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How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

12:36 | Jul 11th, 2017

It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabb...Show More
The most powerful woman you've never heard of | Vanessa Garrison

13:17 | Mar 7th

Everyone's heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called "the architect of the civil rights movement," Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation's most legendary activists -- like Rosa Parks, Diane Nash, Fannie ...Show More
An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin

13:05 | Jan 31st

What job is best for a young man who's been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about ... astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he's accepted and the opportunities he's seized -- and h...Show More
The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

14:01 | Jan 31st

Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex -- with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? (That's as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and i...Show More
The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly

11:43 | Jan 28th

Anger is a powerful emotion -- it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silen...Show More
How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

12:30 | Jan 22nd

From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink -- and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design c...Show More
Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

17:03 | Jan 17th

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to at...Show More
How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

13:48 | Jan 16th

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trap...Show More
3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

11:13 | Jan 14th

Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it's clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an ac...Show More
The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts | Alex Rosenthal

11:55 | Dec 19th, 2018

Welcome to the strange, deviously difficult and incredibly joyful world of puzzle hunts. Follow along as Alex Rosenthal lifts the veil on one of the world's most complex puzzle hunts, the MIT Mystery Hunt -- and reveals how puzzles can be found in th...Show More
How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity | Eldra Jackson III

11:21 | Dec 18th, 2018

In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he's helping others heal by creating a new image of w...Show More
How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

12:22 | Dec 5th, 2018

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our ...Show More
Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke

16:15 | Nov 30th, 2018

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empath...Show More
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

15:29 | Nov 13th, 2018

Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey tha...Show More
A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw

09:41 | Nov 2nd, 2018

How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bi...Show More
How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm

10:00 | Oct 24th, 2018

What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent p...Show More
How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore

14:25 | Oct 24th, 2018

A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises f...Show More
How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes | Alex Honnold

11:49 | Oct 8th, 2018

Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising t...Show More
3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

06:07 | Oct 1st, 2018

Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the ...Show More
What happened when we tested thousands of abandoned rape kits in Detroit | Kym Worthy

19:05 | Sep 26th, 2018

In 2009, 11,341 untested rape kits -- some dating back to the 1980s -- were found in an abandoned warehouse once used by the Detroit police to store evidence. When this scandal was uncovered, prosecutor Kym Worthy set a plan into action to get justic...Show More
Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

13:01 | Sep 20th, 2018

Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pilla...Show More
The press trampled on my privacy. Here's how I took back my story | Kate Stone

06:18 | Sep 18th, 2018

After a horrific accident put her in the tabloid headlines, Kate Stone found a way to take control of her narrative -- and help prevent others from losing their privacy, too. Learn how she reclaimed her story in this personal talk infused with humor ...Show More
What are the most important moral problems of our time? | Will MacAskill

11:54 | Sep 12th, 2018

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of "effect...Show More
How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden

07:58 | Aug 30th, 2018

Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- where she was born and lived until the age of seven -- to share an inspiring message about what s...Show More
Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry

06:50 | Aug 21st, 2018

What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry exp...Show More
How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha

14:28 | Aug 20th, 2018

When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encourage...Show More
How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood

14:14 | Aug 17th, 2018

Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming Internat...Show More
How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee

14:49 | Aug 13th, 2018

AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thri...Show More
How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace

05:19 | Jul 24th, 2018

Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA s...Show More
An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

18:12 | Jul 12th, 2018

Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White open...Show More
How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile

05:49 | Jun 14th, 2018

In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy ...Show More
What gardening taught me about life | tobacco brown

06:41 | May 31st, 2018

Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, brown reveal...Show More
How I made friends with reality | Emily Levine

15:27 | May 23rd, 2018

With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, she takes us on her journey to make friends with reality -- and peace with death. Life is an enormou...Show More
The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski

15:16 | May 11th, 2018

Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down one of the most dangerous myths about sex and introduces us to the science behind arousal nonconcordance: when there's a disconnect between physical response and the experience of pleasure and desire. Talking ab...Show More
Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood

11:22 | Apr 19th, 2018

We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and th...Show More
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

14:12 | Apr 11th, 2018

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal comm...Show More
To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew Dent

10:34 | Apr 4th, 2018

There's no such thing as throwing something away, says Andrew Dent -- when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way ...Show More
Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe

10:19 | Mar 29th, 2018

As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention -- but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe share...Show More
The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson

17:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North a...Show More
The best way to help is often just to listen | Sophie Andrews

14:23 | Mar 9th, 2018

A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she's paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people. In a...Show More
How we became sisters | Jennifer Murphy

12:45 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Poets Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy perform excerpts from their play "Other Women," which is created and directed by Monica L. Williams. In a captivating journey, they weave together stories full of laughter, loyalty, tragedy and heartbreak, recal...Show More
Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang

