How can we improve disaster relief?

Innovative and effective approaches for improving disaster relief efforts worldwide.

  1. 17:08
    Cary Fowler One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

    The wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a vast treasury buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop seeds ... for whatever tomorrow may bring.

  2. 18:38
    David Miliband The refugee crisis is a test of our character

    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific, tangible ways to help refugees and turn empathy and altruism into action.

  3. 9:49
    Becci Manson (Re)touching lives through photos

    In the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, mixed into the wreckage were lost and damaged photos of families and loved ones. Photo retoucher Becci Manson, together with local volunteers and a global group of colleagues she recruited online, helped clean and fix them, restoring those memories to their owners.

  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. 7:50
    Michael McDaniel Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief

    Michael McDaniel designed housing for disaster relief zones — inexpensive, easy to transport, even beautiful – but found that no one was willing to build it. Persistent and obsessed, he decided to go it alone. At TEDxAustin, McDaniel show us his Exo Reaction Housing Solution, and asks us to prepare for the next natural disaster.

  6. 8:30
    Peter Haas When bad engineering makes a natural disaster even worse

    What did the world learn from the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010? That shoddy buildings and bad planning can make a terrible situation even worse. "Haiti was not a natural disaster," says TED Fellow Peter Haas. "It was a disaster of engineering." The solution: Help builders on the ground get trained in modern engineering practices, so they can rebuild their country stronger, brick by brick.

  7. 4:59
    Jake Wood A new mission for veterans — disaster relief

    After fighting overseas, 92 percent of American veterans say they want to continue their service. Meanwhile, one after another, natural disasters continue to wreak havoc worldwide. What do these two challenges have in common? In telling the story of his friend Clay Hunt, Jake Wood from Team Rubicon reveals how veterans can contribute to disaster response — and regain their sense of purpose, community and self-worth.

  8. 11:42
    Shigeru Ban Emergency shelters made from paper

    Long before sustainability was a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban was using ecologically sound building materials such as cardboard tubes. He uses them to build remarkable temporary structures for disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda and Japan. Yet often, these buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose.

  9. 8:59
    Robin Murphy These robots come to the rescue after a disaster

    When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely — and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.