TED Talks Daily

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Ideas worth spreading from the TED Conference


A friendly, autonomous robot that delivers your food | Ali Kashani
Jul 8 • 8 min
Meet the friendly robot that could deliver your next burrito. Ali Kashani introduces us to Postmates’ autonomous delivery robot and explains how it could help reduce carbon emissions and free up valuable real estate in cities everywhere. Learn more about…
How the pandemic will shape the near future | Bill Gates
Jul 7 • 22 min
Bill Gates talks best (and worst) case scenarios for the coronavirus pandemic in the months ahead, explaining the challenges of reducing virus transmission, providing an update on promising vaccine candidates, offering his thoughts on reopening and even…
Africa is a sleeping giant — I’m trying to wake it up | Adeola Fayehun
Jul 6 • 7 min
“Africa is like a sleeping giant,” says journalist and satirist Adeola Fayehun at the beginning of this hilarious, incisive talk. “The truth is I am trying to wake up this giant. That’s why I air the dirty laundry of those in charge.” Follow along as she…
The new urgency of climate change | Al Gore
Jul 3 • 42 min
The coronavirus brought much of the world to a standstill, dropping carbon emissions by five percent. Al Gore says keeping those rates down is now up to us. In this illuminating interview, he discusses how the steadily declining cost of wind and solar…
Scenes from a Black trans life | D-L Stewart
Jul 2 • 15 min
At the crossroads of life and livelihood, scholar D-L Stewart invites us into scenes from his own life as he resists and reflects on the dehumanizing narratives that shape the Black trans experience in the US. With each word of his captivating and poetic…
What foods did your ancestors love? | Aparna Pallavi
Jul 1 • 14 min
Around the world, Indigenous food cultures vanish because of industrialized agriculture and a shifting, Western-influenced concept of the ideal diet. Food researcher Aparna Pallavi explores why once-essential culinary traditions disappear from people’s…
Stop being a bystander in your own life | Tracy Edwards
Jun 30 • 11 min
“Life doesn’t go from A to B — it’s messy,” says sailing legend Tracy Edwards. In this inspiring talk, she tells how she went from teenage misfit to skipper of the first all-female crew in the toughest race on the seas — and how she now helps young people…
3 ways we can redesign cities for equity and inclusion | Vishaan Chakrabarti
Jun 29 • 18 min
Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge and community, but they’re also centers of inequality and poverty. As the world rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic, can we transform cities into bastions of equity and sustainability? Architect and…
The case to infect volunteers with COVID-19 to accelerate vaccine testing | Nir Eyal
Jun 27 • 16 min
Conventional vaccine testing is a slow, years-long process. As thousands of people continue to die each day from COVID-19, bioethicist Nir Eyal proposes a radical idea that could dramatically accelerate the vaccine development timeline: “human challenge…
How women will lead us to freedom, justice and peace | H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Jun 26 • 14 min
“I was the first woman president of an African nation, and I do believe more countries ought to try that,” says H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel laureate and former president of Liberia. Telling the story of how Liberian women helped rebuild their…
How Dolly Parton led me to an epiphany | Jad Abumrad
Jun 25 • 13 min
How do you end a story? Host of “Radiolab” Jad Abumrad tells how his search for an answer led him home to the mountains of Tennessee, where he met an unexpected teacher: Dolly Parton.
How to support and celebrate living artists | Swizz Beatz
Jun 24 • 8 min
Legendary hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz is on a mission to revolutionize the way artists do business. In this glorious talk, he shares some of the ways he’s helping fellow creatives thrive, including a roving art fair that gives artists 100 percent of…
Why is colonialism (still) romanticized? | Farish Ahmad-Noor
Jun 23 • 12 min
Colonialism remains an inescapable blight on the present, lingering in the toxic, internalized mythologies and stereotypes that have outlived the regimes that created them, says historian Farish Ahmad-Noor. Examining why these prejudices and narratives…
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
Jun 22 • 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…
How racial bias works — and how to disrupt it | Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Jun 18 • 14 min
Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt…
Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the universe | Kenneth Lacovara
Jun 17 • 15 min
What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus — a 77-million-year-old sauropod that was as tall as a two-story house and as heavy as a jumbo jet — and considers how amazingly improbable…
My secret to staying focused under pressure | Russell Wilson
Jun 16 • 6 min
Athletes train their bodies to run faster, jump higher, throw farther — so why don’t they train their minds, too? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about the power of “neutral thinking,” which helps him thrive under pressure (both on the…
3 secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone
Jun 15 • 16 min
Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may come head-on with…
The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
Jun 13 • 51 min
There is no such thing as being “not racist,” says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our…
How drawing can set you free | Shantell Martin
Jun 12 • 7 min
Who are you? To answer this question, artist Shantell Martin followed her pen. In this brilliantly visual talk featuring her signature freestyle line work — drawn across everything from the screens of Times Square to the bodies of New York City Ballet…
What tech companies know about your kids | Veronica Barassi
Jun 11 • 11 min
The digital platforms you and your family use every day — from online games to education apps and medical portals — may be collecting and selling your children’s data, says anthropologist Veronica Barassi. Sharing her eye-opening research, Barassi urges…
Introducing Pindrop: Bangkok | Pindrop
Jun 11 • 28 min
Let’s say you go into labor in the back of a taxi. The traffic is so bad you don’t know if you’ll make it to the hospital on time. You make the obvious call to the local radio station — which serves as an emergency hotline, lost and found, and community…
How to turn your dissatisfaction into action | Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
Jun 10 • 12 min
After the devastating rebel invasion of Freetown in 1999 and the Ebola epidemic in 2014, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of the city, refused to be paralyzed by her frustration with the status quo. Instead, she used her anger as a catalyst for action. In this…
We need to green the economy while restarting it | Nigel Topping
Jun 9 • 40 min
Nigel Topping has a cool job: he’s the UK’s High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, the UN’s climate change conference taking place in 2021. In this wide-ranging interview, Topping discusses his work with scientists, businesses and cities to drive…
5 steps to remove yourself from drama at work | Anastasia Penright
Jun 8 • 14 min
No matter your industry, you’ve experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines five steps you can follow to better coexist with your coworkers and focus on what’s really important.
