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A circular economy for salt that keeps rivers clean | Tina Arrowood
Oct 16 • 13 min
During the winter of 2018-2019, one million tons of salt were applied to icy roads in the state of Pennsylvania alone. The salt from industrial uses like this often ends up in freshwater rivers, making their water undrinkable and contributing to a growing…
How family separation at the US-Mexico border affects children’s mental health | Luis H. Zayas
Oct 15 • 14 min
How does psychological trauma affect children’s developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the…
An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock
Oct 15 • 15 min
Over his eight-year prison sentence, Marcus Bullock was sustained by his mother’s love — and by the daily letters and photos she sent of life on the outside. Years later, as an entrepreneur, Bullock asked himself: How can I make it easier for all families…
How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet | Julie Cordua
Oct 15 • 13 min
Social entrepreneur Julie Cordua works on a problem that isn’t easy to talk about: the sexual abuse of children in images and videos on the internet. At Thorn, she’s building technology to connect the dots between the tech industry, law enforcement and…
After billions of years of monotony, the universe is waking up | David Deutsch
Oct 14 • 15 min
Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the “great monotony” — the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years — and shows how humanity’s capacity to create explanatory knowledge could be…
The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert
Oct 11 • 6 min
“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for…
What Bruce Lee can teach us about living fully | Shannon Lee
Oct 10 • 11 min
Most of us know Bruce Lee as the famous martial artist and action film star — but he was also a philosopher who taught “self-actualization”: the practice of how to be yourself in the best way possible. In this inspiring talk, Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee…
How we’re using DNA tech to help farmers fight crop diseases | Laura Boykin
Oct 10 • 12 min
Nearly 800 million people worldwide depend on cassava for survival — but this critical food source is under attack by entirely preventable viruses, says computational biologist and TED Senior Fellow Laura Boykin. She takes us to the farms in East Africa…
A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez
Oct 9 • 10 min
In this powerful, personal talk, author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, bringing this often-abstract debate back down to earth — and showing what you can do every day to create a sense…
A radical plan to end plastic waste | Andrew Forrest
Oct 8 • 14 min
Plastic is an incredible substance for the economy — and the worst substance possible for the environment, says entrepreneur Andrew Forrest. In a conversation meant to spark debate, Forrest and head of TED Chris Anderson discuss an ambitious plan to get…
How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil
Oct 8 • 4 min
Local reporters are on the front lines of important stories, but their work often goes unnoticed by national and international news outlets. TED Fellow and journalist Gangadhar Patil is working to change that. In this quick talk, he shows how he’s…
The transformative power of video games | Herman Narula
Oct 8 • 12 min
A full third of the world’s population — 2.6 billion people — play video games, plugging into massive networks of interaction that have opened up opportunities well beyond entertainment. In a talk about the future of the medium, entrepreneur Herman Narula…
This ancient rock is changing our theory on the origin of life | Tara Djokic
Oct 7 • 9 min
Exactly when and where did life on Earth begin? Scientists have long thought that it emerged three billion years ago in the ocean — until astrobiologist Tara Djokic and her team made an unexpected discovery in the western Australian desert. Learn how an…
Reducing corruption takes a specific kind of investment | Efosa Ojomo
Oct 4 • 11 min
Traditional thinking on corruption goes like this: if you put good laws in place and enforce them well, then economic development increases and corruption falls. In reality, we have the equation backwards, says innovation researcher Efosa Ojomo. In this…
What happens in your brain when you taste food | Camilla Arndal Andersen
Oct 3 • 13 min
With fascinating research and hilarious anecdotes, neuroscientist Camilla Arndal Andersen takes us into the lab where she studies people’s sense of taste via brain scans. She reveals surprising insights about the way our brains subconsciously experience…
What the US health care system assumes about you | Mitchell Katz
Oct 2 • 16 min
The US health care system assumes many things about patients: that they can take off from work in the middle of the day, speak English, have a working telephone and a steady supply of food. Because of that, it’s failing many of those who are most in need,…
How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah
Oct 1 • 5 min
Conservationist and TED Fellow Moreangels Mbizah studied the famous Cecil the lion until he was shot by a trophy hunter in 2015. She wonders how things could’ve gone differently, asking: “What if the community that lived next to Cecil was involved in…
Why you should shop at your local farmers market | Mohammad Modarres
Oct 1 • 6 min
The average farmer in America makes less than 15 cents of every dollar on a product that you purchase at a store. They feed our communities, but farmers often cannot afford the very foods they grow. In this actionable talk, social entrepreneur Mohammad…
Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty
Sep 30 • 5 min
Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we’re a small part of a complex, four-billion-year…
You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King
Sep 27 • 14 min
Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year — and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry…
A wall won’t solve America’s border problems | Will Hurd
Sep 26 • 17 min
“Building a 30-foot-high concrete structure from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” says Congressman Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas whose district encompasses two times zones and shares an 820-mile…
How we’re building the world’s largest family tree | Yaniv Erlich
Sep 25 • 11 min
Computational geneticist Yaniv Erlich helped build the world’s largest family tree — comprising 13 million people and going back more than 500 years. He shares fascinating patterns that emerged from the work — about our love lives, our health, even…
How couples can sustain a strong sexual connection for a lifetime | Emily Nagoski
Sep 24 • 9 min
As a sex educator, Emily Nagoski is often asked: How do couples sustain a strong sexual connection over the long term? In this funny, insightful talk, she shares her answer — drawing on (somewhat surprising) research to reveal why some couples stop having…
Can seaweed help curb global warming? | Tim Flannery
Sep 23 • 14 min
It’s time for planetary-scale interventions to combat climate change — and environmentalist Tim Flannery thinks seaweed can help. In a bold talk, he shares the epic carbon-capturing potential of seaweed, explaining how oceangoing seaweed farms created on…
A bold plan to empower 1.6 million out-of-school girls in India | Safeena Husain
Sep 23 • 9 min
“Girls’ education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet to help solve some of the world’s most difficult problems,” says social entrepreneur Safeena Husain. In a visionary talk, she shares her plan to enroll a staggering 1.6 million girls in…
We need to track the world’s water like we track the weather | Sonaar Luthra
Sep 20 • 13 min
We need a global weather service for water, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra. In a talk about environmental accountability, Luthra shows how we could forecast water shortages and risks with a global data collection effort — just like we…
4 questions you should always ask your doctor | Christer Mjåset
Sep 19 • 11 min
“Doctor, is this really necessary?” Backed by startling statistics about overtreatment, neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset explains the power of this and other simple questions in the context of medical treatment and surgery — and shares how patients can better…
This could be why you’re depressed or anxious | Johann Hari
Sep 18 • 20 min
In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world — as well as some exciting emerging solutions. “If you’re depressed or anxious, you’re not weak and you’re not crazy —…
