TED Talk

March 19, 2019
My journey mapping the uncharted world | Tawanda Kanhema

My journey mapping the uncharted world | Tawanda Kanhema

Significant pieces of the globe are literally not on the map: they're missing from the most widely used mapping platforms, like Google Street View, leaving communities neglected of vital services and humanitarian aid. In this globetrotting talk, photographer Tawanda Kanhema takes us along on...

Dare to lead as your authentic self | Tracy Young

Dare to lead as your authentic self | Tracy Young

As the founder of a startup, Tracy Young often worried that employees and investors valued male CEOs more -- and that being a woman compromised her position as a leader. In this brave, personal talk, she gives an honest look at the constraints women face when trying to adapt to a male-dominated...

3 ways to upgrade democracy for the 21st century | Max Rashbrooke

3 ways to upgrade democracy for the 21st century | Max Rashbrooke

Democracy needs an update -- one that respects and engages citizens by involving them in everyday political decisions, says writer and researcher Max Rashbrooke. He outlines three global success stories that could help move democratic systems forward and protect society against the new challenges...

How a strong creative industry helps economies thrive | Mehret Mandefro

How a strong creative industry helps economies thrive | Mehret Mandefro

When global leaders think about which industries can fuel economic growth, the arts are often overlooked. But filmmaker Mehret Mandefro says the creative sector actually has the power to grow economies -- while also helping safeguard democracy. In this captivating talk, she shares a...

How bad data keeps us from good AI | Mainak Mazumdar

How bad data keeps us from good AI | Mainak Mazumdar

The future economy won't be built by people and factories, but by algorithms and artificial intelligence, says data scientist Mainak Mazumdar. But what happens when these algorithms get trained on biased data? Drawing on examples from Shanghai to New York City, Mazumdar shows how...

How your brain responds to stories -- and why they're crucial for leaders | Karen Eber

How your brain responds to stories -- and why they're crucial for leaders | Karen Eber

How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action.

4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work | Betsy Kauffman

4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work | Betsy Kauffman

Why is it so hard to speak up and productively disagree at work? Leadership and organization coach Betsy Kauffman shows how to bring the candid conversations that usually happen at the watercooler out into the open with four practical strategies you can implement right now to have honest,...

Humanity's planet-shaping powers -- and what they mean for the future | Achim Steiner

Humanity's planet-shaping powers -- and what they mean for the future | Achim Steiner

Humanity now has incredible power to shape nature and the Earth: the power to destroy and the power to repair, says sustainability champion and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. In this action-oriented talk, Steiner shows how this power is putting our own survival at risk -- and takes us on a...

How carbon capture networks could help curb climate change | Bas Sudmeijer

How carbon capture networks could help curb climate change | Bas Sudmeijer

What if we could build a global waste disposal service for carbon? In this forward-thinking talk, carbon capture advisor Bas Sudmeijer proposes building CO2 networks: partnerships between cities around the world that would share the cost and geological resources needed to trap emissions deep in the...

6 essential lessons for women leaders  | Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

6 essential lessons for women leaders | Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

In a rich conversation full of practical insights, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global power -- and share six standout lessons on what it takes to lead and...

How AI can help shatter barriers to equality | Jamila Gordon

How AI can help shatter barriers to equality | Jamila Gordon

Jamila Gordon believes in the power of human connection -- and artificial intelligence -- to help people who might otherwise be left behind. Telling the story of her own path from refugee to global tech executive, she shows how AI is helping refugees, migrants and those from disadvantaged...

The 1-minute secret to forming a new habit | Christine Carter

The 1-minute secret to forming a new habit | Christine Carter

You know how resolutions often go: you set a goal and start strong ... then the motivation runs out and feelings of frustration and shame creep in. The struggle is real -- but what if it doesn't have to be? Sociologist Christine Carter shares a simple step to shift your mindset and keep you on...

How to turn moments into momentum | Renee Montgomery

How to turn moments into momentum | Renee Montgomery

Inspired by the rising movement against racism in the US, WNBA champion Renee Montgomery made an unexpected decision: she opted out of her dream job. As she says in this stirring talk, she wanted to "make it felt," and that meant turning her attention from the court to the community. But...

