Ione Wells: How we talk about sexual assault online

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Ione Wells: How we talk about sexual assault online

June 30, 2016


We need a more considered approach to using social media for social justice, says writer and activist Ione Wells. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes how sharing her personal story gave hope to others and delivers a powerful message against the culture of online shaming.

Sayu Bhojwani: How immigrant voices make democracy stronger

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Sayu Bhojwani: How immigrant voices make democracy stronger

September 7, 2016


In politics, representation matters -- and that's why we should elect leaders who reflect their country's diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. "We have fought to be here," she says, calling immigrant voices to action. "It's our country, too."

John McWhorter: 4 reasons to learn a new language

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John McWhorter: 4 reasons to learn a new language

February 16, 2016


English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

Isaac Lidsky: What reality are you creating for yourself?

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Isaac Lidsky: What reality are you creating for yourself?

June 26, 2016


Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.

Ellen Jorgensen: What you need to know about CRISPR

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Ellen Jorgensen: What you need to know about CRISPR

June 27, 2016


Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology CRISPR has made extraordinary questions like these legitimate -- but how does it work? Scientist and community lab advocate Ellen Jorgensen is on a mission to explain the myths and realities of CRISPR, hype-free, to the non-scientists among us.

Sam Harris: Can we build AI without losing control over it?

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Sam Harris: Can we build AI without losing control over it?

June 26, 2016


Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris -- and not just in some theoretical, existential crisis kind of way. We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.

Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)

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Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)

April 15, 2016


What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is -- a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map the same way again.

Helen Fisher: Technology hasn't changed love. Here's why

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Helen Fisher: Technology hasn't changed love. Here's why

June 27, 2016


In our tech-driven, interconnected world, we've developed new ways and rules to court each other, but the fundamental principles of love have stayed the same, says anthropologist Helen Fisher. In this energetic tell-all from the front lines of love, learn how our faster connections are actually leading to slower, more intimate relationships. Watch to the end for a lively discussion with love expert Esther Perel.

Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves

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Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves

June 1, 2016


Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.

J.D. Vance: The struggles of America's forgotten working class

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J.D. Vance: The struggles of America's forgotten working class

September 7, 2016


J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country's working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America's forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?

Eric Liu: Let's make voting fun again

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Eric Liu: Let's make voting fun again

September 7, 2016


Many people like to talk about how important voting is, how it's your civic duty and responsibility as an adult. Eric Liu agrees with all that, but he also thinks it's time to bring joy back to the ballot box. The former political speechwriter details how he and his team are fostering the culture around voting in the 2016 US presidential election -- and closes with a powerful analysis of why anyone eligible should show up on Election Day.

Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison

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Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison

November 2, 2015


Our kids are our future, and it's crucial they believe it themselves. That's why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in New York -- because she believes in every child's brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves and their families.

David Burkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid

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David Burkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid

January 23, 2016


How much do you get paid? How does it compare to the people you work with? You should know, and so should they, says management researcher David Burkus. In this talk, Burkus questions our cultural assumptions around keeping salaries secret and makes a compelling case for why sharing them could benefit employees, organizations and society.

Abigail Marsh: Why some people are more altruistic than others

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Abigail Marsh: Why some people are more altruistic than others

June 26, 2016


Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts, like donating a kidney to a complete stranger. Are their brains just different?

Michael Shellenberger: How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment

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Michael Shellenberger: How fear of nuclear power is hurting the environment

June 28, 2016


"We're not in a clean energy revolution; we're in a clean energy crisis," says climate policy expert Michael Shellenberger. His surprising solution: nuclear. In this passionate talk, he explains why it's time to overcome longstanding fears of the technology, and why he and other environmentalists believe it's past time to embrace nuclear as a viable and desirable source of clean power.

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting

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Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting

November 1, 2015


By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.

David Camarillo: Why helmets don't prevent concussions -- and what might

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David Camarillo: Why helmets don't prevent concussions -- and what might

April 24, 2016


What is a concussion? Probably not what you think it is. In this talk from the cutting edge of research, bioengineer (and former football player) David Camarillo shows what really happens during a concussion -- and why standard sports helmets don't prevent it. Here's what the future of concussion prevention looks like.

Courtney Martin: The new American Dream

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Courtney Martin: The new American Dream

February 19, 2016


For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don't think their kids will be better off than they were. This shouldn't be a cause for alarm, says journalist Courtney Martin. Rather, it's an opportunity to define a new approach to work and family that emphasizes community and creativity. "The biggest danger is not failing to achieve the American Dream," she says in a talk that will resonate far beyond the US. "The biggest danger is achieving a dream that you don't actually believe in."

