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'5/17/2022 8:49:14 PM'

The real reason you feel "so busy" (and what to do about it) | Dorie Clark

Are you actually busy, or do you just feel busy? The answer matters because it could change how you move through your daily life. Leadership expert Dorie Clark shares the three reasons people fall into an endless loop of feeling constantly busy, a...

'5/17/2022 2:39:20 PM'

A creator-led internet, built on blockchain | Adam Mosseri

As digital assets like cryptocurrency and NFTs become more mainstream, design thinker and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri believes that creators are uniquely positioned to benefit. These blockchain-enabled technologies could remove the need for a "...

'5/16/2022 2:59:56 PM'

Why Africa needs community-led conservation | Resson Kantai Duff

Conservation efforts in Africa have typically been led by "parachute conservationists" -- outsiders who drop in thinking they have all the answers, hire locals to implement them and then disappear. But conservationist Resson Kantai Duff has a bett...

'5/13/2022 2:45:43 PM'

The crime-fighting power of cross-border investigative journalism | Bektour Iskender

Organized crime operates across national borders -- to keep up, investigative journalists need to do the same. TED Fellow Bektour Iskender gives the inside scoop on his efforts to unveil secret, insidious operations in his home country of Kyrgyzst...

'5/12/2022 2:44:52 PM'

How to stop banks from investing in dirty energy | Lucie Pinson

Money is pollution's biggest driving force -- particularly, the cash invested in dirty energy projects, says financial responsibility campaigner Lucie Pinson. She shares a three-pronged approach to stop banks from funding fossil fuel companies, in...

'5/11/2022 2:45:15 PM'

The case for a 4-day work week | Juliet Schor

The traditional approach to work needs a redesign, says economist Juliet Schor. She's leading four-day work week trials in countries like the US and Ireland, and the results so far have been overwhelmingly positive: from increased employer and cus...

'5/10/2022 2:45:22 PM'

My long walk across India for women's freedom | Srishti Bakshi

There are 600 million women in India -- yet they are rarely seen outdoors after sunset because of safety concerns like harassment and catcalls. On a mission to create safer public spaces, women's rights advocate Srishti Bakshi talks about how she ...

'5/9/2022 2:22:30 PM'

The future of the food ecosystem -- and the power of your plate | Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Many people across the world don't have access to healthy food -- while in other places tons of food go to waste. Social entrepreneur Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli thinks we can take bold steps to fix this problem. She lays out what it would take to build...

'5/2/2022 1:00:40 PM'

The most powerful untapped resource in health care | Edith Elliott and Shahed Alam

Whether we're rushing a child to the emergency room after a fall or making chicken soup for a feverish spouse, love inspires us to act when a family member gets sick. Global health activists Edith Elliott and Shahed Alam believe we can harness thi...

'5/2/2022 12:58:41 PM'

A bold plan to transform access to the US social safety net | Amanda Renteria

Digital public servant Amanda Renteria has seen that the millions of people who rely on government welfare services are often discouraged from seeking them out, frustrated by long lines and unnecessarily complicated processes. At Code for America,...

'5/2/2022 12:57:48 PM'

A transparent, easy way for smallholder farmers to save | Anushka Ratnayake

A safe space to save money is life-changing -- especially for the 60 million smallholder farmers in West Africa (the majority being women) who often live on less than two dollars a day. Poverty fighter Anushka Ratnayake introduces her nonprofit my...

'5/2/2022 12:55:55 PM'

An election redesign to restore trust in US democracy | Tiana Epps-Johnson

Election infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, says technologist Tiana Epps-Johnson, and, even worse, election officials are increasingly being attacked simply for doing their jobs. How can the country rebuild trust in its local and na...

'5/2/2022 12:53:49 PM'

Mental health care that disrupts cycles of violence | Celina de Sola

In Latin American countries like El Salvador, homicide rates are alarmingly high thanks in large part to a vicious cycle of violence -- people don't have a chance to heal from recurrent individual and collective trauma. With her team at Glasswing ...

'5/2/2022 12:52:31 PM'

How ancient Arctic carbon threatens everyone on the planet | Sue Natali

What will happen to the planet if climate change melts what's left of Arctic permafrost? Shedding light on this overlooked threat, Arctic geologist Sue Natali reveals the true danger of heating up the iciest place on the planet: the release of anc...

'5/2/2022 12:51:23 PM'

Why Indigenous forest guardianship is crucial to climate action | Nonette Royo

Indigenous communities have looked after their ancestral forests for millennia, cultivating immense amounts of knowledge on how to protect, nourish and heal these vital environments. Today, 470 million Indigenous people care for and manage 80 perc...

'5/2/2022 12:50:40 PM'

A safe pathway to resettlement for migrants and refugees | Becca Heller

"Human migration is both inevitable and growing. What are we as a global community doing to address it?" asks human rights lawyer Becca Heller, who believes that every refugee and migrant deserves a safe pathway to resettlement. Through her work w...

'4/29/2022 2:46:18 PM'

How to heal a divided world | Michèle Lamont

How do we define worth in society, and who gets status? Sociologist Michele Lamont studies these questions and investigates ways to broaden the circle of recognition and fight the harm of social stigmatization. She lays out the steps needed to mak...

'4/28/2022 3:20:07 PM'

The restorative power of medical tattoos | Becky Barker

Tattoos can transform and empower people, with some seeking them out to reconnect with their bodies due to scarring, physical abnormalities or the aftermath of a procedure or illness. Paramedical tattooist Becky Barker shares the art and craft of ...

'4/27/2022 2:53:12 PM'

How mRNA medicine will change the world | Melissa J. Moore

The secret behind medicine that uses messenger RNA (or mRNA) is that it "teaches" our bodies how to fight diseases on our own, leading to groundbreaking treatments for COVID-19 and, potentially one day, cancer, the flu and other ailments that have...