The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive | Niro Sivanathan

The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive | Niro Sivanathan

What's the best way to make a good point? Organizational psychologist Niro Sivanathan offers a fascinating lesson on the "dilution effect," a cognitive quirk that weakens our strongest cases -- and reveals why brevity is the true soul of persuasion.

3 ways companies can support grieving employees | Tilak Mandadi

3 ways companies can support grieving employees | Tilak Mandadi

When we experience loss, grief travels with us everywhere -- even work. What can companies do to support grieving employees? Sharing his own story of unimaginable heartbreak, Tilak Mandadi offers three ways organizations can cultivate a culture of workplace empathy, creating an environment that...

6 big ethical questions about the future of AI  | Genevieve Bell

6 big ethical questions about the future of AI | Genevieve Bell

Artificial intelligence is all around us ... and the future will only bring more of it. How can we ensure the AI systems we build are responsible, safe and sustainable? Ethical AI expert Genevieve Bell shares six framing questions to broaden our understanding of future technology -- and create the...

The shadow pandemic of domestic violence during COVID-19 | Kemi DaSilva-Ibru

The shadow pandemic of domestic violence during COVID-19 | Kemi DaSilva-Ibru

Mandatory lockdowns, quarantines and shelter-in-place orders meant to contain COVID-19 have created a shadow pandemic of domestic abuse, says physician Kemi DaSilva-Ibru. Sharing alarming statistics on the rise of gender-based violence worldwide, she describes how Nigeria quickly retrained a...

Financial inclusion, the digital divide and other thoughts on the future of money | Ajay Banga

Financial inclusion, the digital divide and other thoughts on the future of money | Ajay Banga

Roughly two billion people worldwide don't have access to banks or financial services like credit, insurance and investment -- or even a way to formally prove their identity. How do we bridge this divide? Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga sits down with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington...

Who counts as a speaker of a language? | Anna Babel

Who counts as a speaker of a language? | Anna Babel

Backed by research and personal anecdotes, Spanish professor Anna Babel reveals the intricate relationship between language and culture, showing how social categories and underlying biases influence the way we hear, regard and, ultimately, judge each other. A talk that will leave you questioning...

An innovative way to support children with special needs | Billy Samuel Mwape

An innovative way to support children with special needs | Billy Samuel Mwape

After his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Billy Samuel Mwape realized that his project management skills might be put to use to support his child's special needs. In this inspiring, personal talk, he describes how project management -- the process of leading a team's work to...

How to be an upstander instead of a bystander | Angélique Parisot-Potter

How to be an upstander instead of a bystander | Angélique Parisot-Potter

If you see something wrong in the workplace, what should you do? Business leader Angélique Parisot-Potter says you should speak up, even when it's scary. Sharing her personal experience of voicing concerns at work, she offers three lessons on standing up for what's right.

A strategy for supporting and listening to others | Jeremy Brewer

A strategy for supporting and listening to others | Jeremy Brewer

As a police officer, Jeremy Brewer interacts with individuals experiencing trauma and loss on a daily basis. Giving us a peek into this little-discussed aspect of the job, Brewer shares thoughtful insights on why respecting people's space is sometimes more important than trying to fix an...

Why monkeys (and humans) are wired for fairness | Sarah Brosnan

Why monkeys (and humans) are wired for fairness | Sarah Brosnan

Fairness matters ... to both people and primates. Sharing priceless footage of capuchin monkeys responding to perceived injustice, primatologist Sarah Brosnan explores why humans and monkeys evolved to care about equality -- and emphasizes the connection between a healthy, cooperative society and...

How creative writing can help you through life's hardest moments | Sakinah Hofler

How creative writing can help you through life's hardest moments | Sakinah Hofler

Have you ever seen or experienced something and wished you spoke up? Writer Sakinah Hofler makes the case for writing as a tool to help you process difficult memories and reclaim the power they may hold. Pick up a pen or pull up a keyboard and follow along as she walks you through how to unburden...

The legacy of matriarchs in the Yukon First Nations | Kluane Adamek

The legacy of matriarchs in the Yukon First Nations | Kluane Adamek

In the Yukon First Nations, women lead; generations of matriarchs have guided and directed the community by forging trade agreements, creating marriage alliances and ensuring business for all. Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek urges others to follow in the legacy of her people by putting more...

