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'9/29/2022 4:01:34 PM'

The online community supporting queer Africans | Okong'o Kinyanjui

Feeling safe is a human right -- but in many African countries, colonial-era laws make it dangerous for LGBTQIA+ people to gather and share their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Creating a space that leaves no room for di...

'9/28/2022 4:31:12 PM'

Work is not your family | Gloria Chan Packer

You may need to hear this (if you haven't already): your job is not your family. While you can develop meaningful relationships with your colleagues, calling work your family can actually breed burnout and be detrimental to your mental and emotion...

'9/27/2022 2:53:08 PM'

How AI could empower any business | Andrew Ng

Expensive to build and often needing highly skilled engineers to maintain, artificial intelligence systems generally only pay off for large tech companies with vast amounts of data. But what if your local pizza shop could use AI to predict which f...

'9/26/2022 2:52:42 PM'

How to build for human life on Mars | Melodie Yashar

We're going to be building on the Moon this decade -- and next will be Mars, says space architect Melodie Yashar. In a visionary talk, she introduces her work designing off-world shelters with autonomous robots and 3D printers and explores how it ...

'9/23/2022 3:15:57 PM'

Is there a link between cancer and heart disease? | Nicholas Leeper

Does the key to stopping cancer lie in the heart? Cardiologist Nicholas Leeper digs into emerging scientific research on the link between the world's two leading causes of death, heart disease and cancer, sharing how their biological origins may b...

'9/22/2022 11:56:09 AM'

Is the pandemic actually over? It's complicated | Anthony Fauci

"Be spreaders of facts and truths," says scientist and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. Having advised seven US presidents on various disease outbreaks including COVID-19, he shares insights on the present and future of pandemics, backed up by deca...

'9/21/2022 2:56:48 PM'

You don't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one | Majora Carter

Low-status neighborhoods in the US are often stuck between stagnating assistance from the government and gentrification at the hands of real estate developers. The result is that the brightest minds are convinced that "success" means leaving town....

'9/20/2022 2:53:44 PM'

Your invitation to disrupt philanthropy | Sara Lomelin

Philanthropy disruptor Sara Lomelin thinks communities can build power through collective giving and the model of "giving circles": groups of people with shared values who come together to make change, strengthen their social fabric and help diver...

'9/19/2022 2:57:09 PM'

Nuclear power is our best hope to ditch fossil fuels | Isabelle Boemeke

Nuclear power is one of the safest, cleanest forms of energy -- yet to most people, it might not feel that way. Why is that? Isabelle Boemeke, the world's first nuclear energy influencer and creator of the social media persona Isodope, deftly debu...

'9/16/2022 2:46:10 PM'

How dance can unleash your inner joy | Ryan Heffington

"We all have our own beautiful ways of moving, and this is worth celebrating," says dancer and choreographer Ryan Heffington. Inviting you to reconsider your connection to dance, he shows how even everyday experiences -- tying your shoes, rocking ...

'9/15/2022 2:44:21 PM'

The trick to regaining your childlike wonder | Zach King

When we ditch our assumptions, new ideas can enter the world, says filmmaker Zach King. In an entertaining talk full of props and surprises, King shows us the trick to regaining our sense of childlike wonder through the power of storytelling -- an...

'9/14/2022 3:09:23 PM'

How to lead in the new era of employee activism | Megan Reitz

What does it mean to lead in this new age of employee activism? Megan Reitz offers a four-point crash course on what employees want from their organizations and how leaders can rise to the challenge of building proactive and productive workplaces ...

'9/13/2022 2:51:07 PM'

The affordable, 3D-printed bionics of the future | Enzo Romero

Creating functional prosthetics at a fraction of the cost of imported tech, bionic innovator and TED Fellow Enzo Romero shares a groundbreaking model for designing 3D-printed assistive technology sourced from recycled materials -- built in and for...

