Yves Béhar is a designer, entrepreneur and avid surfer whose principles for good design have been deeply influential across the field.

Why you should listen

Yves Béhar has produced groundbreaking products including the Herman Miller Sayl chair, the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) XO, the SNOO Smart Sleeper, The Frame TV by Samsung and the August Smart Lock, which he also co-founded. Over the last twenty years, Béhar and his team at fuseproject have also pioneered design as force for positive social and environmental change. He was named a "Top 25 Visionary" by TIME Magazine and was recently named "Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World" by Forbes. He lives in San Francisco and surfs all over the world.

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TED Prize

Charter for Compassion plaques now available

January 11, 2010

When Karen Armstrong was given one wish to change the world through the TED Prize, she wished for the creation of a Charter for Compassion. On November 12th, the charter was unveiled to the world, after months of collaborative effort and multi-denominational participation. At launch, over 60 plaques bearing the charter were hung in significant […]

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The week in comments

May 24, 2009

Whether influenced by Mary Roach and the infamous “pig video” or Yves Behar and Forrest North’s easy banter, there was a definite cheeky lilt to the comments this week. Here’s a quick look at the fun: On Dan Ariely’s talk: Are we in control of our own decisions?: So where’s that slightly uglier version of […]

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Design

Supercharged motorcycle design: Yves Behar and Forrest North on TED.com

May 22, 2009

Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship — and shared dreams. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 2:23.) Watch Yves Behar’s talk from TED2009 on TED.com, where you can download […]

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