The end of globalization (and the beginning of something new) | Mike O'Sullivan

The end of globalization (and the beginning of something new) | Mike O'Sullivan

"Globalization is on its deathbed," says economist Mike O'Sullivan. The question now is: What's next? Tracing the historical successes and failures of globalization, O'Sullivan forecasts a new world order where countries come together over shared values rather than...

A stellar history of modern astronomy | Emily Levesque

A stellar history of modern astronomy | Emily Levesque

Astronomers once gazed upon the night sky and counted every star in the galaxy by hand. The process has evolved since then, but the thirst for celestial knowledge remains the same. Join astrophysicist Emily Levesque for an anecdote-rich jaunt through the technological history of photographing the...

How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community) | Rosalind G. Brewer

How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community) | Rosalind G. Brewer

When companies think of diversity and inclusion, they too often focus on meeting metrics instead of building relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, says Starbucks COO Rosalind G. Brewer. In this personable and wide-ranging conversation with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington...

An aerialist on listening to your body's signals | Adie Delaney

An aerialist on listening to your body's signals | Adie Delaney

In the circus, flying confidently through the air requires consistent communication with your fellow performers. Check out how aerialist and educator Adie Delaney teaches her students about trust and safety on the trapeze -- and provides helpful lessons for navigating everyday life on the ground.

It takes a community to eradicate hate | Wale Elegbede

It takes a community to eradicate hate | Wale Elegbede

Standing up to discrimination and hate should be everyone's business, says community activist Wale Elegbede. In this vital talk, he shares how his community in La Crosse, Wisconsin came together to form an interfaith group in response to Islamophobia and racism -- and shows why a mentality of...

Inside the massive (and unregulated) world of surveillance tech | Sharon Weinberger

Inside the massive (and unregulated) world of surveillance tech | Sharon Weinberger

What is a weapon in the Information Age? From microscopic "smart dust" tracking devices to DNA-tracing tech and advanced facial recognition software, journalist Sharon Weinberger leads a hair-raising tour through the global, unregulated bazaar of privatized mass surveillance. To rein in...

How COVID-19 human challenge trials work -- and why I volunteered | Sophie Rose

How COVID-19 human challenge trials work -- and why I volunteered | Sophie Rose

In April 2020, epidemiologist-in-training Sophie Rose volunteered to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. As a young, healthy adult, she's offering to take part in a human challenge trial, a study where participants are intentionally exposed to SARS-CoV-2 to test vaccines and...

Could we treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus? | Andrew Pelling

Could we treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus? | Andrew Pelling

Take a mind-blowing trip to the lab as TED Senior Fellow Andrew Pelling shares his research on how we could use fruits, vegetables and plants to regenerate damaged human tissues -- and develop a potentially groundbreaking way to repair complex spinal cord injuries with asparagus.

How quinoa can help combat hunger and malnutrition | Cedric Habiyaremye

How quinoa can help combat hunger and malnutrition | Cedric Habiyaremye

On a mission to create a hunger-free world, agricultural entrepreneur Cedric Habiyaremye makes the case for cultivating quinoa -- and other versatile, nutrient-rich grains -- in places experiencing malnutrition, like his native Rwanda. He shares a model to help smallholder farmers across Africa...

A playful exploration of gender performance | Jo Michael Rezes

A playful exploration of gender performance | Jo Michael Rezes

From the stage to everyday life, theater educator Jo Michael Rezes studies queer identity and the spectrum of gender performance — in its success and failure. Aided by a delightful introduction of campy charm, Rezes explores the freeing potential of playing with gender to better understand...

What it takes to crush a pandemic | Johanna Benesty

What it takes to crush a pandemic | Johanna Benesty

An effective COVID-19 vaccine is just the first step in ending the pandemic, says global health strategist Johanna Benesty. In this illuminating talk, she explores the various barriers to "equitable access" -- making sure COVID-19 therapeutics are available to all -- and shares a creative...

The mood-boosting power of crying | Kathy Mendias

The mood-boosting power of crying | Kathy Mendias

Here's a talk about tears -- and why crying isn't something to be afraid or ashamed of. Exploring the science behind the mood-boosting power of crying, childbirth and lactation educator Kathy Mendias shows how tears can enhance your physical and mental well-being and deepen your...