The path to ending systemic racism in the US | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero
Jun 5 • 36 min
In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national leadership, what is the path forward? Sharing urgent insights into this historic moment, Dr. Phillip…
Part 2: The path to ending systemic racism in the US | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero
Jun 5 • 28 min
This is part two of a special episode of TED Talks Daily. In the first, you heard from Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, the CEO of the Center for Policing Equity, Rashad Robinson, the President of Color of Change, Dr. Bernice Albertine King, the CEO of the King…
How to support witnesses of harassment and build healthier workplaces | Julia Shaw
Jun 4 • 11 min
What makes you speak up — or not — when you see something you know is wrong? Memory scientist Julia Shaw explains the psychology of those who witness workplace discrimination and harassment — and shares actionable steps companies can take to support and…
The urgency of intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw
Jun 3 • 18 min
Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if…
The true cost of financial dependence | Estelle Gibson
Jun 1 • 8 min
Giving up control of your finances — voluntarily or otherwise — can leave you powerless and, in some cases, confined to a cycle of abuse. In this personal talk, accountant Estelle Gibson shares her own story of recovering from financial dependence and…
My story of love and loss as a transracial adoptee | Sara Jones
May 30 • 12 min
A mysterious tattoo on her forearm was all that linked Sara Jones, adopted as a child by white parents, to her South Korean origins. Searching for her birth family taught her that transracial adoption stories often frame new lives abroad as strokes of…
Let’s make the world wild again | Kristine Tompkins
May 29 • 16 min
Earth, humanity and nature are inextricably interconnected. To restore us all back to health, we need to “rewild” the world, says environmental activist Kristine Tompkins. Tracing her life from Patagonia CEO to passionate conservationist, she shares how…
Autofocusing reading glasses of the future | Nitish Padmanaban
May 28 • 6 min
As you age, you gradually lose the ability to refocus your eyes — a phenomenon as old as humanity itself — leading to a reliance on bifocals, contacts and procedures like LASIK surgery. Electrical engineer Nitish Padmanaban offers a glimpse of…
The secret weapon against pandemics | Georges C. Benjamin
May 27 • 21 min
The coronavirus pandemic won’t be the last crisis to test public health systems worldwide, says physician and health policy leader Georges C. Benjamin. He details what’s needed to lead us out of the pandemic and prevent future ones — including a robust…
A COVID-19 “exit” strategy to end lockdown and reopen the economy | Uri Alon
May 26 • 12 min
How can we return to work without spurring a second surge of coronavirus infection? Biologist Uri Alon shares a thought-provoking strategy: four days at work followed by 10 days of lockdown, a cycle that would exploit a weakness in the virus’s biology and…
10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee
May 25 • 11 min
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great…
How the US can address the tragedy of veteran suicide | Charles P. Smith
May 22 • 8 min
Veterans in the United States take their own lives at an alarming rate. Suggesting new ways to prioritize mental health in the military, veterans advocate Charles P. Smith offers a data-driven plan to help prevent suicide and ensure service members get…
The real reason you procrastinate | WorkLife with Adam Grant
May 21 • 36 min
You procrastinate because you’re lazy, right? Wrong. The truth is more complex — and far more interesting. Learn how to stop putting off important tasks … with a little help from master procrastinator Margaret Atwood. (Audio only)
Are we interrupting the kinky sex lives of fish? | Marah J. Hardt
May 20 • 12 min
The ocean plays host to a peculiar party of wild, marine sex life that’s perhaps quirkier (and kinkier) than you can fathom. But is human behavior interrupting these raunchy reproductive acts? Take a deep dive with marine biologist Marah J. Hardt to…
Can we edit memories? | Amy Milton
May 19 • 16 min
Trauma and PTSD rewire your brain — especially your memory — and can unearth destructive emotional responses when stirred. Could we eliminate these triggers without erasing the memories themselves? Enter neurologist Amy Milton’s mind-blowing,…
To overcome challenges, stop comparing yourself to others | Dean Furness
May 18 • 12 min
When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his “personal…
Why students should have mental health days | Hailey Hardcastle
May 15 • 7 min
School can be rife with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and even burnout — but there’s often no formal policy for students who need to prioritize their well-being. Hailey Hardcastle explains why schools should offer mental health days and allow students…
Restoring human dignity at the US southern border | Norma Pimentel
May 14 • 12 min
After seeing the conditions in which children were held at a detention center on the US-Mexico border, Sister Norma Pimentel established a humanitarian respite center in Texas where people can get clean clothing, a warm shower and a hot meal. In this…
An ER doctor on triaging your “crazy busy” life | Darria Long
May 13 • 11 min
How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a straightforward framework to help you take back control and feel less overwhelmed when life starts to get “crazy…
The US is addicted to incarceration. Here’s how to break the cycle | Robin Steinberg and Manoush Zomorodi
May 12 • 17 min
Nearly half a million people in the US are in jail right now without being convicted of a crime, simply because they can’t come up with the money to pay cash bail. To try and fix this system, public defender and activist Robin Steinberg asked a…
A virus detection network to stop the next pandemic | Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi
May 11 • 5 min
How can we stop the next pandemic before it starts? Disease researchers Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi introduce Sentinel, an early warning system that detects and tracks viral threats in real time — and could help stop them before they spread. Learn…
The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers | Laurel Braitman
May 9 • 9 min
Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? TED Fellow Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories helps physicians, nurses, medical…
How American and Chinese values shaped the coronavirus response | Huang Hung
May 8 • 11 min
To combat COVID-19, countries have enforced city-wide shutdowns, stay-at-home orders and mask mandates — but the reaction (and adherence) to these rules has differed markedly in the East and West. In conversation with TED’s head of curation Helen Walters,…
What you need to know about face surveillance | Kade Crockford
May 7 • 12 min
Privacy isn’t dead, but face surveillance technology might kill it, says civil rights advocate Kade Crockford. In an eye-opening talk, Kade outlines the startling reasons why this invasive technology — powered by often-flawed facial recognition databases…
The cost of work stress — and how to reduce it | Rob Cooke
May 6 • 10 min