09:42 | Feb 27th, 2018

How do we find fulfillment in a world that's constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he's n...Show More
The virginity fraud | Ellen Støkken Dahl

11:41 | Feb 13th, 2018

The hymen is still the most misunderstood part of the female body. Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl share their mission to empower young people through better sex education, debunking the popular (and harmful) myths we're told about femal...Show More
How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

12:25 | Feb 5th, 2018

At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a ...Show More
Black life at the intersection of birth and death | Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa

07:49 | Feb 1st, 2018

"It is the artist's job to unearth stories that people try to bury with shovels of complacency and time," says poet and freedom fighter Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa. Performing her poem "The Joys of Motherhood," Katwiwa explores the experience of Blac...Show More
My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead | Anjali Kumar

16:11 | Jan 31st, 2018

Anjali Kumar went looking for God and ended up finding something else entirely. In an uplifting, funny talk about our shared humanity, she takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage to meet witches in New York, a shaman in Peru, an infamous "healer" in Brazi...Show More
The gift and power of emotional courage | Susan David

16:48 | Jan 30th, 2018

Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a cult...Show More
How record collectors find lost music and preserve our cultural heritage | Alexis Charpentier

14:29 | Jan 11th, 2018

For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by "digging" for obscure music created by overlooked artists. Alexis Charpentier shares his love of records -- and stories of how collect...Show More
"Good" and "bad" are incomplete stories we tell ourselves | Heather Lanier

13:36 | Dec 21st, 2017

Heather Lanier's daughter Fiona has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic condition that results in developmental delays -- but that doesn't make her tragic, angelic or any of the other stereotypes about kids like her. In this talk about the beautiful,...Show More
The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith

14:20 | Dec 18th, 2017

The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined i...Show More
How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit | Devita Davison

12:22 | Dec 7th, 2017

There's something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit's decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Jo...Show More
Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" | Justin Baldoni

18:31 | Dec 4th, 2017

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man sho...Show More
An interview with the Queen of Creole Cuisine | Pat Mitchell

22:40 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Leah Chase's New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and whe...Show More
How can groups make good decisions? | Dan Ariely

08:37 | Nov 22nd, 2017

We all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don't always go right -- and sometimes they go very wrong. How can groups make good decisions? With his colleague Dan Ariely, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman has been inquiring into how we interac...Show More
The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton

13:45 | Nov 14th, 2017

What do you think would happen if you invited an individual with mental health issues who had been homeless for many years to move directly from the street into housing? Loyd Pendleton shares how he went from skeptic to believer in the Housing First ...Show More
How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird

06:24 | Nov 14th, 2017

Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about ...Show More
The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah

17:10 | Nov 9th, 2017

With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics -- they should also be the foundation of our political...Show More
We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers

10:54 | Nov 9th, 2017

Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. For Jon Bowers, who runs a training facility for professional delivery drivers, the stakes are high -- 100 people in the US die every day in car accidents...Show More
Why women stay silent after sexual assault | Inés Hercovich

16:46 | Nov 7th, 2017

Why do women who experience sexual assault rarely speak up about it? "Because they fear they won't be believed," says Inés Hercovich. "Because when a woman tells what happened to her, she tells us things we can't imagine, things that disturb us, thin...Show More
The powerful stories that shaped Africa | Gus Casely-Hayford

19:54 | Oct 20th, 2017

In the vast sweep of history, even an empire can be forgotten. In this wide-ranging talk, Gus Casely-Hayford shares origin stories of Africa that are too often unwritten, lost, unshared. Travel to Great Zimbabwe, the ancient city whose mysterious ori...Show More
The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

21:58 | Oct 13th, 2017

"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism." A native of ...Show More
Lessons from the longest study on human development | Helen Pearson

12:25 | Oct 2nd, 2017

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It's the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it's ...Show More
The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings | Anna Heringer

13:01 | Sep 28th, 2017

"There are a lot of resources given by nature for free -- all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them," says architect Anna Heringer. Heringer uses low-tech materials like mud and bamboo to create structures from China t...Show More
Why people of different faiths are painting their houses of worship yellow | Nabila Alibhai

11:51 | Sep 26th, 2017

Divisions along religious lines are deepening, and we're doubting more and more how much we have in common. How can we stand boldly and visibly together? Inspired by an idea from her collaborator Yazmany Arboleda, place-maker Nabila Alibhai and her c...Show More
There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

12:18 | Sep 12th, 2017

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- give...Show More
Would you live in a floating city in the sky? | Tomás Saraceno

11:03 | Sep 7th, 2017

In a mind-bending talk that blurs the line between science and art, Tomás Saraceno exhibits a series of air-inspired sculptures and installations designed to usher in a new era of sustainability, the "Aerocene." From giant, cloud-like playgrounds sus...Show More
A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

12:18 | Sep 5th, 2017

Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects -- from a bike path in Eindhoven, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green ener...Show More
Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

