Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

TED2009

Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

February 6, 2009


TED Fellow Sophal Ear shares the compelling story of his family's escape from Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. He recounts his mother's cunning and determination to save her children.

Tom Wujec: 3 ways the brain creates meaning

TED2009

Tom Wujec: 3 ways the brain creates meaning

February 6, 2009


Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?

Eames Demetrios: The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames

TED2007

Eames Demetrios: The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames

February 2, 2007


The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.

Daniel Libeskind: 17 words of architectural inspiration

TED2009

Daniel Libeskind: 17 words of architectural inspiration

February 6, 2009


Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering

TED2009

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering

February 6, 2009


Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a roller coaster!

Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!

TED2009

Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!

February 5, 2009


Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole

TED2009

Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole

February 6, 2009


Extreme runner Ray Zahab shares an enthusiastic account of his record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole -- a 33-day sprint through the snow.

Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy

TED2007

Katherine Fulton: You are the future of philanthropy

March 10, 2007


In this uplifting talk, Katherine Fulton sketches the new future of philanthropy -- one where collaboration and innovation allow regular people to do big things, even when money is scarce. Giving five practical examples of crowd-driven philanthropy, she calls for a new generation of citizen leaders.

Paul Collier: New rules for rebuilding a broken nation

TED@State

Paul Collier: New rules for rebuilding a broken nation

June 6, 2009


Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what's the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? At TED@State, Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach.

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of time

TED2009

Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of time

February 6, 2009


Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.

Qi Zhang: An electrifying organ performance

TEDxUSC

Qi Zhang: An electrifying organ performance

March 23, 2009


Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang plays her electric rendering of "Ridiculous Fellows" from Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" orchestral suite. This exhilarating performance features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare instrument specially programmed by Qi herself.

Catherine Mohr: Surgery's past, present and robotic future

TED2009

Catherine Mohr: Surgery's past, present and robotic future

February 6, 2009


Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating -- but not for the squeamish.

Diane Benscoter: How cults rewire the brain

TED2009

Diane Benscoter: How cults rewire the brain

February 6, 2009


Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

TED@State

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

June 3, 2009


While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

TEDxUSC

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

March 23, 2009


Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments.

Richard St. John: Success is a continuous journey

TED2009

Richard St. John: Success is a continuous journey

February 6, 2009


In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.

Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail

TED2009

Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail

February 5, 2009


Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.

Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and its surprises

TED2004

Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and its surprises

February 2, 2004


Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

John La Grou: A plug for smart power outlets

TED2009

John La Grou: A plug for smart power outlets

February 6, 2009


John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires -- and to conserve energy.

Kevin Surace: Eco-friendly drywall

TED2009

Kevin Surace: Eco-friendly drywall

February 6, 2009


Kevin Surace suggests we rethink basic construction materials -- such as the familiar wallboard -- to reduce the huge carbon footprint generated by the manufacturing and construction of our buildings. He introduces EcoRock, a clean, recyclable and energy-efficient drywall created by his team at Serious Materials.

Pete Alcorn: The world in 2200

TED2009

Pete Alcorn: The world in 2200

February 5, 2009


In this short, optimistic talk from TED2009, Pete Alcorn shares a vision of the world of two centuries from now -- when declining populations and growing opportunity prove Malthus was wrong.

Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences

TED2004

Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences

February 27, 2004


Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

TED2009

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

February 4, 2009


In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project "6 billion Others," and his soon-to-be-released movie, "Home," which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video.

Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

TED2009

Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity

February 7, 2009


Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.

Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education

TED2009

Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education

February 7, 2009


Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.

Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar

TED2008

Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar

March 1, 2008


Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds

TED2009

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds

February 6, 2009


In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.

Michelle Obama: A plea for education

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Michelle Obama: A plea for education

April 4, 2009


Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Jay Walker: The world's English mania

TED2009

Jay Walker: The world's English mania

February 5, 2009


Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English -- "the world's second language" -- by the thousands.

Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!

TED2009

Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!

February 5, 2009


In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.