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Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks,… read more

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Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

December 13th, 2019


Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected -- leaving many communities without access to safe drinking …

To help solve global problems, look to developing countries | Bright Simons

December 12th, 2019


To address the problem of counterfeit goods, African entrepreneurs like Bright Simons have come up with innovative and effective ways to confirm …

A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis

December 12th, 2019


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 …

What is economic value, and who creates it? | Mariana Mazzucato

December 11th, 2019


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 …

How to make inefficiency work for us | Edward Tenner

December 10th, 2019


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 …

Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda

December 10th, 2019


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 …

The unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world | Kathryn Bouskill

December 9th, 2019


Why does modern technology promise efficiency, but leave us constantly feeling pressed for time? Anthropologist Kathryn Bouskill explores the …

The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler

December 6th, 2019


Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own …

A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert

December 5th, 2019


Step into artist Cornelia Geppert's visually stunning video game "Sea of Solitude," which explores how battling the "monsters" of loneliness and …

The problem of light pollution -- and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson

December 4th, 2019


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 …

3 ways to be a more effective fundraiser | Kara Logan Berlin

December 3rd, 2019


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 …

How I'm using biological data to tell better stories -- and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert

December 2nd, 2019


What kinds of stories move us to act? To answer this question, creative technologist Heidi Boisvert is measuring how people's brains and bodies …

A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth

November 29th, 2019


What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening …

My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

November 28th, 2019


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 incredible chemistry powering your smartphone | Cathy Mulzer

November 27th, 2019


Ever wondered how your smartphone works? Take a journey down to the atomic level with scientist Cathy Mulzer, who reveals how almost every component …

How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes

November 26th, 2019


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. …

3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher

November 25th, 2019


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 …

The search for our solar system's ninth planet | Mike Brown

November 22nd, 2019


Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the …

How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell

November 21st, 2019


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 …

A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier

November 20th, 2019


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 …

Why it's so hard to make healthy decisions | David Asch

November 19th, 2019


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 …

How to change your behavior for the better | Dan Ariely

November 18th, 2019


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 …

Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios

November 15th, 2019


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, …

What's really happening at the US-Mexico border -- and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro

November 14th, 2019


At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. …

How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen

November 13th, 2019


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 …

In the war for information, will quantum computers defeat cryptographers? | Craig Costello

November 12th, 2019


In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could …

A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

November 8th, 2019


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 …

What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good? | Eli Pariser

November 7th, 2019


Social media has become our new home. Can we build it better? Taking design cues from urban planners and social scientists, technologist Eli Pariser …

Our immigration conversation is broken -- here's how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer

November 6th, 2019


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. …

What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner

November 5th, 2019


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 …

The business case for working with your toughest critics | Bob Langert

November 4th, 2019


As a "corporate suit" (his words) and former VP of sustainability at McDonald's, Bob Langert works with companies and their strongest critics to find …

The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn

November 1st, 2019


The cells in your body are like computer software: they're "programmed" to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better …

How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb

November 1st, 2019


Stories help you make sense of your life -- but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing …

What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker

October 31st, 2019


Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific …

What productive conflict can offer a workplace | Jess Kutch

October 30th, 2019


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 …

Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers

October 30th, 2019


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 …

The price of a "clean" internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

October 29th, 2019


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, …

The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji

October 29th, 2019


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 …

How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa | Rose M. Mutiso

October 28th, 2019


Energy poverty, or the lack of access to electricity and other basic energy services, affects nearly two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa. As the …

The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

October 25th, 2019


"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need …

How you can help transform the internet into a place of trust | Claire Wardle

October 24th, 2019


How can we stop the spread of misleading, sometimes dangerous content while maintaining an internet with freedom of expression at its core? …

The link between fishing cats and mangrove forest conservation | Ashwin Naidu

October 24th, 2019


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 …

The pride and power of representation in film | Jon M. Chu

October 23rd, 2019


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

October 23rd, 2019


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 …

Fashion that celebrates all body types -- boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran

October 22nd, 2019


Fashion designers have the power to change culture -- and Becca McCharen-Tran is using her platform to expand the industry's narrow definition of …

Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling

October 21st, 2019


We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct …

An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock

October 18th, 2019


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 …

How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris

October 17th, 2019


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 …

A circular economy for salt that keeps rivers clean | Tina Arrowood

October 16th, 2019


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 …

The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas

October 15th, 2019


How does psychological trauma affect children's developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with …

After billions of years of monotony, the universe is waking up | David Deutsch

October 14th, 2019


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 …

The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert

October 11th, 2019


"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 …

What Bruce Lee can teach us about living fully | Shannon Lee

October 10th, 2019


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 …

How we're using DNA tech to help farmers fight crop diseases | Laura Boykin

October 10th, 2019


Nearly 800 million people worldwide depend on cassava for survival -- but this critical food source is under attack by entirely preventable viruses, …

A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez

October 9th, 2019


In this powerful, personal talk, author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, …

A radical plan to end plastic waste | Andrew Forrest

October 8th, 2019


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 …

How we're helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil

October 8th, 2019


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 …

The transformative power of video games | Herman Narula

October 8th, 2019


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 …

This ancient rock is changing our theory on the origin of life | Tara Djokic

October 7th, 2019


Exactly when and where did life on Earth begin? Scientists have long thought that it emerged three billion years ago in the ocean -- until …

Reducing corruption takes a specific kind of investment | Efosa Ojomo

October 4th, 2019


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 …

What happens in your brain when you taste food | Camilla Arndal Andersen

October 3rd, 2019


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 …

How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah

October 1st, 2019


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 …

Why you should shop at your local farmers market | Mohammad Modarres

October 1st, 2019


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 …

Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty

September 30th, 2019


Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired …

You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King

September 27th, 2019


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, …

A wall won't solve America's border problems | Will Hurd

September 26th, 2019


"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 …

How we're building the world's largest family tree | Yaniv Erlich

September 25th, 2019


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 …

How couples can sustain a strong sexual connection for a lifetime | Emily Nagoski

September 24th, 2019


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 …

Can seaweed help curb global warming? | Tim Flannery

September 23rd, 2019


It's time for planetary-scale interventions to combat climate change -- and environmentalist Tim Flannery thinks seaweed can help. In a bold talk, he …

A bold plan to empower 1.6 million out-of-school girls in India | Safeena Husain

September 23rd, 2019


"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 …

We need to track the world's water like we track the weather | Sonaar Luthra

September 20th, 2019


We need a global weather service for water, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra. In a talk about environmental accountability, Luthra …

4 questions you should always ask your doctor | Christer Mjåset

September 19th, 2019


"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 …

This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari

September 18th, 2019


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 …

How we use astrophysics to study earthbound problems | Federica Bianco

September 17th, 2019


To study a system as complex as the entire universe, astrophysicists need to be experts at extracting simple solutions from large data sets. What …

How climate change could make our food less nutritious | Kristie Ebi

September 16th, 2019


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, …

The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer

September 13th, 2019


Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a …

Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev

September 12th, 2019


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 …

What reading slowly taught me about writing | Jacqueline Woodson

September 12th, 2019


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 …

How deepfakes undermine truth and threaten democracy | Danielle Citron

September 11th, 2019


The use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes -- whether it's to stoke violence or defame politicians and …

How your emotions change the shape of your heart | Sandeep Jauhar

September 10th, 2019


"A record of our emotional life is written on our hearts," says cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar. In a stunning talk, he explores the …

A "living drug" that could change the way we treat cancer | Carl June

September 10th, 2019


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 …

How we can make racism a solvable problem -- and improve policing | Phillip Atiba Goff

September 9th, 2019


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 …

Why you should be a climate activist | Luisa Neubauer

September 6th, 2019


"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 …

How porn changes the way teens think about sex | Emily F. Rothman

September 4th, 2019


"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 …

What happened when we paired up thousands of strangers to talk politics | Jochen Wegner

September 3rd, 2019


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 …

A climate change solution that's right under our feet | Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