19:16 | Sep 1st, 2017

We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole -- and even keep us from seeing others ...Show More
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

16:13 | Aug 15th, 2017

Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve probl...Show More
You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron

12:16 | Aug 10th, 2017

On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow raced from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in t...Show More
How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day | Tristan Harris

17:00 | Jul 26th, 2017

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: y...Show More
How I fail at being disabled | Susan Robinson

07:47 | Jul 21st, 2017

Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: "disabled." In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden bia...Show More
A celebration of natural hair | Cheyenne Cochrane

14:00 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Cheyenne Cochrane explores the role that hair texture has played in the history of being black in America -- from the heat straightening products of the post-Civil War era to the thousands of women today who have decided to stop chasing a conventiona...Show More
Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

13:21 | Jun 12th, 2017

The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple ...Show More
To understand autism, don't look away | Carina Morillo

07:09 | Jun 7th, 2017

Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed -- only that he didn't speak or respond to words, and that she had to find other ways to connect with him. She shares how she learned to help her son thrive by being curi...Show More
How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

14:26 | Jun 5th, 2017

The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps t...Show More
Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

14:58 | May 22nd, 2017

"Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagin...Show More
What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi

16:09 | May 16th, 2017

In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living ...Show More
Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

17:51 | May 12th, 2017

"I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a lif...Show More
The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky

15:51 | May 9th, 2017

How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before...Show More
On tennis, love and motherhood | Gayle King

18:28 | Apr 27th, 2017

Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses -- starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her ...Show More
We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

29:28 | Apr 14th, 2017

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adich...Show More
3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

13:42 | Apr 10th, 2017

We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains -- an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term ... like, grandchildren-scale long ter...Show More
What we don't know about mother's milk | Katie Hinde

09:59 | Mar 28th, 2017

Breast milk grows babies' bodies, fuels neurodevelopment, provides essential immunofactors and safeguards against famine and disease -- why, then, does science know more about tomatoes than mother's milk? Katie Hinde shares insights into this complex...Show More
Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness | Michele L. Sullivan

11:55 | Mar 21st, 2017

We all go through challenges -- some you can see, most you can't, says Michele L. Sullivan. In a talk about perspective, Sullivan shares stories full of wit and wisdom and reminds us that we're all part of each other's support systems. "The only shoe...Show More
What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure | Peggy Orenstein

17:00 | Mar 15th, 2017

Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that's largely missi...Show More
Why women should tell the stories of humanity | Jude Kelly

13:22 | Mar 8th, 2017

For many centuries (and for many reasons) critically acclaimed creative genius has generally come from a male perspective. As theater director Jude Kelly points out in this passionately reasoned talk, that skew affects how we interpret even non-ficti...Show More
To raise brave girls, encourage adventure | Caroline Paul

12:41 | Mar 7th, 2017

Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up -- and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefigh...Show More
This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

06:10 | Feb 28th, 2017

The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati -- an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter -- TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that's crowdsource-cleaning the planet. After tracking trash in more ...Show More
A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua

11:51 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Charity Wayua put her skills as a cancer researcher to use on an unlikely patient: the government of her native Kenya. She shares how she helped her government drastically improve its process for opening up new businesses, a crucial part of economic ...Show More
How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

14:25 | Feb 14th, 2017

Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks -- but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how indi...Show More
Our story of rape and reconciliation | Tom Stranger

19:06 | Feb 7th, 2017

In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a y...Show More
How to get better at the things you care about | Eduardo Briceño

11:22 | Feb 1st, 2017

Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learni...Show More
What we don't know about Europe's Muslim kids | Deeyah Khan

20:11 | Jan 26th, 2017

As the child of an Afghan mother and Pakistani father raised in Norway, Deeyah Khan knows what it's like to be a young person stuck between your community and your country. In this powerful, emotional talk, the filmmaker unearths the rejection and is...Show More
A better way to talk about love | Mandy Len Catron

15:17 | Jan 9th, 2017

In love, we fall. We're struck, we're crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience it, says writer Mandy Le...Show More
The lies we tell pregnant women | Sofia Jawed-Wessel

14:56 | Jan 6th, 2017

"When we tell women that sex isn't worth the risk during pregnancy, what we're telling her is that her sexual pleasure doesn't matter ... that she in fact doesn't matter," says sex researcher Sofia Jawed-Wessel. In this eye-opening talk, Jawed-Wessel...Show More
Do kids think of sperm donors as family? | Veerle Provoost

12:26 | Dec 9th, 2016

How do we define a parent -- or a family? Bioethicist Veerle Provoost explores these questions in the context of non-traditional families, ones brought together by adoption, second marriages, surrogate mothers and sperm donations. In this talk, she s...Show More
Say your truths and seek them in others | Elizabeth Lesser

15:44 | Dec 8th, 2016

In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling....Show More
A queer vision of love and marriage | Kim Katrin Milan

