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A fresh look at St. Louis and Ferguson

Written by Thu-Huong Ha • Posted Dec 19, 2014
Dave Troy makes "people maps," graphics that visualize cities and communities by people's interests rather than their geography. Here he looks at the various divides in St. Louis, Missouri and asks if we might use this kind of analysis to predict the next Ferguson.
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What Americans can learn from other food cultures

Written by TED Guest Author • Posted Dec 18, 2014
Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures. But what feeds your soul?
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Smart ways to think about racism and injustice in the U.S. today

Written by Hailey Reissman • Posted Dec 17, 2014
Did Michael Brown receive the death penalty -- only without any recourse to a fair trial? Criminal sentencing scholar Jelani Exum thinks so. Hear more from her along with 9 other provocative, thought-provoking takes on contemporary race issues within America.

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TEDActive 2015
Truth and Dare.
March 16–20 2015 · Whistler, BC, Canada

In 2015, we will seek to challenge our core beliefs in search of deeper truth, while we celebrate the thinkers, dreamers and mavericks who dare to offer bold new alternatives.

Join us at TEDActive 2015, where you can actively engage in a creative community while enjoying the TED Conference on beautiful HD screens in the relaxed, award-winning environment of Whistler. Make new friends, explore innovative experiences, contribute to workshops and discussions, and see what impact you can have.

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The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
By Pico Iyer

An unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

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