'4/26/2022 2:58:25 PM'

The funding gap in start-up investing | Temie Giwa-Tubosun

"It is time to close the funding gap for Black female-led start-ups the world over," says entrepreneur Temie Giwa-Tubosun, whose company LifeBank delivers life-saving medical supplies to remote areas in Africa. Today, LifeBank operates successfull...

'4/25/2022 2:43:58 PM'

How the James Webb Space Telescope will unfold the universe | John C. Mather

The James Webb Space Telescope is a miracle of modern science and engineering. With a 21-foot, gold-coated mirror protected by a sunshield that's the size of a tennis court, it's the world's most powerful telescope and humanity's latest attempt to...

'4/22/2022 2:41:09 PM'

Why people and AI make good business partners | Shervin Khodabandeh

What happens when the data-driven capabilities of AI are combined with human creativity and ingenuity? Shining a light on the opportunities this futuristic collaboration could bring to the workplace, AI expert Shervin Khodabandeh shares how to red...

'4/22/2022 2:38:45 PM'

We can make COVID-19 the last pandemic | Bill Gates

Building a pandemic-free future won't be easy, but Bill Gates believes that we have the tools and strategies to make it possible -- now we just have to fund them. In this forward-looking talk, he proposes a multi-specialty Global Epidemic Response...

'4/21/2022 2:45:49 PM'

A new economic model for protecting tropical forests  | Nat Keohane

To solve the climate crisis, we need to make tropical forests worth more alive than dead, says environmental economist Nat Keohane. Highlighting the urgent need to stop deforestation and the carbon pollution it brings, he details the work of the L...

'4/20/2022 2:47:08 PM'

An Olympic champion's mindset for overcoming fear | Allyson Felix

Getting pregnant as a track and field athlete is often called the "kiss of death" -- a sign your athletic career will soon end. Olympic champion, entrepreneur and proud mother Allyson Felix thinks it shouldn't be that way. She tells the story of s...

'4/18/2022 11:31:19 AM'

A future worth getting excited about | Elon Musk

What's on Elon Musk's mind? In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Musk details how the radical new innovations he's working on -- Tesla's intelligent humanoid robot Optimus, SpaceX's otherworldly Starship and Neuralink's brain-machine i...

'4/18/2022 1:43:47 AM'

Elon Musk talks Twitter, Tesla and how his brain works — live at TED2022 | Elon Musk

In this live, unedited conversation, Elon Musk -- the head of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company -- digs into the recent news around his bid to purchase Twitter and gets honest about the biggest regret of his career, how his brain wor...

'4/14/2022 2:10:09 PM'

Ukraine's fight to keep educating its children | Zoya Lytvyn

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destroyed so much -- including hundreds of schools, where the country's children were forging their futures -- but it has not stopped Ukrainians from pursuing knowledge and curiosity. In a deeply moving talk, ed...

'4/13/2022 7:45:22 PM'

The likability dilemma for women leaders | Robin Hauser

When women lead, bias often follows. Documentarian Robin Hauser dives into the dilemma between competence and likeability faced by women in leadership roles, detangling the unconscious beliefs and gendered thinking that distort what it means to be...

'4/11/2022 11:49:41 PM'

Stand with Ukraine in the fight against evil | Garry Kasparov

Ukraine is on the front line of a war between freedom and tyranny, says chess grandmaster and human rights advocate Garry Kasparov. In this blistering call to action, he traces Vladimir Putin's rise to power and details his own path from chess wor...

'4/11/2022 2:44:11 PM'

We could kick-start life on another planet. Should we? | Betül Kaçar

"Life makes our planet an incredibly exotic place compared to the rest of the known universe," says astrobiologist Betül Kaçar, whose research uses statistics and mathematical models to simulate ancient environments and gather insights into the or...

'4/7/2022 2:32:43 PM'

The rhythm and rhyme of memory, solitude and community | Rosanne Cash

"Music can unlock a frozen memory that melts into the seeds of our creativity," says musician Rosanne Cash. Reflecting on the power of memory, solitude and community, she performs "The Sunken Lands" and "Particle And Wave" and meditates on some of...

'4/6/2022 2:46:32 PM'

5 promising factors propelling climate action | Gabriel Kra

Given the scale of the challenge, the conversation around climate change is often tinged with doom and gloom. But climate tech investor Gabriel Kra thinks we need to reframe the crisis as a source of tremendous opportunity. He offers five big reas...

'4/5/2022 3:34:26 PM'

NFTs, the metaverse and the future of digital art | Elizabeth Strickler

In need of a brief yet illuminating lesson on the obsession with NFTs? Elizabeth Strickler breaks down the acronym and explains the fundamentals of non-fungible tokens, sharing how these digital assets are changing the landscape for artists and co...

'4/4/2022 2:56:19 PM'

Live drawings of the human experience | Jarrett J. Krosoczka

In this live drawing performance and poignant autobiographical journey, author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka sketches some life-shaping moments, showing us how drawing and storytelling can help us honor and remain close to those we've lost.

'4/1/2022 2:36:43 PM'

The 100 tampons NASA (almost) sent to space -- and other absurd songs | Marcia Belsky

Performing two original songs, stand-up comedian, writer and musician Marcia Belsky shares comical commentary on some peculiar aspects of our culture -- from Instagram-stalking your crush to fending off mansplainers on social media -- and lampoons...

'3/31/2022 2:41:50 PM'

What it's like to be a war refugee | Zarlasht Halaimzai

Living under the constant threat of violence has a lasting effect -- even after you escape from danger, says writer and refugee advocate Zarlasht Halaimzai. One of the millions of people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced by conflict, Hala...