17:07 | Dec 5th, 2016

Love is a tool for revolutionary change and a path toward inclusivity and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Married activists Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan have imagined their marriage -- as a transgender man and cis woman -- a model of possibility ...Show More
Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) | Danny Dorling

14:07 | Nov 30th, 2016

What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is -- a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in...Show More
The urgency of intersectionality | Abby Dobson

18:49 | Nov 14th, 2016

Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says,...Show More
Can a divided America heal? | Chris Anderson

20:17 | Nov 8th, 2016

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the p...Show More
Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate | Suzanne Barakat

14:48 | Nov 7th, 2016

On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat's brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor's sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator's story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestio...Show More
Enough with the fear of fat | Kelli Jean Drinkwater

12:20 | Oct 28th, 2016

In a society obsessed with body image and marked by a fear of fat, Kelli Jean Drinkwater engages in radical body politics through art. She confronts the public's perception of bigger bodies by bringing them into spaces that were once off limits -- fr...Show More
The unexpected challenges of a country's first election | Philippa Neave

10:51 | Oct 21st, 2016

How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It's a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world -- and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can't d...Show More
The beauty of what we'll never know | Pico Iyer

10:05 | Oct 11th, 2016

Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan -- or, indeed, about anything -- than he thought h...Show More
What reality are you creating for yourself? | Isaac Lidsky

11:46 | Oct 6th, 2016

Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to...Show More
We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights | Rebecca MacKinnon

11:56 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Can we fight terror without destroying democracy? Internet freedom activist Rebecca MacKinnon thinks that we'll lose the battle against extremism and demagoguery if we censor the internet and press. In this critical talk, she calls for a doubling-dow...Show More
Why some people are more altruistic than others | Abigail Marsh

12:21 | Sep 16th, 2016

Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts, like donating a kidney to a complete stranger. A...Show More
Architecture that's built to heal | Michael Murphy

15:38 | Sep 15th, 2016

Architecture is more than a clever arrangement of bricks. In this eloquent talk, Michael Murphy shows how he and his team look far beyond the blueprint when they're designing. Considering factors from airflow to light, theirs is a holistic approach t...Show More
The new American Dream | Courtney E. Martin

15:32 | Sep 7th, 2016

For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don't think their kids will be better off than they were. This shouldn't be a cause for alarm, says journalist Courtney E. Martin. Rather, it's an opportunity to define a new approach to...Show More
Why you should talk to strangers | Kio Stark

11:52 | Aug 31st, 2016

"When you talk to strangers, you're making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life -- and theirs," says Kio Stark. In this delightful talk, Stark explores the overlooked benefits of pushing past our default discomfort w...Show More
How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions | Gonzalo Vilariño

14:19 | Aug 19th, 2016

With warmth and respect, Gonzalo Vilariño tells the captivating story of Argentina's blind soccer team -- and how a sincere belief in themselves and their capabilities transformed the players from humble beginnings into two-time World Champions. "You...Show More
A letter to all who have lost in this era | Anand Giridharadas

16:37 | Aug 18th, 2016

Summer, 2016: amid populist revolts, clashing resentments and fear, writer Anand Giridharadas doesn't give a talk but reads a letter. It's from those who have won in this era of change, to those who have, or feel, lost. It confesses to ignoring pain ...Show More
How to grow a forest in your backyard | Shubhendu Sharma

09:11 | Jul 14th, 2016

Forests don't have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are -- even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native specie...Show More
Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong | Julia Galef

11:37 | Jun 29th, 2016

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs -- or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and h...Show More
Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little

15:15 | Jun 23rd, 2016

What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits -- sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and...Show More
A highly scientific taxonomy of haters | Negin Farsad

08:05 | Jun 10th, 2016

TED Fellow Negin Farsad weaves comedy and social commentary to cleverly undercut stereotypes of her culture. In this uproarious talk/stand-up hybrid, Farsad speaks on her documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, narrates her fight with the MTA in New Yo...Show More
The Chinese zodiac, explained | ShaoLan Hsueh

06:04 | Jun 8th, 2016

A quarter of the world's population cares a lot about the Chinese zodiac. Even if you don't believe in it, you'd be wise to know how it works, says technologist and entrepreneur ShaoLan Hseuh. In this fun, informative talk, ShaoLan shares some tips f...Show More
An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning | Eric Hirshberg

19:46 | Jun 2nd, 2016

In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a primetime voice to underre...Show More
The beauty of being a misfit | Lidia Yuknavitch

12:58 | May 23rd, 2016

To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. "Even at t...Show More
The laws that sex workers really want | Juno Mac

17:50 | May 19th, 2016

Everyone has an opinion about how to legislate sex work (whether to legalize it, ban it or even tax it) ... but what do workers themselves think would work best? Activist Juno Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and sh...Show More
This is your brain on communication | Uri Hasson

