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.
Shopping is about more than just what you buy: it's a treasure hunt to discover something new, a negotiation to get a great deal, a time to catch up with friends and family. But for many, online shopping has turned the experience into an impersonal, unsatisfactory event. Is there a way to bring back the magic? With exciting examples from companies in India, Thailand and China, consumer expert Nimisha Jain introduces us to "conversational commerce," a new retail model that combines the convenience of a digital experience with the personalized touch of a real, human interaction.
The racial wealth gap in the United States is shocking: white families have a median wealth nearly 10 times greater than that of Black families. How did we get here, and how can we stop the gap from growing? Wealth equity strategist Kedra Newsom Reeves provides a short history on the origins and perpetuation of racial wealth inequality in the US -- and outlines four ways financial institutions can expand opportunity for Black individuals, families, entrepreneurs and communities.
There's a lot we can learn from Mongolian nomads about how to survive in the years to come, says environmental activist Khulan Batkhuyag. Taking us on a journey through the country's stunning rural landscape, she shows how Mongolian nomads have survived in remote areas for thousands of years by virtue of some truly incredible, earth-friendly, zero-waste innovations. There's wisdom here for all of us on how to live more minimally, sustainably and in harmony with Mother Nature.
"Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to deafness and how we can shift our cultural understanding of ability to build a more inclusive world. "Technology has come so far," Knill says. "Our mindset just needs to catch up."
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.
Sexual assault is never the victim's fault, says advocate Kristin Jones. In this courageous talk, she tells her story of overcoming the shame that followed sexual abuse as a teenager -- and shares how parents can foster an open conversation about abuse to empower kids and encourage them to ask for help. (This talk contains mature content)
The world is more connected than ever, but some communities are still cut off from vital resources like electricity and health care. In this solution-oriented talk, tech activist Johanna Figueira discusses her work with Code for Venezuela -- a platform that helps Venezuelans gain access to vital information and medical supplies -- and shares ideas for how it could be used as a model to help other communities in need.
To save the achoque -- an exotic (and adorable) salamander found in a lake in northern Mexico -- scientists teamed up with an unexpected research partner: a group of nuns called the Sisters of the Immaculate Health. In this delightful talk, science journalist Victoria Gill shares the story of how this unusual collaboration saved the achoque from extinction -- and demonstrates how local and indigenous people could hold the secret to saving our planet's weird, wonderful and most threatened species.
An effective COVID-19 vaccine is just the first step in ending the pandemic, says global health strategist Johanna Benesty. In this illuminating talk, she explores the various barriers to "equitable access" -- making sure COVID-19 therapeutics are available to all -- and shares a creative approach to research and development that could ensure vaccines are rolled out fairly, efficiently and at a global scale.
In a year unlike any other, TED@BCG 2020 held true to its mission by sharing new ideas from leading thinkers from the Boston Consulting Group community. On October 21st, our 9th TED@BCG debuted 14 original TED talks and 2 interviews to a virtual audience around the globe. Under the theme "Symbiotic", speakers explored ideas about a future in which people, technology, and nature thrive interdependently.
In the face of disruptive change, TED and the Project Management Institute have partnered to share the ideas behind awe-inspiring business projects, creative pursuits and innovative collaborations. Held on September 25-26, 2020 TED@PMI was a two-day virtual experience that highlighted twelve "action leaders" from the PMI community who are turning big ideas into a better reality.
TED@WellsFargo Charlotte 2020
Held in Charlotte, North Carolina, our first TED@WellsFargo event showcased ideas worth spreading from thirteen Wells Fargo Team Members. The talks demonstrated how human empathy and problem-solving can combine with technology to transform lives (and banking) for the better. Together, with diverse perspectives, passionate teamwork, and innovative thinking, we can push the boundaries of what's possible.
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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