A magical mantra for nurturing a blissful life | JayaShri Maathaa

A magical mantra for nurturing a blissful life | JayaShri Maathaa

As the coronavirus pandemic raged in her native Sri Lanka, monk JayaShri Maathaa had a thought: two magical words that planted something beautiful in her mind and blossomed into a whole new way of being. She shares how this mantra transformed her life -- and the surprising ways gratitude can invite...

How the new generation of Latinx voters could change US elections | María Teresa Kumar

How the new generation of Latinx voters could change US elections | María Teresa Kumar

A historic number of Latinx voters participated in the 2020 US presidential election, including a record number of young people casting their ballots for the first time. Civic leader María Teresa Kumar takes a look at the issues closest to youth Latinx voters, including health care, climate equity...

To future generations of women, you are the roots of change | Gloria Steinem

To future generations of women, you are the roots of change | Gloria Steinem

Activist and author Gloria Steinem is an icon of the global feminist movement. She's spent her life defying stereotypes, breaking social barriers and fighting for equality. In conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Steinem reflects on the revolutionary roots of the feminist movement,...

How to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism | Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

How to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism | Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

How do you stand up to authoritarianism? And what does it mean to be "fearless"? In this powerful talk, housewife-turned-politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya describes her unlikely bid to defeat Belarus's long-time autocratic leader in the nation's 2020 presidential election....

Theranos, whistleblowing and speaking truth to power | Erika Cheung

Theranos, whistleblowing and speaking truth to power | Erika Cheung

In 2014, Erika Cheung made a discovery that would ultimately help bring down her employer, Theranos, as well as its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, who claimed to have invented technology that would transform medicine. The decision to become a whistleblower proved a hard lesson in figuring out how to do...

I stepped out of grief -- by dancing with fire | Danielle Torley

I stepped out of grief -- by dancing with fire | Danielle Torley

After losing her mother in a house fire when she was just six years old, Danielle Torley saw two paths before her: a life full of fear, or one that promised healing and recovery. In this inspiring talk, she describes how she turned her grief into beauty in a most unexpected way -- by dancing with fire.

The radical act of choosing common ground | Nisha Anand

The radical act of choosing common ground | Nisha Anand

To achieve lasting change sometimes requires the hard, even radical, choice of partnering with people you'd least expect. Justice reform advocate Nisha Anand shares her story of working with her ideological opposite to make history and save lives -- and urges us all to widen our circles in...

What crows teach us about death | Kaeli Swift

What crows teach us about death | Kaeli Swift

Rituals for the dead span much of the natural world, seen in practices from humans and elephants to bees, dolphins and beyond. With charm and playful insight, animal behaviorist Kaeli Swift delves into the life (and death) habits of crows and shares what their responses could reveal about our own...

How to foster productive and responsible debate | Ishan Bhabha

How to foster productive and responsible debate | Ishan Bhabha

The clash of ideas is fundamental to creativity and progress, but it can also be deeply destructive and create divisions within companies, communities and families. How do you foster productive debate while protecting against harmful speech and misinformation? Constitutional lawyer Ishan Bhabha...

The power of venom -- and how it could one day save your life | Mandë Holford

The power of venom -- and how it could one day save your life | Mandë Holford

Venom can kill ... or it can cure. In this fascinating talk, marine chemical biologist Mandë Holford shares her research into animal venom, from killer sea snails to platypuses and slow lorises -- and explores its potential to one day treat human diseases like cancer. The mechanism behind this...

What the Irish wake teaches us about living and dying | Kevin Toolis

What the Irish wake teaches us about living and dying | Kevin Toolis

For centuries, the Irish funeral wake has served as a time for people to grieve a life lost and celebrate a life lived, together. In this profound and lyrical talk, poet Kevin Toolis laments the fear and denial of death that characterizes increasingly individualistic societies. He reasons that...

Climate change is becoming a problem you can taste | Amanda Little

Climate change is becoming a problem you can taste | Amanda Little

Our food systems have not been designed to adapt to major disruptions like climate change, says environmental journalist Amanda Little. In this eye-opening talk, she shows how the climate crisis could devastate our food supply -- and introduces us to the farmers, entrepreneurs and engineers who are...

What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

If the 2020 US presidential election is close, the race could drag on in the courts and halls of Congress long after ballots are cast, says lawyer and political commentator Van Jones. Explaining why the customary concession speech is one of the most important safeguards for democracy, Jones exposes...

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