'3/30/2022 3:06:42 PM'

How webtoons are changing movies and TV | Hyeonmi Kim

Pop culture is changing thanks to a different kind of storytelling, says digital strategist Hyeonmi Kim. They're called webtoons: comic-like illustrations published in short segments and meant to be read on a smartphone in five to 10 minutes. Kim ...

'3/29/2022 3:16:03 PM'

What my gender transition taught me about womanhood | Paula Stone Williams

After leading a well-established life as a pastor, father and husband, Paula Stone Williams could no longer deny her truth and transitioned. In this conversational and at times humorous reflection, Williams offers her perspective on the everyday e...

'3/28/2022 2:39:48 PM'

Goats, blockchain and the future of money | Fariel Salahuddin

What if smallholder farmers could use their produce and livestock to pay for goods and services? TED Fellow and alternative currency enthusiast Fariel Salahuddin is working to make this a reality in places including rural Pakistan, where basic nec...

'3/25/2022 1:04:11 AM'

Why all melodies should be free for musicians to use | Damien Riehl

Evoke a familiar tune in a song and get slapped with a lawsuit ... it's a tale almost as old as copyright itself. Lawyer and technologist Damien Riehl digs into why "owning" a melody is a ludicrous legal assertion and composes a radical solution f...

'3/24/2022 3:05:07 PM'

The African swamp protecting Earth's environment | Vera Songwe

The peatlands of Africa's Congo Basin are a vast expanse of swamp and greenery that act as one of the world's most effective carbon sinks -- and they're under threat of environmental destruction. Economist Vera Songwe explains how putting a price ...

'3/23/2022 2:44:46 PM'

The future will be shaped by optimists | Kevin Kelly

"Every great and difficult thing has required a strong sense of optimism," says editor and author Kevin Kelly, who believes that we have a moral obligation to be optimistic. Tracing humanity's progress throughout history, he's observed that a posi...

'3/22/2022 2:29:03 PM'

The hidden power of sad songs and rainy days | Susan Cain and Min Kym

Have you ever wondered why you like sad music? Do you find comfort or inspiration in rainy days? In this profound, poetic talk, author Susan Cain invites you to embrace the feeling of longing -- or the place where joy and sorrow meet – as a gatewa...

'3/21/2022 2:51:17 PM'

Powerful photos that honor the lives of overlooked women | Smita Sharma

In some parts of the world, girls are as likely to be married off or trafficked as they are to be educated. Photojournalist and TED Fellow Smita Sharma thoughtfully depicts overlooked girls and young women, while making sure not to disrupt the liv...

'3/18/2022 2:51:38 PM'

Why entrepreneurship flourishes in the countryside | Xiaowei R. Wang

"To see and understand the countryside is a crucial part of moving towards a more livable future for everyone," says coder, artist and organizer Xiaowei R. Wang. They've observed that some of the most careful, thoughtful innovation is happening in...

'3/17/2022 8:03:42 PM'

The deep sea's medicinal secrets | Sam Afoullouss

Under the sea, untold wonders await in the form of untapped medicinal potential. Chemist Sam Afoullouss dives into the science behind natural remedies, explaining why the ocean's great (and still largely unexplored) biodiversity is ideal for deriv...

'3/17/2022 2:57:16 PM'

The power of purpose in business | Ashley M. Grice

What's a company's purpose? It's not the same as mission or vision, which change when leadership changes. Strategist Ashley M. Grice explains the power of purpose to push boundaries of innovation and bring clarity to every aspect of an organizatio...

'3/16/2022 2:51:33 PM'

Climate change isn't a distant threat -- it's our reality | Selina Neirok Leem

Every year, ocean levels rise and high tides flood the low-lying Marshall Islands in the Pacific, destroying homes, salinating water supplies and disrupting livelihoods. In a stirring poem and talk, youth climate warrior Selina Neirok Leem explain...

'3/15/2022 2:55:30 PM'

3 things men can do to promote gender equity | Jimmie Briggs

"It is time for a gender reckoning, beginning with men authentically confronting our internal selves and each other," says essayist and intersectional justice advocate Jimmie Briggs. In this call to action for gender equity, he unpacks how traditi...

'3/14/2022 2:41:08 PM'

Self-assembling robots and the potential of artificial evolution | Emma Hart

What if robots could build and optimize themselves -- with little to no help from humans? Computer scientist Emma Hart is working on a new technology that could make "artificial evolution" possible. She explains how the three ingredients of biolog...

'3/11/2022 6:23:48 PM'

War in Ukraine -- and what it means for the world order | Ian Bremmer

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created previously unthinkable changes in geopolitics, seemingly overnight. In this vital conversation, political analyst Ian Bremmer takes a closer look at the global implications of the war, including NATO and th...

'3/11/2022 4:11:05 PM'

How to design mosquitoes out of cities | Cameron Webb

As cities adopt greener, more sustainable designs, there's risk of a dangerous and unwelcome tenant moving in: mosquitoes. Researcher Cameron Webb explains what urban planners and the general public need to understand about mosquitoes -- the deadl...

'3/10/2022 3:42:52 PM'

The critical role of Black mothers -- and how to support all moms | Anna Malaika Tubbs

Throughout US history, the stories of influential Black mothers have been purposefully obscured -- at a high cost to us all. Sociologist Anna Malaika Tubbs unmasks the lies and designs behind this strategic erasure and highlights the scientific, c...

'3/9/2022 3:52:10 PM'

The creativity and community behind fanfiction | Cecilia Aragon

The wildly diverse, thoughtful and hilarious world of fanfiction -- where writers reimagine favorite stories like "Harry Potter," "Pokémon," "My Little Pony" and more -- is ever-growing and becoming a vital social and learning tool. Author, profes...

