With her viral talk from TED2012 and her bestseller "Quiet," Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us. Now, she's back to explore the surprising lessons sorrow and longing teach us about creativity, connection and love.

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Susan Cain's new book, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole (Crown, 2022), reveals the power of a bittersweet, even melancholic, outlook on life, and why our culture has been so blind to its value. She is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which is in its eighth year on The New York Times bestseller list and was named the best book of 2012 by Fast Company. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Her viral TED Talk, "The power of introverts," has been viewed more than 30 million times, making it one of the most popular of all time.

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Weaving Community: Notes from Session 1 of TEDSummit 2019

July 21, 2019

The stage is set for TEDSummit 2019: A Community Beyond Borders! During the opening session, speakers and performers explored themes of competition, political engagement and longing — and celebrated the TED communities (representing 84 countries) gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland to forge TED’s next chapter. The event: TEDSummit 2019, Session 1: Weaving Community, hosted by Bruno […]

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