By some estimates, work-related stress drains the US economy of nearly 300 billion dollars a year — and it can hurt your productivity and personal health too, says wellness advocate Rob Cooke. He shares some strategies to help put your mental, physical…
How we’re using AI to discover new antibiotics | Jim Collins
May 5 • 7 min
Before the coronavirus pandemic, bioengineer Jim Collins and his team combined the power of AI with synthetic biology in an effort to combat a different looming crisis: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Collins explains how they pivoted their efforts to…
The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya
May 4 • 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…
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi
May 1 • 16 min
Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems.…
Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little
Apr 30 • 15 min
What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and…
How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta
Apr 29 • 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…
The injustice of “policing for profit” — and how to end it | Dick M. Carpenter II
Apr 28 • 12 min
Many countries have an active, centuries-old law that allows government agencies to take your things — your house, your car, your business — without ever convicting you of a crime. Law researcher Dick M. Carpenter II exposes how this practice of civil…
A global pandemic calls for global solutions | Larry Brilliant
Apr 24 • 15 min
Examining the facts and figures of the coronavirus outbreak, epidemiologist Larry Brilliant evaluates the global response in a candid interview with head of TED Chris Anderson. Brilliant lays out a clear plan to end the pandemic — and shows why, to…
How to shift your mindset and choose your future | Tom Rivett-Carnac
Apr 23 • 15 min
When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we’re powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a…
What’s missing from the American immigrant narrative | Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
Apr 21 • 10 min
Recounting her story of finding opportunity and stability in the US, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience — and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around…
An evolutionary perspective on human health and disease | Lara Durgavich
Apr 20 • 15 min
How does your genetic inheritance, culture and history influence your health? Biological anthropologist Lara Durgavich discusses the field of evolutionary medicine as a gateway to understanding the quirks of human biology — including why a genetic…
How to co-parent as allies, not adversaries | Ebony Roberts and Shaka Senghor
Apr 17 • 14 min
When Shaka Senghor and Ebony Roberts ended their relationship, they made a pact to protect their son from its fallout. What resulted was a poetic meditation on what it means to raise a child together, yet apart. In this moving and deeply personal talk,…
Racism has a cost for everyone | Heather C. McGhee
Apr 16 • 14 min
Racism makes our economy worse — and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains…
Regain control in an unpredictable world | Checking In with Susan David
Apr 15 • 14 min
Many of us are feeling stuck right now, forced to adapt to a world that we have little control over. But if we focus too much on these uncontrollable aspects of our lives, we greatly increase our suffering. Learn why our routines and habits are so…
A history of Indigenous languages — and how to revitalize them | Lindsay Morcom
Apr 14 • 13 min
Indigenous languages across North America are under threat of extinction due to the colonial legacy of cultural erasure, says linguist Lindsay Morcom. Highlighting grassroots strategies developed by the Anishinaabe people of Canada to revive their…
Why sleep matters now more than ever | Matt Walker
Apr 13 • 26 min
A good night’s sleep has perhaps never been more important. Sharing wisdom and debunking myths, sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses the impact of sleep on mind and body — from unleashing your creative powers to boosting your memory and immune health —…
A monkey economy as irrational as ours | Laurie Santos
Apr 10 • 19 min
Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
An ethical plan for ending the pandemic and restarting the economy | Danielle Allen
Apr 9 • 25 min
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the world is facing two existential threats at once: a public health emergency and an economic crisis. Political theorist Danielle Allen describes how we can ethically and democratically address both problems by scaling up…
How understanding divorce can help your marriage | Jeannie Suk Gersen
Apr 8 • 10 min
To understand what makes marriages work, we need to talk about why they sometimes end, says family law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen. Follow along as she lays out three ways that thinking about marital decisions through the lens of divorce can help you…
It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Here’s what to do next | Elizabeth Gilbert
Apr 7 • 27 min
If you’re feeling anxious or fearful during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. Offering hope and understanding, author Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on how to stay present, accept grief when it comes and trust in the strength of the human spirit.…
In uncertain times, think like a mother | Yifat Susskind
Apr 6 • 10 min
There’s a simple and powerful way to confront the world’s most pressing crises, says women’s rights activist Yifat Susskind: think like a mother. As she puts it: “When you think like a mother, you prioritize the needs of the many, not the whims of the…
The intangible effects of walls | Alexandra Auer
Apr 3 • 11 min
More barriers exist now than at the end of World War II, says designer Alexandra Auer. And when you erect one wall, you unwittingly create a second — an “us” versus “them” partition in the mind that compromises our collective safety. With intriguing…
Simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis | Johanna Figueira
Mar 31 • 9 min
The world is more connected than ever, but some communities are still cut off from vital resources like electricity and health care. In this solution-oriented talk, activist Johanna Figueira discusses her work with Code for Venezuela — a platform that…
How forgiveness can create a more just legal system | Martha Minow
Mar 30 • 14 min
Pardons, commutations and bankruptcy laws are all tools of forgiveness within the US legal system. Are we using them frequently enough, and with fairness? Law professor Martha Minow outlines how these merciful measures can reinforce racial and economic…
What the world can learn from China’s response to the coronavirus | Gary Liu
Mar 27 • 58 min
From Hong Kong, South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu tracks China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — from the initial outbreak in Wuhan to the shutdown of Hubei province and the containment measures taken across its major cities. Sharing insights…
2 questions to uncover your passion — and turn it into a career | Noeline Kirabo
Mar 26 • 11 min
What’s your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping out-of-school young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses — and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same.
