2010


In a courageous, intensely emotional talk at the city council in Fort Worth, Texas, councilman Joel Burns reaches out to the targets of teen bullying -- kids who are gay, perceived as gay, or just different -- with a vital message about their lives, and the harassment they face.

Ze Frank: My web playroom

TEDGlobal 2010

Ze Frank: My web playroom

July 9, 2010


On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share.

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

Business Innovation Factory

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

October 9, 2009


Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

Peter Haas: Haiti's disaster of engineering

TED Senior Fellows at TEDGlobal 2010

Peter Haas: Haiti's disaster of engineering

July 13, 2010


"Haiti was not a natural disaster," says TED Fellow Peter Haas: "It was a disaster of engineering." As the country rebuilds after January's deadly quake, are bad old building practices creating another ticking time bomb? Haas's group, AIDG, is helping Haiti's builders learn modern building and engineering practices, to assemble a strong country brick by brick.

Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

TEDxChange

Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

September 20, 2010


In her talk, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- a Coke. Why shouldn't this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too? (Filmed at TEDxChange.)

Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence

TEDGlobal 2010

Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence

July 15, 2010


Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.

Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived

TED2010

Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived

February 12, 2010


Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift.

Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade?

TEDxChange

Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade?

September 20, 2010


Hans Rosling reframes 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing -- mostly unreported -- piece of front-page-worthy good news: We're winning the war against child mortality. Along the way, he debunks one flawed approach to stats that blots out such vital stories. (Filmed at TEDxChange.)

Barbara Block: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean

Mission Blue Voyage

Barbara Block: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean

April 16, 2010


Tuna are ocean athletes -- fast, far-ranging predators whose habits we're just beginning to understand. Marine biologist Barbara Block fits tuna with tracking tags (complete with transponders) that record unprecedented amounts of data about these gorgeous, threatened fish and the ocean habitats they move through.

Tim Jackson: An economic reality check

TEDGlobal 2010

Tim Jackson: An economic reality check

July 15, 2010


As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

TEDGlobal 2010

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

July 9, 2010


Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.

Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

TEDxChange

Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

September 20, 2010


Thailand's "Mr. Condom," Mechai Viravaidya, walks us through the country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny -- and very effective -- talk about condoms. (Filmed at TEDxChange.)

Inge Missmahl: Bringing peace to the minds of Afghanistan

TEDGlobal 2010

Inge Missmahl: Bringing peace to the minds of Afghanistan

July 15, 2010


When Jungian analyst Inge Missmahl visited Afghanistan, she saw the inner wounds of war -- widespread despair, trauma and depression. And yet, in this county of 30 million people, there were only two dozen psychiatrists. Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial counseling, promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.

Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

TEDGlobal 2010

Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

July 16, 2010


Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our "connectome," and it's as individual as our genome -- and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds.

Gary Wolf: The quantified self

TED@Cannes

Gary Wolf: The quantified self

June 15, 2010


At TED@Cannes, Gary Wolf gives a 5-min intro to an intriguing new pastime: using mobile apps and always-on gadgets to track and analyze your body, mood, diet, spending -- just about everything in daily life you can measure -- in gloriously geeky detail.

Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

TEDGlobal 2010

Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

July 9, 2010


Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health -- even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound.

Fabian Hemmert: The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone

TEDxBerlin

Fabian Hemmert: The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone

February 2, 2010


Fabian Hemmert demos one future of the mobile phone -- a shape-shifting and weight-shifting handset that "displays" information nonvisually, offering a delightfully intuitive way to communicate. (Filmed at TEDxBerlin.)

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

TEDGlobal 2010

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

July 15, 2010


For the last eight years, pop singer Annie Lennox has devoted the majority of her time to her SING campaign, raising awareness and money to combat HIV/AIDS. She shares the experiences that have inspired her, from working with Nelson Mandela to meeting a little African girl in a desperate situation.

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV

TEDGlobal 2010

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV

July 15, 2010


In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell Besser enlisted the help of his patients to create mothers2mothers -- an extraordinary network of HIV-positive women whose support for each other is changing and saving lives.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

TEDGlobal 2010

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

July 15, 2010


People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn

TEDGlobal 2010

Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn

July 9, 2010


Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners

TEDGlobal 2010

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners

July 9, 2010


Caroline Phillips cranks out tunes on a seldom-heard folk instrument: the hurdy-gurdy, a.k.a. the wheel fiddle. A searching, Basque melody follows her fun lesson on its unique anatomy and 1,000-year history.

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

TED@Cannes

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

June 21, 2010


After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).

Jessa Gamble: Our natural sleep cycle

TEDGlobal 2010

Jessa Gamble: Our natural sleep cycle

July 15, 2010


In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

TEDGlobal 2010

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

July 15, 2010


TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

Mission Blue Voyage

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

April 15, 2010


Rob Dunbar hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate -- and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification.

Seth Godin: This is broken

Gel Conference

Seth Godin: This is broken

September 8, 2006


Why are so many things broken? In a hilarious talk from the 2006 Gel conference, Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

TEDxYYC

Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

February 26, 2010


Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts -- asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? In his talk, he offers a bold look forward. (Filmed at TEDxYYC.)

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

Business Innovation Factory

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

October 10, 2009


After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a "freelance diplomat," running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that welcomes innovation.

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

TEDIndia 2009

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

November 6, 2009


Alwar Balasubramaniam's sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal -- or conceal -- what's really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations.