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.

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.