How we use astrophysics to study earthbound problems | Federica Bianco
Sep 17 • 5 min
To study a system as complex as the entire universe, astrophysicists need to be experts at extracting simple solutions from large data sets. What else could they do with this expertise? In an interdisciplinary talk, TED Fellow and astrophysicist Federica…
How climate change could make our food less nutritious | Kristie Ebi
Sep 16 • 11 min
Rising carbon levels in the atmosphere can make plants grow faster, but there’s another hidden consequence: they rob plants of the nutrients and vitamins we need to survive. In a talk about global food security, epidemiologist Kristie Ebi explores the…
The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer
Sep 13 • 17 min
Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that “greed is good” — an idea he describes as not only morally…
Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev
Sep 12 • 12 min
Community organizer Raj Jayadev wants to transform the US court system through “participatory defense” — a growing movement that empowers families and community members to impact their loved ones’ court cases. He shares the remarkable results of their…
What reading slowly taught me about writing | Jacqueline Woodson
Sep 12 • 10 min
Reading slowly — with her finger running beneath the words, even when she was taught not to — has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing books to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow down and appreciate stories that take us places we…
How deepfakes undermine truth and threaten democracy | Danielle Citron
Sep 11 • 13 min
The use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes — whether it’s to stoke violence or defame politicians and journalists — is becoming a real threat. As these tools become more accessible and their products more…
A “living drug” that could change the way we treat cancer | Carl June
Sep 10 • 15 min
Carl June is the pioneer behind CAR T-cell therapy: a groundbreaking cancer treatment that supercharges part of a patient’s own immune system to attack and kill tumors. In a talk about a breakthrough, he shares how three decades of research culminated in…
How we can make racism a solvable problem — and improve policing | Phillip Atiba Goff
Sep 9 • 12 min
When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it — and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice scientist Phillip Atiba Goff. In an actionable talk, he shares his work at the Center for Policing…
Why you should be a climate activist | Luisa Neubauer
Sep 6 • 17 min
“I dream of a world where geography classes teach about the climate crisis as this one great challenge that was won by people like you and me,” says climate activist Luisa Neubauer. With Greta Thunberg, Neubauer helped initiate “Fridays For Future,” the…
Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists | Andrew Marantz
Sep 5 • 14 min
Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they’re…
How porn changes the way teens think about sex | Emily F. Rothman
Sep 4 • 15 min
“The free, online, mainstream pornography that teenagers are most likely to see is a completely terrible form of sex education,” says public health researcher Emily F. Rothman. She shares how her mission to end dating and sexual violence led her to create…
What happened when we paired up thousands of strangers to talk politics | Jochen Wegner
Sep 3 • 13 min
In spring 2019, more than 17,000 Europeans from 33 countries signed up to have a political argument with a complete stranger. They were part of “Europe Talks,” a project that organizes one-on-one conversations between people who disagree — sort of like a…
A climate change solution that’s right under our feet | Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
Sep 3 • 13 min
There’s two times more carbon in the earth’s soil than in all of its vegetation and the atmosphere — combined. Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe dives into the science of soil and shares how we could use its awesome carbon-trapping power to offset…
Can we choose to fall out of love? | Dessa
Sep 2 • 11 min
What’s the best way to get over heartbreak? Rapper and writer Dessa came up with an unconventional approach after a chance viewing of Helen Fisher’s TED Talk about the brains of the lovestruck. In a wryly funny talk, she describes how she worked with a…
Emergency medicine for our climate fever | Kelly Wanser
Sep 1 • 14 min
As we recklessly warm the planet by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, some industrial emissions also produce particles that reflect sunshine back into space, putting a check on global warming that we’re only starting to understand. Climate…
What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park
Aug 30 • 10 min
“North Korea is unimaginable,” says human rights activist Yeonmi Park, who escaped the country at the age of 13. Sharing the harrowing story of her childhood, she reflects on the fragility of freedom — and shows how change can be achieved even in the…
How I help people understand vitiligo | Lee Thomas
Aug 29 • 15 min
TV news anchor Lee Thomas thought his career was over after he was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that left large patches of his skin without pigment and led to derision and stares. In a captivating talk, he shares how he discovered a way…
How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green
Aug 28 • 13 min
Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Alphabet Inc., the collection of companies that also…
How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray
Aug 27 • 7 min
“For all that’s ever been said about climate change, we haven’t heard nearly enough about the psychological impacts of living in a warming world,” says science writer Britt Wray. In this quick talk, she explores how climate change is threatening our…
How the West can adapt to a rising Asia | Kishore Mahbubani
Aug 26 • 17 min
As Asian economies and governments continue to gain power, the West needs to find ways to adapt to the new global order, says author and diplomat Kishore Mahbubani. In an insightful look at international politics, Mahbubani shares a three-part strategy…
What ping-pong taught me about life | Pico Iyer
Aug 23 • 12 min
Growing up in England, Pico Iyer was taught that the point of a game was to win. Now, some 50 years later, he’s realized that competition can be “more like an act of love.” In this charming, subtly profound talk, he explores what regular games of…
The power to think ahead in a reckless age | Bina Venkataraman
Aug 22 • 13 min
In a forward-looking talk, author Bina Venkataraman answers a pivotal question of our time: How can we secure our future and do right by future generations? She parses the mistakes we make when imagining the future of our lives, businesses and…
Family, hope and resilience on the migrant trail | Jon Lowenstein
Aug 21 • 13 min
For the past 20 years, photographer and TED Fellow Jon Lowenstein has documented the migrant journey from Latin America to the United States, one of the largest transnational migrations in world history. Sharing photos from his decade-long project “Shadow…
How craving attention makes you less creative | Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Aug 20 • 13 min
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten more than his fair share of attention from his acting career. But as social media exploded over the past decade, he got addicted like the rest of us — trying to gain followers and likes only to be left feeling inadequate…
The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà
Aug 19 • 14 min
What is it about unfairness? Whether it’s not being invited to a friend’s wedding or getting penalized for bad luck or an honest mistake, unfairness often makes us so upset that we can’t think straight. And it’s not just a personal issue — it’s also bad…
The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith
Aug 16 • 14 min
The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they’ve often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in…
Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen
Aug 15 • 6 min
Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human…
A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Jennifer Wilcox
Aug 14 • 14 min
Our planet has a carbon problem — if we don’t start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, we’ll grow hotter, faster. Chemical engineer Jennifer Wilcox previews some amazing technology to scrub carbon from the air, using chemical reactions that…
Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda
Aug 13 • 12 min
Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe — for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a…
How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha
Aug 12 • 18 min
Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our…
Be humble — and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang
Aug 9 • 9 min
How do we find fulfillment in a world that’s constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he’s now…
Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade
Aug 8 • 11 min
Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and…
Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande
Aug 7 • 16 min
How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon’s precision. He shares what he’s found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of…
How to get back to work after a career break | Carol Fishman Cohen
Aug 6 • 12 min
If you’ve taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen’s own experience returning to work after a…
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari
Aug 5 • 14 min
What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we…
“You Have the Rite” | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Aug 2 • 7 min
In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father’s tender and wrenching internal reflection on the pride and terror of seeing his son enter adulthood.
What it was like to grow up under China’s one-child policy | Nanfu Wang
Jul 31 • 5 min
China’s one-child policy ended in 2015, but we’re just beginning to understand what it was like to live under the program, says TED Fellow and documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang. With footage from her film “One Child Nation,” she shares untold stories that…
How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman
Jul 30 • 5 min
Less than 13 percent of police officers in the United States are women — despite their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and reducing the use of force. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a police officer and chief, TED…
Why governments should prioritize well-being | Nicola Sturgeon
Jul 29 • 10 min
In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country’s success. In this visionary talk, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon…
The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot
Jul 26 • 15 min
To get out of the mess we’re in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around…
An urgent call to protect the world’s “Third Pole” | Tshering Tobgay
Jul 25 • 14 min
The Hindu Kush Himalaya region is the world’s third-largest repository of ice, after the North and South Poles — and if current melting rates continue, two-thirds of its glaciers could be gone by the end of this century. What will happen if we let them…
The real relationship between your age and your chance of success | Albert-László Barabási
Jul 24 • 16 min
Backed by mathematical analysis, network theorist Albert-László Barabási explores the hidden mechanisms that drive success — no matter your field — and uncovers an intriguing connection between your age and your chance of making it big.
The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra
Jul 22 • 13 min
Every 12 years, a megacity springs up in India for the Kumbh Mela religious festival — what’s built in ten weeks is completely disassembled in one. What can we learn from this fully functioning, temporary settlement? In a visionary talk, urban designer…
What explains the rise of humans? | Yuval Noah Harari
Jul 19 • 17 min
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we’ve spread to every continent,…
How we can improve maternal healthcare — before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell
Jul 18 • 15 min
Shocking, but true: the United States has the highest rate of deaths for new mothers of any developed country — and 60 percent of them are preventable. With clarity and urgency, physician Elizabeth Howell explains the causes of maternal mortality and…
A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner
Jul 17 • 9 min
Early education is critical to children’s success — but millions of kids in the United States still don’t have access to programs that prepare them to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Enter the UPSTART Project, a plan to bring early learning into the…
The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer
Jul 16 • 10 min
Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. “A country shows…
The fascinating (and dangerous) places scientists aren’t exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi
Jul 15 • 15 min
We’re not doing frontline exploratory science in a huge portion of the world — the places governments deem too hostile or disputed. What might we be missing because we’re not looking? In this fearless, unexpectedly funny talk, paleoanthropologist Ella…
How film transforms the way we see the world | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Jul 12 • 12 min
Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirring…
How we’re honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani
Jul 11 • 11 min
Since its founding in 1851, the “New York Times” has published thousands of obituaries — for heads of state, famous celebrities, even the inventor of the sock puppet. But only a small percentage of them chronicle the lives of women and people of color. In…
Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
Jul 10 • 11 min
We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and…
The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin
Jul 9 • 16 min
Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this question, and the results are promising. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, he explains…
Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King
Jul 8 • 14 min
From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex…
The price of shame | Monica Lewinsky
Jul 6 • 22 min
“Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop,” says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become…
3 ways to measure your adaptability — and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto
Jul 5 • 6 min
When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn’t just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your “adaptability…
American bipartisan politics can be saved — here’s how | Bob Inglis
Jul 4 • 10 min
Former Republican member of the U.S. Congress Bob Inglis shares an optimistic message about how conservatives can lead on climate change and other pressing problems — and how free enterprise (and working together across ideologies) hold the solutions.…
A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio
Jul 3 • 16 min
When Julius Maada Bio first seized political power in Sierra Leone in 1996, he did so to improve the lives of its citizens. But he soon realized that for democracy to flourish, its foundation needs to be built on the will of the people. After arranging an…
The world’s first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system | Moriba Jah
Jul 2 • 5 min
“Most of what we send into outer space never comes back,” says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah describes the space highways orbiting earth and how they’re mostly populated by space junk. Learn more about his…
3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur
Jul 1 • 22 min
What’s the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the…
My wish: Protect our oceans | Sylvia Earle
Jun 29 • 18 min
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray
Jun 28 • 9 min
“The hood is good,” says Jon Gray of the Bronx, New York-based creative collective Ghetto Gastro. Working at the intersection of food, design and art, Gray and his team honor the soul and history of their community while applying their unbridled…
You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun
Jun 27 • 10 min
Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about feeling like…
Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger
Jun 25 • 7 min
Ethan Lindenberger never got vaccinated as a kid. So one day, he went on Reddit and asked a simple question: “Where do I go to get vaccinated?” The post went viral, landing Lindenberger in the middle of a heated debate about vaccination and, ultimately,…
Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer
Jun 24 • 7 min
Lindsay Amer is the creator of “Queer Kid Stuff,” an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors. By giving kids and their families a vocabulary to express themselves, Amer is helping to…
What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee
Jun 22 • 14 min
Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.