14:51 | May 10th, 2016

Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the basis of human communication, and experiments from his lab reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become "aligned," when we hear the same idea or story. This amazing ...Show More
How my son's short life made a lasting difference | Sarah Gray

10:17 | May 2nd, 2016

After Sarah Gray's unborn son Thomas was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition, she decided to turn her family's tragedy into an extraordinary gift and donate his organs to scientific research. In this tribute to life and discovery, she sh...Show More
A taboo-free way to talk about periods | Aditi Gupta

11:10 | Apr 21st, 2016

It's true: talking about menstruation makes many people uncomfortable. And that taboo has consequences: in India, three out of every 10 girls don't even know what menstruation is at the time of their first period, and restrictive customs related to p...Show More
TED's secret to great public speaking | Chris Anderson

07:55 | Apr 19th, 2016

There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED curator Chris Anderson shares this secret -- along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an i...Show More
What does it mean to be a citizen of the world? | Hugh Evans

16:56 | Apr 11th, 2016

Hugh Evans started a movement that mobilizes "global citizens," people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race. In this uplifting and personal talk, learn more about how this ne...Show More
How megacities are changing the map of the world | Parag Khanna

20:34 | Apr 5th, 2016

"I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth," says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls "con...Show More
The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

15:25 | Apr 1st, 2016

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- inclu...Show More
How young Africans found a voice on Twitter | Siyanda Mohutsiwa

14:22 | Mar 24th, 2016

What can a young woman with an idea, an Internet connection and a bit of creativity achieve? That's all Siyanda Mohutsiwa needed to unite young African voices in a new way. Hear how Mohutsiwa and other young people across the continent are using soci...Show More
The reporting system that sexual assault survivors want | Jessica Ladd

05:59 | Mar 16th, 2016

We don't have to live in a world where 99 percent of rapists get away with it, says TED Fellow Jessica Ladd. With Callisto, a new platform for college students to confidentially report sexual assault, Ladd is helping survivors get the support and jus...Show More
The gospel of doubt | Casey Gerald

18:19 | Mar 11th, 2016

What do you do when your firmly held beliefs turn out not to be true? When Casey Gerald's religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in -- in business, in government, in philanthropy -- but found only false saviors. In this moving ...Show More
Teach girls bravery, not perfection | Reshma Saujani

12:39 | Mar 7th, 2016

We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program -- two skills they need to ...Show More
Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms | Ivan Coyote

11:50 | Feb 26th, 2016

There are a few things that we all need: fresh air, water, food, shelter, love ... and a safe place to pee. For trans people who don't fit neatly into the gender binary, public restrooms are a major source of anxiety and the place where they are most...Show More
What it's like to be Muslim in America | Dalia Mogahed

16:16 | Feb 23rd, 2016

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negat...Show More
10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee

11:44 | Feb 16th, 2016

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great con...Show More
Special Olympics let me be myself -- a champion | Matthew Williams

14:12 | Feb 5th, 2016

How much do you know about intellectual disabilities? Special Olympics champion and ambassador Matthew Williams is proof that athletic competition and the camaraderie it fosters can transform lives, both on and off the field. Together with his fellow...Show More
A simple way to break a bad habit | Judson Brewer

09:24 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction -- from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us. Lear...Show More
Let's design social media that drives real change | Wael Ghonim

13:34 | Jan 13th, 2016

Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt ... by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media fo...Show More
How we'll find life on other planets | Aomawa Shields

05:25 | Jan 6th, 2016

Astronomer Aomawa Shields searches for clues that life might exist elsewhere in the universe by examining the atmospheres of distant exoplanets. When she isn't exploring the heavens, the classically trained actor (and TED Fellow) looks for ways to en...Show More
What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

12:46 | Dec 23rd, 2015

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has u...Show More
A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship | Lily Tomlin

15:44 | Dec 17th, 2015

Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to...Show More
The exhilarating peace of freediving | Guillaume Néry

19:10 | Dec 4th, 2015

In this breathtaking talk, world champion freediver Guillaume Néry takes us with him into the ocean's depths. Meter by meter, he explains the physical and emotional impact of water pressure, silence and holding your breath. His eloquent description o...Show More
Why are these 32 symbols found in ancient caves all over Europe? | Genevieve von Petzinger

12:05 | Nov 20th, 2015

Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn't just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Pa...Show More
My country will be underwater soon -- unless we work together | Anote Tong

21:15 | Nov 18th, 2015

For the people of Kiribati, climate change isn't something to be debated, denied or legislated against -- it's an everyday reality. The low-lying Pacific island nation may soon be underwater, thanks to rising sea levels. In a personal conversation wi...Show More
This is what LGBT life is like around the world | Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols

11:50 | Nov 9th, 2015

As a gay couple in San Francisco, Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols had a relatively easy time living the way they wanted. But outside the bubble of the Bay Area, what was life like for people still lacking basic rights? They set off on a world tour in sea...Show More
How data from a crisis text line is saving lives | Nancy Lublin

