Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

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Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

February 13, 2010


Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

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Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

February 11, 2010


With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

Kirk Citron: And now, the real news

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Kirk Citron: And now, the real news

February 11, 2010


How many of today's headlines will matter in 100 years? 1000? Kirk Citron's "Long News" project collects stories that not only matter today, but will resonate for decades -- even centuries -- to come. At TED2010, he highlights recent headlines with the potential to shape our future.

Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time

TEDIndia 2009

Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time

November 6, 2009


Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual.

Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery

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Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery

February 12, 2010


In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

Patsy Rodenburg: Why I do theater

Michael Howard Studios

Patsy Rodenburg: Why I do theater

October 9, 2008


Patsy Rodenburg says the world needs actors more than ever. In this talk at Michael Howard Studios, she tells the story of a profound encounter that reveals the deeper role theater can play in people's lives.

Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity

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Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity

February 10, 2010


Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.

Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

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Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

November 20, 2009


In this talk, planetary scientist Joel Levine shows some intriguing -- and puzzling -- new discoveries about Mars: craters full of ice, traces of ancient oceans, and compelling hints at the presence, sometime in the past, of life. He makes the case for going back to Mars to find out more. (Filmed at TEDxNASA.)

Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon!

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Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon!

February 11, 2010


Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us.

Juliana Machado Ferreira: The fight to end rare-animal trafficking in Brazil

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Juliana Machado Ferreira: The fight to end rare-animal trafficking in Brazil

February 2, 2010


Biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira, a TED Senior Fellow, talks about her work helping to save birds and other animals stolen from the wild in Brazil. Once these animals are seized from smugglers, she asks, then what?

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

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Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

February 11, 2010


Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves

TEDIndia 2009

Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves

November 11, 2009


Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

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Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

February 12, 2010


Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

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Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

May 16, 2001


Blind river dolphins, reclusive lemurs, a parrot as fearless as it is lovelorn ... Douglas Adams' close encounters with these rare and unusual animals reveal that evolution, ever ingenious, can be fickle too -- in a University of California talk that sparkles with his trademark satiric wit.

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

TEDMED 2009

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

November 11, 2009


At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it's imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all.

Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp

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Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp

February 2, 2010


Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It's wild stuff, but it's not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

Web 2.0 Expo 2008

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

September 19, 2008


At the Web 2.0 Expo, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk gives a shot in the arm to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt. The Internet has made the formula for success simpler than ever, he argues. So there's now no excuse not to do what makes you happy.

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

TEDMED 2009

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

October 10, 2009


Sugar pills, injections of nothing -- studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

TEDMED 2009

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

October 10, 2009


The second deadliest day in the history of Mount Everest climbs happened in 1996 -- and Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain that day. He shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle to save lives in extreme conditions, and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

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Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

February 10, 2010


Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

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Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

February 2, 2010


Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield."

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

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Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

February 10, 2010


At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" -- for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.

Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

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Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

May 5, 2009


Srikumar Rao says we spend most of our lives learning to be unhappy, even as we strive for happiness. At Arbejdsglaede Live! 2009, he teaches us how to break free of the "I'd be happy if ..." mental model, and embrace our hard-wired happiness.

The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ...

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The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ...

February 2, 2010


The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chu’s upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.

James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

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James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

February 12, 2010


James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

BBC TV

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

July 8, 1983


In this archival footage from BBC TV, celebrated physicist Richard Feynman explains what fire, magnets, rubber bands (and more) are like at the scale of the jiggling atoms they're made of. This accessible, enchanting conversation in physics reveals a teeming nano-world that's just plain fun to imagine.

Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

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Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

February 2, 2010


Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing.

Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India

TEDIndia 2009

Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India

November 11, 2009


The tale of a major global cultural phenomenon: Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle describes the spectacular arrival of fast-paced 20-20 cricket as it parallels the rise of modern India. He traces the game from its sleepy English roots to the current world of celebrity owners and million-dollar player contracts.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

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Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

February 10, 2010


Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist

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Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist

February 12, 2010


With endearing honesty and vulnerability, Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist -- from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father.