We know that innovative ideas and fresh approaches to challenging problems can be discovered inside visionary businesses around the world. The TED Institute partners with a select number of these organizations to help surface and share these ideas. Talks from past TED Institute events have opened up new channels of communication and inspired innovation across each organization. Learn more about TED Institute.
Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the existence of a new, giant planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system -- and shows us how traces of its presence might already be staring us in the face.
In the US, the steep cost of medical care means many curable diseases go untreated. Pricing expert Jean-Manuel Izaret shares a plan for making treatments for curable diseases affordable for all by switching to a subscription-like payment system (similar to the one pioneered by Netflix) that would distribute costs over time and across an entire population of subscribers.
By designing "smart" clothing with durable technologies, we can better keep track of health and well-being, says clothing designer Janani Bhaskar. She shares how we can use screen-printing technology to attach biometric "smart stickers" to any piece of clothing -- and how they can track blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs. "Why not transform clothing and make it a part of our digitized world?" she asks.
Air pollution is one of the world's most intractable problems, accounting for four to five million deaths each year. What if we could capture pollution in the air around us and turn into something useful? Tech inventor Anirudh Sharma shows how he created a device that recycles air pollution like diesel fumes into useable black ink -- and made the world just a bit cleaner in the process.
There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That's the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there's one medium with overlooked potential for medical analysis: your breath. Technologist Julian Burschka shares the latest in the science of breath analysis -- the screening of the volatile organic compounds in your exhaled breath -- and how it could be used as a powerful tool to detect, predict and ultimately prevent disease.
What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes -- without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton found their inspiration and productivity through cross-training their minds.
What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: "What are you willing to give up?" He shares lessons learned from companies on both sides of the innovation wave on how to structure your organization so that people at all levels are empowered to make decisions fast and respond to change.
Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert Elizabeth Lyle offers a new approach to breaking the rules while you're on your way up, sharing creative ways organizations can give middle managers the space and coaching they need to start leading differently.
TED@NAS Washington, D.C. 2019
TED partnered with The National Academy of Sciences, The Kavli Foundation, and the Simons Foundation to bring to life the first TED@NAS, an exciting day of original science-focused TED Talks from within our shared knowledge networks. Our speakers and performers celebrated science, which empowers us to bring together diverse perspectives, sparking insights that affect our everyday lives.
TED@BCG Mumbai 2019
The 8th edition of TED@BCG was held in Mumbai, India, to explore how we can unlock our full potential — human, technological, and natural — to accomplish things we never thought possible. Our speakers and performers demonstrated that in order to succeed in the next decade and beyond, we can't just optimize for what we know — we need to keep learning, imagining, and inventing.
TED@DuPont Philadelphia 2019
In our inaugural year, TED@DuPont set out to create a new framework for innovation itself — to ignite an idea engine and transform the world together. The day’s topics ranged from science, technology, and beyond — from the chemistry of everyday life to “smart” clothing, enzyme research, and ultimately the future of our world.
TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 2018
In its second year, TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany set out to unearth "The Art of Possibility". Visionaries, dreamers and changemakers shared their bold visions of the future -- from grassroots healthcare to the sound of electric cars -- pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
TED@BCG Toronto 2018
The 7th edition of TED@BCG explored how industries and individuals can transform "business as usual". Entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and innovators took the stage to share how we can "reboot" traditional operating systems, rethink our goals and redefine how we live and work.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2018
For the fourth year in a row, TED has partnered with UPS to reexamine the question "What if?" The role of human imagination in solving our most intractable problems has never been more critical. Once again, TED@UPS brought brilliant minds to the stage to imagine the greatest ideas and innovations of our time, sparked by a simple "What if?"
The inaugural TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany event featured a diverse group of leaders from science, technology, academia and society from across Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany community who have been at the forefront of breakthroughs and innovation.
Since 2015, TED has partnered with UPS to bring global experts at the forefront of innovation in business, logistics, design, and technology to the stage. TED@UPS — held on July 20, 2017, at SCADShow in Atlanta, Georgia — speakers and performers showed how daring human imagination can solve some of our most difficult problems.
For the inaugural TED@Tommy event in Amsterdam, Tommy Hilfiger and the TED Institute partnered to unearth bold ideas around the theme "The courage to...". Exploring ideas around fashion, technology, parenting and more, speakers addressed a broad range of topics important to the fashion industry and beyond.
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