'3/9/2022 3:46:51 PM'

3 ways to find hope in hopeless times | Wajahat Ali

It can be hard to remain hopeful during seemingly hopeless times. Sharing hard-won wisdom on how to not give up when the going gets tough, writer Wajahat Ali talks about the challenges he faced with his daughter's cancer diagnosis and the COVID-19...

'3/8/2022 12:27:25 PM'

How to share public money fairly | Maja Bosnic

"We have the right to demand budgets to be equitable, to be fair," says economist Maja Bosnic. One way to get there is to make them gender-responsive. With examples from the nearly 80 countries around the world already factoring gender into public...

'3/7/2022 3:33:52 PM'

"A seat at the table" isn't the solution for gender equity | Lilly Singh

Women and girls are conditioned to believe success is "a seat at the table." Creator, actress and author Lilly Singh thinks we need to build a better table. In this hilarious, incisive talk, Singh traces the arc of her career from up-and-coming Yo...

'3/4/2022 3:39:13 PM'

Why US laws must expand beyond the nuclear family | Diana Adams

The nuclear family model may no longer be the norm in the US, but it's still the basis for social and economic benefits like health care, tax breaks and citizenship. Lawyer and LBGTQIA advocate Diana Adams believes that all families, regardless of...

'3/3/2022 3:46:34 PM'

What seaweed and cow burps have to do with climate change | Ermias Kebreab

Scientists have long known that cows are a huge source of the greenhouse gas methane, contributing up to four percent of emissions globally. But could there be a way to make cattle less -- ahem -- gassy? Animal scientist Ermias Kebreab talks throu...

'3/2/2022 4:27:41 PM'

3 ways your company's data can jump-start climate action | Massimo Russo

From helping build smart cities to supporting the sustainable energy sector, the possibilities of big data are endless. But many companies are still wary of sharing data that could expose them to risk and diminish their competitive advantage. What...

'3/2/2022 1:40:44 PM'

The war in Ukraine could change everything | Yuval Noah Harari

Concerned about the war Ukraine? You're not alone. Historian Yuval Noah Harari provides important context on the Russian invasion, including Ukraine's long history of resistance, the specter of nuclear war and his view of why, even if Putin wins a...

'3/1/2022 3:30:45 PM'

My secret to creating real magic | Christina Tosi

In an infectiously joyous talk, Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi shares the sugary jolt of her first food memory and behind-the-scenes stories of her bakery's famously inventive cakes, cookies and treats. This talk may make you hungry -- but it'll ...

'2/28/2022 3:43:07 PM'

The carbonless fuel that could change how we ship goods | Maria Gallucci

Every day, tens of thousands of cargo ships, filled to the brim with goods, release heavy pollution into the air as they make their way across the ocean. In this eye-opening talk, reporter Maria Gallucci introduces a planet-friendly alternative th...

'2/23/2022 9:20:44 PM'

The counterintuitive psychology of insurance | Orit Tykocinski

The real reason you buy insurance may have as much to do with pleasing your psyche as it does protecting your wallet. Behavioral psychologist Orit Tykocinski explores the connection between insurance and the reality-distorting risks of "magical th...

'2/23/2022 3:48:17 PM'

Are ad agencies, PR firms and lobbyists destroying the climate? | Solitaire Townsend

An unnoticed industry worth two trillion dollars a year is influencing almost every carbon emission. Sustainability solution seeker Solitaire Townsend calls this sector the "X industry" (where "X" stands for influence), and it includes professiona...

'2/22/2022 3:37:33 PM'

The "greenhouse-in-a-box" empowering farmers in India | Sathya Raghu Mokkapati

For smallholder farmers in India, agriculture has long been an unreliable source of income -- crops that flourish one season can fail the next, thanks to heat, pests and disease. But climate risk is now making the profession nearly impossible. TED...

'2/18/2022 3:41:43 PM'

Climate action needs new frontline leadership | Ozawa Bineshi Albert

We can't rely on those who created climate change to fix it, says climate justice organizer Ozawa Bineshi Albert. An Indigenous woman living in the heart of oil and gas country in the US, she's observed an alarming disconnect between empty promise...

'2/17/2022 3:51:37 PM'

Why play is essential for business | Martin Reeves

To thrive in today's competitive economy, you need to constantly reimagine your business. So what's the secret to sustained success? Strategist Martin Reeves makes a pitch for embracing play to spark innovative business ideas -- and invites you to...

'2/16/2022 3:45:30 PM'

Why is China appointing judges to combat climate change? | James K. Thornton

Why is China appointing thousands of judges to environmental courts and training prosecutors to bring cases to them, even if it means suing the government? Eco-lawyer James Thornton takes us inside the country's growing effort to use the power of ...

'2/15/2022 3:29:18 PM'

The tragedy of air pollution -- and an urgent demand for clean air | Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

"Breathing clean air is every child's human right," says grassroots campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, sharing the heartbreaking story of her seven-year-old daughter, Ella Roberta, whose asthma was triggered to a fatal point by air pollution. ...

'2/14/2022 3:57:00 PM'

You deserve the right to repair your stuff | Gay Gordon-Byrne

A self-declared "repair geek," Gay Gordon-Byrne is a driving force behind the right-to-repair movement, which aims to empower people to fix their stuff. She describes how the movement is gaining legislative momentum and breaks down how the global ...

'2/14/2022 3:53:23 PM'

What nature can teach us about sustainable business | Erin Meezan

From glue alternatives inspired by gecko's feet to factories that produce a net benefit to the environment, Interface's VP and chief sustainability officer Erin Meezan explains how we can look to nature to learn how to make business more sustainab...