September 3rd, 2019


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 …

Can we choose to fall out of love? | Dessa

September 2nd, 2019


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, …

Emergency medicine for our climate fever | Kelly Wanser

September 1st, 2019


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 …

What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park

August 30th, 2019


"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 …

How I help people understand vitiligo | Lee Thomas

August 29th, 2019


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 …

How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green

August 28th, 2019


Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin …

How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray

August 27th, 2019


"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," …

How the West can adapt to a rising Asia | Kishore Mahbubani

August 26th, 2019


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 …

What ping-pong taught me about life | Pico Iyer

August 23rd, 2019


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 …

The power to think ahead in a reckless age | Bina Venkataraman

August 22nd, 2019


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 …

Family, hope and resilience on the migrant trail | Jon Lowenstein

August 21st, 2019


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 …

How craving attention makes you less creative | Joseph Gordon-Levitt

August 20th, 2019


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 …

The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà

August 19th, 2019


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 …

The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith

August 16th, 2019


The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very …

Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen

August 15th, 2019


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 …

A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Jennifer Wilcox

August 14th, 2019


Our planet has a carbon problem -- if we don't start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, we'll grow hotter, faster. Chemical engineer …

Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda

August 13th, 2019


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 …

How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha

August 12th, 2019


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 …

Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang

August 9th, 2019


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 …

Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade

August 8th, 2019


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 …

Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande

August 7th, 2019


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 …

How to get back to work after a career break | Carol Fishman Cohen

August 6th, 2019


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 …

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

August 5th, 2019


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 …

"You Have the Rite" | Marc Bamuthi Joseph

August 2nd, 2019


In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal …

The human skills we need in an unpredictable world | Margaret Heffernan

August 1st, 2019


The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur Margaret …

What it was like to grow up under China's one-child policy | Nanfu Wang

July 31st, 2019


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 …

How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman

July 30th, 2019


Less than 13 percent of police officers in the United States are women -- despite their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and …

Why governments should prioritize well-being | Nicola Sturgeon

July 29th, 2019


In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the …

The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot

July 26th, 2019


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 …

An urgent call to protect the world's "Third Pole" | Tshering Tobgay

July 25th, 2019


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 …

The real relationship between your age and your chance of success | Albert-László Barabási

July 24th, 2019


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 …

How to use family dinner to teach politics | Hajer Sharief

July 23rd, 2019


Everyone should participate in decision-making and politics -- and it starts at home, says activist Hajer Sharief. She introduces a simple yet …

The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra

July 22nd, 2019


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 explains the rise of humans? | Yuval Noah Harari

July 19th, 2019


Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other …

How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

July 18th, 2019


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 …

A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner

July 17th, 2019


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 …

The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer

July 16th, 2019


Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, …

The fascinating (and dangerous) places scientists aren't exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi

July 15th, 2019


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 …

How film transforms the way we see the world | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

July 12th, 2019


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 …

How we're honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani

July 11th, 2019


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 …

Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood

July 10th, 2019


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 …

The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin

July 9th, 2019


Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this …

Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King

July 8th, 2019


From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In …

The price of shame | Monica Lewinsky

July 6th, 2019


"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 …

3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto

July 5th, 2019


When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn't just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks …

American bipartisan politics can be saved -- here's how | Bob Inglis

July 4th, 2019


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 …

A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio

July 3rd, 2019


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 …

The world's first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system | Moriba Jah

July 2nd, 2019


"Most of what we send into outer space never comes back," says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah …

3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur

July 1st, 2019


What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a …

My wish: Protect our oceans | Sylvia Earle

June 29th, 2019


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 …

The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray

June 28th, 2019


"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 …

You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun

June 27th, 2019


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 …

How to ask for help -- and get a "yes" | Heidi Grant

June 26th, 2019


Asking for help is tough. But to get through life, you have to do it all the time. So how do you get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, …

Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger

June 25th, 2019


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 …

Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer

June 24th, 2019


Lindsay Amer is the creator of "Queer Kid Stuff," an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through …

What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee

June 22nd, 2019


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 …

"A Bird Made of Birds" | Sarah Kay

June 21st, 2019


"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 power of introverts | Susan Cain

