Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Want to help Africa? Do business here

TED2007

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Want to help Africa? Do business here

March 3, 2007


We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

TED2003

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

February 2, 2003


Marine biologist Tierney Thys asks us to step into the water to visit the world of the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish. Basking, eating jellyfish and getting massages, this behemoth offers clues to life in the open sea.

Jeff Hawkins: How brain science will change computing

TED2003

Jeff Hawkins: How brain science will change computing

February 2, 2003


Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain -- to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.

Stewart Brand: What squatter cities can teach us

TED2006

Stewart Brand: What squatter cities can teach us

February 2, 2006


Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.

David Kelley: Human-centered design

TED2002

David Kelley: Human-centered design

February 2, 2002


IDEO’s David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.

James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

TED2004

James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

February 2, 2004


In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

Stew: "Black Men Ski"

TED2006

Stew: "Black Men Ski"

March 3, 2006


What happens when a black man visits Aspen? Singer/songwriter Stew and his band are about to let you know.

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

TED2004

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

February 2, 2004


Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company's dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

Natalie MacMaster: Cape Breton fiddling in reel time

TED2002

Natalie MacMaster: Cape Breton fiddling in reel time

February 2, 2002


Violinist Natalie MacMaster and TED Musical Director Thomas Dolby play Dolby’s original song “Blue Is a River” in this ethereal duet -- with a little dancing.

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

TED2002

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

February 2, 2002


Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

TED2004

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

February 2, 2004


Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

TED2006

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

February 2, 2006


Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore.

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

TED2002

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

February 2, 2002


Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

TED2005

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

February 2, 2005


In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

February 2, 2003


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

February 2, 2003


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Rives: A mockingbird remix of TED2006

TED2006

Rives: A mockingbird remix of TED2006

February 2, 2006


Rives recaps the most memorable moments of TED2006 in the free-spirited rhyming verse of a fantastical mockingbird lullaby.

Jeff Bezos: The electricity metaphor for the web's future

TED2003

Jeff Bezos: The electricity metaphor for the web's future

February 2, 2003


The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says it’s more like the early days of the electric industry.

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

TED2005

William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

February 2, 2005


Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

TED2003

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

February 2, 2003


In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

TED2003

Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness

February 27, 2003


Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

TED2005

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

February 2, 2005


Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

Jill Sobule: Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"

TED2006

Jill Sobule: Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"

February 26, 2006


A happy song about global warming, from Jill Sobule.

Richard Dawkins: Why the universe seems so strange

TEDGlobal 2005

Richard Dawkins: Why the universe seems so strange

July 7, 2005


Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

TED2004

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

February 2, 2004


Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

TED2006

Tony Robbins: Why we do what we do

February 2, 2006


Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

TED2006

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

February 2, 2006


Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

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

TED2006

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.