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About Me

I live in Philly and work at TED in NY, where I lead the editorial team. Check out ideas.ted.com right now. Previously: Wired, MacWEEK, the SF Bay Guardian, and various other magazines.

United States, New York, NY
Current organization:
Current role:
Editor, TED.com
TED conferences attended:
TED2015, TEDGlobal 2014, TED2014, TEDWomen 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011, TEDWomen 2010, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TEDIndia 2009, TEDGlobal 2009, TED2009, TEDActive 2008

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More About Me

I'm passionate about

Stanislaw Lem

An idea worth spreading

Arrange your books by color.

Talk to me about

My spirit animal, Walter Becker

People don't know that I'm good at

Making chicken soup

My TED Story

I work here but a great TED Talk still makes me cry.


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    A reply on Talk: The Lady Lifers: A moving song from women in prison for life

    May 18 2015: No one is suggesting that we judge them this way :)
    Before these women were ever allowed onstage, the prison's Office of Victim Advocacy notified the victims or their families, and made sure the victims were treated fairly and respectfully around this event.
    Once you've taken this information onboard, does it change the way you think about the project?
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    A reply on Talk: Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

    Apr 17 2015: Like all TED speakers, Monica was unpaid.
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    A reply on Talk: Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

    Mar 24 2015: Thanks, Faith -- that means a lot to hear. Indeed, our team is working hard to keep this conversation on topic. There are plenty of other places to go shout about unrelated issues, to create more clicks and dollars around shame. Not here.

    I'm amazed and honored that most people who post here are thinking deeply about online bullying and their own experience of it.
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    A reply on Talk: Fei-Fei Li: How we're teaching computers to understand pictures

    Mar 23 2015: Great question! Andrew McAfee's talk suggests some possible answers, if you want to check it out. I like what Andrew says: "We're going to see more things that look like science fiction, and fewer things that look like jobs."

  • A reply on Talk: Cristina Domenech: Poetry that frees the soul

    Mar 5 2015: Judy, can you let me know how you're watching the video -- on your mobile app, on your iPhone or on the web? Let's figure out why you can't see the subtitles.
  • A comment on Talk: Laurel Braitman: Depressed dogs, cats with OCD â what animal madness means for us humans

    Sep 13 2014: I loved this talk so much. It's nice to hear some of the science behind what pet lovers have always known: that the animals who share our lives have completely distinct and individual personalities, even if they're from the same litter. Paying attention to your pets' needs -- not imposing your own ideas on them of how they should behave or what they should want -- is the best way to show them love and respect.
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    A reply on Conversation: Announcement: TED Conversation hiatus begins June 10th

    May 31 2014: Fritzie, that is the greatest saying ever! And it's exactly what's happening.
    Robert, to answer your question, the hiatus is happening because we don't have the staff or resources to both run conversations and make them better, simultaneously, so we had to pick one goal to focus on. And yes, this was a tough decision to make, because in an ideal world we would do everything we want. But to use another metaphor, if conversations is an airplane in flight, we have to land it in order to replace the engine with a newer, more powerful one.
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    A comment on Talk: Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

    May 18 2014: Can someone at TED fix these comments?
  • A comment on Talk: Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

    May 16 2014: Did you all see Ron in Reader's Digest?? Amazing! http://www.rd.com/culture/ron-finley-gangsta-gardener/
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    A comment on Talk: Wendy Chung: Autism â what we know (and what we donât know yet)

    Apr 28 2014: My adored nephew has a form of ASD, so I've followed this field over the past two decades, since he was diagnosed. Kudos to Wendy and her fellow researchers for compiling data and studies on what we do know, and helping parents and people with all forms of ASD sort fact from fiction. Real information is what will help people like my nephew understand who they are as they grow.
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