Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

TEDGlobal 2005

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

July 15, 2005


Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen

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Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen

February 22, 2006


You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

Jacqueline Novogratz: Invest in Africa's own solutions

TEDGlobal 2005

Jacqueline Novogratz: Invest in Africa's own solutions

July 1, 2005


Jacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.

Neil Gershenfeld: Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab

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Neil Gershenfeld: Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab

February 2, 2006


MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.

Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?

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Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?

February 24, 2005


Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole, complete with engaging anecdotes, gorgeous photos and never-before-seen video.

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

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Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

February 24, 2004


Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

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Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

February 24, 2006


Julia Sweeney (God Said, "Ha!") performs the first 15 minutes of her 2006 solo show Letting Go of God. When two young Mormon missionaries knock on her door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.

Bill Clinton: My wish: Rebuilding Rwanda

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Bill Clinton: My wish: Rebuilding Rwanda

March 8, 2007


Accepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.

James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

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James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

March 8, 2007


Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life

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E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life

March 8, 2007


As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

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Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

March 9, 2007


Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

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Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

December 14, 2006


Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).

Juan Enriquez: The life code that will reshape the future

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Juan Enriquez: The life code that will reshape the future

February 2, 2003


Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

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Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

July 13, 2005


Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.

Al Seckel: Visual illusions that show how we (mis)think

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Al Seckel: Visual illusions that show how we (mis)think

February 26, 2004


Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.

Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

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Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

February 25, 2004


Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

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Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

February 2, 2004


Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

TEDGlobal 2005

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

July 14, 2005


A free press -- papers, magazines, radio, TV, blogs -- is the backbone of any true democracy (and a vital watchdog on business). Sasa Vucinic, a journalist from Belgrade, talks about his new fund, which supports media by selling "free press bonds."

Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future

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Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future

July 7, 2005


Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.

Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness

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Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness

July 7, 2005


Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

Chris Anderson: Technology's long tail

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Chris Anderson: Technology's long tail

February 2, 2004


Chris Anderson, then the editor of Wired, explores the four key stages of any viable technology: setting the right price, gaining market share, displacing an established technology and, finally, becoming ubiquitous.

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

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Rick Warren: A life of purpose

February 25, 2006


Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

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Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

February 23, 2005


Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

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Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

February 3, 2003


With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

Robert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

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Robert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

February 2, 2006


Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness" -- the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided our evolution to this point -- and how we can use it to help save humanity today.

Peter Donnelly: How juries are fooled by statistics

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Peter Donnelly: How juries are fooled by statistics

July 14, 2005


Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics -- and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

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Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

February 25, 2006


Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Jeff Han: The radical promise of the multi-touch interface

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Jeff Han: The radical promise of the multi-touch interface

February 6, 2006


Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.

Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

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Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

February 4, 2004


Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.

Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

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Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

July 14, 2005


In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can't.