What is home?

What defines “home?” Is it people, a specific place or the memories made during a certain period of time? These talks offer a thoughtful look at what it means to belong.

  1. 14:01
    Pico Iyer Where is home?

    More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four “origins” — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.

  2. 16:31
    Taiye Selasi Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

    When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?"

  3. 15:17
    Lemn Sissay A child of the state

    Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.

  4. 10:49
    Teitur Home is a song I've always remembered

    For musician Teitur, singing is about giving away a piece of yourself to others. "If your intentions are to impress people or to get the big applause at the end," he says, "then you are taking, not giving." Listen as he plays on stage at TED2015, offering two songs about love, distance and home.

  5. 13:01
    Rich Benjamin My road trip through the whitest towns in America

    As America becomes more and more multicultural, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA — and moved in. In this funny, honest, human talk, he shares what he learned as a black man in Whitopia.

  6. 10:40
    Raul Midon "Tembererana"

    Singer/guitarist Raúl Midón performs "All the Answers" in a world premiere at TED2007, followed by the sprightly "Tembererana."