Shelja Sen How to talk (and listen) to your children
Child psychologist Shelja Sen offers a new take on family communication, asking us to consider the effects our words have on our children — and showing a new model for helping kids solve their own problems. (In Hindi with English subtitles)
Ajit Narayanan A word game to communicate in any language
While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in "maps." The idea now powers the FreeSpeech app, which can help nonverbal people communicate.
Anirudh Sharma Could we capture air pollution to make the world more beautiful?
Is it possible to see something new, even potentially positive, in something as dangerous as air pollution? Learn how innovator Anirudh Sharma and his team have created a new use for the tiny, harmful particles in air pollution — capturing it from our car exhaust pipes, diverting it from our lungs and turning it into something artful in the process. (In Hindi with English subtitles)
Jasmeen Patheja Everyone deserves to be safe
What does a woman never leave home without? A safety pin, a pointed nail file, red chili powder — some small weapon to fight off unwanted touches and grabs in public. When artist Jasmeen Patheja asked women to share this intimate detail of their lives, it made her point: everyone deserves safety. Her project, Blank Noise, helps to reclaim public safety for everyone through public projects that build trust and independence for everyone. Watch to the end for a thoughtful dialogue with host Shah Rukh Khan.
Manu Prakash Paper instruments that bring science to everyone
Professor Manu Prakash, a physicist and inventor, is creating low-cost scientific instruments that kids can use to do real science — including a microscope folded out of paper that costs about 100 rupees to make, and a paper centrifuge that costs even less and works like instruments that cost thousands. "Science is not meant only for an exam or the lab," he says. "Science is meant to be in your homes, in your kitchens, and in your heart. If we all make science a part of our lives, we can probably change a lot." (In Hindi with English subtitles)
Trisha Prabhu Rethink to stop cyberbullying
Online bullying has real-world consequences, and young software engineer Trisha Prabhu saw a way to help. She invented a tool called ReThink that does one simple, elegant thing: it asks people, before they send a hurtful message, if they really want to say that. And most people, it turns out, say: well, actually, no. Hear the story of this clever invention.
Reshma Saujani Teach girls bravery, not perfection
We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."
Chetna Gala Sinha How women in rural India turned courage into capital
When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial backing.