Bertrand Piccard: My solar-powered adventure

TEDGlobal 2009

Bertrand Piccard: My solar-powered adventure

July 24, 2009


For the dawn of a new decade, adventurer Bertrand Piccard offers us a challenge: Find motivation in what seems impossible. He shares his own plans to do what many say can't be done -- to fly around the world, day and night, in a solar-powered aircraft.

Cat Laine: Engineering a better life for all

Business Innovation Factory

Cat Laine: Engineering a better life for all

October 7, 2009


At the BIF innovation summit, Cat Laine draws on the Greek myth of Tantalus to explain the frustration developing countries face. She shows how we might help communities rich in human capital, but poor in resources and infrastructure, with cleverly engineered solutions.

Michael Sandel: What's the right thing to do?

Justice with Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel: What's the right thing to do?

September 1, 2005


Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much is one human life worth? In the "Justice" program that bears his name, Harvard professor Michael Sandel probes these questions -- and asks what you think, and why.

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Stanford University

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

June 12, 2005


At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself.

Asher Hasan: My message of peace from Pakistan

TEDIndia 2009

Asher Hasan: My message of peace from Pakistan

November 6, 2009


One of a dozen Pakistanis who came to TEDIndia despite security hassles entering the country, TED Fellow Asher Hasan shows photos of ordinary Pakistanis that drive home a profound message for citizens of all nations: look beyond disputes, and see the humanity we share.

Steven  Cowley: Fusion is energy's future

TEDGlobal 2009

Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future

July 22, 2009


Physicist Steven Cowley is certain that nuclear fusion is the only truly sustainable solution to the fuel crisis. He explains why fusion will work -- and details the projects that he and many others have devoted their lives to, working against the clock to create a new source of energy.

Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption

TEDIndia 2009

Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption

November 5, 2009


Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.

James Geary: Metaphorically speaking

TEDGlobal 2009

James Geary: Metaphorically speaking

July 24, 2009


Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.

Charles Anderson: Dragonflies that fly across oceans

TEDIndia 2009

Charles Anderson: Dragonflies that fly across oceans

November 5, 2009


While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the globe skimmer, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world.

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media

TEDIndia 2009

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media

November 5, 2009


In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to Web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.

Ryan Lobo: Photographing the hidden story

TEDIndia 2009

Ryan Lobo: Photographing the hidden story

November 6, 2009


Ryan Lobo has traveled the world, taking photographs that tell stories of unusual human lives. In this haunting talk, he reframes controversial subjects with empathy, so that we see the pain of a Liberian war criminal, the quiet strength of UN women peacekeepers and the perseverance of Delhi's underappreciated firefighters.

Loretta Napoleoni: The intricate economics of terrorism

TEDGlobal 2009

Loretta Napoleoni: The intricate economics of terrorism

July 15, 2009


Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades -- an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world

TEDGlobal 2009

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world

July 12, 2009


Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist. The hybridized media shows how two civilizations, rather than dividing, can dovetail.

Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

TEDIndia 2009

Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

November 5, 2009


India's revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services.

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview

EG 2008

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview

January 9, 2008


Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.

Rory  Bremner: A one-man world summit

TEDGlobal 2009

Rory Bremner: A one-man world summit

July 24, 2009


Scottish funnyman Rory Bremner convenes a historic council on the TEDGlobal stage -- as he lampoons Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and a cast of other world leaders with his hilarious impressions and biting commentary. See if you can catch a few sharp TED in-jokes.

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

EG 2008

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

December 11, 2008


At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

TEDIndia 2009

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

November 5, 2009


Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

TEDIndia 2009

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

November 6, 2009


With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

TEDGlobal 2009

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

July 22, 2009


With new data from the Keck telescopes, Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand our universe's most mysterious objects: black holes. She shares evidence that a supermassive black hole may be lurking at the center of the Milky Way.

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

TEDGlobal 2009

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

July 22, 2009


Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

TEDGlobal 2009

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

July 24, 2009


Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

TEDGlobal 2009

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

July 24, 2009


Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

TEDIndia 2009

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

November 4, 2009


Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

Tom Wujec: Learn to use the 13th-century astrolabe

TEDGlobal 2009

Tom Wujec: Learn to use the 13th-century astrolabe

July 23, 2009


Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices -- the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new.

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership's missing manual

TEDSalon London 2009

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership's missing manual

September 21, 2009


Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.

Mathieu Lehanneur: Science-inspired design

TEDGlobal 2009

Mathieu Lehanneur: Science-inspired design

July 23, 2009


Naming science as his chief inspiration, Mathieu Lehanneur shows a selection of his ingenious designs -- an interactive noise-neutralizing ball, an antibiotic course in one layered pill, asthma treatment that reminds kids to take it, a living air filter, a living-room fish farm and more.

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

TEDIndia 2009

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

November 7, 2009


India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor -- not just through trade and politics, but through "soft" power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it's not the size of the army that matters as much as a country's ability to influence the world's hearts and minds.

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

TEDIndia 2009

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

November 4, 2009


At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells a transformative story in dance -- and argues that the arts may be the most powerful way to effect change, whether political, social or personal.

Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

TEDIndia 2009

Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

November 5, 2009


Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.