'9/12/2022 2:57:16 PM'

The shift we need to stop mass surveillance | Albert Fox Cahn

Mass surveillance is worse than you think, but the solutions are simpler than you realize, says lawyer, technologist and TED Fellow Albert Fox Cahn. Breaking down the crude tactics law enforcement uses to sweep up massive amounts of data collected...

'9/9/2022 2:52:59 PM'

Everyone can participate in building the metaverse | Sutu

The promise of the metaverse extends far beyond digital spaces -- it can transform and enrich how we experience the material world, too. From video games that bring communities together to digital art that collides with physical spaces, augmented ...

'9/8/2022 2:35:54 PM'

How green hydrogen could end the fossil fuel era | Vaitea Cowan

As climate change accelerates, finding clean alternatives to fossil fuels is more urgent than ever. Social entrepreneur Vaitea Cowan believes green hydrogen is the answer. Watch as she shares her team's work mass producing electrolyzers -- devices...

'9/7/2022 2:51:36 PM'

What if you could sing in your favorite musician's voice? | Holly Herndon

What if you could create new music using your favorite musician's voice? Sharing her melodic gifts with the world, multidisciplinary artist Holly Herndon introduces Holly+, an AI-powered instrument that lets people sing with her own voice. Musicia...

'9/6/2022 3:11:14 PM'

A giant Jurassic sea dragon, unearthed | Dean R. Lomax

Among the dinosaurs, giant sea dragons roamed the ancient ocean. Millions of years later, paleontologist Dean R. Lomax and his team freed the remains of one of these colossal creatures from the Earth. Settle in to learn about the once-in-a-lifetim...

'9/2/2022 2:48:01 PM'

What capitalism gets right -- and governments get wrong | Katherine Mangu-Ward

Is capitalism a good thing? Journalist Katherine Mangu-Ward makes the case that "weirdos" left alone to innovate and explore far-out ideas in a free market system are our best hope for the future. She asks us to reconsider our qualms about capital...

'9/1/2022 2:37:47 PM'

The colorful, shapeshifting wonder of the Amazon's praying mantises | Leo Lanna and Lvcas Fiat

In this captivating talk, journey into the surprisingly colorful nights of the Amazon Rainforest, as artistic entomologist Leo Lanna and designer Lvcas Fiat introduce us to the shapeshifting wonder of a creature they've fallen in love with: the pr...

'8/31/2022 3:17:00 PM'

The bias behind your undiagnosed chronic pain | Sheetal DeCaria

While doctors take an oath to do no harm, there's a good chance their unconscious biases can seep into how seriously they take your pain. Physician Sheetal DeCaria explains how perception impacts medical care and treatment -- and calls for health ...

'8/30/2022 2:46:26 PM'

The most powerful yet overlooked resource in schools | Heejae Lim

"When teachers and families work together, everyone wins," says education technology entrepreneur and TED Fellow Heejae Lim. She shines a light on an underutilized resource in US public education -- a family's love for their children -- and shows ...

'8/29/2022 2:39:32 PM'

How to transform the chemical industry -- one reaction at a time | Miguel A. Modestino

Chemical plants create many of the materials found in everyday items, from the shoes you wear to the car you drive to the cell phone in your pocket. But the massive carbon footprint from chemical manufacturing is leading to climate breakdown. Sust...

'8/25/2022 3:00:06 PM'

Why the price of insulin is a danger to diabetics | Brooke Bennett

The price of insulin in the US is both outrageous and deadly to those who can't live without it. Diabetes advocate Brooke Bennett shares her own struggles living with type 1 diabetes and how the astronomical cost of a life-saving drug leaves milli...

'8/24/2022 2:51:40 PM'

How we're reverse engineering the human brain in the lab | Sergiu P. Pasca

Neuroscientist Sergiu P. Pasca has made it his life's work to understand how the human brain builds itself -- and what makes it susceptible to disease. In a mind-blowing talk laden with breakthrough science, he shows how his team figured out how t...