“A Bird Made of Birds” | Sarah Kay
Jun 21 • 4 min
“The universe has already written the poem you were planning on writing,” says Sarah Kay, quoting her friend, poet Kaveh Akbar. Performing “A Bird Made of Birds,” she shares how and where she finds poetry. (Kay is also the host of TED’s podcast…
The power of introverts | Susan Cain
Jun 20 • 19 min
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and…
What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad
Jun 19 • 17 min
“The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone,” says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between “sick” and “well,” asking: How do you begin again and…
How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity — and how we can stop it | Rob Reid
Jun 18 • 16 min
The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews the risks of a world where more and more people have access to the tools and tech needed to create a…
5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker
Jun 17 • 10 min
Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future, David…
How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee
Jun 13 • 14 min
AI is massively transforming our world, but there’s one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution — and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in…
Why we get mad — and why it’s healthy | Ryan Martin
Jun 12 • 13 min
Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger — and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. “Your anger exists in you … because it offered your ancestors,…
3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker
Jun 11 • 10 min
Why do some gatherings take off and others don’t? Author Priya Parker shares three easy steps to turn your parties, dinners, meetings and holidays into meaningful, transformative gatherings.
The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth — and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd
Jun 10 • 13 min
The ground beneath your feet is home to a massive, mysterious world of microbes — some of which have been in the earth’s crust for hundreds of thousands of years. What’s it like down there? Take a trip to the volcanoes and hot springs of Costa Rica as…
An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek
Jun 8 • 5 min
Island and coastal nations need to protect their waters to keep the oceans healthy. But they often have lots of debt and aren’t able to prioritize ocean conservation over other needs. Mark Tercek and his team at The Nature Conservancy see a way to solve…
The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier
Jun 7 • 14 min
Humans have been studying the stars for thousands of years, but astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier is on a special mission: creating the most detailed 3-D maps of the universe ever made. Journey across the cosmos as she shares her team’s work on the Sloan…
The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo
Jun 6 • 18 min
Reading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves. Author Michelle Kuo shares how teaching reading skills to her students in the Mississippi Delta revealed the bridging power of the written word — as well as the…
The lies our culture tells us about what matters — and a better way to live | David Brooks
Jun 5 • 14 min
Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we’re trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States — and his meetings with a…
“Everything happens for a reason” — and other lies I’ve loved | Kate Bowler
Jun 4 • 14 min
In life’s toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers — challenging…
The art of asking | Amanda Palmer
Jun 3 • 13 min
Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.
The story we tell about millennials — and who we leave out | Reniqua Allen
May 30 • 11 min
Millennials are now the largest, most diverse adult population in the US — but far too often, they’re reduced to the worn-out stereotype of lazy, entitled avocado toast lovers, says author Reniqua Allen. In this revealing talk, she shares overlooked…
What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden
May 30 • 7 min
TED Fellow and astronomer Erika Hamden leads the team building FIREBall, a telescope that hangs from a giant balloon at the very edge of space and looks for clues about how stars are created. She takes us inside the roller-coaster, decade-long journey to…
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
May 29 • 16 min
Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he…
These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague
May 28 • 9 min
Humans produce 300 million tons of new plastic each year — yet, despite our best efforts, less than 10 percent of it ends up being recycled. Is there a better way to deal with all this waste? Morgan Vague describes her research with microbiologist Jay…
My descent into America’s neo-Nazi movement — and how I got out | Christian Picciolini
May 27 • 20 min
At 14, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teenager to white supremacist — and soon, the leader of the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out of the movement? In this courageous talk,…
What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels
May 24 • 12 min
A few weeks before his release from prison, Jarrell Daniels took a class where incarcerated men learned alongside prosecutors. By simply sitting together and talking, they uncovered surprising truths about the criminal justice system and ideas for how…
My identity is a superpower — not an obstacle | America Ferrera
May 23 • 14 min
Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media — and a shift in how we…
The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya
May 22 • 17 min
Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past — and shares his vision for a…
The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich
May 21 • 5 min
Conventional meat production causes harm to our environment and presents risks to global health, but people aren’t going to eat less meat unless we give them alternatives that cost the same (or less) and that taste the same (or better). In an eye-opening…
Mosquitos, malaria and education | Bill Gates
May 21 • 20 min
Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)
How to build your confidence — and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett
May 20 • 13 min
“Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows,” says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares three ways to crack the code of confidence — and her dream for a world where revolutionary confidence helps…
The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood
May 17 • 12 min
In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship — with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member — and shares the things you can do every day to…
Roger McNamee takes on big tech | The TED Interview
May 16 • 59 min
Recorded live at TED2019 for the TED Interview podcast: Roger McNamee — early investor in Facebook turned outspoken critic — sits down for an extended examination of big tech’s missteps, and where we go from here. (Audio only)
What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
May 15 • 14 min
E-cigarettes and vapes have exploded in popularity in the last decade, especially among youth and young adults — from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students in the US increased by 900 percent. Biobehavioral scientist Suchitra…
If I should have a daughter … | Sarah Kay
May 14 • 18 min
“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse…
The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders
May 13 • 14 min
Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut — the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens — as doctor and author Giulia Enders takes us inside the complex, fascinating science behind it, including its connection to mental health. It turns…
Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker
May 10 • 19 min
Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the…
How your brain’s executive function works — and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel
May 9 • 9 min
You use your brain’s executive function every day — it’s how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine…
The case for having kids | Wajahat Ali
May 9 • 13 min
The global fertility rate, or the number of children per woman, has halved over the last 50 years. What will having fewer babies mean for the future of humanity? In this funny, eye-opening talk, journalist (and self-described exhausted dad) Wajahat Ali…
The crisis of leadership — and a new way forward | Halla Tómasdóttir and Bryn Freedman
May 8 • 14 min
What should modern leadership look like? Entrepreneur and former Icelandic presidential candidate Halla Tómasdóttir thinks global leaders need to change their ways — or risk becoming irrelevant. In a conversation with curator Bryn Freedman, she shows how…
How to revive your belief in democracy | Eric Liu
May 7 • 14 min
Civic evangelist Eric Liu shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Join him for a trip to “Civic Saturday” and learn more about how making civic engagement a weekly habit can help build…
Empathy is not endorsement | Dylan Marron
May 6 • 10 min
Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like “Every Single Word” and “Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People” — but he’s found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he’s developed an unexpected…
How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming | Per Espen Stoknes
May 3 • 15 min
The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes. He’s spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet — and figuring out a new way…
How supercharged plants could slow climate change | Joanne Chory
May 2 • 13 min
Plants are amazing machines — for millions of years, they’ve taken carbon dioxide out of the air and stored it underground, keeping a crucial check on the global climate. Plant geneticist Joanne Chory is working to amplify this special ability: with her…
Why we ignore obvious problems — and how to act on them | Michele Wucker
May 1 • 10 min
Why do we often neglect big problems, like the financial crisis and climate change, until it’s too late? Policy strategist Michele Wucker urges us to replace the myth of the “black swan” — that rare, unforeseeable, unavoidable catastrophe — with the…
How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Apr 30 • 7 min
When you’re feeling burned out as an activist, what’s the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of “playtivism” — the incorporation of play and creativity into movements for social change. See how this…
Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby
Apr 29 • 18 min
Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking special “Nanette” broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.
Helping others makes us happier — but it matters how we do it | Elizabeth Dunn
Apr 26 • 14 min
Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there’s a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact — and boost our own…
The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens
Apr 25 • 11 min
Here’s a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general public, that number is less than five percent. Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens shares her research into the…
How generational stereotypes hold us back at work | Leah Georges
Apr 24 • 11 min
The Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, Gen Z — we’re all in the workforce together. How are our assumptions about each other holding us back from working and communicating better? Social psychologist Leah Georges shows how we’re…
Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu
Apr 23 • 16 min
In a story of scientific discovery, chemical biologist David R. Liu shares a breakthrough: his lab’s development of base editors that can rewrite DNA. This crucial step in genome editing takes the promise of CRISPR to the next level: if CRISPR proteins…
A personal air-quality tracker that lets you know what you’re breathing | Romain Lacombe
Apr 22 • 5 min
How often do you think about the air you’re breathing? Probably not enough, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Romain Lacombe. He introduces Flow: a personal air-quality tracker that fits in your hand and monitors pollution levels in real time. See how this…
How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee
Apr 19 • 8 min
In the early 1990s, a scandal rocked evolutionary biology: scientists discovered that songbirds — once thought to be strictly monogamous — engaged in what’s politely called “extra-pair copulation.” In this unforgettable biology lesson on animal…
How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey
Apr 17 • 25 min
Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform — acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some…
Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr
Apr 16 • 15 min
In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable…
Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya
Apr 15 • 12 min
Kakenya Ntaiya turned her dream of getting an education into a movement to empower vulnerable girls and bring an end to harmful traditional practices in Kenya. Meet two students at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a school where girls can live and study…
3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid
Apr 12 • 11 min
At 16, Rana Abdelhamid started teaching self-defense to women and girls in her neighborhood. Almost 10 years later, these community classes have grown into Malikah: a global grassroots network creating safety, power and solidarity for all women. How did…
How risk-taking changes a teenager’s brain | Kashfia Rahman
Apr 11 • 11 min
Why do teenagers sometimes make outrageous, risky choices? Do they suddenly become reckless, or are they just going through a natural phase? To find out, Kashfia Rahman — winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (and a Harvard…
Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland
Apr 10 • 6 min
Keith Kirkland is developing wearable tech that communicates information using only the sense of touch. He’s trying to figure out: What gestures and vibration patterns could intuitively communicate ideas like “stop” or “go”? Check out his team’s first…
We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny
Apr 9 • 15 min
In a talk that’s by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let’s face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is…
How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman
Apr 8 • 9 min
In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces “dialogue journalism”: a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support…
An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard
Apr 5 • 15 min
Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die — a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch…
What refugees need to start new lives | Muhammed Idris
Apr 4 • 6 min
Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of…
A Parkland teacher’s homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
Apr 3 • 15 min
Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans…
How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble
Apr 2 • 11 min
Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby’s First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children’s cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy experts are…
How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight | Alexander MacDonald
Apr 1 • 13 min
Long before we had rocket scientists, the idea of spaceflight traveled from mind to mind across generations. With great visuals, TED Fellow and NASA economist Alexander MacDonald shows how 300 years of sci-fi tales — from Edgar Allan Poe to Jules Verne to…
Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells? | Chuck Murry
Mar 29 • 14 min
The heart is one of the least regenerative organs in the human body — a big factor in making heart failure the number one killer worldwide. What if we could help heart muscle regenerate after injury? Physician and scientist Chuck Murry shares his…
A short history of trans people’s long fight for equality | Samy Nour Younes
Mar 28 • 6 min
Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs — and a fight for civil rights that’s been raging for a long time. “Imagine how…
To detect diseases earlier, let’s speak bacteria’s secret language | Fatima AlZahra’a Alatraktchi
Mar 27 • 11 min
Bacteria “talk” to each other, sending chemical information to coordinate attacks. What if we could listen to what they were saying? Nanophysicist Fatima AlZahra’a Alatraktchi invented a tool to spy on bacterial chatter and translate their secret…
A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman
Mar 26 • 5 min
Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team’s accidental discovery…
The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant
Mar 25 • 15 min
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including…
12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott
Mar 22 • 15 min
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and…
Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora
Mar 21 • 13 min
To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write — we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help…
How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich
Mar 20 • 12 min
Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and…
3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit
Mar 19 • 14 min
Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can their success teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress? Tracing her career as an…
The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait
Mar 18 • 11 min
Phil Plait was on a Hubble Space Telescope team of astronomers who thought they may have captured the first direct photo of an exoplanet ever taken. But did the evidence actually support that? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses — through a…
How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma
Mar 15 • 12 min
AI algorithms make important decisions about you all the time — like how much you should pay for car insurance or whether or not you get that job interview. But what happens when these machines are built with human bias coded into their systems?…
Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse | Thomas Curran
Mar 14 • 14 min
Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect — in our social media feeds, in school, at work — is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how we can…
Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart
Mar 13 • 11 min
The Earth and Moon are like identical twins, made up of the exact same materials — which is really strange, since no other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship. What’s responsible for this special connection? Looking for an…
The creative power of misfits | WorkLife with Adam Grant
Mar 12 • 40 min
Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo — just like Pixar did. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Audio only)
The “dementia village” that’s redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen
Mar 11 • 10 min
How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped…
We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mar 8 • 29 min
We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much … to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks…
The most powerful woman you’ve never heard of | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison
Mar 7 • 13 min
Everyone’s heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called “the architect of the civil rights movement,” Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation’s most legendary activists — like Rosa Parks, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou…
How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski
Mar 6 • 12 min
From floppy disks to thumb drives, every method of storing data eventually becomes obsolete. What if we could find a way to store all the world’s data forever? Bioinformatician Dina Zielinski shares the science behind a solution that’s been around for a…
A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo
Mar 5 • 13 min
César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to bypass politicians by empowering citizens to create personalized AI representatives that participate directly…
How I’m making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi
Mar 4 • 10 min
Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that’s helping people…
How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy
Mar 1 • 11 min
In 2013, a treasure trove of unusual fossils were uncovered in a cave in South Africa, and researchers soon realized: these were the remains of a new species of ancient humans. Paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy takes us inside the discovery of Homo…
Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here’s how to know | Farida Nabourema
Feb 28 • 11 min
Farida Nabourema has dedicated her life to fighting the military regime in Togo, Africa’s oldest autocracy. She’s learned two truths along the way: no country is destined to be oppressed — and no country is immune to dictatorship. But how can you tell if…
The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand
Feb 27 • 11 min
The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack even…
A juror’s reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood
Feb 26 • 16 min
Lindy Lou Isonhood grew up in a town where the death penalty was a fact of life, part of the unspoken culture. But after she served as a juror in a capital murder trial — and voted “yes” to sentencing a guilty man to death — something inside her changed.…
An architect’s subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael
Feb 25 • 11 min
What is a border? It’s a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a moving,…
How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta
Feb 22 • 13 min
“Sí, se puede!” — “Yes, we can!” It’s the rallying cry Dolores Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she’s lived by it in her tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since. With her signature wit and humor, Huerta reflects on her life’s…
How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock
Feb 20 • 12 min
When one of Liz Kleinrock’s fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Kleinrock teaches kids to discuss taboo topics without fear…
What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder
Feb 20 • 7 min
In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away — and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn’t have to be this way. She’s built a…
How do we find dignity at work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman
Feb 19 • 10 min
Roy Bahat was worried. His company invests in new technology like AI to make businesses more efficient — but, he wondered, what was AI doing to the people whose jobs might change, go away or become less fulfilling? The question sent him on a two-year…
Lessons from past presidents | Doris Kearns Goodwin
Feb 18 • 18 min
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez
Feb 15 • 18 min
Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan Enriquez…
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew
Feb 14 • 11 min
In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they’ve learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art. Journey…
3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow
Feb 13 • 14 min
What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn’t be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work to…
How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar
Feb 12 • 10 min
Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility — especially for low-income patients. What if we could redesign the system to serve the poor and still have doctors make money? In an eye-opening (and surprisingly…
Why noise is bad for your health — and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner
Feb 12 • 10 min
Silence is a rare commodity these days. There’s traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor’s lawnmower … and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science behind…
How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum
Feb 11 • 13 min
Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan — and…
America’s forgotten working class | J.D. Vance
Feb 8 • 14 min
J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a…
What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka
Feb 7 • 13 min
There’s no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That’s the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there’s one medium with overlooked potential for medical…
How we can help the “forgotten middle” reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss
Feb 6 • 12 min
You know the “forgotten middle”: they’re the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they’re seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping young…
The uncomplicated truth about women’s sexuality | Sarah Barmak
Feb 5 • 11 min
Is women’s sexuality more complicated than men’s? Well, not really, no, says author Sarah Barmak. In this frank, eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped this discussion for centuries. She debunks some age-old…
How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane
Feb 4 • 9 min
The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we’re handling AI in a way that blocks that path — and sacrificing…
How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales
Feb 1 • 20 min
“Where does it hurt?” It’s a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country’s legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she’s learned, reflecting…
An astronaut’s story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin
Jan 31 • 13 min
What job is best for a young man who’s been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about … astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he’s accepted and the opportunities he’s seized — and how they…
The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn
Jan 31 • 14 min
Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex — with biology that doesn’t fit the standard definition of male or female? (That’s as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in this…
The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg
Jan 30 • 11 min
In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the…
Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman
Jan 30 • 15 min
What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 — from the early influence of growing up in the…
Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis
Jan 29 • 9 min
The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world’s most successful environmental treaty was signed, atmospheric scientist Sean Davis examines the world we avoided when we…
The power of women’s anger | Soraya Chemaly
Jan 28 • 11 min
Anger is a powerful emotion — it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silence? In…
A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford
Jan 25 • 17 min
What can we learn from the world’s most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes — without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like…
Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next | The TED Interview
Jan 24 • 38 min
Join head of TED Chris Anderson for a very special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, recorded live onstage at TED2018. Listen in to hear what the man who makes a living from predicting the future arc of technology…
What’s needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson
Jan 23 • 11 min
The American election system is complicated, to say the least — but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civic engagement champion Tiana…
