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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
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Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States -- and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as "weavers" -- Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.
Millennials are now the largest, most diverse adult population in the US -- but far too often, they're reduced to the worn-out stereotype of lazy, entitled avocado toast lovers, says author Reniqua Allen. In this revealing talk, she shares overlooked stories of millennials of color, offering a broader, more nuanced view of the generation. "Millennials are not a monolith," she says.
Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media -- and a shift in how we tell our stories. "Presence creates possibility," she says. "Who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures."
In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. "While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time," she says.
When you're feeling burned out as an activist, what's the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of "playtivism" -- the incorporation of play and creativity into movements for social change. See how this versatile approach can spark new ideas, propel action and melt fear.
Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there's a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact -- and boost our own happiness along the way -- if we make one key shift in how we help others. "Let's stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure," Dunn says.
At 16, Rana Abdelhamid started teaching self-defense to women and girls in her neighborhood. Almost 10 years later, these community classes have grown into Malikah: a global grassroots network creating safety, power and solidarity for all women. How did she do it? Abdelhamid shares three ingredients for building a movement from the ground up.
Long before we had rocket scientists, the idea of spaceflight traveled from mind to mind across generations. With great visuals, TED Fellow and NASA economist Alexander MacDonald shows how 300 years of sci-fi tales -- from Edgar Allan Poe to Jules Verne to H.G. Wells and beyond -- sparked a culture of space exploration. A fascinating look at how stories become reality, featuring a goose machine sent to the Moon.
Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs -- and a fight for civil rights that's been raging for a long time. "Imagine how the conversation would shift if we acknowledge just how long trans people have been demanding equality," he says.
Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect -- in our social media feeds, in school, at work -- is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how we can create a culture that celebrates the joys of imperfection.
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KateSos75

love this! it's similar to mindset: growth v fixed

Aug 7th
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Aaliyah  King

KateSos75 ❤️love too

Aug 8th
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Jason Huntley

The f was for female which the medical professional put there because of her vagina.

Nov 14th
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Jason Huntley

A talk that could have been good motivational speech, had it not been full of false beliefs. Reality IS objective... That's absolutely true.

Nov 14th
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Jason Huntley

He should have stayed in seminary, maybe he would have learned what Christians actually believe and suitor stop misrepresenting them. Secular Humanist aren't the majority of first responders to disasters, the Christians are. Humanists aren't the biggest donators to charities, the Christians are. Christians don't dream and hope for something to change, they are active and move.

Nov 8th
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Jason Huntley

Ken Johnson ? Way to generalize. Non-denominational churches aren't necessarily secularized. Some are more orthodox than traditional churches. And your reason for congregants leaving the church is speculation. The protestant denominations don't have scandal and aren't centralized like the Catholic church so there goes that theory. I really don't have much to counter with though since you were so vague and general with your rebuttal. Aka, that was a weak argument.

Jan 21st
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Ken Johnson

Jason Huntley Disagree, more and more people are moving to a secular belief or a non denomination due to the lies and corruption of organized religion.

Jan 21st
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Jo Sutton

Wonderful, inspiring, powerful. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I plan to do a "search and replace" every day and teach my children to do the ssme

Sep 12th
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An Nguyen

Amazing.

Feb 20th
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