'8/23/2022 2:31:42 PM'

Is humanity smart enough to survive itself? | Jeanette Winterson

With quick wit and sharp insight, writer Jeanette Winterson lays out a vision of the future where human and machine intelligence meld -- forming what she calls "alternative intelligence" -- and takes a philosophical look at our species, asking: Ar...

'8/22/2022 2:46:25 PM'

How to stop the metaverse from becoming the internet's bad sequel | Micaela Mantegna

"The metaverse is already on fire, and we haven't even built it yet," says TED Fellow and video game lawyer Micaela Mantegna. She lays out why the metaverse is at risk of inheriting some of the internet's worst traits, like unchecked surveillance ...

'8/19/2022 2:54:11 PM'

Intelligent floating machines inspired by nature | Anicka Yi

Taking cues from soft robotics and the natural world, conceptual artist Anicka Yi builds lighter-than-air machines that roam and react like autonomous life forms. Her floating "aerobes" inspire us to think about new ways of living with machines --...

'8/18/2022 2:39:31 PM'

How to build an equitable and just climate future | Peggy Shepard

Everyone has the right to a clean environment -- but major disparities exist when it comes to who faces the consequences of pollution. Environmental justice leader Peggy Shepard points to the disproportionate impact that hazardous environmental co...

'8/17/2022 2:30:44 PM'

"Once There Was III" -- a mesmerizing blend of dance, animation and tech | Nina McNeely

A talented trio of dancers brings to life choreographer Nina McNeely's contemporary dance piece "Once There Was III." Settle in for a dazzling, hypnotic performance.

'8/16/2022 2:53:14 PM'

The problem with plastics -- and how they're changing the environment | Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez

Plastics are everywhere -- they're in our favorite electronic devices, they package our food and insulate our homes. Today, the total mass of plastic is twice the total mass of all living organisms on the planet, and it's starting to change the pr...

'7/29/2022 10:56:53 PM'

A photographic journey through the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan | Kiana Hayeri

Exposing what life looks like in Afghanistan after a 20-year US occupation and the Taliban's stunning and rapid takeover, TED Fellow and documentary photographer Kiana Hayeri captures harrowing glimpses and multifaceted realities of a war-torn cou...

'7/28/2022 2:39:01 PM'

How to reimagine society for working parents | Reshma Saujani

The pandemic brought into sharp focus the crisis in caregiving in the United States, which woefully under provides support for parents. Activist and Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani has a proposal to address that -- something she calls the Ma...

'7/27/2022 3:02:58 PM'

The US can move past immigration prisons -- and towards justice | César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Imagine seeking safety abroad and instead being detained and forced to defend yourself in a high-stakes legal battle — alone. Law professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández explains how the asylum process in the US became warped into what we know...

'7/26/2022 3:04:59 PM'

Could a DAO build the next great city? | Scott Fitsimones

Could DAOs, or "decentralized autonomous organizations," be the key to building the next great city? Experimental urbanist Scott Fitsimones shares how these mission-driven, blockchain-governed, collectively owned organizations could increase the s...

'7/25/2022 2:47:14 PM'

The future of fashion -- made from mushrooms | Dan Widmaier

Your closet is likely full of all kinds of materials -- leather, cotton, nylon and polyester, to name a few -- that contribute to fashion's sustainability crisis. Biomaterials investigator Dan Widmaier explains how we could look to nature for sust...

'7/22/2022 2:36:05 PM'

A new understanding of human history and the roots of inequality | David Wengrow

What if the commonly accepted narratives about the foundation of civilization are all wrong? Drawing on groundbreaking research, archaeologist David Wengrow challenges traditional thinking about the social evolution of humanity -- from the inventi...

'7/21/2022 3:13:52 PM'

How schools can nurture every student's genius | Trish Millines Dziko

Forget home economics and standardized tests, education visionary Trish Millines Dziko has a much more engaging and fulfilling way for students to develop real-world skills. Get schooled by Dziko as she shares how project-based learning can transf...

