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Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks, given at TED and TEDx conferences around the globe, is also available in video format.
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Holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts his harrowing adolescence as a prisoner transported between concentration camps — and shares how a small, kind act can inspire a lifetime of compassion. "If you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know somebody who is scared, be kind to them," he says. "If you do it at the right time, it will enter their heart, and it will be with them wherever they go, forever."
We all want to save more money -- but overall, people today are doing less and less of it. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa studies how everyday people make decisions to improve their financial well-being. What she's found can help you painlessly make the commitment to save more and spend less.
When the ocean changes, the planet changes -- and it all starts with microbes, says biological oceanographer Angelicque White. Backed by decades of data, White shares how scientists use these ancient microorganisms as a crucial barometer of ocean health -- and how we might rejuvenate them as marine temperatures steadily rise.
If you: do laundry, are (or have been) pregnant, tidy up, shop for your household or do similar labor, then by GDP standards, you're unproductive. In this visionary talk, economist Marilyn Waring seeks to correct the failures of this narrow-minded system, detailing why we deserve a better way to measure growth that values not just our own livelihood but the planet's as well.
When we witness something amazing, many of us instinctively pull out our phones and snap pictures. Is this obsession with photographing everything impacting our experiences? In a meditative talk, Erin Sullivan reflects on how being more intentional with her lens enhanced her ability to enjoy the moment -- and could help you do the same, too.
There's no shortage of resources to help people change their health behaviors -- but far too often, these resources aren't accessible in underserved communities, says physician Priscilla Pemu. Enter "culturally congruent coaching," a program Pemu and her team developed to help patients with chronic diseases monitor their health with the assistance of a coach from their community. Learn more about how this approach transcends language and cultural barriers -- and could potentially transform health care in America.
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations.
You are more likely to die violently if you live in a middle-income democracy with high levels of inequality and political polarization than if you live in a country at war, says democracy advisor Rachel Kleinfeld. This historical shift in the nature of violence presents an opportunity for everyday voters to act as a great force for change in their unbalanced societies. In this eye-opening talk, Kleinfeld unravels the causes of violence and offers a path to security for the world's deadliest countries.
Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.
"It shouldn't be an act of feminism to know how your body works," says gynecologist and author Jen Gunter. In this revelatory talk, she explains how menstrual shame silences and represses -- and leads to the spread of harmful misinformation and the mismanagement of pain. Declaring the era of the menstrual taboos over, she delivers a clear, much-needed lesson on the once-mysterious mechanics of the uterus.
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled -- but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, accumulating patents not for new medicines but for small changes to existing ones, which allows them to build monopolies, block competition and drive prices up. Health justice lawyer Priti Krishtel sheds light on how we've lost sight of the patent system's original intent -- and offers five reforms for a redesign that would serve the public and save lives.
Given the option, few would choose to buy products that harm the earth -- yet it's nearly impossible to know how most consumer goods are made or where they're sourced from. That's about to change, says supply chain innovator Markus Mutz. He shares how he used blockchain technology to track Patagonian toothfish on their journey from ocean to dinner plate -- and proved it's possible to offer consumers a product they can trust.
The United States can create a more humane immigration system; in fact, it's been done before, says policy analyst David J. Bier. Pointing to the historical success of the US guest worker program, which allows foreign workers to legally enter and work in the country, Bier shows why expanding the program to Central Americans could alleviate the border crisis and provide new opportunities for immigrants.
In this deeply charming and humorous talk, DJ and self-professed pirate Tom Nash meditates on how facing adversity due to disability invited patience, ambition and pragmatism into his life in enlightening, unexpected ways. "We all have unique weaknesses," he says. "If we're honest about what they are, we can learn how to best take advantage of them."
What if we could "grow" clothes from microbes, furniture from living organisms and buildings with exteriors like tree bark? TED Fellow Suzanne Lee shares exciting developments from the field of biofabrication and shows how it could help us replace major sources of waste, like plastic and cement, with sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
Dan Clay was worried about being dismissed as "too gay" at work, so he dialed down his personality. But then his alter ego, Carrie Dragshaw, went viral online. Here's what happened next.
Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 -- a crisis of "climate migration" the world isn't ready for, says disaster recovery lawyer and Louisiana native Colette Pichon Battle. In this passionate, lyrical talk, she urges us to radically restructure the economic and social systems that are driving climate migration -- and caused it in the first place -- and shares how we can cultivate collective resilience, better prepare before disaster strikes and advance human rights for all.
What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation's ambitious post-Soviet digital transformation known as "e-Estonia." One of the program's experts, Anna Piperal, explains the key design principles that power the country's "e-government" -- and shows why the rest of the world should follow suit to eradicate outdated bureaucracy and regain citizens' trust.
Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don't rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to do our own thing, and more of us are going with the entrepreneurial spirit -- even if it's on the side of a traditional job. Podcaster and marketer Nicaila Matthews Okome helps survey the scene.
The UN predicts that antimicrobial resistance will be our biggest killer by 2050. "That should really scare the hell out of all of us," says bioprocess engineer Leon Marchal. He's working on an urgently needed solution: transforming the massive, global animal feed industry. Learn why the overuse of antibiotics in animal products, from livestock feed to everyday pet treats, has skyrocketed worldwide -- and how we can take common-sense measures to stave off a potential epidemic.
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Zohaib Ahmed

