Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl

TEDIndia 2009

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl


In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself

TEDxSMU

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself


Joshua Prince-Ramus believes that if architects re-engineer their design process, the results can be spectacular. In his talk, he walks us through his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant "theatrical machine" that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button. (Filmed at TEDxSMU.)

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

TEDMED 2009

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live


Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it's not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it "geo-medicine."

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

Bowery Poetry Club

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

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Ever heard the phrase "Those who can't do, teach"? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere.

Richard Dawkins: Growing up in the universe

Royal Institution

Richard Dawkins: Growing up in the universe

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At the Royal Institution in 1991, Richard Dawkins asks us to look at our universe with new eyes. Packed with big questions and illuminating visuals, this memorable journey through the history of life magnifies the splendor of evolution and our place in it.

Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere

TEDIndia 2009

Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere

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Percussionist Sivamani delivers one of TED's liveliest and most inventive performances yet. He uses traditional Western and Eastern instruments to create a rhythmic tour de force, along with a tub of water, corrugated metal, spoons, luggage, our stage props and even a little audience participation.

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs

TEDMED 2009

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs


Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs -- from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that "prints" human tissue.

Ravin Agrawal: 10 young Indian artists to watch

TEDIndia 2009

Ravin Agrawal: 10 young Indian artists to watch


Collector Ravin Agrawal delivers a glowing introduction to 10 of India's most exciting young contemporary artists. Working in a variety of media, each draws on their local culture for inspiration.

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes

TEDMED 2009

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes


In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.

Charles Fleischer: All things are Moleeds

TED2005

Charles Fleischer: All things are Moleeds


In a presentation that can only be described as epic, comedian Charles Fleischer delivers a hysterical send-up of a time-honored TED theme: the map. Geometry, numbers, charts and stamp art also factor in (somehow), as he weaves together a unique theory of everything called "Moleeds."

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

University of California

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

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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


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


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"


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.

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

Stanford University

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

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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

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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


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


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+


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


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


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


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

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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?

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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

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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


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


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


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


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.