How we must respond to the coronavirus pandemic | Bill Gates
Mar 25 • 51 min
Philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates offers insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis. (This…
How to be your best self in times of crisis | Susan David
Mar 24 • 46 min
“Life’s beauty is inseparable from its fragility,” says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners’ questions…
Go ahead, dream about the future | Charlie Jane Anders
Mar 20 • 11 min
“You don’t predict the future — you imagine the future,” says sci-fi writer Charlie Jane Anders. In a talk that’s part dream, part research-based extrapolation, she takes us on a wild, speculative tour of the delights and challenges the future may hold —…
How repaying loans with social service transforms communities | Angie Murimirwa
Mar 19 • 11 min
What if you could repay loans through volunteering and mentorship instead of money? Activist Angie Murimirwa shares how a game-changing economic tool known as “social interest” is reinvigorating sub-Saharan communities once trapped in cycles of poverty.…
Without farmers, you’d be hungry, naked and sober | Eric Sannerud
Mar 18 • 9 min
Farmers keep us fed and our economies stable, but in the US they’re retiring faster than they’re being replaced. Take a crash course in agricultural policy with Eric Sannerud to see why this problem can’t be solved by simply buying from your local…
A fascinating time capsule of human feelings toward AI | Lucy Farey-Jones
Mar 17 • 6 min
How comfortable are you with robots taking over your life? Covering a wide range of potential applications — from the mundane (robot house cleaner) to the mischievous (robot sex partner) to the downright macabre (uploading your brain to live on after…
Why COVID-19 is hitting us now — and how to prepare for the next outbreak | Alanna Shaikh
Mar 16 • 16 min
Where did the new coronavirus originate, how did it spread so fast — and what’s next? Sharing insights from the outbreak, global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh traces the spread of COVID-19, discusses why travel restrictions aren’t effective…
A campaign for period positivity | Ananya Grover
Mar 16 • 9 min
Having your period is exhausting — and for many people across the world, menstruation is even more challenging because of stigmas and difficulty getting basic hygiene supplies, says social activist Ananya Grover. In this uplifting, actionable talk, she…
How we could change the planet’s climate future | David Wallace-Wells
Mar 13 • 11 min
The climate crisis is too vast and complicated to solve with a silver bullet, says author David Wallace-Wells. What we need is a shift in how we live. Follow along as he lays out some of the dramatic actions we could take to build a livable, prosperous…
Why it’s so hard to talk about the N-word | Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
Mar 12 • 19 min
Historian Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor leads a thoughtful and history-backed examination of one of the most divisive words in the English language: the N-word. Drawing from personal experience, she explains how reflecting on our points of encounter with the…
How menopause affects the brain | Lisa Mosconi
Mar 10 • 13 min
Many of the symptoms of menopause — hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, memory lapses, depression and anxiety — start in the brain. How exactly does menopause impact cognitive health? Sharing groundbreaking findings from her research, neuroscientist Lisa…
The gender-fluid history of the Philippines | France Villarta
Mar 9 • 10 min
In much of the world, gender is viewed as binary: man or woman, each assigned characteristics and traits designated by biological sex. But that’s not the case everywhere, says France Villarta. In a talk that’s part cultural love letter, part history…
What investigating neural pathways can reveal about mental health | Kay M. Tye
Mar 5 • 12 min
Neuroscientist Kay M. Tye investigates how your brain gives rise to complex emotional states like depression, anxiety or loneliness. From the cutting edge of science, she shares her latest findings — including the development of a tool that uses light to…
How a miniaturized atomic clock could revolutionize space exploration | Jill Seubert
Mar 5 • 11 min
Ask any deep space navigator like Jill Seubert what makes steering a spacecraft difficult, and they’ll tell you it’s all about the timing; a split-second can decide a mission’s success or failure. So what do you do when a spacecraft is bad at telling…
When local news dies, so does democracy | Chuck Plunkett
Mar 3 • 11 min
Nearly 1,800 newsrooms have shuttered across the US since 2004, leaving many communities unseen, unheard and in the dark. In this passionate talk and rallying cry, journalist Chuck Plunkett explains why he rebelled against his employer to raise awareness…
How to turn climate anxiety into action | Renée Lertzman
Mar 2 • 13 min
It’s normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on…
What you need to know about stalkerware | Eva Galperin
Feb 28 • 12 min
“Full access to a person’s phone is the next best thing to full access to a person’s mind,” says cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin. In an urgent talk, she describes the emerging danger of stalkerware — software designed to spy on someone by gaining access…
How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet
Feb 27 • 11 min
Sometimes, small things make a huge impact. After studying how bees in urban environments can survive by navigating small land patches, ecologist Amanda Schochet was inspired to build MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending…
3 ways to uproot a culture of corruption | Wanjira Mathai
Feb 26 • 10 min
Corruption is a constant threat in Kenya, says social entrepreneur Wanjira Mathai — and to stop it there (or anywhere else), we need to intervene early. Following the legacy of her mother, political activist and Nobel Prize recipient Wangari Maathai,…
How technology has changed what it’s like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill
Feb 26 • 13 min
“Complete silence is very addictive,” says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to…
How to design gender bias out of your workplace | Sara Sanford
Feb 25 • 13 min
Equity expert Sara Sanford offers a certified playbook that helps companies go beyond good intentions, using a data-driven standard to actively counter unconscious bias and foster gender equity — by changing how workplaces operate, not just how people…
Management lessons from Chinese business and philosophy | Fang Ruan
Feb 25 • 10 min
Business management in China is changing, says consultant Fang Ruan. Learn how Chinese entrepreneurs — long guided by Confucianism’s emphasis on authority and regulation — are now looking to Taoist philosophy for a new, dynamic leadership style that…
