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.
"The only way we're going to make substantial progress on the challenging problems of our time is for business to drive the solutions," says social impact strategist Wendy Woods. In a data-packed talk, Woods shares a fresh way to assess the impact all parts of business can have on all parts of society, and then adjust them to not only do less harm but actually improve things. Learn more about how executives can move beyond corporate social responsibility to "total societal impact" -- for the benefit of both a company's bottom line and society at large.
Once a cared-for patient and now a caregiver himself, Scott Williams highlights the invaluable role of informal caregivers -- those friends and relatives who, out of love, go the extra mile for patients in need. From personal care to advocacy to emotional support, unpaid caregivers form the invisible backbone of health and social systems all over the world, Williams says -- and without them, these systems would crumble. "How can we make sure that their value to patients and society is recognized?" he asks.
Do you know what you want when you die? Do you know how you want to be remembered? In a candid, heartfelt talk about a subject most of us would rather not discuss, Michelle Knox asks each of us to reflect on our core values around death and share them with our loved ones, so they can make informed decisions without fear of having failed to honor our legacies. "Life would be a lot easier to live if we talked about death now," Knox says. "We need to discuss these issues when we are fit and healthy so we can take the emotion out of it -- and then we can learn not just what is important, but why it's important."
Do you have a favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident -- makes you feel like you? That's because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired by her son, who was born with a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for him to dress himself or wear clothing with buttons or zippers, Scheier set out to make clothing that works for everyone, including the differently abled. Learn more about how she's made fashion history by producing the world's first mainstream adaptive clothing line.
Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research -- and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.
We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.
TED@Tommy Amsterdam 2017
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.
TED@BCG Milan 2017
In its fifth year, TED@BCG Milan took on the theme of "Break the Mold" by embracing new thinking, expanding their worldview on technology and global business with humanity at the center of each moment.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2017
Since 2015, TED has partnered with UPS to bring global experts on 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.
TED@IBM San Francisco 2016
TED@IBM San Francisco explored ingenuity as a driving force in dreaming up solutions to our most pressing problems. Ignited by a simple spark, speakers shared how inspiration demands action if we are to reach our greatest potential.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2016
TED@UPS Atlanta unlocked the opportunities of the question “What if?” Daring to engage with the boundless future, speakers explored innovations in language, trade and technology to imagine a future full of possibilities for all.
TED@BCG Paris 2016
TED@BCG Paris embraced the concept of continuous change. To manage the growing complexities of this new normal, speakers sought inspiration from history and biology to describe creative, imaginative, unexpected ways ahead.
TED@StateStreet Boston 2015
TED@StateStreet Boston showcased the power of collaboration in the never-ending challenge to build a better world.
TED@IBM San Francisco 2015
TED@IBM San Francisco brought to light the often-overlooked. Examining social structures and sustainable approaches, TED@IBM explored the necessity of invention to build a better world.
TED@UPS Atlanta 2015
TED@UPS Atlanta put a spotlight on ideas, projects and insights that bolster the far-reaching consequences of advancing forward through obstacles.
TED@BCG London 2015
TED@BCG London brought together leaders from business, academic and civil society to stake out the forefront of change and transformation, and led us through the pursuit of growing onward and upward.
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