Sal Khan: Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores

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Sal Khan: Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores

November 2, 2015


Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. (This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Education Revolution" which premieres Tuesday, September 13.)

Julia Bacha: How women wage conflict without violence

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Julia Bacha: How women wage conflict without violence

June 29, 2016


Are you setting out to change the world? Here's a stat you should know: nonviolent campaigns are 100 percent more likely to succeed than violent ones. So why don't more groups use nonviolence when faced with conflict? Filmmaker Julia Bacha shares stories of effective nonviolent resistance, including eye-opening research on the crucial leadership role that women play.

James Veitch: The agony of trying to unsubscribe

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James Veitch: The agony of trying to unsubscribe

June 29, 2016


It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket refused to take no for an answer. Hijinks ensued.

Rainn Wilson: Ideas worth dating

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Rainn Wilson: Ideas worth dating

July 8, 2016


Being alone takes its toll. Feel like it's time to make a real connection? Third-wheel with Rainn Wilson (star of "The Office") as he dates some of the best ideas on TED.com and discover your perfect "idea mate" along the way.

Jonathan Tepperman: The risky politics of progress

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Jonathan Tepperman: The risky politics of progress

June 29, 2016


Global problems such as terrorism, inequality and political dysfunction aren't easy to solve, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying. In fact, suggests journalist Jonathan Tepperman, we might even want to think riskier. He traveled the world to ask global leaders how they're tackling hard problems -- and unearthed surprisingly hopeful stories that he's distilled into three tools for problem-solving.

Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers

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Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers

February 16, 2016


"When you talk to strangers, you're making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life -- and theirs," says Kio Stark. In this delightful talk, Stark explores the overlooked benefits of pushing past our default discomfort when it comes to strangers and embracing those fleeting but profoundly beautiful moments of genuine connection.

Don Tapscott: How the blockchain is changing money and business

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Don Tapscott: How the blockchain is changing money and business

June 28, 2016


What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

Christopher Bell: Bring on the female superheroes!

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Christopher Bell: Bring on the female superheroes!

October 17, 2015


Why is it so hard to find female superhero merchandise? In this passionate, sparkling talk, media studies scholar (and father of a Star Wars-obsessed daughter) Christopher Bell addresses the alarming lack of female superheroes in the toys and products marketed to kids -- and what it means for how we teach them about the world.

Vanessa Ruiz: The spellbinding art of human anatomy

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Vanessa Ruiz: The spellbinding art of human anatomy

November 18, 2015


Vanessa Ruiz takes us on an illustrated journey of human anatomical art over the centuries, sharing captivating images that bring this visual science -- and the contemporary artists inspired by it -- to life. "Anatomical art has the power to reach far beyond the pages of a medical textbook," she says, "connecting our innermost selves with our bodies through art."

Sebastian Kraves: The era of personal DNA testing is here

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Sebastian Kraves: The era of personal DNA testing is here

May 18, 2016


From improving vaccines to modifying crops to solving crimes, DNA technology has transformed our world. Now, for the first time in history, anyone can experiment with DNA at home, in their kitchen, using a device smaller than a shoebox. We are living in a personal DNA revolution, says biotech entrepreneur Sebastian Kraves, where the secrets buried in DNA are yours to find.

Laura Boushnak: The deadly legacy of cluster bombs

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Laura Boushnak: The deadly legacy of cluster bombs

June 27, 2016


The destruction of war doesn't stop when the fighting is over. During the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006, an estimated four million cluster submunitions were dropped on Lebanon, killing indiscriminately. The danger remains, as many bomblets failed to explode and lay dormant, waiting to maim or kill anyone who encounters them. In this talk, photographer and TED Fellow Laura Boushnak shares haunting photos of cluster bomb survivors and asks those who still produce and condone the use of these weapons, including the United States, to abandon them.

Gonzalo Vilariño: How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions

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Gonzalo Vilariño: How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions

September 24, 2015


With warmth and respect, Gonzalo Vilariño tells the captivating story of Argentina's blind soccer team -- and how a sincere belief in themselves and their capabilities transformed the players from humble beginnings into two-time World Champions. "You have to get out there and play every game in this beautiful tournament that we call life," Vilariño says.