09:39 | Nov 2nd, 2015

When a young woman texted with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. Nearly 10 million text messages later, the organization is using the privacy and powe...Show More
Social services are broken. How we can fix them | Hilary Cottam

16:55 | Oct 26th, 2015

When a family falls into crisis -- and it sometimes happens, thanks to unemployment, drugs, bad relationships and bad luck -- the social services system is supposed to step in and help them get back on track. As Hilary Cottam shows, in the UK a typic...Show More
Two nameless bodies washed up on the beach. Here are their stories | Anders Fjellberg

14:41 | Oct 15th, 2015

When two bodies wearing identical wetsuits washed ashore in Norway and the Netherlands, journalist Anders Fjellberg and photographer Tomm Christiansen started a search to answer the question: who were these people? What they found and reported in Nor...Show More
How my mind came back to life — and no one knew | Martin Pistorius

14:08 | Oct 1st, 2015

Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” -- losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s re...Show More
Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local | Taiye Selasi

16:31 | Sep 29th, 2015

When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "...Show More
Falling in love is the easy part | Mandy Len Catron

13:53 | Sep 17th, 2015

Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But ... is that real love? Did it last? And w...Show More
This tennis icon paved the way for women in sports | Billie Jean King

16:05 | Sep 11th, 2015

Tennis legend Billie Jean King isn't just a pioneer of women's tennis -- she's a pioneer for women getting paid. In this freewheeling conversation, she talks about identity, the role of sports in social justice and the famous Battle of the Sexes matc...Show More
What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller

19:07 | Sep 10th, 2015

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it's simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take t...Show More
An invitation to men who want a better world for women | Elizabeth Nyamayaro

12:39 | Sep 1st, 2015

Around the world, women still struggle for equality in basic matters like access to education, equal pay and the right to vote. But how to enlist everyone, men and women, as allies for change? Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women's HeForShe ini...Show More
My road trip through the whitest towns in America | Rich Benjamin

13:01 | Aug 11th, 2015

As America becomes more and more multicultural, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA -- and moved in. In this funny, honest, human talk, he sh...Show More
What my religion really says about women | Alaa Murabit

12:13 | Jul 21st, 2015

Strong faith is a core part of Alaa Murabit's identity -- but when she moved from Canada to Libya as a young woman, she was surprised how the tenets of Islam were used to severely limit women's rights, independence and ability to lead. She wondered: ...Show More
When online shaming goes too far | Jon Ronson

17:11 | Jul 20th, 2015

Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how onl...Show More
When to take a stand -- and when to let it go | Ash Beckham

15:35 | Jul 10th, 2015

Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says -- and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up fo...Show More
A warrior’s cry against child marriage | Memory Banda

12:38 | Jul 7th, 2015

Memory Banda’s life took a divergent path from her sister’s. When her sister reached puberty, she was sent to a traditional “initiation camp” that teaches girls “how to sexually please a man.” She got pregnant there — at age 11. Banda, however, refus...Show More
Confessions of a bad feminist | Roxane Gay

11:28 | Jun 22nd, 2015

When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and ...Show More
Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people | Jimmy Nelson

17:18 | May 29th, 2015

When Jimmy Nelson traveled to Siberia to photograph the Chukchi people, elders told him: "You cannot photograph us. You have to wait, you have to wait until you get to know us, you have to wait until you understand us." In this gorgeously photo-fille...Show More
What does my headscarf mean to you? | Yassmin Abdel-Magied

14:01 | May 27th, 2015

What do you think when you look at this speaker? Well, think again. (And then again.) In this funny, honest, empathetic talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting other...Show More
Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved | Esther Perel

21:31 | May 21st, 2015

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unex...Show More
A song for my hero, the woman who rowed into a hurricane | Dawn Landes

09:26 | May 8th, 2015

Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells the story of Tori Murden McClure, who dreamed of rowing across the Atlantic in a small boat -- but whose dream was almost capsized by waves the size of a seven-story building. Through video, story and song, Landes ...Show More
How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison | Alice Goffman

16:04 | May 1st, 2015

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino ...Show More
Why do ambitious women have flat heads? | Dame Stephanie Shirley

13:39 | Mar 27th, 2015

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members....Show More
Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear | Dave Isay

21:38 | Mar 25th, 2015

Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evol...Show More
The little problem I had renting a house | James A. White Sr.