June 20th, 2019


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 …

What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad

June 19th, 2019


"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 …

How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid

June 18th, 2019


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 …

5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker

June 17th, 2019


Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could …

Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin

June 12th, 2019


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 …

3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker

June 11th, 2019


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 …

The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd

June 10th, 2019


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 …

An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | The Nature Conservancy

June 8th, 2019


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. The team at The Nature Conservancy …

The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier

June 7th, 2019


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 …

The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo

June 6th, 2019


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 …

The lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and a better way to live | David Brooks

June 5th, 2019


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 …

"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

June 4th, 2019


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, …

The art of asking | Amanda Palmer

June 3rd, 2019


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 story we tell about millennials -- and who we leave out | Reniqua Allen

May 30th, 2019


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, …

What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden

May 30th, 2019


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 …

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston

May 29th, 2019


Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, …

These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague

May 28th, 2019


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 …

My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | Christian Picciolini

May 27th, 2019


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 …

What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels

May 24th, 2019


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 …

My identity is a superpower -- not an obstacle | America Ferrera

May 23rd, 2019


Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her …

The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya

May 22nd, 2019


Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani …

The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich

May 21st, 2019


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 …

Mosquitos, malaria and education | Bill Gates

May 21st, 2019


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 …

How to build your confidence -- and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett

May 20th, 2019


"Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows," says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares …

The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

May 17th, 2019


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 …

Roger McNamee takes on big tech | The TED Interview

May 16th, 2019


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. …

What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin

May 15th, 2019


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 …

If I should have a daughter ... | Sarah Kay

May 14th, 2019


"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 …

The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

May 10th, 2019


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 …

How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel

May 9th, 2019


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 …

The case for having kids | Wajahat Ali

May 9th, 2019


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 …

The crisis of leadership -- and a new way forward | Halla Tómasdóttir and Bryn Freedman

May 8th, 2019


What should modern leadership look like? Entrepreneur and former Icelandic presidential candidate Halla Tómasdóttir thinks global leaders need to …

How to revive your belief in democracy | Eric Liu

May 7th, 2019


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 …

Empathy is not endorsement | Dylan Marron

May 6th, 2019


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. …

How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming | Per Espen Stoknes

May 3rd, 2019


The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes. He's spent years …

How supercharged plants could slow climate change | Joanne Chory

May 2nd, 2019


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 …

Why we ignore obvious problems -- and how to act on them | Michele Wucker

May 1st, 2019


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 …

How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier

April 30th, 2019


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 …

Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby

April 29th, 2019


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

April 26th, 2019


Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found …

The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens

April 25th, 2019


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 …

How generational stereotypes hold us back at work | Leah Georges

April 24th, 2019


The Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, Gen Z -- we're all in the workforce together. How are our assumptions about each …

Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu

April 23rd, 2019


In a story of scientific discovery, chemical biologist David R. Liu shares a breakthrough: his lab's development of base editors that can rewrite …

A personal air-quality tracker that lets you know what you're breathing | Romain Lacombe

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee

April 19th, 2019


In the early 1990s, a scandal rocked evolutionary biology: scientists discovered that songbirds -- once thought to be strictly monogamous -- engaged …

How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey

April 17th, 2019


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 …

Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr

April 16th, 2019


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 …

Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya

April 15th, 2019


Kakenya Ntaiya turned her dream of getting an education into a movement to empower vulnerable girls and bring an end to harmful traditional practices …

3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid

April 12th, 2019


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 …

Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland

April 10th, 2019


Keith Kirkland is developing wearable tech that communicates information using only the sense of touch. He's trying to figure out: What gestures and …

We don't "move on" from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny

April 9th, 2019


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 …

How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman

April 8th, 2019


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 …

An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard

April 5th, 2019


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 …

What refugees need to start new lives | Muhammed Idris

April 4th, 2019


Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help …

A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers

April 3rd, 2019


Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day …

How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble

April 2nd, 2019


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 …

How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight | Alexander MacDonald

April 1st, 2019


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 -- …

Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells? | Chuck Murry

March 29th, 2019


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 …

A short history of trans people's long fight for equality | Samy Nour Younes

March 28th, 2019


Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous …

To detect diseases earlier, let's speak bacteria's secret language | Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi

March 27th, 2019


Bacteria "talk" to each other, sending chemical information to coordinate attacks. What if we could listen to what they were saying? Nanophysicist …

A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

March 26th, 2019


Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing …

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

March 25th, 2019


How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take …

12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

March 21st, 2019


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 …

How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich

March 20th, 2019


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 …

3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit

March 19th, 2019


Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can …

The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

March 18th, 2019


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. …

How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma

March 15th, 2019


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 …

Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse | Thomas Curran

March 14th, 2019


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 …

Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart

March 13th, 2019


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 …

The creative power of misfits | WorkLife with Adam Grant

March 12th, 2019


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

March 11th, 2019


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 …

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

March 8th, 2019


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 …

The most powerful woman you've never heard of | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

March 7th, 2019


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 …

How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski

March 6th, 2019


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 …

A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo

March 5th, 2019


César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to …

How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi

March 4th, 2019


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 …

How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy

March 1st, 2019


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 …

Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know | Farida Nabourema

February 28th, 2019


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: …

The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

February 27th, 2019


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 …

A juror's reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood

February 26th, 2019


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 …

An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael

February 25th, 2019


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 …

How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta

February 22nd, 2019


"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 …

How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock

February 20th, 2019


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 …

What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

February 20th, 2019


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 …

How do we find dignity at work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman

February 19th, 2019


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 …

Lessons from past presidents | Doris Kearns Goodwin

February 18th, 2019


Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares …

The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez

February 15th, 2019


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 …

A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew

February 14th, 2019


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 …

3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow

February 13th, 2019


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 …

How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar

February 12th, 2019


Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could …

Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner

February 12th, 2019


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 …

How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum

February 11th, 2019


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 …

America's forgotten working class | J.D. Vance

February 8th, 2019


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 …

What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka

February 7th, 2019


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 …

How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

February 6th, 2019


You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither …

This is what makes employees happy at work | Michael C. Bush

February 5th, 2019


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 …

The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak

February 5th, 2019


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 …

How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane

February 4th, 2019


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 …

How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales

February 1st, 2019


"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 …

An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin

January 31st, 2019


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 …

The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

January 31st, 2019


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? …

The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

January 30th, 2019


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 …

Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman

January 30th, 2019


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 …

Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis

January 29th, 2019


The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world's most successful …

The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly

January 28th, 2019


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 …

A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford

January 25th, 2019


What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving …

Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next | The TED Interview

January 24th, 2019


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 …

What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

January 22nd, 2019


From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink -- and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe …

How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson

January 21st, 2019


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 …

The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards

January 18th, 2019


Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. …

A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

January 17th, 2019


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 …

Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

January 17th, 2019


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 …

How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

January 16th, 2019


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 …

Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

January 15th, 2019


Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice …

3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

January 14th, 2019


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 …

A beginner's guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose

January 11th, 2019


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 …

The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu

January 10th, 2019


How exactly does gender work? It's not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new …

What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale

January 9th, 2019


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 …

How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar

January 8th, 2019


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 …

What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? | Martin Danoesastro

January 8th, 2019


What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin …

The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams

January 7th, 2019


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 …

The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

January 4th, 2019


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. …

How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders | Elizabeth Lyle

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader

January 2nd, 2019


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 …

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

January 1st, 2019


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 …

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

December 31st, 2018


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 …

You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

December 28th, 2018


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 …

How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier

December 27th, 2018


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 …

The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

December 26th, 2018


In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star …

How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

December 25th, 2018


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 …

How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei

December 24th, 2018


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 …

Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis

December 21st, 2018


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 …

The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze

December 20th, 2018


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 …

Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

December 19th, 2018


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

December 18th, 2018


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 …

How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity | Eldra Jackson

December 18th, 2018


In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization …

The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman

December 17th, 2018


Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing …

The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe

December 14th, 2018


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, …

How to be "Team Human" in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff

December 13th, 2018


Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just …

How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris

December 13th, 2018


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 …

Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif

December 12th, 2018


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 …

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