How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom
Jan 22 • 12 min
From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink — and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design cities…
How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson
Jan 21 • 17 min
If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we’re going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy — the ability to read, recast and resolve these…
The political progress women have made — and what’s next | Cecile Richards
Jan 18 • 17 min
Women have made enormous progress over the last century — challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there’s still a long way to go, says activist Cecile…
A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj
Jan 17 • 8 min
You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there’s another kind that’s just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor…
Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald
Jan 17 • 17 min
The way we’re taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain…
How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson
Jan 16 • 13 min
If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity’s wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trapping,…
Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school — and how to change that | Monique W. Morris
Jan 15 • 12 min
Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted…
3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West
Jan 14 • 11 min
Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it’s clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an…
A beginner’s guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose
Jan 11 • 10 min
A quantum computer isn’t just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it’s something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding — and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose…
The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu
Jan 10 • 12 min
How exactly does gender work? It’s not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social factors…
What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale
Jan 9 • 11 min
Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. What kind of sounds should they make to keep people safe? Get a preview of what…
How India’s smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar
Jan 8 • 10 min
India has the second largest population of any country in the world — yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she asked herself: How do we get more people reading books? Find out how Sarkar is tapping into India’s smartphone…
What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? | Martin Danoesastro
Jan 8 • 13 min
What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: “What are you willing to give up?” He shares lessons learned from…
The story of a parent’s transition and a son’s redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams
Jan 7 • 13 min
Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonathan…
The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová
Jan 4 • 10 min
Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don’t need some special talent or a “language gene,” says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages)…
How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders | Elizabeth Lyle
Jan 3 • 12 min
Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert…
In the opioid crisis, here’s what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader
Jan 2 • 14 min
As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed to take a brand-new approach to life-saving. In this powerful, hopeful talk, Rader shows what it’s like…
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr
Jan 1 • 11 min
Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it’s not always because they’re bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr — often, it’s simply because they’re leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how…
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky
Dec 31, 2018 • 14 min
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community…
You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett
Dec 28, 2018 • 18 min
Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions,…
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
Dec 27, 2018 • 14 min
In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices…
The story of ‘Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech
Dec 26, 2018 • 13 min
In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet — a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian for…
How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch
Dec 25, 2018 • 12 min
At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a…
How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei
Dec 24, 2018 • 15 min
Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it’s broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it — something she worked on…
Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis
Dec 21, 2018 • 12 min
Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been “the extraordinary” — those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she…
The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze
Dec 20, 2018 • 14 min
Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What’s causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked when…
Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson
Dec 19, 2018 • 19 min
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
How “baby bonds” could help close the wealth gap | Darrick Hamilton
Dec 18, 2018 • 12 min
Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth…
How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity | Eldra Jackson
Dec 18, 2018 • 11 min
In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he’s helping others heal by creating a new image of what…
The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman
Dec 17, 2018 • 20 min
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound…
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe
Dec 14, 2018 • 17 min
How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a…
How to be “Team Human” in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff
Dec 13, 2018 • 12 min
Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff — in a world dominated by digital technology, we’re now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for…
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris
Dec 13, 2018 • 13 min
The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a person…
Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif
Dec 12, 2018 • 11 min
Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time — when companies invest millions of dollars in…
3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd
Dec 11, 2018 • 12 min
What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know — and shares ideas…
How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore
Dec 10, 2018 • 15 min
When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children — without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the charity…
The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo
Dec 7, 2018 • 16 min
Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people’s lives — they’re the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they’re invisible, taken for granted or…
Get ready for hybrid thinking | Ray Kurzweil
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests,…
How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli
Dec 5, 2018 • 12 min
How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations — or our…
3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor — she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only choice…
Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang
Dec 3, 2018 • 12 min
Think about the most tired you’ve ever been at work. It probably wasn’t when you stayed late or came home from a road trip — chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. “If we know that…
Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson
Dec 1, 2018 • 14 min
The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that…
Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke
Nov 30, 2018 • 16 min
In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote “Me Too” across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy…
The story of Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera
Nov 29, 2018 • 11 min
With Marvel’s “America Chavez,” Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero — one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer…
100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann
Nov 28, 2018 • 17 min
What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as “drawdown,” is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solutions to…
When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany
Nov 27, 2018 • 13 min
Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you’re thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns of a…
The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg
Nov 26, 2018 • 13 min