I love this.

Jan 25th
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Paras Patil

Cleared a huge dilemma for me. thanks ma'am

Jan 23rd
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Miss T

😂😂Nostalgia😂😂 Direction From 🔃 🏃to ➡Flexibility/next💃

Jan 22nd
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Miss T

great insight on saturation of violence. ways to reduce violence...honest politicians, transparent legislation, quality education, unity & speaking up, demanding change, & having the concept: all people & animals matter.

Jan 21st
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Patryk Duński

30% isn't equality? Seems like big mental shortcut. It might be equality in some cases 🤷🏼‍♀️

Jan 21st
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Art Thomas

Well done. I'm going to share this with my team and especially like the idea of making your company a place where it's great to have worked in the past.

Jan 20th
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Stephanie Nguyen

Creating a tribe is for sure not something easily done anymore. For example, tribes might be created from the childhood friends you grew up with. However, the way the US job market is set up, it's inevitable that individuals will get displaced from their tribe, and for quite some time too. Think of what college does or having to move based on availability of job opportunities around the world. In turn, a lot of Americans relay on building loose bonds with people that are proximal and relevant to their particular life stage that is temporary and changing. Should the bonds of your tribal group be life-lasting or shorter and purpose-serving to a personal goal? How and why do YOU form tribes and widen your tribe to include more people?

Jan 19th
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Aaron Britton

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Jan 17th
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Tiago Dall'Oca

Damn that's interesting. I just think that in practice it will be so hard to track products informations, specially when it comes to raw materials. Also, I think it would be so interesting to track labour conditions of said products! Great idea overall.

Jan 16th
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Natalie Ting

Wow totally blown away with this subject how mesmerising! 🌠😀

Jan 16th
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Banafsheh Marvi

Great. it was a genuine idea. we've never thought about it before.

Jan 16th
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Aaron Britton

Funny and inspiring.

Jan 15th
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Teresa Ellis

Thank you for adding deeply religious to the list. I have strong faith, it has gotten me through some really rough and dark times, but it feels like being religious paints a target on those who show their feelings. You helped loosen a knot of anxiety when you finished your talk. ☺️

Jan 13th
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Maryam Ebrahimikia

👌👌👌👌👌👌

Jan 13th
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Miss T

Are there suggestions of where the people will be able to migrate & will funds be shifted to that area to enhance the ability to sustain people who migrate?

Jan 13th
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Miss T

That is awesome to hear. This is 2020. It is your birthrite to be happy. So hopefully you can be your authentic self at work or it may prompt one to be more creative about what they do for work.

Jan 13th
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Brittany Hamel

Nora is an incredible human. If only more people were as open and honest as she is about such a hard topic.

Jan 10th
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Zoheir Mai

Thanks for the #enlightenement

Jan 9th
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Yuhuawei

thanks

Jan 8th
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Miss T

🍻Let's challenge the norms & be conspirators to capitalize on allowing everyone to contribute their best self & strengths to improve their home &/or community. 🙌 Peace Shalom

Jan 5th
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