'7/20/2022 2:26:27 PM'

Why having fun is the secret to a healthier life | Catherine Price

Have you had your daily dose of fun? It's not just enjoyable, it's also essential for your health and happiness, says science journalist Catherine Price. She proposes a new definition of fun -- what she calls "true fun" -- and shares easy, evidenc...

'7/19/2022 2:29:11 PM'

How hip-hop can make climate action cool | Samir Ibrahim, MyVerse and Kristen Warren

Music can amplify social issues and inspire people to care about new (and sometimes unexpected) topics. But can it take something as dire as climate change and make it mainstream? With artists MyVerse and Kristen Warren as an inspiring opening act...

'7/18/2022 3:00:48 PM'

A 3-part plan to take on extreme heat waves | Eleni Myrivili

The deadliest severe weather phenomenon is something you might not realize: extreme heat. Eleni Myrivili, chief heat officer of the city of Athens, Greece, explains that extreme heat and heat waves are often overlooked because they're not as drama...

'7/15/2022 2:52:26 PM'

Stories of photographing monumental people -- from Michelle Obama to Stephen Hawking | Platon

With his art, photographer Platon seeks to strip away assumptions and leave viewers with a window into his subject's character, filling our eyes with wonder and curiosity. Sharing extraordinary stories of what it's like to photograph some of the w...

'7/14/2022 3:08:46 PM'

The profound power of gratitude and "living eulogies" | Andrea Driessen

Why do we often wait so long to recognize each other's gifts? Why are the truest compliments for the people we love often said only after they're no longer around to hear and savor them? Andrea Driessen makes the case for writing eulogies for the ...

'7/13/2022 2:39:33 PM'

Where on Earth will people live in the future? | Parag Khanna

From the return of nomadic living to a climate-disrupted world, author and global strategist Parag Khanna has some predictions for humanity. Get a fascinating glimpse at the future as he tackles an urgent question: Where on Earth will eight billio...

'7/12/2022 2:55:51 PM'

The eco-creators helping the climate through social media | Zahra Biabani

"Climate doom-ism," or a pessimistic outlook on the future of the planet, rivals climate denialism in holding up the fight against climate change, says activist Zahra Biabani. Illuminating how hope combats inaction, she takes us inside the world o...

'7/11/2022 2:48:17 PM'

The search for the invisible matter that shapes the universe | Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

The universe that we know, with its luminous stars and orbiting planets, is largely made up of elements we can't actually see -- like dark energy and dark matter -- and therefore don't fully understand. Theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinste...

'7/8/2022 2:52:12 PM'

How to write less but say more | Jim VandeHei

As the saying goes, less is more. The same goes for words. Listen as Politico and Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei shares what he's learned leading two media companies -- and how to radically rethink the way you write to keep people's attention in a ...

'7/8/2022 2:41:44 PM'

My 105 days in Taliban prison -- and a call to aid Afghanistan | Safi Rauf

Sharing his experience of being held captive in a Taliban prison for 105 days, humanitarian Safi Rauf talks about his life's mission to get food, medicine and other critical supplies to Afghans in need -- and urges the world to bolster aid and est...

'7/7/2022 2:52:33 PM'

How ethics can help you make better decisions | Michael Schur

What would Immanuel Kant say about a fender bender? In a surprisingly funny trip through the teachings of some of history's great philosophers, TV writer and producer Michael Schur (from hit shows like "The Office" and "The Good Place") talks thro...

'7/6/2022 2:49:23 PM'

The rise of boring architecture -- and the case for radically human buildings | Thomas Heatherwick

Where did all the lumps and bumps on buildings go? When did city architecture become so ... dull? Here to talk about why cities need inspiring architecture, designer Thomas Heatherwick offers a path out of the doldrums of urban monotony -- and a v...

'7/5/2022 2:51:25 PM'

How to alter the perception of mental health care in Russia | Olga Kitaina

During the Soviet Union era, therapy was often used as a tool of political oppression. Since then, Russia has seen major reforms in mental health care -- but stigmas and distrust for the practice still live on. Psychologist and TED Fellow Olga Kit...