13:53 | Feb 20th, 2015

Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a place for his young family to live nearby. He tells this powerful story about the lived experience of "every...Show More
The mathematics of love | Hannah Fry

17:02 | Feb 13th, 2015

Finding the right mate is no cakewalk -- but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.
My mother’s strange definition of empowerment | Khadija Gbla

18:40 | Jan 29th, 2015

Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as...Show More
How to let altruism be your guide | Matthieu Ricard

16:07 | Jan 20th, 2015

What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in li...Show More
Go ahead, make up new words! | Erin McKean

06:52 | Dec 22nd, 2014

In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” ...Show More
How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them | Vernā Myers

17:49 | Dec 15th, 2014

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold towa...Show More
To the South Pole and back — the hardest 105 days of my life | Ben Saunders

17:04 | Dec 2nd, 2014

This year, explorer Ben Saunders attempted his most ambitious trek yet. He set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott's failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile round trip journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and ...Show More
The art of stillness | Pico Iyer

15:37 | Nov 26th, 2014

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distract...Show More
What the people of the Amazon know that you don't | Mark Plotkin

16:35 | Nov 24th, 2014

"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of ...Show More
Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge | Nancy Frates

18:53 | Nov 19th, 2014

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge craze this summer? Meet the mom who started it all. When Nancy Frates's son Pete hurt his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS, and there is no cure. In this i...Show More
Are you human? | Ze Frank

04:34 | Jul 18th, 2014

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …
Why your worst deeds don’t define you | Shaka Senghor

12:00 | Jun 23rd, 2014

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, "a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol." Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn't. Instead, it was the b...Show More
3 ways to speak English | Jamila Lyiscott

04:29 | Jun 19th, 2014

Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores...Show More
Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question) | Kwame Anthony Appiah

14:40 | Jun 16th, 2014

Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of itself? Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers a generous, surprising view.
The world's largest family reunion ... we're all invited! | AJ Jacobs

09:45 | Jun 13th, 2014

You may not know it yet, but AJ Jacobs is probably your cousin (many, many times removed). Using genealogy websites, he's been following the unexpected links that make us all, however distantly, related. His goal: to throw the world's largest family ...Show More
I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much | Stella Young

09:16 | Jun 9th, 2014

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down soc...Show More
A glimpse of life on the road | Kitra Cahana

05:00 | May 28th, 2014

As a young girl, photojournalist and TED Fellow Kitra Cahana dreamed about running away from home to live freely on the road. Now as an adult and self-proclaimed vagabond, she follows modern nomads into their homes -- boxcars, bus stops, parking lots...Show More
How the teddy bear taught us compassion | Jon Mooallem

14:16 | May 27th, 2014

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear -- and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild ani...Show More
How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are | Andrew Solomon

20:27 | May 21st, 2014

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartf...Show More
Save the oceans, feed the world! | Jackie Savitz

11:10 | May 20th, 2014

What's a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world's oceans might just help to feed the planet's billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what’s really going on in our globa...Show More
The Museum of Four in the Morning | Rives

14:04 | May 16th, 2014

Beware: Rives has a contagious obsession with 4 a.m. At TED2007, the poet shared what was then a minor fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere. After the talk, emails starting pouring in with an avalanche of hilarious references—from the...Show More
The bridge between suicide and life | Kevin Briggs

14:13 | May 14th, 2014

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares st...Show More
What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers | Sarah Jones

18:36 | May 2nd, 2014

Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED...Show More
How public spaces make cities work | Amanda Burden

18:28 | Apr 7th, 2014

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden he...Show More
Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done | Bill Gates

25:00 | Apr 2nd, 2014

In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well a...Show More
Why I must come out | Geena Rocero

09:59 | Mar 31st, 2014

When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a photo of herself in a bikini, "I thought ... you have arrived!" As she reveals, that's because she was born with the gender assignment "boy." In this moving talk, Rocero tells the story of becoming who she ...Show More
The long reach of reason | Steven Pinker

15:24 | Mar 17th, 2014

Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosophe...Show More
We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up | Ash Beckham

09:22 | Feb 21st, 2014

In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of...Show More
Are we designed to be sexual omnivores? | Christopher Ryan

14:02 | Feb 20th, 2014

An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us t...Show More
I got 99 problems ... palsy is just one | Maysoon Zayid

14:13 | Jan 3rd, 2014

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on ...Show More
Never, ever give up | Diana Nyad

15:35 | Dec 23rd, 2013

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Flor...Show More
Does money make you mean? | Paul Piff

16:35 | Dec 20th, 2013

It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a c...Show More
The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death | Stephen Cave

15:33 | Dec 12th, 2013

Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives -- common acr...Show More
Why buses represent democracy in action | Enrique Peñalosa

14:17 | Dec 6th, 2013

"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation d...Show More
Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast

14:30 | Nov 27th, 2013

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you'r...Show More
What I discovered in New York City trash | Robin Nagle

07:52 | Nov 5th, 2013

New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechan...Show More
Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it's home. | Holly Morris

08:51 | Oct 31st, 2013

Chernobyl was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident and, for the past 27 years, the area around the plant has been known as the Exclusion Zone. And yet, a community of about 200 people live there -- almost all of them elderly women. These pr...Show More
An ode to envy | Parul Sehgal

13:11 | Oct 23rd, 2013

What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its "loneliness, longevity, grim thrill" -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from liter...Show More
Ingenious homes in unexpected places | Iwan Baan

