Gordon Brown: Wiring a web for global good

TEDGlobal 2009

Gordon Brown: Wiring a web for global good


We're at a unique moment in history, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today's interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic -- and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy.

Nina Jablonski: Skin color is an illusion

TED2009

Nina Jablonski: Skin color is an illusion


Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.

Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer

TED2009

Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer


Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal.

Daniel Kraft: A better way to harvest bone marrow

TED2009

Daniel Kraft: A better way to harvest bone marrow


Daniel Kraft demos his Marrow Miner -- a new device that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with minimal pain to the donor. He emphasizes that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, from Parkinson's to heart disease.

Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light

TED2009

Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light


In the spectacular large-scale projects he's famous for (such as "Waterfalls" in New York harbor), Olafur Eliasson creates art from a palette of space, distance, color and light. This idea-packed talk begins with an experiment in the nature of perception.

Stewart Brand: 4 environmental 'heresies'

TED@State

Stewart Brand: 4 environmental 'heresies'


The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.

Kary Mullis: A next-gen cure for killer infections

TED2009

Kary Mullis: A next-gen cure for killer infections


Drug-resistant bacteria kills, even in top hospitals. But now tough infections like staph and anthrax may be in for a surprise. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis, who watched a friend die when powerful antibiotics failed, unveils a radical new cure that shows extraordinary promise.

Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

TED2009

Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge


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


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


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.

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering

TED2009

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering


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!


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


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


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


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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.