'2/11/2022 3:43:49 PM'

A sex therapist's secret to rediscovering your spark | Ian Kerner

Sex therapist Ian Kerner hears about a common problem from his patients: "failure to launch," or the inability to build and maintain sexual momentum. What's the solution? Whether you're looking to reignite the spark in your relationship or reconne...

'2/10/2022 3:49:39 PM'

4 kinds of regret -- and what they teach you about yourself | Daniel H. Pink

Regret is one of our most powerful emotions -- and also one of the most misunderstood. Over the past two years, author Daniel H. Pink has collected a trove of more than 16,000 regrets from people in 105 countries in an effort to better understand ...

'2/9/2022 3:38:55 PM'

How to fix the "bugs" in the net-zero code | Lucas Joppa

Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's first chief environmental officer, thinks about climate change through the lens of coding, and he says the world's current net-zero approach simply won't compute. So how do we create a system that actually accounts for all...

'2/8/2022 8:48:27 PM'

How film captures the space between hope and despair | Mounia Akl

When Lebanon was rocked by a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, filmmaker Mounia Akl came face-to-face with chaos -- and the power of art to create some sense of order. In this poetic, moving talk, Akl shares the story of how she and her cre...

'2/8/2022 3:41:40 PM'

The ocean's ingenious climate solutions | Susan Ruffo

The ocean is often thought of as a victim of climate change, in need of human protection. But ocean expert Susan Ruffo says that mindset needs to shift. From storing carbon to providing protection to coastal communities, Ruffo highlights the ocean...

'2/7/2022 4:05:47 PM'

The origins of blackface and Black stereotypes | Dwan Reece

If you're wondering why blackface -- mimicking people of African descent via stereotypes and makeup-darkened skin -- is a big deal, then perhaps a little history lesson can help demystify the outcry. Dwan Reece, curator at the National Museum of A...

'2/7/2022 3:34:40 PM'

How we're reducing the climate impact of electronics | Tim Dunn

The seemingly mundane electronics you use every day -- your stove, dishwasher, TV and much more -- have a cumulative effect on the climate, says Best Buy's director of environmental affairs Tim Dunn. He shares how the company is helping people red...

'2/4/2022 3:51:26 PM'

Got millet? How marketing could improve the lives of African farmers | Zoë Karl-Waithaka

From "got milk?" to "avocados from Mexico," marketing influences what you eat more than you may realize. But despite the known power of food marketing, farmers in Africa are more likely to receive funding for seed and fertilizer than they are for ...

'2/3/2022 3:40:28 PM'

How wind energy could power Earth ... 18 times over | Dan Jørgensen

Over the last two decades, the wind power industry has grown at a dizzying pace. (Fun fact: a single rotation from one of the world's most powerful wind turbines can generate enough electricity to charge more than 1,400 cell phones.) Building off ...

'2/2/2022 8:47:05 PM'

The incredible cancer-detecting potential of photoacoustic imaging | Lei Li

Could we use the energy from light and sound to detect disease? TED Fellow Lei Li shares the exciting promise of photoacoustic imaging: an affordable, painless and accurate method of converting light into sound in order to create high-resolution i...

'2/2/2022 3:40:11 PM'

How to fix two of the most broken systems in the US | Nick Turner and Whitney Pennington Rodgers

In an engaging, insightful conversation, criminal justice reformer Nick Turner breaks down the ways the US criminal legal system perpetuates centuries-old racial and economic inequality. He joins TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodg...

'2/1/2022 3:52:14 PM'

Sex education should start with consent | Kaz

Consent can be a tricky topic to talk about in sex education curriculums, but it doesn't have to be. In this hilarious and relatable talk, sex educator and TED Fellow Kaz offers a fresh look at teaching young people about the core principles of co...

'1/31/2022 3:43:00 PM'

Smart solutions to decarbonize buildings | Katie McGinty

Buildings are bad news for the climate -- the indoor spaces we spend most of our lives in emit 40 percent of the world's greenhouse gases. Rethinking how to create and occupy the spaces we inhabit, Katie McGinty, chief sustainability officer at Jo...

'1/31/2022 3:39:03 PM'

Sustainable cooling that doesn't warm the planet | Rachel Kyte

"The way we cool things down is heating the planet even more," says sustainable development expert Rachel Kyte -- and the solutions go well beyond just fixing air-conditioning. She identifies four major areas with transformative solutions -- from ...

'1/28/2022 3:47:42 PM'

The mind-bending art of deep time | Katie Paterson

Short-sightedness may be the greatest threat to humanity, says conceptual artist Katie Paterson, whose work engages with deep time -- an idea that describes the history of the Earth over a time span of millions of years. In this lively talk, she t...

'1/27/2022 4:09:48 PM'

A different understanding of American patriotism | Deval Patrick

American democracy cannot be great until it is good, says lawyer, Harvard professor and former governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick. A self-identified patriot, Patrick stands behind the fundamental values and civic ideals that he believes make ...

'1/26/2022 3:52:17 PM'

4 ways to redefine power at work to include women of color | Rha Goddess and Deepa Purushothaman

With many women of color considering exiting the workforce due to unfair conditions, it's time to reshape systems in order to put an end to this massive loss of talent. Exposing the harmful repercussions of racist, toxic organizational cultures, s...

'1/25/2022 3:33:20 PM'

The new reality of fashion is digital | Gala Marija Vrbanic

Picking an outfit? Take inspiration from this thrilling talk about digital fashion: the new, weird and wonderful world of fashion designed for our virtual worlds. Watch as Gala Marija Vrbanic, a leader in this emerging field, showcases what you co...

