Rainn Wilson is an actor ("The Office"), comedian and film producer, a climate advocate and a member of the advisory board of Arctic Basecamp.

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Rainn Wilson is a three-time Emmy-nominated actor best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office. Besides his many other comedic and dramatic roles on stage and screen, he is the cofounder of the media company SoulPancake and host of the Peacock docuseries Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss. He is also the author of Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution, The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy and the coauthor of SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions, a New York Times bestseller.

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Reducing: Notes from Session 4 of Countdown Summit

October 14, 2021

Follow Countdown on Twitter and Instagram • Subscribe to the Countdown newsletter How will we get the 55 gigatons of global greenhouse emissions produced each year down to zero? By rapidly scaling up proven green technologies, finding innovative and brilliant ways to trap carbon and ending destructive practices. In Session 4 of Countdown Summit, 10 […]

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Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters

May 31, 2013

Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and ideas you’ve never been exposed to. But books can do so much more. In today’s talk, TED’s own Lisa Bu introduces us to the concept of “comparative reading,” the practice […]

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