Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

TED2005

Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

February 2, 2005


Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

David Macaulay: An illustrated journey through Rome

TED2002

David Macaulay: An illustrated journey through Rome

February 2, 2002


David Macaulay relives the winding and sometimes surreal journey toward the completion of Rome Antics, his illustrated homage to the historic city.

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

TED2007

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

March 3, 2007


What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

TED2007

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

March 3, 2007


Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

TED2007

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

March 3, 2007


Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

TED2002

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

February 2, 2002


Chris Anderson gave this talk in 2002, prior to taking over leadership of TED. Founder Richard Saul Wurman was leaving, and TED's future was in the balance. He seeks to persuade TEDsters that what was then a for-profit conference had a secure future as an idea-based nonprofit endeavor.

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

TEDGlobal 2005

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

July 7, 2005


By making photographs that seem to show our favorite celebs (Diana, Elton John) doing what we really, secretly, want to see them doing, Alison Jackson explores our desire to get personal with celebs. Contains graphic images.

Bill Strickland: Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope

TED2002

Bill Strickland: Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope

February 2, 2002


Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music, and unlikely partnerships.

Ben Dunlap: The life-long learner

TED2007

Ben Dunlap: The life-long learner

March 3, 2007


Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

Paola Antonelli: Treat design as art

TED2007

Paola Antonelli: Treat design as art

March 3, 2007


Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world.

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

TED2007

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

March 3, 2007


David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

TED2007

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

March 3, 2007


J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical beginnings.

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

TED2007

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

March 3, 2007


Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

Yossi Vardi: We're worried about local warming ... in your lap

TED2007

Yossi Vardi: We're worried about local warming ... in your lap

March 7, 2007


Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a ballsy lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

TED2007

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

March 3, 2007


At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do -- and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.

Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

TED2007

Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

March 3, 2007


Lakshmi Pratury remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares a series of notes her father wrote to her before he died. Her short but heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.

Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we more compassionate?

TED2007

Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we more compassionate?

March 3, 2007


Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

TED2005

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

February 2, 2005


In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

TEDGlobal 2007

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

June 6, 2007


'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

Philippe Starck: Design and destiny

TED2007

Philippe Starck: Design and destiny

March 3, 2007


Designer Philippe Starck -- with no pretty slides to show -- spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

David Pogue: The music wars

TED2007

David Pogue: The music wars

March 3, 2007


New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.

Robert Full: The sticky wonder of gecko feet

TED2005

Robert Full: The sticky wonder of gecko feet

February 2, 2005


Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.

Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

TED2007

Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

March 3, 2007


Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?

Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

September 9, 2007


Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

David Keith: A critical look at geoengineering against climate change

TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

David Keith: A critical look at geoengineering against climate change

September 9, 2007


Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

TED2004

Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

February 2, 2004


What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

Jan Chipchase: The anthropology of mobile phones

TED2007

Jan Chipchase: The anthropology of mobile phones

March 3, 2007


Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase's investigation into the ways we interact with technology has led him from the villages of Uganda to the insides of our pockets. He's made some unexpected discoveries along the way.

Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me

TED2003

Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me

February 2, 2001


Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances.

Raul Midon: "Tembererana"

TED2007

Raul Midon: "Tembererana"

March 3, 2007


Singer/guitarist Raúl Midón performs “All the Answers” in a world premiere at TED2007, followed by the sprightly "Tembererana."

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

TED2007

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

March 3, 2007


Lawrence Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the "ASCAP cartel" in his argument for reviving our creative culture.