'1/24/2022 4:16:53 PM'

Could we treat Alzheimer's with light and sound? | Li-Huei Tsai

What if we could use brain waves to treat Alzheimer's? Professor and neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai details a promising new approach to artificially stimulate gamma brain waves using light and sound therapy, to increase connectivity and synchrony and...

'1/21/2022 3:42:24 PM'

What if women built the world they want to see? | Emily Pilloton-Lam

Only four percent of construction workers are female -- that's totally unacceptable, but it's also a huge opportunity both for women and for the trades, says youth educator and builder Emily Pilloton-Lam. She makes the case for putting power (and ...

'1/20/2022 8:59:44 PM'

How to fix broken supply chains | Dustin Burke

Supply chain challenges are real, but they're not new, says global trade expert Dustin Burke. In the face of disruptions ranging from natural disasters to pandemics, how do we make sure supply chains can keep up? Burke offers a combination of solu...

'1/20/2022 3:58:55 PM'

What you need to know about carbon removal | Gabrielle Walker

What do woolly pigs have to do with climate change? They're part of a vital, ingenious and evolving strategy to take carbon out of the sky and store it safely -- in trees, soils, the ocean, buildings, rocks and deep underground. Every carbon remov...

'1/19/2022 3:50:32 PM'

How radical hospitality can change the lives of the formerly incarcerated | Reuben Jonathan Miller

For the nearly 20 million Americans with a felony record, punishment doesn't end after their prison sentence. Sociologist Reuben Jonathan Miller sheds light on the aftershocks of mass incarceration through the stories of people who've lived it, le...

'1/18/2022 3:55:43 PM'

The unexpected, underwater plant fighting climate change | Carlos M. Duarte

Once considered the ugly duckling of environmental conservation, seagrass is emerging as a powerful tool for climate action. From drawing down carbon to filtering plastic pollution, marine scientist Carlos M. Duarte details the incredible things t...

'1/14/2022 3:39:46 PM'

How to break down barriers and not accept limits | Candace Parker

What can't Candace Parker do? A two-time NCAA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time WNBA champion, Parker knows what it takes to fight for your dreams. In this inspiring talk, she shares what she's learned during a career spent not...

'1/13/2022 3:35:32 PM'

Why great leaders take humor seriously | Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

There's a mistaken belief in today's working world that leaders need to be serious all the time to be taken seriously. The research tells a different story. Based on the course they teach at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, behavioral scien...

'1/12/2022 4:19:51 PM'

How visual storytelling creates better health care | Sam Hester

Comics creator Sam Hester is part of a growing movement within health care: graphic medicine. In short, literally drawing attention to a patient's needs and goals with pictures to foster better and more accessible caretaking. Hester shares how ill...

'1/11/2022 3:43:06 PM'

How to realistically decarbonize the oil and gas industry | Bjørn Otto Sverdrup

Bjørn Otto Sverdrup leads the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), which gathers the CEOs of twelve of the world's largest oil and gas companies around an ambitious goal: to get one of the sectors contributing most to climate change to drastical...

'1/10/2022 3:29:45 PM'

How biochar removes CO2 from the air -- and helps farmers thrive | Axel Reinaud

Biochar is a kind of charcoal that removes CO2 from the atmosphere, helping yield healthy crops and even producing abundant renewable energy in the form of electricity as it's made. This exciting climate change fighter is ready for scaling now. En...

'1/7/2022 3:54:42 PM'

The creativity, innovation and ingenuity languishing in US prisons | Brittany K. Barnett

The freedom journey doesn't end when someone is released from prison. In many ways, it begins. Attorney and entrepreneur Brittany K. Barnett fights to free people from prison and champions restoring and nurturing the creative ingenuity of justice-...

'1/6/2022 9:09:21 PM'

The architectural mastermind behind modern Singapore | Liu Thai Ker

Cities designed like families can last for generations. Skeptical? Look to master architect Liu Thai Ker, who transformed Singapore into a modern marvel with his unique approach to sustainable urban design. Liu shares creative wisdom and perspecti...

'1/6/2022 3:47:59 PM'

What makes a job "good" -- and the case for investing in people | Warren Valdmanis

Businesses need to stop cutting labor costs and start investing in people, says social impact investor Warren Valdmanis. In this perspective-shifting talk, he breaks down the essential ingredients of a "good" job -- which is more than just the siz...

'1/5/2022 3:54:13 PM'

Language shouldn't be a barrier to climate action | Sophia Kianni

Most scientific literature is written only in English, creating an alarming knowledge gap for the 75 percent of the world who don't speak it. That's a big problem for climate change -- because it's hard to take action on something you don't unders...

'1/4/2022 3:44:39 PM'

How moms shape the world | Anna Malaika Tubbs

Mothers undeniably impact and shape history -- but their stories are often left out or misrepresented, says sociologist and author Anna Malaika Tubbs. This erasure limits policies to support mothers and their essential roles in society. Citing the...

'12/23/2021 4:08:18 PM'

Why a free and fair internet is more vital than ever | Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa

Without the internet, how would you have coped with the pandemic -- from work and school, to maintaining your closest relationships? In the digital age, reliance on the internet is so common and seems ubiquitous, yet billions of people worldwide s...

'12/22/2021 3:37:53 PM'

4 ways the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we sleep | Matt Walker

Have you been having weird dreams lately? For many people, that's just one of the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has altered their sleeping habits, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. From when to how much to how well we're sleeping, this pandemic may h...

'12/21/2021 3:34:11 PM'

How to escape the cynicism trap | Jamil Zaki

Some days, it's hard to be optimistic. But cynicism -- the idea that people are inherently selfish, greedy and dishonest -- is making humanity lonelier and more divided, says psychologist Jamil Zaki. Presenting fascinating research on cooperation,...