What if a single human right could change the world? | Kristen Wenz
Feb 24 • 8 min
More than a billion people worldwide, mostly children, do not have a legal identity. In many countries, this means they can’t get access to vital services like health care and education, says legal identity expert Kristen Wenz. She discusses why this…
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew
Feb 21 • 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…
Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott
Feb 20 • 14 min
The world’s most valuable tech companies profit from the personal data you generate. So why aren’t you getting paid for it? In this eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and technologist Jennifer Zhu Scott makes the case for private data ownership — which would…
How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar
Feb 17 • 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…
How symbols and brands shape our humanity | Debbie Millman
Feb 14 • 14 min
“Branding is the profound manifestation of the human spirit,” says designer and podcaster Debbie Millman. In a historical odyssey that she illustrated herself, Millman traces the evolution of branding, from cave paintings to flags to beer labels and…
How teachers can help students navigate trauma | Lisa Godwin
Feb 13 • 15 min
“To make a difference in the life of a child … I made the commitment to tell my personal story,” says educator Lisa Godwin. In this moving talk, she shares her experience of overcoming childhood trauma with the quiet, unwavering support of a teacher and…
What a nun can teach a scientist about ecology | Victoria Gill
Feb 12 • 13 min
To save the achoque — an exotic (and adorable) salamander found in a lake in northern Mexico — scientists teamed up with an unexpected research partner: a group of nuns called the Sisters of the Immaculate Health. In this delightful talk, science…
How online marketplaces can help local economies, not hurt them | Amane Dannouni
Feb 11 • 12 min
The growth of online marketplaces like Uber, Airbnb and Amazon can sometimes threaten local businesses such as taxis, hotels and retail shops by taking away jobs or reducing income to the community. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says strategy…
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris
Feb 10 • 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…
How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans | Lucy King
Feb 7 • 13 min
Imagine waking in the middle of the night to an elephant ripping the roof from your house in search of food. This is a reality in some communities in Africa where, as wild spaces shrink, people and elephants are competing for space and resources like…
Why fascism is so tempting — and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
Feb 6 • 18 min
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism — and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram…
The science of friction — and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail
Feb 5 • 11 min
Tribology: it’s a funny-sounding word you might not have heard before, but it could change how you see and interact with the physical world, says mechanical engineer Jennifer Vail. Offering lessons from tribology — the study of friction and wear — Vail…
Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis
Feb 4 • 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…
A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford
Jan 31 • 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…
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe
Jan 30 • 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 humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton
Jan 29 • 14 min
Here’s a paradox: as companies try to streamline their businesses by using artificial intelligence to make critical decisions, they may inadvertently make themselves less efficient. Business technologist Sylvain Duranton advocates for a “Human plus AI”…
A new type of medicine, custom-made with tiny proteins | Christopher Bahl
Jan 28 • 4 min
Some common life-saving medicines, such as insulin, are made of proteins so large and fragile that they need to be injected instead of ingested as pills. But a new generation of medicine — made from smaller, more durable proteins known as peptides — is on…
How the magic of kindness helped me survive the Holocaust | Werner Reich
Jan 27 • 11 min
Holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts his harrowing adolescence as a prisoner transported between concentration camps — and shares how a small, kind act can inspire a lifetime of compassion. “If you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know…
3 psychological tricks to help you save money | Wendy De La Rosa
Jan 27 • 5 min
We all want to save more money — but overall, people today are doing less and less of it. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa studies how everyday people make decisions to improve their financial well-being. What she’s found can help you painlessly make…
The unpaid work that GDP ignores — and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring
Jan 23 • 17 min
If you: do laundry, are (or have been) pregnant, tidy up, shop for your household or do similar labor, then by GDP standards, you’re unproductive. In this visionary talk, economist Marilyn Waring seeks to correct the failures of this narrow-minded system,…
A personal health coach for those living with chronic diseases | Priscilla Pemu
Jan 22 • 7 min
There’s no shortage of resources to help people change their health behaviors — but far too often, these resources aren’t accessible in underserved communities, says physician Priscilla Pemu. Enter “culturally congruent coaching,” a program Pemu and her…
Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda
Jan 21 • 9 min
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In…
8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCord
Jan 20 • 5 min
Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at…
Why can’t we talk about periods? | Jen Gunter
Jan 17 • 11 min
“It shouldn’t be an act of feminism to know how your body works,” says gynecologist and author Jen Gunter. In this revelatory talk, she explains how menstrual shame silences and represses — and leads to the spread of harmful misinformation and the…
Why are drug prices so high? Investigating the outdated US patent system | Priti Krishtel
Jan 16 • 12 min
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled — but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, accumulating patents not for new medicines but…
How supply chain transparency can help the planet | Markus Mutz
Jan 15 • 13 min
Given the option, few would choose to buy products that harm the earth — yet it’s nearly impossible to know how most consumer goods are made or where they’re sourced from. That’s about to change, says supply chain innovator Markus Mutz. He shares how he…
