Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to

TEDSalon London 2010

Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to


We make important decisions every day -- and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise -- to listen not only to "surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff."

Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

TEDWomen 2010

Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat


Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q&A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.

Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh"

TED@MotorCity

Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh"


Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries -- from music to cars -- show how close we are to this meshy future.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion

TEDWomen 2010

Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion


We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

TEDxRainier

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies


Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion

TEDPrize@UN

Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion


The term "compassion" -- typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy -- has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

TEDSalon London 2010

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture


How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed: Mother and daughter doctor-heroes

TEDWomen 2010

Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed: Mother and daughter doctor-heroes


They've been called the "saints of Somalia." Doctor Hawa Abdi and her daughter Deqo Mohamed discuss their medical clinic in Somalia, where -- in the face of civil war and open oppression of women -- they've built a hospital, a school and a community of peace.

Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots

TEDWomen 2010

Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots


As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn -- and play. Watch for amazing demo footage of a new interactive game for kids.

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

TEDxSydney

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work


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


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?


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.