Ananda Shankar Jayant: Fighting cancer with dance

TEDIndia 2009

Ananda Shankar Jayant: Fighting cancer with dance

November 12, 2009


Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it.

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

TEDxEdmonton

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

March 13, 2010


Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.

Peter Tyack: The intriguing sound of marine mammals

Mission Blue Voyage

Peter Tyack: The intriguing sound of marine mammals

April 15, 2010


Peter Tyack of Woods Hole talks about a hidden wonder of the sea: underwater sound. Onstage at Mission Blue, he explains the amazing ways whales use sound and song to communicate across hundreds of miles of ocean.

Margaret Gould Stewart: How YouTube thinks about copyright

TED2010

Margaret Gould Stewart: How YouTube thinks about copyright

February 10, 2010


Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube's head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins.

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

TED2010

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

February 10, 2010


Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

TED2010

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

February 12, 2010


As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

Stewart Brand + Mark Z. Jacobson: Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy?

TED2010

Stewart Brand + Mark Z. Jacobson: Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy?

February 12, 2010


Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

TEDSalon London 2010

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

April 19, 2010


It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.

John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers

TED2010

John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers

February 10, 2010


In his home of Namibia, John Kasaona is working on an innovative way to protect endangered animal species: giving nearby villagers (including former poachers) responsibility for caring for the animals. And it's working.

Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate

TED2010

Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate

February 11, 2010


Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video

TEDxUSC

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video

April 13, 2010


The band OK Go dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became the YouTube sensation "This Too Shall Pass." (Filmed at TEDxUSC.)

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

TEDSalon London 2010

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

April 19, 2010


In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online

TED2010

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online

February 12, 2010


The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

Mission Blue Voyage

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

April 16, 2010


Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.

John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI

TED2010

John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI

February 11, 2010


Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

TEDxNYED

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

April 10, 2010


Former "young Republican" Larry Lessig talks about what Democrats can learn about copyright from their opposite party, considered more conservative. A surprising lens on remix culture.

Sophie Hunger: Songs of secrets and city lights

TEDGlobal 2009

Sophie Hunger: Songs of secrets and city lights

July 23, 2009


This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983."

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy

TED2010

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy

February 5, 2010


Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers

TED2010

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers

February 10, 2010


Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

TEDxUSC

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

April 13, 2010


Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. In her talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

TED2010

Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

February 6, 2010


In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"

TED in the Field

Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"

May 21, 2010


Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they've created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.

Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil

TED2010

Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil

April 10, 2010


As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what?

Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins

Mission Blue Voyage

Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins

April 10, 2010


Think of penguins as ocean sentinels, says Dee Boersma -- they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us.

Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian

TED2010

Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian

February 10, 2010


We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals -- but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg.

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

TED2010

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

February 10, 2010


William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

Viktor Frankl: Why believe in others

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Viktor Frankl: Why believe in others

May 14, 1972


In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning -- and the most important gift we can give others.

Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk"

TED2010

Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk"

February 12, 2010


Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questions.

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

TEDxNYED

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

March 6, 2010


Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. In his talk, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. (Filmed at TEDxNYED.)

Enric Sala: Glimpses of a pristine ocean

Mission Blue Voyage

Enric Sala: Glimpses of a pristine ocean

April 10, 2010


Enric Sala shares glorious images -- and surprising insights and data -- from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of our oceans to this healthy, balanced state, and the powerful ecological and economic benefits of doing so.