'12/20/2021 3:54:23 PM'

Use your voice, vote and wallet for climate action | Halla Tómasdóttir

Recently back from the COP26 UN climate conference in Scotland, former Icelandic presidential candidate Halla Tómasdóttir sums up the outcomes of the gathering, the progress she saw and the work that's left to be done this way: "The most difficult...

'12/17/2021 7:47:23 PM'

A king cobra bite -- and a scientific discovery | Gowri Shankar

A king cobra has enough venom to kill 10 people in a single bite. Recounting his near-death experience after being bitten by one of these majestic yet deadly snakes, conservationist and TED Fellow Gowri Shankar shares the epiphany he had when the ...

'12/17/2021 4:03:56 PM'

How we could better predict and stop floods | Virginia Smith

From village to metropolis, global flooding is on the rise, and traditional approaches to managing the swells won't cut it, says water resource engineer Virginia Smith. Giving an overview of the dynamic shift needed to stymie the flow of future st...

'12/16/2021 8:56:26 PM'

Dreams and details for a decarbonized future | Jim Hagemann Snabe

As chairman of the world's largest maritime shipping company, Jim Hagemann Snabe thinks a lot about how goods get where they need to go and the impact their journey has on the planet. Leading the effort to decarbonize shipping by 2050, he shares a...

'12/16/2021 3:46:03 PM'

Siri, Alexa, Google ... what comes next? | Karen Lellouche Tordjman

From Siri to Alexa to Google, virtual assistants already permeate our lives. What will the next generation of these digital helpers look and sound like? Customer experience professional Karen Lellouche Tordjman gives us a glimpse of where they're ...

'12/15/2021 3:49:40 PM'

A new way to help young people with their mental health | Tom Osborn

TED Fellow Tom Osborn wants more young people to have access to the mental health support they need. With the Shamiri Institute, he and his team are training 18- to 22-year-olds to deliver evidence-based mental health care to their peers in Kenya ...

'12/15/2021 3:21:49 PM'

How to deal with your insomnia -- and finally get to sleep | Matt Walker

Having trouble falling asleep -- or staying asleep? Alcohol, sleeping pills or drugs like cannabis may help you in the short term, but they're only a quick fix, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. There is, however, one proven way to treat your inso...

'12/14/2021 3:43:25 PM'

A vision of sustainable housing for all of humanity | Vishaan Chakrabarti

By 2100, the UN estimates that the world's population will grow to just over 11 billion people. Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti wants us to start thinking about how we'll house all these people -- and how new construction can fight climate change ra...

'12/13/2021 3:49:25 PM'

3 ways to prepare society for the next pandemic | Jennifer B. Nuzzo

What if we treated the risk of pandemics the same way we treat the risk of fires? In this eye-opening talk, infectious disease epidemiologist Jennifer B. Nuzzo unpacks how the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 sparked a cultural shift in how we defend ...

'12/10/2021 4:06:49 PM'

How to protect your mental well-being online -- from a Gen-Zer | Peachy Liv

Whether you have one follower or a million, we've all witnessed nastiness and hate speech on social media. YouTube content creator and mental well-being motivator Peachy Liv advocates for a kinder, more respectful digital world -- and urges us all...

'12/10/2021 3:53:38 PM'

The life-changing power of assistive technologies | Jane Velkovski

"This chair is my legs -- this chair is my life," says accessibility champion Jane Velkovski, who uses a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). With clarity and poise, he shares how his first motorized wheelchair empo...

'12/10/2021 3:51:52 PM'

The need for family reunification -- to make families whole again | Elizabeth Zion

"I want all families to be made whole, to be reunified, to be together -- as is our right," says writer, poet and student Elizabeth Zion. In this profoundly moving talk, Zion shares the impacts of family separation, including her personal struggle...

'12/10/2021 3:45:09 PM'

A next-generation solution to the climate crisis | Nkosilathi Nyathi

The climate crisis has been largely caused by irresponsible adults in developed countries, but it's the children of developing nations -- like Zimbabwean environmental activist Nkosilathi Nyathi -- that suffer from the most disastrous consequences...

'12/10/2021 3:42:47 PM'

Education is a fundamental right for every child | Makhtoum Abdalla

For children growing up in refugee camps, education is a powerful tool of liberation. In this inspiring talk, Makhtoum Abdalla, displaced as a child in Sudan and now living with his family in the Otash camp in Darfur, shares his biggest dream: to ...

'12/9/2021 8:52:04 PM'

3 ways to lower the barriers to higher education | Adrian K. Haugabrook

Less than seven percent of people worldwide have a bachelor's degree -- and for many, this is simply because the cost of university is too high, says higher education executive Adrian K. Haugabrook. In this barrier-breaking talk, he introduces an ...

'12/9/2021 4:03:04 PM'

How going to Mars improves life on Earth | Eric Hinterman

Memory foam, air purifiers, scratch-resistant lenses: these are just a few of the everyday items originally developed for space missions. Aerospace engineer Eric Hinterman invites us to dream big and imagine what technological advancements could c...

'12/8/2021 3:46:32 PM'

How sleep affects what (and how much) you eat | Matt Walker

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can actually make you hungrier? According to sleep scientist Matt Walker, the relationship between what you eat and your sleep is a two-way street. Here's why understanding it can help improve your overal...

'12/8/2021 3:42:17 PM'

The end of Roe v. Wade -- and what comes next for reproductive freedom | Kathryn Kolbert

Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision protecting people's right to have an abortion in the United States, will be overturned within a year, says reproductive rights attorney Kathryn Kolbert. In this electrifying call to action, she...

'12/8/2021 3:32:24 PM'

4 steps to hiring fairly -- and supporting criminal justice reform | Nyra Jordan

Many companies have made strides when it comes to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), but one group remains largely left out: people who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Social impact investor Nyra Jordan introdu...

