Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

University of California

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

October 13, 2004


In the midst of an earlier crisis, Haitian author Edwidge Danticat reminds us of the contributions of Haiti's vibrant culture and people. This reading offers a timely message for today -- as the nation struggles in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

TEDIndia 2009

Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

November 9, 2009


As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster -- and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads. In this short talk, Google's Lalitesh Katragadda demos Map Maker, a group map-making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world.

Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge

TEDIndia 2009

Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge

November 6, 2009


Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

Kartick Satyanarayan: How we rescued the "dancing" bears"

TEDIndia 2009

Kartick Satyanarayan: How we rescued the "dancing" bears"

November 6, 2009


Traditionally, the Kalandar community of India has survived by capturing sloth bear cubs and training them to "dance" through extreme cruelty. Kartick Satyanarayan has been able to put an end to this centuries-old practice, and in so doing discovered a lesson of wider significance: make the practitioners part of the solution.

Matt Weinstein: What Bernie Madoff couldn't steal from me

AORN Congress

Matt Weinstein: What Bernie Madoff couldn't steal from me

March 14, 2009


Matt Weinstein lost his life savings to Bernie Madoff's notorious scam. But his response to the disaster is unexpectedly hopeful.

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

Stanford University

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

September 8, 2009


At Stanford University, primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a fascinating and funny look at human behaviors which the rest of the animal kingdom would consider bizarre.

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

Carnegie Mellon University

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

September 18, 2007


In 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable.

Herbie Hancock: An all-star set

TED2009

Herbie Hancock: An all-star set

February 6, 2009


Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock delivers a stunning performance alongside two old friends -- past drummer for the Headhunters, Harvey Mason, and bassist Marcus Miller. Listen to the end to hear them sweeten the classic "Watermelon Man."

Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water

TEDIndia 2009

Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water

November 5, 2009


The gharial and king cobra are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

TEDxTC

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

September 2, 2009


To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

TEDGlobal 2009

Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

July 24, 2009


Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects -- from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see.

Vilayanur Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization

TEDIndia 2009

Vilayanur Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization

November 5, 2009


Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.

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.