Dream me. Build me. Make me real. Manhattan, NY September 20, 2013 On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 took place at the TimesCenter in New York City. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary and Courtney Martin, the event surfaced stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and featured an unexpected mix of ...
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2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra is an educator who helps kids learn to teach themselves. Here are 5 talks that align with his vision of education's future.
Curated by Sugata Mitra · 5 talks
The Spark New Orleans, Louisiana November 16, 2013 TEDYouth was a day-long event for students, with more than 20 live speakers -- scientists, explorers, artists (and more!). It took place on November 16, 2013, noon–7pm EST. The theme: "The Spark." In 2013, TEDYouth moved south to the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana. While the conferenc...
TEDxChange 2013 took place on April 3, 2013 at The Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The event, themed “Positive Disruption,” invited speakers to discuss and explore fresh perspectives on global health, development and education. TED.com provided a free livestream of the event in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish...
How can we create an education system that works for kids, instead of against them? Watch eight inspiring talks from TED's May 2013 PBS special, given in their entirety.
Curated by TED · 8 talks
Watch the world explore a variety of topics from autonomous drones to internet culture with the TED Found in Translation Sessions from TEDGlobal 2013: June Cohen June Cohen is Executive Producer of TED Media. She focuses on how to extend TED in fresh directions, particularly those that help spread ideas such as the Open Translation Project. In t...
TED Fellow Bahia Shehab sends an important message through her street art in Cairo: “You can crush the flowers, but you can’t delay spring."
Artist and historian
In 2013, the largest experiment in crowd-sourced investing happened in Australia, as everyday citizens took the reins on investing the country's pension fund. Nathan Ide explores how certain cultural characteristics of Australians have inspired this groundbreaking model for managing pensions.
In addition to her incredible WNBA basketball career, Renee Montgomery is a vocal advocate for equality and social justice reform.
WNBA champion, activist
TED Senior Fellow Paul Rucker explores issues related to mass incarceration, racially motivated violence and the continued impact of policies that sustain inequity.
Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Abby Dobson creates music to inspire audiences to reflect on the world we live in and engage in action to promote transformative social change.
William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.
Jon Gosier is a serial tech entrepreneur and early-stage startup investor. In 2015, Time magazine listed him as one of the "12 New Faces of Black Leadership."
Investor, data scientist, entrepreneur
Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clu...
It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable pr...
With his artistry and creativity, Bill T. Jones has inspired a generation of dancers, choreographers -- and audiences.
In 2013, a treasure trove of unusual fossils were uncovered in a cave in South Africa, and researchers soon realized: these were the remains of a new species of ancient humans. Paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy takes us inside the discovery of Homo naledi, explaining how this mysterious ancestor is forcing us to rethink where we come from -- and...
Paula Hammond, head of MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering, is developing new technologies to kill cancer cells.
Medical researcher and educator
Skylar Tibbits is the founder and codirector of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and assistant professor of design research in the department of architecture.
Designer, computer scientist
With a large-format camera and a knack for talking her way into forbidden zones, Taryn Simon photographs portions of the American infrastructure inaccessible to its inhabitants.
Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate action and steered the global diplomatic effort that culminated in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Meghan Hussey is committed to disability inclusion in global development.
Disability inclusion advocate
2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarw...
While the Earth's oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth's grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the ocean and the influence it has on us. [Directe...
Emily Parsons-Lord makes cross-disciplinary contemporary art that is informed by research and critical dialogue with materials and climate science.
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes...
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out ...
While studying for his PhD in physics, Uri Alon thought he was a failure because all his research paths led to dead ends. But, with the help of improv theater, he came to realize that there could be joy in getting lost. A call for scientists to stop thinking of research as a direct line from question to answer, but as something more creative. It...
"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great...
"We're all going to die -- and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.