Every cell that’s ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G — the basic units of DNA. But now that’s changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organisms…
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
Nov 23, 2018 • 14 min
On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don’t have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. This has real human…
Elizabeth Gilbert shows up for … everything | The TED Interview
Nov 22, 2018 • 58 min
As a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert is notorious for placing her heart squarely on her sleeve. Her best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love” was a sensation precisely because of her eloquent, open-hearted descriptions of fear, divorce and wanting everything life had…
Where do your online returns go? | Aparna Mehta
Nov 21, 2018 • 7 min
Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn’t work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-opening…
How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux
Nov 20, 2018 • 12 min
Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled — today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and…
How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can’t agree — on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing…
Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker
Nov 17, 2018 • 18 min
Was 2017 really the “worst year ever,” as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we’re doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30…
A librarian’s case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek
Nov 15, 2018 • 13 min
Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there’s one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wacek…
Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan
Nov 14, 2018 • 13 min
What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence…
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs
Nov 13, 2018 • 15 min
Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand “thank yous” later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that…
What to trust in a “post-truth” world | Alex Edmans
Nov 12, 2018 • 17 min
Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias — the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs — can lead…
What it’s like to be Muslim in America | Dalia Mogahed
Nov 10, 2018 • 16 min
When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative…
The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis
Nov 9, 2018 • 10 min
Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments — a trend that’s threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down the…
The global goals we’ve made progress on — and the ones we haven’t | Michael Green
Nov 8, 2018 • 14 min
“We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea,” says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a set of 17 goals around important…
How kids can help design cities | Mara Mintzer
Nov 7, 2018 • 14 min
Adults tend to think of kids as “future citizens” — their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn’t they have a say in what the world they’ll inherit will look like? Urban planner…
How I accidentally changed the way movies get made | Franklin Leonard
Nov 7, 2018 • 16 min
How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it’s groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn’t…
Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail | Özlem Cekic
Nov 6, 2018 • 15 min
Özlem Cekic’s email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament — becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a…
The case for curiosity-driven research | Suzie Sheehy
Nov 5, 2018 • 9 min
Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments — and makes the case…
Science can answer moral questions | Sam Harris
Nov 3, 2018 • 23 min
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
A memory scientist’s advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw
Nov 2, 2018 • 9 min
How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bias.…
How to let go of being a “good” person — and become a better person | Dolly Chugh
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
What if your attachment to being a “good” person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior — like why it’s hard to spot your…
How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy | Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. In a…
Is war between China and the US inevitable? | Graham Allison
Oct 30, 2018 • 18 min
Taking lessons from a historical pattern called “Thucydides’s Trap,” political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant United States could be headed towards a violent collision no one wants — and how we can summon the common sense…
What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet | Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work — essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he’s focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a crisp…
How isolation fuels opioid addiction | Rachel Wurzman
Oct 29, 2018 • 18 min
What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman — and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the…
Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars | David Deutsch
Oct 27, 2018 • 19 min
Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.
How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? | Charles C. Mann
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science journalist Charles C. Mann breaks…
My quest to defy gravity and fly | Elizabeth Streb
Oct 25, 2018 • 9 min
Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She’s jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a boost along the way. Backed by footage…
How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm
Oct 24, 2018 • 10 min
What can you do if you’re the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted…
How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it’s the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing…
How nationalism and globalism can coexist | Wanis Kabbaj
Oct 23, 2018 • 12 min
Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary…
How conscious investors can turn up the heat and make companies change | Vinay Shandal
Oct 22, 2018 • 13 min
In a talk that’s equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world’s top activist investors, showing how individuals and institutions can take a page from their playbook and put pressure on companies to drive positive…
Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert
Oct 20, 2018 • 19 min
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
What does the universe sound like? A musical tour | Matt Russo
Oct 19, 2018 • 16 min
Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it’s often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe is…
The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home | Daniel Kraft
Oct 18, 2018 • 12 min
We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don’t work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication,…
5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world | Johan Rockström
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model — a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, beyond…
The key to a better malaria vaccine | Faith Osier
Oct 16, 2018 • 7 min
The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago — yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immunologist and TED Fellow Faith Osier shows how she’s…
Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling
Oct 16, 2018 • 11 min
We’re far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we’re biologically hardwired to project intent and life…
Let’s protect the oceans like national parks | David Lang
Oct 15, 2018 • 12 min
You don’t have to be a scientist to help protect the world’s oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang — in fact, ordinary citizens have pulled together to save the planet’s natural treasures many times in history. Lang asks us to…
How whistle-blowers shape history | Kelly Richmond Pope
Oct 12, 2018 • 12 min
Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they’ve shared information that has shaped society — and why they need our trust and protection.
What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work — and vice versa | Chip Conley
Oct 11, 2018 • 12 min
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes…
What Americans agree on when it comes to health | Rebecca Onie
Oct 10, 2018 • 12 min
We may not be as deeply divided as we think — at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they…
3 ways to create a space that moves you, from a Broadway set designer | David Korins
Oct 9, 2018 • 10 min
You don’t have to work on Broadway to design a set, says creative director David Korins — you can be the set designer of any space in your life. Sharing insights from his work on hits like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” Korins offers a three-step…
How cryptocurrency can help start-ups get investment capital | Ashwini Anburajan
Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min
We’re living in a golden era of innovation, says entrepreneur Ashwini Anburajan — but venture capital hasn’t evolved to keep up, and start-ups aren’t getting the funding they need to grow. In this quick talk, she shares the story of how her company became…