'12/7/2021 3:40:37 PM'

How to end the pandemic -- and prepare for the next | Maria Van Kerkhove

We will get out of this pandemic, says Maria Van Kerkhove, the COVID-19 Technical Lead of the World Health Organization (WHO). The question is how fast -- and if we'll take what we've learned from the past two years and apply it to the next emergi...

'12/6/2021 8:52:16 PM'

3 questions to build resilience -- and change the world | Sister True Dedication

Every moment of movement is a chance to become more aware of yourself and the world around you, says Zen Buddhist nun Sister True Dedication. Guiding us through the art of "mindful walking," she shares three essential questions to ask yourself to ...

'12/6/2021 3:41:39 PM'

Community investment is the missing piece of climate action | Dawn Lippert

There's been explosive investment in new technologies aimed at decarbonizing the planet. But climate investor Dawn Lippert says something key is missing from this strategy: investment in the local people these solutions would affect most. She shar...

'12/3/2021 3:43:47 PM'

The dream of educating Afghan girls lives on | Shabana Basij-Rasikh

In this deeply moving talk, educator Shabana Basij-Rasikh shares the harrowing story of evacuating more than 250 students, staff and family members from the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) -- the country's first and only all-girls boardin...

'12/2/2021 4:25:48 PM'

How gratitude rewires your brain | Christina Costa

When a psychologist who studies well-being ends up with a brain tumor, what happens when she puts her own research into practice? Christina Costa goes beyond the "fight" narrative of cancer -- or any formidable personal journey -- to highlight the...

'12/1/2021 3:59:58 PM'

The value of kindness at work | James Rhee

Kindness can go a long way when it comes to reshaping a business. Having saved a fashion company from the brink of bankruptcy, entrepreneur James Rhee shares the value of investing in a culture of compassion at work -- and shows why we should all ...

'12/1/2021 3:20:40 PM'

What is melatonin -- and should you take it to fall asleep? | Matt Walker

Melatonin is the hormone that tells our brains and bodies it's time to sleep. But if you think melatonin supplements will significantly improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, you may have been misled. Sleep scientist Matt Walker shar...

'11/30/2021 3:34:57 PM'

Is it really that bad to marry my cousin? | Mona Chalabi

There are things we accept as obvious truths that aren't necessarily backed up by data. A primary example: cousin marriage being taboo. In this episode, data journalist Mona Chalabi looks at the numbers behind our family trees to reveal that cousi...

'11/29/2021 3:40:52 PM'

It's impossible to have healthy people on a sick planet | Shweta Narayan

The doctrine of "first, do no harm" is the basis of the Hippocratic Oath, one of the world's oldest codes of ethics. It governs the work of physicians -- but climate and health campaigner Shweta Narayan says it should go further. In this essential...

'11/24/2021 3:53:59 PM'

The surprising health benefits of dreaming | Matt Walker

When you fall asleep and start dreaming, you're actually doing very important work. According to sleep scientist Matt Walker, dreams act like a form of "overnight therapy." In fact, your dreams may even boost your ability to solve problems and pro...

'11/23/2021 9:04:43 PM'

The science of extreme weather -- and how to reduce the harm | Al Roker, Al Gore, David Biello and Latif Nasser

Floods, droughts, heat waves and cold blasts -- why is the weather becoming more extreme? Environmentalist and "America's weatherman" Al Roker discusses the link between climate change and disruptions to weather patterns worldwide, followed by a c...

'11/23/2021 9:03:44 PM'

Dear world leaders, these are our climate demands | Xiye Bastida, Shiv Soin and Latif Nasser

Investing in green energy, holding large corporations accountable for their pollution, stopping pipeline and oil extraction initiatives -- these are non-negotiable actions to protect the planet, but they are still just the bare minimum, say climat...

'11/23/2021 4:02:57 PM'

The forest is our teacher. It's time to respect it | Nemonte Nenquimo

For thousands of years, the Amazon rainforest has provided food, water and spiritual connection for its Indigenous inhabitants and the world. But the endless extraction of its natural resources by oil companies and others is destroying the lives o...

'11/23/2021 3:47:09 PM'

How accurate is the weather forecast? | Mona Chalabi

No one remembers when you're right, but no one forgets when you're wrong. Your local weather person knows that saying all too well. But while they take a lot of the heat (get it?), how much of it is actually justified? In this episode, Mona Chalab...

'11/22/2021 7:50:50 PM'

An action plan for solving the climate crisis | John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram

"How much more damage do we have to endure before we realize that it's cheaper to save this planet than to ruin it?" asks engineer and investor John Doerr. In conversation with Countdown cofounder Lindsay Levin, Doerr and systems innovator Ryan Pa...

'11/22/2021 4:15:32 PM'

The science of preserving sight | Joshua Chu-Tan

As you get older, your eyes worsen and become susceptible to a disease called age-related macular degeneration -- the leading cause of blindness, with no cure in sight. Sharing the science of how your vision works, researcher Joshua Chu-Tan offers...

'11/19/2021 3:52:30 PM'

Your self-driving robotaxi is almost here | Aicha Evans

We've been hearing about self-driving cars for years, but autonomous vehicle entrepreneur Aicha Evans thinks we need to dream more daringly. In this exciting talk, she introduces us to robotaxis: fully autonomous, eco-friendly shuttles that would ...

'11/18/2021 3:56:56 PM'

A program to empower Black teachers in the US | Larry Irvin

TED Fellow and education innovator Larry Irvin envisions a world where every child can see themselves reflected in their teachers. With his team at Brothers Empowered to Teach, Irvin is providing pathways to careers in education for Black men, who...