Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome

TEDxToronto 2010

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome


Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

Deborah Rhodes: A test that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it's not available to you

TEDWomen 2010

Deborah Rhodes: A test that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it's not available to you


Working with a team of physicists, Dr. Deborah Rhodes developed a new tool for tumor detection that's 3 times as effective as traditional mammograms for women with dense breast tissue. The life-saving implications are stunning. So why haven't we heard of it? Rhodes shares the story behind the tool's creation, and the web of politics and economics that keep it from mainstream use.

Charles Limb: Your brain on improv

TEDxMidAtlantic

Charles Limb: Your brain on improv


Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation -- so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran

TEDxRainier

Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran


Lesley Hazleton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- wasn't what she expected. With serious scholarship and warm humor, Hazleton shares the grace, flexibility and mystery she found, in this myth-debunking talk. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep

TEDWomen 2010

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep


In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.

Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom

TEDSalon NY2011

Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom


In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

TEDxHouston

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability


Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats

TEDWomen 2010

Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats


Beverly + Dereck Joubert live in the bush, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. With stunning footage (some never before seen), they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic animals -- and their quest to save the big cats from human threats.

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

RSA Animate

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

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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.

Hanna Rosin: New data on the rise of women

TEDWomen 2010

Hanna Rosin: New data on the rise of women


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


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


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."

Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants

TEDGlobal 2010

Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants


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


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?


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"


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


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


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


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


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.

Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas

Mission Blue Voyage

Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas


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


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


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.