How guest worker visas could transform the US immigration system | David J. Bier
Jan 14 • 10 min
The United States can create a more humane immigration system; in fact, it’s been done before, says policy analyst David J. Bier. Pointing to the historical success of the US guest worker program, which allows foreign workers to legally enter and work in…
The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash
Jan 14 • 8 min
In this deeply charming and humorous talk, DJ and self-professed pirate Tom Nash meditates on how facing adversity due to disability invited patience, ambition and pragmatism into his life in enlightening, unexpected ways. “We all have unique weaknesses,”…
Why “biofabrication” is the next industrial revolution | Suzanne Lee
Jan 13 • 12 min
What if we could “grow” clothes from microbes, furniture from living organisms and buildings with exteriors like tree bark? TED Fellow Suzanne Lee shares exciting developments from the field of biofabrication and shows how it could help us replace major…
Why you should bring your whole self to work | Dan Clay
Jan 13 • 4 min
Dan Clay was worried about being dismissed as “too gay” at work, so he dialed down his personality. But then his alter ego, Carrie Dragshaw, went viral online. Here’s what happened next.
Climate change will displace millions. Here’s how we prepare | Colette Pichon Battle
Jan 10 • 12 min
Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 — a crisis of “climate migration” the world isn’t ready for, says disaster recovery lawyer and Louisiana native Colette Pichon Battle. In this passionate, lyrical talk,…
What a digital government looks like | Anna Piperal
Jan 9 • 13 min
What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation’s ambitious post-Soviet digital…
This is the side hustle revolution | Nicaila Matthews Okome
Jan 8 • 3 min
Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don’t rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to do…
The urgent case for antibiotic-free animals | Leon Marchal
Jan 7 • 10 min
The UN predicts that antimicrobial resistance will be our biggest killer by 2050. “That should really scare the hell out of all of us,” says bioprocess engineer Leon Marchal. He’s working on an urgently needed solution: transforming the massive, global…
The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | Mitch Zeller
Jan 6 • 17 min
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murder and suicide combined. Follow health policy expert Mitch Zeller into the…
Dangerous times call for dangerous women | Pat Mitchell
Jan 2 • 17 min
Pat Mitchell has nothing left to prove and much less to lose — she’s become a “dangerous woman.” Not dangerous as in feared, she says, but fearless: a force to be reckoned with. In this powerful call to action, Mitchell invites all women, men and allies…
Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker
Jan 1 • 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…
Why working from home is good for business | Matt Mullenweg
Dec 30, 2019 • 4 min
As the popularity of remote working continues to spread, workers today can collaborate across cities, countries and even multiple time zones. How does this change office dynamics? And how can we make sure that all employees, both at headquarters and at…
How civilization could destroy itself — and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom
Dec 27, 2019 • 21 min
Humanity is on its way to creating a “black ball”: a technological breakthrough that could destroy us all, says philosopher Nick Bostrom. In this incisive, surprisingly light-hearted conversation with Head of TED Chris Anderson, Bostrom outlines the…
How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral
Dec 26, 2019 • 15 min
Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly — citing one of the largest studies on misinformation — and identifies five strategies to help us…
We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny
Dec 25, 2019 • 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…
7 common questions about workplace romance | Amy Nicole Baker
Dec 24, 2019 • 5 min
Should you date your coworker? Should workplace couples keep their relationships secret? And why are coworkers so often attracted to each other? Organizational psychologist Amy Nicole Baker shares the real answers to commonly asked questions about romance…
How we can turn the tide on climate | Christiana Figueres and Chris Anderson
Dec 21, 2019 • 65 min
Witness the unveiling of Countdown, a major global campaign to cut greenhouse gas emissions. TED has partnered with scientists, policy makers, organizations, activists and more to create an initiative that everyone in the world can be part of. Check out…
Why winning doesn’t always equal success | Valorie Kondos Field
Dec 20, 2019 • 15 min
Valorie Kondos Field knows a lot about winning. As the longtime coach of the UCLA women’s gymnastics team, she won championship after championship and has been widely acclaimed for her leadership. In this inspiring, brutally honest and, at times,…
How to turn off work thoughts during your free time | Guy Winch
Dec 19, 2019 • 12 min
Feeling burned out? You may be spending too much time ruminating about your job, says psychologist Guy Winch. Learn how to stop worrying about tomorrow’s tasks or stewing over office tensions with three simple techniques aimed at helping you truly relax…
What we’re getting wrong in the fight to end hunger | Jasmine Crowe
Dec 18, 2019 • 12 min
In a world that’s wasting more food than ever before, why do one in nine people still go to bed hungry each night? Social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe calls for a radical transformation to our fight to end global hunger — challenging us to rethink our…
Your body was forged in the spectacular death of stars | Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
Dec 17, 2019 • 15 min
We are all connected by the spectacular birth, death and rebirth of stars, says astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Journey through the cosmic history of the universe as Ramirez-Ruiz explains how supernovas forged the elements of life to create everything…
How the gut microbes you’re born with affect your lifelong health | Henna-Maria Uusitupa
Dec 16, 2019 • 10 min
Your lifelong health may have been decided the day you were born, says microbiome researcher Henna-Maria Uusitupa. In this fascinating talk, she shows how the gut microbes you acquire during birth and as an infant impact your health into adulthood — and…
This is what makes employees happy at work | Michael C. Bush
Dec 16, 2019 • 4 min
There are three billion working people on this planet, and only 40 percent of them report being happy at work. Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy — and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering satisfaction.
Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard
Dec 13, 2019 • 13 min
Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected — leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard. In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers…
To help solve global problems, look to developing countries | Bright Simons
Dec 12, 2019 • 9 min
To address the problem of counterfeit goods, African entrepreneurs like Bright Simons have come up with innovative and effective ways to confirm products are genuine. Now he asks: Why aren’t these solutions everywhere? From password-protected medicines to…
A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis
Dec 12, 2019 • 14 min
What’s the difference between heroes and leaders? In this insightful talk, Lorna Davis explains how our idolization of heroes is holding us back from solving big problems — and shows why we need “radical interdependence” to make real change happen.
What is economic value, and who creates it? | Mariana Mazzucato
Dec 11, 2019 • 18 min
Where does wealth come from, who creates it and what destroys it? In this deep dive into global economics, Mariana Mazzucato explains how we lost sight of what value means and why we need to rethink our current financial systems — so capitalism can be…
The paradox of efficiency | Edward Tenner
Dec 10, 2019 • 13 min
Is our obsession with efficiency actually making us less efficient? In this revelatory talk, writer and historian Edward Tenner discusses the promises and dangers of our drive to get things done as quickly as possible — and suggests seven ways we can use…
Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda
Dec 10, 2019 • 14 min
At age 81, actor and activist Jane Fonda is putting herself on the line for the planet — literally. In a video interview with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Fonda speaks about getting arrested multiple times during Fire Drill Fridays, the weekly climate…
The unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world | Kathryn Bouskill
Dec 9, 2019 • 9 min
Why does modern technology promise efficiency, but leave us constantly feeling pressed for time? Anthropologist Kathryn Bouskill explores the paradoxes of living in a fast-paced society and explains why we need to reconsider the importance of slowing down…
The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler
Dec 6, 2019 • 8 min
Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent — and offers a four-step…
A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert
Dec 5, 2019 • 12 min
Step into artist Cornelia Geppert’s visually stunning video game “Sea of Solitude,” which explores how battling the “monsters” of loneliness and self-doubt can help us better grapple with the complexity and struggles of mental health.
The problem of light pollution — and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson
Dec 4, 2019 • 13 min
Ever gaze up at the starry night sky? This stunning view is at risk of disappearing — unless we act now, says astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson. In this fascinating, unexpectedly funny talk, she explains how light pollution affects almost every species on…
3 ways to be a more effective fundraiser | Kara Logan Berlin
Dec 3, 2019 • 16 min
How do you raise money to get an idea off the ground, support a community, or help change the world? Take a crash course on the secret art of successful fundraising with development strategist Kara Logan Berlin as she shows how you can learn to ask for…
How I’m using biological data to tell better stories — and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert
Dec 2, 2019 • 7 min
What kinds of stories move us to act? To answer this question, creative technologist Heidi Boisvert is measuring how people’s brains and bodies unconsciously respond to different media. She shows how she’s using this data to determine the specific…
A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth
Nov 29, 2019 • 15 min
What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s…
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | A.J. Jacobs
Nov 28, 2019 • 15 min
Author A.J. 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…
The incredible chemistry powering your smartphone | Cathy Mulzer
Nov 27, 2019 • 13 min
Ever wondered how your smartphone works? Take a journey down to the atomic level with scientist Cathy Mulzer, who reveals how almost every component of our high-powered devices exists thanks to chemists — and not the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that come…
How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes
Nov 26, 2019 • 13 min
Have you ever doubted your abilities, feared you were going to be discovered as a “fraud”? That’s called “impostor syndrome,” and you’re definitely not alone in feeling it, says entrepreneur and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. In this funny, relatable talk, he…
3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher
Nov 25, 2019 • 13 min
There are more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence today, each one capable of causing immense destruction. Why don’t we talk about this threat as much as some other major issues? In this practical talk, nuclear security expert Emma Belcher shares…
The search for our solar system’s ninth planet | Mike Brown
Nov 22, 2019 • 13 min
Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the existence of a new, giant planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system — and shows us how traces of…
How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell
Nov 21, 2019 • 6 min
As many as 3,000 languages could disappear within the next 80 years, all but silencing entire cultures. In this quick talk, language activist Daniel Bögre Udell shows how people around the world are finding new ways to revive ancestral languages and…
A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier
Nov 20, 2019 • 11 min
Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five months living in Flint, Michigan, documenting the lives of those affected by the city’s water crisis for her photo essay “Flint is Family.” As the crisis dragged on, she realized it was going to take more than a…
Why it’s so hard to make healthy decisions | David Asch
Nov 19, 2019 • 16 min
Why do we make poor decisions that we know are bad for our health? In this frank, funny talk, behavioral economist and health policy expert David Asch explains why our behavior is often irrational — in highly predictable ways — and shows how we can…
How to change your behavior for the better | Dan Ariely
Nov 18, 2019 • 15 min
What’s the best way to get people to change their behavior? In this funny, information-packed talk, psychologist Dan Ariely explores why we make bad decisions even when we know we shouldn’t — and discusses a couple tricks that could get us to do the right…
Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios
Nov 15, 2019 • 10 min
Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn’t just perpetuate outdated stereotypes — it’s also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why…
What’s really happening at the US-Mexico border — and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro
Nov 14, 2019 • 14 min
