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At a time when everything seems mapped, measured, and understood, this river challenges what we think we know. It has forced me to question the line between known and unknown, ancient and modern, scientific and spiritual. It is a reminder that there are still great wonders to be discovered. We find them not just in the black void of the unknown ...
Zak Ebrahim's The Terrorist's Son has won an American Library Association award. The memoir — which became the first TED Book in print in September — was named a recipient of the Alex Award today. A coveted honor, the Alex Award is given to the 10 best adult books of the year that also appeal to young-adult readers. The Terrorist's Son te...
Posted February 2, 2015
A surprisingly empathetic and practical volume, behavioral economist Dan Ariely’s slim, 100-page primer on motivation will be the book you wish your boss had read. –– Fortune About the book Explore the jungle of motivation's true nature, as well as our blindness to its strangeness and complexity. Rather than seeing motivation as a simple, rat-...
Hrishikesh Hirway is the host, creator and executive producer of Song Exploder, a podcast and Netflix series about the creative process of songwriting.
Musician, podcast creator
Known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill, Joan Halifax is a driving force of socially engaged Buddhism.
Author, Zen priest
This is a dinosaur book with a difference. —Dr. Jane Goodall About the book As we move into an uncertain environmental future, it has never been more important to understand the past. Press and reviews About the author
[A] compact, important book… Ebrahim’s life is an eloquent plea to terrorists — indeed, to anyone who commits violence out of bigotry and hatred — to stop and consider the impact on children. — The Washington Post Where to buy The Terrorist's Son About the book Everyone has a choice. Even if you're trained to hate, you can choose tolerance. You ...
You might be wondering how much your personal projects could really affect something that seems as stable as your personality and sense of self. The answer, as I’ve discovered: a lot more than you’d imagine. About the book Press and review About the author
Okorafor’s gripping account of her recovery will inspire any reader. —Publishers Weekly About the book Growing up, most science fiction novels and films presented bold white male-dominated worlds where I knew I could never exist on my own terms. About the author
Moshe Safdie's buildings -- from grand libraries to intimate apartment complexes -- explore the qualities of light and the nature of private and public space.
Libraries are generally where you go to check out books; not where you go if you want to write one. This is an old assumption that Librii -- a concept for a community-based, digitally-enhanced series of libraries in the developing world -- would like to flip on its head. TED speaker Jane McGonigal has given this ambituous project a big thumbs...
Posted May 21, 2013
In our cosmic backyard, close to Earth, discoveries await us. About the book Press and reviews About the author
Through her music and writing, Rosanne Cash seeks to connect, find community and create.
Provocative, thoughtful and inspiring... The Globe and Mail About the book This book is aimed at everyone — from the CEO to the janitor — who wants a better place to work. It looks at the accumulation of small, everyday thoughts and habits that generate and sustain culture: ways of speaking, listening, arguing, thinking, seeing. These aren’t mu...
What he writes is important, and he does so in an elegant, engaging fashion. This is a moving, deeply humane book. — Los Angeles Review of Books About the book The 'laws of medicine' are really laws of uncertainty, imprecision, and incompleteness. They apply equally to all disciplines of knowledge where these forces come into play. They are law...
Jamey Stillings' multi-decade career spans documentary, fine art and commissioned work.
I want to show you how lyrical and profound our most momentary connections can be, to broaden your understanding and deepen your perception of people who are strangers to you. I want you to see the invisible mechanics and meanings of street interactions. I want to give you a new way to be in love with the world. About the book Press and reviews
Thanks to the miracle of caffeine, the author delivers a stirring, nonpreachy sermon on gratitude. —Kirkus Reviews About the book About the author
Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci asks big questions about our societies and our lives, as both algorithms and digital connectivity spread.
Chip Conley disrupted the hospitality industry -- twice.
Hospitality entrepreneur, author
Intriguing nuggets regarding the intersection of work and happiness… a call, in a few pointed words, for an expanded, genuine work ethic. — Kirkus Review About the book For the overwhelming majority of people, work falls short—very short. The question is: why? Press and reviews About the author
As CEO of Citizen University, Eric Liu is working to spark a civic revival in the US and beyond.
Civic evangelist, author
Tasos Frantzolas lives and creates at the intersection of audio and technology.
Sylvia Earle has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than four decades. The winner of the 2009 TED Prize, she's a tireless advocate for our oceans.
Over thousands of archived and broadcast interviews, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay -- winner of the 2015 TED Prize -- has created an unprecedented document of the dreams and fears that touch us all.
This book isn't a meditation guide or a New-Age tract but rather a celebration of the age-old practice of sitting with no goal in mind... Readers will likely slow down to meet its pace and might continue carrying it around as a reminder. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Where to buy About the book At some point, all the horizontal trips in the ...
A smart, snappy guide to romance… On-screen and on the page, Fry has a wry, chatty voice that illuminates age-old questions in brainy yet simple language. — The Washington Post About the book Thankfully, love—as with most of life—is full of patterns: from the number of sexual partners we have in our lifetime to how we choose who to message on a...
This tender book reminds readers to be kind to others and themselves. —Publishers Weekly About the book Press and reviews About the author
A beautifully written field guide to being weird. —Kirkus Reviews About the book Misfits, from my point of view, are everything. The world needs us. Press and reviews About the author