16:58 | Oct 16th, 2013

In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story "Tower of David," an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us th...Show More
We need a heroic narrative for death | Amanda Bennett

15:24 | Oct 15th, 2013

Amanda Bennett and her husband were passionate and full of life all throughout their lives together -- and up until the final days, too. Bennett gives a sweet yet powerful talk on why, for the loved ones of the dying, having hope for a happy ending s...Show More
Adventures in Twitter fiction | Andrew Fitzgerald

11:55 | Oct 11th, 2013

In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again. Andrew Fitzgerald takes a look at the (aptly) short but fascinating history of new forms of crea...Show More
The unheard story of David and Goliath | Malcolm Gladwell

15:40 | Sep 30th, 2013

It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that re...Show More
Confessions of a depressed comic | Kevin Breel

11:00 | Sep 27th, 2013

Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.
Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents' | James Flynn

18:40 | Sep 26th, 2013

It's called the "Flynn effect" -- the fact that each generation scores higher on an IQ test than the generation before it. Are we actually getting smarter, or just thinking differently? In this fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20t...Show More
What we don't understand about trust | Onora O'Neill

09:50 | Sep 25th, 2013

Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That's a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world ... but, says philosopher Onora O'Neill, we don't really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our th...Show More
Making peace is a marathon | May El-Khalil

10:16 | Aug 16th, 2013

In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could ...Show More
Emergency shelters made from paper | Shigeru Ban

11:42 | Aug 13th, 2013

Long before sustainability was a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban was using ecologically sound building materials such as cardboard tubes. He uses them to build remarkable temporary structures for disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda and Japa...Show More
Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets | Saki Mafundikwa

08:10 | Aug 7th, 2013

From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa. He highlights the history and legacy that are embodied in written words and symbol...Show More
For argument's sake | Daniel H. Cohen

09:35 | Aug 5th, 2013

Why do we argue? To out-reason our opponents, prove them wrong, and, most of all, to win! Right? Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen shows how our most common form of argument -- a war in which one person must win and the other must lose -- misses out on the...Show More
Where is home? | Pico Iyer

14:01 | Jul 17th, 2013

More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.
Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon | Bob Mankoff

20:59 | Jun 26th, 2013

The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the c...Show More
A Saudi woman who dared to drive | Manal al-Sharif

14:16 | Jun 14th, 2013

There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.
Love, no matter what | Andrew Solomon

23:27 | Jun 3rd, 2013

What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents...Show More
How books can open your mind | Lisa Bu

06:16 | May 31st, 2013

What happens when a dream you've held since childhood ... doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading i...Show More
Why we need strangeness | Maria Bezaitis

08:00 | May 14th, 2013

In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we're barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we'...Show More
Why 30 is not the new 20 | Meg Jay

14:49 | May 13th, 2013

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t ...Show More
Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | John McWhorter

13:48 | Apr 22nd, 2013

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.
In search of the man who broke my neck | Joshua Prager

18:30 | Apr 17th, 2013

When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. In this mesmerizing tale of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of natu...Show More
How a dead duck changed my life | Kees Moeliker

11:52 | Apr 1st, 2013

One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then ... what happened next would change his life. [Note: Contains graphic images and descripti...Show More
The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news) | Bono

13:57 | Mar 14th, 2013

Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.
Could your language affect your ability to save money? | Keith Chen

12:13 | Feb 19th, 2013

What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" -- correlate stron...Show More
One second every day | Cesar Kuriyama

08:02 | Feb 6th, 2013

There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life -- how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.
Fifty shades of gay | iO Tillett Wright

18:18 | Jan 30th, 2013

iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum -- and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in ...Show More
Why domestic violence victims don't leave | Leslie Morgan Steiner

15:59 | Jan 25th, 2013

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in "crazy love" -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violenc...Show More
A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar ... | Maz Jobrani

07:11 | Dec 12th, 2012

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
Please don't take my Air Jordans | Lemon Andersen

08:55 | Dec 7th, 2012

Would you kill for a pair of Air Jordans? Lemon Andersen spins a tale of someone who did, reciting a poem by Reg E. Gaines. These verses taught Lemon that poetry could be about more than self-expression, and could sound like music when given rhythm a...Show More
How I started a sanitary napkin revolution! | Arunachalam Muruganantham

09:21 | Nov 13th, 2012

When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly "supplies," Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad. His research got very very personal -- and led him to a powerful...Show More
Why eyewitnesses get it wrong | Scott Fraser

20:50 | Sep 10th, 2012

Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes -- and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen. W...Show More
Using nature's genius in architecture | Michael Pawlyn

13:46 | Feb 10th, 2011

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the...Show More
Progress is not a zero-sum game | Robert Wright

19:11 | Jan 17th, 2007

Author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness" -- the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided our evolution to this point -- and how we can use it to help save humanity today.