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Novelist Elif Shafak says, "Even long after I listened to these talks, I noticed I was carrying the words with me wherever I traveled. I can listen to these speakers again and again, hearing something new each time."
Curated by Elif Shafak · 7 talks
What does "normal behavior" look like? To find out, Read Montague is imaging thousands of brains at work.
Paola Antonelli is on a mission to introduce -- and explain -- design to the world. With her shows at New York's Museum of Modern Art, she celebrates design's presence in every part of life.
Ken Jennings holds the record for most consecutive wins on the classic American trivia game show, Jeopardy.
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
Cleo Wade creates uplifting messages, blending simplicity with positivity and arresting honesty.
Artist, poet, author
If you watch my TED Talk from 2010, you might see a confident 12-year-old, cracking jokes and striding around the stage in glasses that keep sliding down her nose. You won’t see me going home and crying, or starting every page in my journal with four words: “I feel sad today.” I divided my life into two parts: my tear-stained journal vers...
Posted August 28, 2015
Tea Uglow leads part of Google's Creative Lab specializing in work with cultural organizations, artists, writers and producers on experiments using digital technology at the boundaries of traditional cultural practice.
Deb Roy studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to communicate in human-like ways. On sabbatical from MIT Media Lab, he's working with the AI company Bluefin Labs.
Sherwin Nuland, a surgeon and a writer, meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead.
Sculptor and engineer Arthur Ganson talks about his work -- kinetic art that explores deep philosophical ideas and is gee-whiz fun to look at.
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open
The image you see above is Amanda Palmer just before stepping onto the TED2013 stage to give her talk, "The art of asking." She asked one of the crew members to snap this photo of her with daisy in hand. As our lineup of TED2014 speakers finish writing their talks and start the long process of rehearsing, it felt like the right moment to ask ...
Posted February 10, 2014
TED Live doesn’t require finding a good seat in the auditorium. With a TED Live membership, you can watch TED2013 and TEDGlobal 2013 from the comfort of your home, share it with your classmates or screen it with your co-workers in the office. In other words, there is no one way to watch. You can grab some friends and gather around a lap...
Posted December 11, 2012
Via TED Curator Chris Anderson's personal blog: After a couple of weeks in beta, the new TED Books app launched today on iPad and iPhone and I'm incredibly excited about it. Here's why. 1. It brings together all of our authors in one irresistible package. 16 current titles with new ones to be released every two weeks. 2. It's free. I t...
Posted July 20, 2012
X certainly marks the spot. The TEDx program was launched in 2009 to bring the mission of spreading ideas to the local level, with independent organizers curating their own events for their own communities. This week, the program is celebrating many milestones. Not only did yesterday mark the 5,000th TEDx event -- this week also brings th...
Posted October 14, 2012
The Pursuit of Happiness Monterey, California February 25-28, 2004
TED.com video exists to celebrate great speakers, thinkers, doers -- people with ideas that are passionately held and clearly put. For our speakers, putting their videos online has, in many cases, amplified their work beyond imagination, provoking new connections and directions to their careers and even their lives. As we approached the f...
Posted June 27, 2011
Host Gerry Garbulsky has a feeling that this may be the session with "the most heavy accents” in TED history. The organizer of TEDxRiodelaPlata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Garbulsky curated each speaker in his session because they’ve given a TEDx talk he loved. With speakers from Botswana, Brazil and Hungary, these ideas are truly without bo...
Posted February 18, 2016
TED-Ed Clubs are about to get a lot of visibility in Italian high schools. On Thursday, March 3, in Rome, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini, and the European Director of TED, Bruno Giussani, signed a 3-year memorandum of understanding on cooperation regarding the spread of the TED-Ed Clubs curricul...
Posted March 3, 2016
With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These ancient aqueducts and stepwells are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.
Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?
Tennis legend Billie Jean King isn't just a pioneer of women's tennis -- she's a pioneer for women getting paid. In this freewheeling conversation, she talks about identity, the role of sports in social justice and the famous Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs.
Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know.
Few scientific papers are written in crayon and begin with the words, “Once upon a time.” But then again, few scientific papers are written by a group of 8- to 10-year-olds. In this adorable talk from TEDGlobal, neuroscientist, artist and educator Beau Lotto shares why he thinks children have an edge when it comes to scientific inquiry -- t...
Posted October 17, 2012
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
By Kate Torgovnick May and Thu-Huong Ha In the past 30 years, 300 million people in China have left rural areas and moved to cities. Which means that a lot of thinking about the future of cities is happening here. At the TEDCity 2.0 Salon -- an event held in Chengdu, China, on November 12, in partnership with the Michelin Corporate Founda...
Posted November 17, 2014
At TED, we’re constantly impressed by the accomplishments of young innovators. With talks like Adora Svitak’s “What adults can learn from kids,” 12-year-old Amy O’Toole assisting Beau Lotto in “Science is for everyone: kids included,” and Thomas Suarez, who was developing apps before he could drive, we can’t help but be hopeful for the futur...
Posted November 14, 2012
Conceptual artist Alicia Eggert uses words as found objects in her sculptural art -- a body of work that serves as an ongoing investigation of time. Here, she tells us about taking her neon piece "You are (on) an island" to various locations in the world, shares how childhood experiences in South Africa sparked her fascination with time, and rev...
Posted April 26, 2013