At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. In this raw and heartfelt talk, immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro offers a glimpse into her daily work…
How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen
Nov 13, 2019 • 11 min
Teachers emotionally support our kids — but who’s supporting our teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of “secondary trauma” — the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their students’…
In the war for information, will quantum computers defeat cryptographers? | Craig Costello
Nov 12, 2019 • 16 min
In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today’s machines — and give code breakers a master key to the digital world. See…
Hope and justice for women who’ve survived ISIS | Rabiaa El Garani
Nov 11, 2019 • 15 min
Human rights protector Rabiaa El Garani shares the challenging, heartbreaking story of sexual violence committed against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq by ISIS — and her work seeking justice for the survivors. “These victims have been through unimaginable…
A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin
Nov 8, 2019 • 10 min
In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical “At Buffalo.” Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world’s fair held in Buffalo, New…
What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good? | Eli Pariser
Nov 7, 2019 • 17 min
Social media has become our new home. Can we build it better? Taking design cues from urban planners and social scientists, technologist Eli Pariser shows how the problems we’re encountering on digital platforms aren’t all that new — and shares how, by…
Our immigration conversation is broken — here’s how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer
Nov 6, 2019 • 16 min
How did the US immigration debate get to be so divisive? In this informative talk, historian and writer Paul A. Kramer shows how an “insider vs. outsider” framing has come to dominate the way people in the US talk about immigration — and suggests a set of…
What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner
Nov 5, 2019 • 12 min
Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this eye-opening…
The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn
Nov 1, 2019 • 14 min
The cells in your body are like computer software: they’re “programmed” to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better understand this process, we could unlock the ability to reprogram cells ourselves, says computational biologist…
How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb
Nov 1, 2019 • 16 min
Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from…
What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker
Oct 31, 2019 • 15 min
Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement of…
What productive conflict can offer a workplace | Jess Kutch
Oct 30, 2019 • 6 min
Got an idea to make your workplace better? Labor organizer and TED Fellow Jess Kutch can show you how to put it into action. In this quick talk, she explains how “productive conflict” — when people organize to challenge and change their work lives for the…
Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers
Oct 30, 2019 • 16 min
Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it’s not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their…
The price of a “clean” internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Oct 29, 2019 • 15 min
Millions of images and videos are uploaded to the internet each day, yet we rarely see shocking and disturbing content in our social media feeds. Who’s keeping the internet “clean” for us? In this eye-opening talk, documentarians Hans Block and Moritz…
The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji
Oct 29, 2019 • 5 min
Many diseases are driven by metabolites — small molecules in your body like fat, glucose and cholesterol — but we don’t know exactly what they are or how they work. Biotech entrepreneur and TED Fellow Leila Pirhaji shares her plan to build an AI-based…
How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa | Rose M. Mutiso
Oct 28, 2019 • 13 min
Energy poverty, or the lack of access to electricity and other basic energy services, affects nearly two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa. As the region’s population continues to increase, so will the need to build a new energy system to grow with it, says…
The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak
Oct 25, 2019 • 21 min
“From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy,” says novelist Elif Shafak. “From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism.” A native of…
How you can help transform the internet into a place of trust | Claire Wardle
Oct 24, 2019 • 12 min
How can we stop the spread of misleading, sometimes dangerous content while maintaining an internet with freedom of expression at its core? Misinformation expert Claire Wardle explores the new challenges of our polluted online environment and maps out a…
The link between fishing cats and mangrove forest conservation | Ashwin Naidu
Oct 24, 2019 • 5 min
Mangrove forests are crucial to the health of the planet, gobbling up CO2 from the atmosphere and providing a home for a diverse array of species. But these rich habitats are under continual threat from deforestation and industry. In an empowering talk,…
The pride and power of representation in film | Jon M. Chu
Oct 23, 2019 • 14 min
On the heels of the breakout success of his film “Crazy Rich Asians,” director Jon M. Chu reflects on what drives him to create — and makes a resounding case for the power of connection and on-screen representation.
How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka
Oct 23, 2019 • 14 min
How do you fix broken public systems? You spark people’s competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses how he helped improve the health system of Rajasthan, a state in…
Fashion that celebrates all body types — boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran
Oct 22, 2019 • 8 min
Fashion designers have the power to change culture — and Becca McCharen-Tran is using her platform to expand the industry’s narrow definition of beauty. Sharing highlights of her work, McCharen-Tran discusses the inspiration behind her norm-shattering…
Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling
Oct 21, 2019 • 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…
An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock
Oct 18, 2019 • 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 a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris
Oct 17, 2019 • 11 min
We need a radically new approach to ocean conservation, says marine biologist and TED Fellow Alasdair Harris. In a visionary talk, he lays out a surprising solution to the problem of overfishing that could both revive marine life and rebuild local…
A circular economy for salt that keeps rivers clean | Tina Arrowood
Oct 16, 2019 • 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…
The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas
Oct 15, 2019 • 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…
How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet | Julie Cordua
Oct 15, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah
Oct 1, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…