Playlist (8 talks)
Bono: 8 talks that give me hope

Bono picks 8 talks that express powerful ideas -- and shares exactly why each needs to be spread far and wide.
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Playlist (8 talks): Bono: 8 talks that give me hope

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    In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
    “Describing a revolution in media in the most unrevolutionary terms, this talk is an understatement. Smart, funny dude would be my understatement.”
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    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
    “This is just one of the greatest speakers who ever spoke at TED. I might have elbowed my way to get to the front. Sorry if someone got it in the ribs.”
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    In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.
    “I’m not an atheist but there are a lot of atheists in my top ten people. Stephen Hawking’s brain makes me believe in God.”
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    At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
    “I’m choosing this over his talk on malaria, which is hard for me. But the challenges set out here — to re-examine the role of a safer nuclear power in the light of the clearly worsening climate crisis — are bold alongside renewing our look at renewables. The fireflies don’t work as well as the mosquitos did, though.”
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    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
    “Equal opportunity relationships endure longer and have better sex. ... That aside, Sheryl argues that in the rich world, the biggest barriers to equality are internal rather than external.”
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    Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."
    “This man was standing right there when the 21st century began. The Arab Spring, whether it goes right or wrong, will be seen as that important in history — the traditional power pyramid turned upside down and Egypt, of all places, from now on at the base instead of the tip.”
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    Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk at TEDxChange, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade.
    “Melinda and Bill are to me the embodiment of everything that is great about TED and what I would call 'The Tyranny of Great Ideas.' Great ideas have a lot in common with great melodies. Clear, memorable, their arc somehow inevitable if not predictable … and they demand that you follow them through. Who has done more of that than these two? Melinda’s talk on contraception is particularly touching when she discusses being a practicing Catholic with some of the contradictions of dogma versus the social justice she learned from inspiring academic nuns.”
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    How do we make sure that development and aid money actually goes to the people who most need it? Sanjay Pradhan of the World Bank Institute lays out three guidelines to help relief efforts make the most impact — while curbing corruption. One key: connecting the players who are working to change broken systems with the data they need.
    “Transparency as the vaccine to cure the biggest killer disease of them all … corruption.”