Brain thaw with TED Fellows

Brain frozen? Thaw it out with this fun, unexpected blend of talks and performances by TED Fellows — updated regularly. It's sure to get your brain moving (and dancing) again.

  1. 9:44
    Laurel Braitman The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers

    Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? TED Fellow Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories helps physicians, nurses, medical students and other health professionals connect more meaningfully with themselves and others — and make their emotional well-being a priority.

  2. 7:56
    Yana Buhrer Tavanier How to recover from activism burnout

    When you're feeling burned out as an activist, what's the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of "playtivism" — the incorporation of play and creativity into movements for social change. See how this versatile approach can spark new ideas, propel action and melt fear.

  3. 3:37
    Adam Kucharski How can we control the coronavirus pandemic?

    As the threat of COVID-19 continues, infectious disease expert and TED Fellow Adam Kucharski answers five key questions about the novel coronavirus, providing necessary perspective on its transmission, how governments have responded and what might need to change about our social behavior to end the pandemic. (This video is excerpted from a 70-minute interview between Kucharski and head of TED Chris Anderson. Listen to the full interview at Recorded March 11, 2020)

  4. 10:40
    Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair

    In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical "At Buffalo." Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world's fair held in Buffalo, New York, the show examines conflicting representations of black identity exhibited at the fair — highlighting unsettlingly familiar parallels between American society at the turn of the century and today, and asking: Are we all still part of the show?

  5. 5:45
    Asha de Vos Why you should care about whale poo

    Whales have a surprising and important job, says marine biologist Asha de Vos: these massive creatures are ecosystem engineers, keeping the oceans healthy and stable by ... well, by pooping, for a start. Learn from de Vos, a TED Fellow, about the undervalued work that whales do to help maintain the stability and health of our seas — and our planet.

  6. 6:17
    Jess Kutch What productive conflict can offer a workplace

    Got an idea to make your workplace better? Labor organizer and TED Fellow Jess Kutch can show you how to put it into action. In this quick talk, she explains how "productive conflict" — when people organize to challenge and change their work lives for the better — can be beneficial for employees and employers alike.

  7. 11:56
    Muthoni Drummer Queen Creativity builds nations

    In a hopeful talk followed by an empowering performance, musician and TED Fellow Muthoni Drummer Queen shares how industries like music, film and fashion provide a platform for Africans to broadcast their rich and diverse talents — and explains how the shared experience of creativity can replace attitudes of exclusionism and othering with acceptance and self-love.

  8. 13:58
    Manu Prakash Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper

    Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 cents to make and can do the work of a $1,000 machine, no electricity required.