Majora Carter wants to build better communities for people, right where they are.

Why you should listen

"Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one," says Majora Carter, whose words are quoted on the walls of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. With a focus on reducing brain drain in communities like the South Bronx, New York, where she was born and raised, she helps develop the vision and strategies for radically exciting development projects. A real estate developer, she's the director for community regeneration at the solar equity organization Groundswell, which aims to create a clean energy economy that benefits everyone. She's also the owner of the award-winning Boogie Down Grind coffee shop, a cafe in the Bronx celebrating both hip hop culture and community.

Carter is a MacArthur Fellow and a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. Her 2022 book, Reclaiming Your Community: You Don’t Have to Move out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One, rethinks poverty, economic development and the meaning of success. Her 2006 TED Talk, "Greening the ghetto," was one of the first six TED Talks published online.

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Capitalism: Notes from Session 2 of TED2022

April 11, 2022

You can credit capitalism for pretty much everything you’ve touched, eaten or worn today. But you can also blame it for some of the world’s worst problems. Is it broken? Or in dire need of reimagining? Session 2 of TED2022 featured five thought-provoking talks that took us to some interesting corners of the debate around […]

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Judy Bonds: Majora Carter remembers

January 6, 2011

This week, Judy Bonds — whose work and life Majora Carter describes movingly in her latest TEDTalk — died after a battle with cancer. Bonds founded Coal River Mountain Watch, which fought coal companies that were strip-mining her home county, and proposed a thrilling alternative: wind power. She won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2003 […]

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Go behind the scenes of a TEDTalk

July 15, 2009

It’s our third anniversary of posting TEDTalks free to the world! We started in June 2006 with our first six talks — including Sir Ken Robinson, Al Gore, Majora Carter … Three years and 486 talks later, we hope you’ll enjoy this mini-documentary, “Behind the TEDTalk.” It stars TED Curator Chris Anderson and the TED […]

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