'7/1/2022 2:48:55 PM'

How data-driven journalism illuminates patterns of injustice | Alison Killing

Data-driven journalism can help pinpoint truths and expose corruption -- even without physical access to where it's happening. Sharing the remarkable discovery of massive alleged detention camps in Xinjiang, China, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalis...

'6/30/2022 6:59:36 PM'

The blind spots of the green energy transition | Olivia Lazard

The world needs clean power, but decarbonization calls for a massive increase in the mining and extraction of minerals like lithium, graphite and cobalt. Environmental peacemaking expert Olivia Lazard sheds light on the scramble for these precious...

'6/30/2022 2:38:32 PM'

The humans at the center of the US immigration debate | Ali Noorani

How does a nation reconcile when its identity is at odds with its policies? Ali Noorani traces the arc of the US immigration debate to show a safer and more compassionate way forward, highlighting why centering human dignity creates lasting bonds ...

'6/29/2022 2:49:04 PM'

The hidden wonders of soil | Jane Zelikova

From nourishing our foods to storing massive amounts of carbon, soil is teeming with diverse microbial life that could slow global warming. Climate change scientist Jane Zelikova calls for agricultural practices that protect Earth's soil by growin...

'6/28/2022 2:40:55 PM'

An invitation to reexamine your familiar world | Gillian Tett

Before entering the world of financial journalism, Gillian Tett was a cultural anthropologist who studied how the past influences our present thoughts and behaviors. In an entertaining talk, she shows how you can use an anthropological outlook to ...

'6/27/2022 2:53:03 PM'

Why art is a tool for hope | JR

Famed for enormous black-and-white portraits that are pasted on surfaces ranging from the Louvre to the US-Mexico border wall, multimedia artist JR continues to tackle ambitious projects. In this powerfully moving talk, he shares how he made a gia...

'6/24/2022 2:58:24 PM'

An interdimensional performance of imagination | Particle Ink

In a peek into their sprawling metaverse, Particle Ink dazzles with an interdimensional performance combining augmented reality, dance and video projected onto the TED stage.

'6/23/2022 2:44:26 PM'

SpaceX's supersized Starship rocket -- and the future of galactic exploration | Jennifer Heldmann

SpaceX's Starship launch vehicle has the potential to explore the solar system in a bold, new -- and supersized -- way. Planetary scientist Jennifer Heldmann talks about how reusable, large-scale spacecraft like Starship could help humanity achiev...

'6/22/2022 7:35:28 PM'

Africa's great carbon valley -- and how to end energy poverty | James Irungu Mwangi

Our lives depend on curbing climate change, but so many priorities seem to be in competition. What's the most urgent thing humanity can do right now? Social entrepreneur James Irungu Mwangi tells us why Africa could be the ideal home for scaling t...

'6/22/2022 3:09:31 PM'

What happens to people's donated eggs and sperm after they die? | Ellen Trachman

Today, there are many ways to conceive a child, thanks to assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and egg-freezing. But the law lags behind these advancements, says attorney Ellen Trachman, troubling parents-to-be with stranger-than-fiction mi...

'6/21/2022 2:47:13 PM'

How to find joy in climate action | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

We can all play a role in the climate movement by tapping into our skills, resources and networks in ways that bring us satisfaction, says climate leader Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. She suggests drawing a Venn diagram to map these questions: What are...

'6/17/2022 3:24:45 PM'

The mission to safeguard Black history in the US | Julieanna L. Richardson

Black history in the US is rich, profound -- and at risk of being lost forever, if not for the monumental efforts of Julieanna L. Richardson. As the founder of The HistoryMakers -- the largest national archive of African American video-oral histor...

'6/17/2022 2:29:39 PM'

The actual cost of preventing climate breakdown | Yuval Noah Harari

Nobody really knows how much it would cost to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Yet historian Yuval Noah Harari's analysis, based on the work of scientists and economists, indicates that humanity might avert catastrophe by investing the e...

'6/16/2022 2:35:47 PM'

A second chance for fathers to connect with their kids | Charles C. Daniels, Jr.

