Courtney E. Martin

Writer and entrepreneur
Courtney E. Martin’s work has two obsessions at its core: storytelling and solutions.

Why you should listen

In her upcoming book, The New Better Off, Courtney E. Martin explores how people are redefining the American dream with an eye toward fulfillment. Martin is a columnist for On Being, and the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network, Valenti Martin Media, and FRESH Speakers, as well as a strategist for the TED Prize and an editor emeritus at

In her previous book Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, she profiled eight young people doing social justice work, a fascinating look at the generation of world-changers who are now stepping up to the plate.

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“"Do It Anyway" asks the most difficult question possible: How can I make my life meaningful? The answers are varied, transformational, and necessary for us all.” — Jane Fonda

Courtney E. Martin’s TED talk

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Live from TEDWomen

12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

May 27, 2015

Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several […]

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