TED Fellows Program
The TED Fellows program is a global network of 300 innovators and trailblazers from a spectrum of disciplines. Every year, we look for 40 additional amazing change-makers to join the pack. Plug into this vibrant community by applying to be a Fellow, sponsoring the program or exploring their stories of growth and impact.
We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2015. These 21 game-changing thinkers represent 15 countries—including, for the first time in our program, Vietnam, Romania and Tunisia. They work across disciplines, at the forefront of their fields. They include a South African physicist using lasers to target HIV and cancer; a German/Moroccan paleontologist who discovered the first semi-aquatic dinosaur, the spinosaurus; a Vietnamese entrepreneur who is helping rice farmers use biowaste to earn a living growing mushrooms; and many more.
How can examining psychological distress in animals help humans rethink our own mental health issues? TED Senior Fellow Laurel Braitman’s recently launched book -- Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves -- explores how nonhuman animals struggle with varieties of mental illness strikingly similar to our own.