Rokia Traore: "M'Bifo"

TEDGlobal 2007

Rokia Traore: "M'Bifo"

June 6, 2007


Rokia Traore sings the moving "M'Bifo," accompanied on the n'goni, a lute-like Malian stringed instrument with a soulful timbre. A quietly mesmerizing performance.

Eleni Gabre-Madhin: A commodities exchange for Ethiopia

TEDGlobal 2007

Eleni Gabre-Madhin: A commodities exchange for Ethiopia

June 6, 2007


Economist Eleni Gabre-Madhin outlines her ambitious vision to found the first commodities market in Ethiopia. Her plan would create wealth, minimize risk for farmers and turn the world's largest recipient of food aid into a regional food basket.

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

TED2007

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

March 3, 2007


Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

Paul Rothemund: Playing with DNA that self-assembles

TED2007

Paul Rothemund: Playing with DNA that self-assembles

March 3, 2007


Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.

Maira Kalman: The illustrated woman

TED2007

Maira Kalman: The illustrated woman

March 3, 2007


Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

TED2007

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

March 3, 2007


Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences -- and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

TED2007

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

March 3, 2007


Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.

Carolyn Porco: This is Saturn

TED2007

Carolyn Porco: This is Saturn

March 3, 2007


Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

Larry Brilliant: The case for optimism

Skoll World Forum 2007

Larry Brilliant: The case for optimism

January 1, 2007


We've known about global warming for 50 years and done little about it, says Google.org director Larry Brilliant. In spite of this and other depressing trends, he's optimistic and tells us why. From Skoll World Forum, Oxford, UK, www.skollfoundation.org

Paul MacCready: A flight on solar wings

TED2003

Paul MacCready: A flight on solar wings

February 2, 2003


Paul MacCready -- aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight -- talks about his long career.

Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

LIFT 2007

Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

February 2, 2007


Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture

DLD 2007

Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture

January 1, 2007


Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." From the 2007 DLD Conference, Munich; www.dld-conference.com

John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

TED2007

John Maeda: Designing for simplicity

March 3, 2007


The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.

Deborah Scranton: An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from soldiers

TED2007

Deborah Scranton: An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from soldiers

March 3, 2007


Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Jeff Skoll: My journey into movies that matter

TED2007

Jeff Skoll: My journey into movies that matter

March 3, 2007


Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

TEDGlobal 2007

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

June 8, 2007


After Vusi Mahlasela's 3-song set at TEDGlobal, the audience wouldn't let him go. His encore, "Woza," showcases his brilliant guitar playing and multilingual lyrics.

Zeresenay Alemseged: The search for humanity's roots

TEDGlobal 2007

Zeresenay Alemseged: The search for humanity's roots

June 7, 2007


Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged looks for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia's badlands. Here he talks about finding the oldest skeleton of a humanoid child -- and how Africa holds the clues to our humanity.

Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end

TED2002

Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end

February 2, 2002


How might the human race end? Stephen Petranek lays out 10 terrible options and the science behind them. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?

Hod Lipson: Building "self-aware" robots

TED2007

Hod Lipson: Building "self-aware" robots

March 6, 2007


Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

TEDGlobal 2005

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

July 7, 2005


In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

TED2007

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

March 3, 2007


Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

TED2007

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life

March 3, 2007


Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

TED2007

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

March 3, 2007


Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

TEDGlobal 2007

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

June 6, 2007


In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the "African question" -- to look beyond the media's stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

TEDGlobal 2007

Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

June 7, 2007


South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela dedicates his song, "Thula Mama," to all women -- and especially his grandmother.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capitalism

TEDGlobal 2007

Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capitalism

June 5, 2007


Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of how "patient capital" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services -- and dignity -- to the world's poorest.

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

TEDGlobal 2007

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

June 6, 2007


Patrick Awuah makes the case that a liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders.

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

TEDGlobal 2007

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

June 6, 2007


In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that “what we know about how to be who we are” comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.

Euvin Naidoo: Why invest in Africa

TEDGlobal 2007

Euvin Naidoo: Why invest in Africa

June 4, 2007


South African investment banker Euvin Naidoo explains why investing in Africa can make great business sense.

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

TEDGlobal 2007

William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

June 5, 2007


When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.