Fathers have a profound impact on their children's lives, yet an estimated ten million kids in the US see their dads less than once a month. Through his advocacy and mental health center, therapist Charles C. Daniels, Jr. empowers fathers to be mo...

'6/15/2022 2:27:59 PM'

The relationship between sex and imagination | Gina Gutierrez

Sex is as much mental as it is physical -- and imagination is the most powerful tool we have to expand our personal agency and capacity for pleasure, says sexual wellness storyteller Gina Gutierrez. The founder of audio-erotica company Dipsea, Gut...

'6/14/2022 2:45:12 PM'

5 ethical principles for digitizing humanitarian aid | Aarathi Krishnan

Over the last decade, humanitarian organizations have digitized many of their systems, from registering refugees with biometric IDs to transporting cargo via drones. This has helped deliver aid around the world, but it's also brought new risks to ...

'6/13/2022 2:50:48 PM'

How a "Hi Level" mindset helps you realize your potential | Cordae

What does it take to build a legacy? Hip-hop artist Cordae tells how he went from mixtape-dropping high school kid to Grammy-nominated music star whose "Hi Level" mindset helps him achieve his dreams.

'6/10/2022 2:51:40 PM'

How Black girls can reclaim their voice in music | Kyra Gaunt

How does music shape us? Digital ethnomusicologist and TED Fellow Kyra Gaunt studies how Black girls can preserve the integrity of their own voices while listening, dancing and singing to pop songs largely engineered by men, often with lyrics that...

'6/9/2022 2:47:30 PM'

Esports, virtual Formula 1 and the new era of play | James Hodge

As the line between the physical and digital worlds blur, so does the line between real-world and virtual sports. Reframing our understanding of competition, data-driven technologist James Hodge explains how far esports (like virtual Formula 1 rac...

'6/8/2022 2:44:35 PM'

A sci-fi story of Earth's renewal | Vandana Singh

"The world is a living tapestry ... As the weave of life is torn apart in one place, the threads unravel in another," says author and physics professor Vandana Singh, acknowledging humanity's interconnectedness with the planet -- and the uncertain...

'6/7/2022 3:00:30 PM'

The brain science (and benefits) of ASMR | Craig Richard

A curious, quiet revolution of sound has taken over the internet. Physiologist Craig Richard explains the soothing brain science of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), tracking its rise in popularity and why this fascinating phenomenon is...

'6/6/2022 2:45:43 PM'

How to preserve your private life in the age of social media | Bryce Dallas Howard

Growing up in the public eye, multi-hyphenate creator Bryce Dallas Howard experienced the familiar pressure to share her life with the world on social media. But with her mother's steadfast guidance, Howard learned to set personal boundaries and s...

'6/3/2022 2:44:55 PM'

The awesome potential of many metaverses | Agnes Larsson

In the multitude of metaverses that exist there are infinite possibilities for inclusivity and creativity. Inviting us to craft our own digital universes, Minecraft's game director Agnes Larsson shares how the experience of building and sharing me...

'6/2/2022 3:08:25 PM'

The secret to mastering life's biggest transitions | Bruce Feiler

How do you navigate life's growing number of transitions with meaning, purpose and skill? Writer Bruce Feiler offers a powerful way to handle uncertain, painful and confusing times -- or "lifequakes", as he calls them. Learn how to equip yourself ...

'6/1/2022 2:45:47 PM'

A brain implant that turns your thoughts into text | Tom Oxley

What if you could control digital devices using just the power of thought? That's the incredible promise behind the Stentrode -- an implantable brain-computer interface that collects and wirelessly transmits information directly from the brain, wi...

'5/31/2022 2:42:08 PM'

The mindset shift needed to tackle big global challenges | Bernhard Kowatsch

Social entrepreneur Bernhard Kowatsch shares real-life examples of how a business approach focused on accelerating tech (like a blockchain-supported way to bring food to refugees or a machine that fortifies flour at small mills in Africa) can help...

