Talks to remind you that life goes on

In a single moment, it can feel like the world has ended. These talks are proof that it's possible to rebuild after disaster, illness and heartbreak.

  1. 9:44
    Amy Purdy Living beyond limits

    When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder (and a killer competitor on "Dancing with the Stars"!). In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

  2. 4:00
    David Hoffman What happens when you lose everything

    Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant — and looks forward.

  3. 3:17
    Stacey Kramer The best gift I ever survived

    Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience — frightening, traumatic, costly — can turn out to be a priceless gift.

  4. 9:23
    Caitria + Morgan O'Neill How to step up in the face of disaster

    When a freak tornado hit their hometown, sisters Caitria and Morgan O'Neill — just 20 and 24 at the time — realized they had to jump in and help. What they learned is: After a natural disaster, there's only a tiny window before the world turns its sympathy (and its donations) elsewhere — so it's important to be prepared for every aspect of recovery. Watch this talk to learn how to step up in a timely fashion for your own community.

  5. 17:33
    Neil Pasricha The 3 A's of awesome

    Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.

  6. 16:09
    Debra Jarvis Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me

    Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.

  7. 18:48
    Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.

    On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head while meeting constituents in her home town of Tucson, Arizona. Her husband, the astronaut Mark Kelly, immediately flew to be by her side. In this emotional conversation with Pat Mitchell, the pair describe their lives both before and after the accident — and describe their views on responsible gun ownership.