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.

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

TEDIndia 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

November 5, 2009


At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

TEDGlobal 2009

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

July 7, 2009


Cynthia Schneider looks at two international "American Idol"-style shows -- one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates -- and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.

Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the landscape of oil

TEDGlobal 2009

Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the landscape of oil

July 21, 2009


In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

TEDGlobal 2009

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

July 24, 2009


In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

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Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

February 21, 2009


At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

TEDGlobal 2009

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

July 25, 2009


We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

October 14, 2009


Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

October 1, 2009


It’s hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

October 1, 2009


Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur’an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion -- ourselves.

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

Chautauqua Institution

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

October 1, 2009


Join Rev. James Forbes at the dinner table of his Southern childhood, where his mother and father taught him what compassion really means day to day -- sharing with those who need love.

Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

October 1, 2009


Swami Dayananda Saraswati unravels the parallel paths of personal development and attaining true compassion. He walks us through each step of self-realization, from helpless infancy to the fearless act of caring for others.

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

October 1, 2009


While we all agree that compassion is a great idea, Rabbi Tabick acknowledges there are challenges to its execution. She explains how a careful balance of compassion and justice allows us to do good deeds, and keep our sanity.

Matthew White: The modern euphonium

TEDGlobal 2009

Matthew White: The modern euphonium

July 23, 2009


The euphonium, with its sweet brass sound, is rarely heard outside of traditional brass bands. Cutting loose on the euph, prodigy Matthew White performs Nat McIntosh's hip-hop-inflected "The Warrior Comes Out to Play."

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

TEDGlobal 2009

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle

July 24, 2009


The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

Becky  Blanton: The year I was homeless

TEDGlobal 2009

Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless

July 23, 2009


Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.