'5/27/2022 3:05:58 PM'

The future of US reproductive rights after Roe v. Wade | Mary Ziegler, Loretta J. Ross, Erika Bachiochi, Joshua Prager

The recent leak of the US Supreme Court's draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade -- the nearly 50-year-old ruling to legalize abortion nationwide -- has left many wondering what happens next for reproductive rights in the country. In a thoughtful, ...

'5/27/2022 2:46:44 PM'

Why bittersweet emotions underscore life's beauty | Susan Cain

Life is a constant state of both joy and sorrow, dark and light, bitter and sweet. In a meditative conversation, author Susan Cain explores how being attuned to the bittersweetness of life -- and being fully present for both the happy times and th...

'5/26/2022 7:27:26 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...

'5/26/2022 2:43:54 PM'

A flavorful field guide to foraging | Alexis Nikole Nelson

Whether it's dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, vegan forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show how freely growing flora could make its way to your plate. With contagious enthusiasm and a live ...

'5/25/2022 7:45:00 PM'

What Wikipedia teaches us about balancing truth and beliefs | Katherine Maher

Even with public trust at an all-time low, Wikipedia continues to maintain people's confidence. How do they do it? Former CEO of Wikimedia Foundation Katherine Maher delves into the transparent, adaptable and community-building ways the online enc...

'5/25/2022 2:42:27 PM'

3 ways to make flying more climate-friendly | Ryah Whalen

Air travel opens our eyes to the world, but it also comes at a high cost to the environment. Piloting us into a future of green aviation, innovator Ryah Whalen shares three ways to lower the industry's carbon footprint through smarter designs, eco...

'5/24/2022 3:06:32 PM'

How is your city tackling the climate crisis? | Marvin Rees

"If we can unlock the full potential of our cities, we can minimize the price the planet pays for hosting us in our growing numbers," says Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, UK, who understands deeply how cities can help (or hurt) the environment....

'5/23/2022 7:56:34 PM'

Humanity's search for cosmic truth and poetic beauty | Maria Popova

Linking together the histories of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Edwin Hubble and Tracy K. Smith, poet and thinker Maria Popova crafts an astonishing story of how humanity came to see the edge of the observable universe. (Followed by an animated excerpt ...

'5/23/2022 5:12:33 PM'

How labor unions shape society | Margaret Levi

The weekend. Social Security. Health insurance. What do these things have in common? They all exist thanks to the advocacy of labor unions. Political economist Margaret Levi explains how these organizations forge equality and protect worker rights...

'5/20/2022 2:33:49 PM'

How to discover your authentic self -- at any age | Bevy Smith

In a talk packed with wry wisdom, pop culture queen Bevy Smith shares hard-earned lessons about authenticity, confidence, mature success and why, if you put in the work, "life gets greater later."

'5/20/2022 12:44:20 PM'

This is the moment to take on the climate crisis | Al Gore

Lighting up the TED stage, Nobel laureate Al Gore takes stock of the current state of climate progress and calls attention to institutions that have failed to honor their promises by continuing to pour money into polluting sectors. He explains how...

'5/19/2022 2:52:56 PM'

How great leaders innovate responsibly | Ken Chenault

In times of uncertainty, leaders have a responsibility to inspire hope. Sharing hard-won wisdom, business leader Ken Chenault talks about what it takes to enact positive, enduring change -- and why it's more important than ever to invest in respon...

'5/18/2022 2:58:00 PM'

The workplace, redefined by women of color | Deepa Purushothaman

Corporate inclusion visionary Deepa Purushothaman shares how women of color can advocate for themselves in workplace settings where they are undervalued, discriminated against and overlooked -- and how companies can foster working cultures that em...

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

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

These days, almost all of us feel pressed for time. Leadership expert Dorie Clark shares three hidden reasons people fall into an endless loop of feeling constantly busy, and invites you to question what really motivates how you spend your time.

'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 fossil fuels | 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...

'5/10/2022 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 likability 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 lessons on hope in challenging 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...