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Oded Shoseyov’s researches plant molecular biology protein engineering and nanobiotechnology, creating super-performing materials that are could change the way we build our future products.
Eben Bayer is co-inventor of MycoBond, an organic (really -- it's based on mycelium, a living, growing organism) adhesive that turns agriwaste into a foam-like material for packaging and insulation.
Chip Kidd's book jacket designs spawned a revolution in the art of American book packaging.
TED Resident Paul Tasner is the co-founder and CEO of PulpWorks, Inc., designers and manufacturers of biodegradable packaging for consumer goods.
With its air-filtering plants and sustainable architecture, Kamal Meattle's office park in New Delhi is a model of green business. Meattle himself is a longtime activist for cleaning up India's air.
Business owner and activist
Kara Hurst leads the development and evolution of sustainability and social responsibility at Amazon.
Head of worldwide sustainability at Amazon
When McKenna Pope was 13 she petitioned Hasbro to market its Easy-Bake Oven to boys as well as girls, and to make it available in gender-neutral colors. It worked.
Jill Sobule isn't just another singer-songwriter with catchy tunes and smart lyrics, she's one of the more insightful satirists of our age. Each of her fanciful songs captures an issue or irony, an emotion or epiphany that helps us understand what it's like to live now.
Lisa Dyson thinks a new class of crops might help us reinvent agriculture -- and feed the world.
A leading expert on sustainable materials, Andrew Dent has played an important part in creating a new generation of more sustainable products.
Bob Langert consults, writes and speaks about corporate sustainability, showing how companies can successfully navigate and manage today’s controversial societal issues, become better corporate citizens and make their businesses stronger, more relevant and more profitable.
Corporate sustainability expert
About this event: Greenville has a history of being home for some of the greatest inventions in the world. The maser as conceived by Charles Townes, the six pack packaging machine as created by Hartness, the 3D printer as developed by Bill Masters, and the many creations from Milliken, GE, BMW, and Michelin. Does Greenville still have its inventing MOJO? Do we c...
Event details: Greenville, South Carolina, United States · October 20, 2015
Not all plastic is evil, but our world could probably do with a whole lot less of it. Check out these great ideas -- from a googly-eyed trash catcher to a styrofoam substitute made from mushrooms -- and learn some small steps you can take right now. Before you read this piece, just take a quick look: How many of the objects around you or on you...
Posted July 20, 2017
Fuel cell symphonies and art from gift bag wrappers: The Reimagine Project launches with the TEDActive 2013 artists-in-residence
Soft-spoken and self-effacing, Andy Cavatorta performed with punk bands in the early 1990s, has worked with Bjork and is a graduate of MIT’s Media Lab. His counterintuitive resume has led him to create these gigantic, aural structures -- both meditative and comforting -- which you can see here in a video the Lincoln Motor Company partnered wi...
Posted May 20, 2013
Chief Tashka of the Yawanawá, an indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest, opens with a song, as is traditional of his people's gatherings. He then begins to tell the story of Brazil's indigenous rights movement that developed in the ’70s and ’80s, when many young people from the indigenous population (who make up about 1% of Brazilians) start...
Posted October 7, 2014
On the stage at TEDGlobal 2011, Ben Goldacre delivered an incredibly fast-paced and informative talk on the subtle ways nutritionists, pharmaceutical companies, and others distort scientific evidence. TED's Ben Lillie caught up with him to talk about how to read newspapers, the power of the placebo effect, and how people really want to learn...
Posted September 29, 2011
Now we move to the world of design, with a session co-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell featuring leading practitioners from architecture, graphic design, the art world and even that less well known discipline of "expertry." Illustrations by Maira Kalman are projected onto the stage set to reflect some of the themes the speakers wi...
Posted March 1, 2012
About this event: Speakers: Cathey Armillas, Florence Atunwa Olumodimu; Sally Mbanefo; Nkiru Olumide-Ojo; Uri Ngozichukwuka; Morayo Afolabi-Brown; Toun Okewale Sonaiya; Toni Kan; Josephine Effah-Chukwuma; Tope Oshin; Ehikodi Gina Ojo; Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi; Performers: Kolawole KolaSoul Ogunwumi; Yadichinma Ukoha-kalu; Stacey Ejiroghene Okparavero Sponsors: I...
Event details: Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria · November 2, 2017
On March 6, TED welcomed its latest class to the TED Residency program. As an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas, Residents spend four months in the TED office with other exceptional people from all over the map. Each has a project that promises to make a significant contribution to the world, across several different fields. The new R...
Posted March 14, 2017
This spring, TED headed on the road, visiting 14 cities across six continents on the hunt for untapped talent. The idea behind the sweeping search: to let you, the TED community, weigh in and vote on which speakers you’d like to see ascend the stage at TED2013. After holding one-night salons in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Doha, Johannesburg, Londo...
Posted August 9, 2012
Designer Ayse Birsel shares the everyday objects she loves. Since 2002, product designer Ayse Birsel has worked side-by-side with her husband Bibi Seck. Together they have refined a design process they call “Deconstruction:Reconstruction.” The process of deconstructing a product into the human needs it must fill -- before leaping to design s...
Posted December 11, 2014
The few days before a holiday are brutal. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of work on your plate or have midterms to study for -- your mind just wants to be distracted from it all. And so, we bring you the best TED Talks for procrastinating, so you don’t have to feel completely guilty for not doing what you are supposed to be doing. After all...
Posted November 26, 2013
I am often asked, “What inspires you?” and “When you have a creative block, how do you unblock it?” The unhelpful answer to the first question is that I can be inspired by just about everything, both good and bad. But when you have a problem to solve -- whether it’s fixing a leak, keeping deer out of your yard, or trying to mend a broken relatio...
Posted June 2, 2015
How exactly do you ship fragile dinosaur bones? Or move a 12.5-ton locomotive through the air? And what are all the little things that have to happen to get relief supplies delivered when and where they’re needed? Employees at UPS think about these kinds of challenges all the time. It’s why the theme, “Think. Solve, Do.,” just made sense ...
Posted September 4, 2015
Yo-yo champion BLACK does, in fact, wear a special costume -- all black, with a red sash. But he has not always been a superhero. In his very sweet talk from TED2013, BLACK reveals that as a young teenager he struggled with feelings of worthlessness -- and that it was dedicating himself to the yo-yo that pulled him through it. Again as an adul...
Posted July 13, 2013
This session is all about "Basic Needs." Enjoy these talks on food, innovation, sanitation and more. Sipho Moyo puts two images up on her screen: a Ghanaian cocoa farmer using a primitive wooden rakes, juxtaposed with the glossy Godiva chocolates that would not exist without her. And yet, says Moyo, the Africa director of ONE, the West Af...
Posted October 9, 2014
We all know sustainability is essential to our future, in vague terms. But what does that mean for the choices we make every day? In other words: paper or plastic? For one thing, design consultant Leyla Acaroglu wants you to think beyond choosing a material for your grocery tote. Instead, she encourages us to think about the entire life of a...
Posted February 27, 2013
The bad news: Online user reviews don't really match up with performance reviews, says behavioral scientist Bart de Langhe. But that means there's also good news: We can stop obsessing over them. This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; brows...
Posted December 2, 2019
From healthy food projects to public health campaigns, TED@Unilever highlighted ideas to inspire leaders at every level. At this TED Institute event, which showcased speakers from both inside and outside the wellness company, the focus was on what corporations and individuals can do to initiate change. Below, some words from each of the T...
Posted September 18, 2014