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https://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_on_averting_climate_crisis
Al GoreAverting the climate crisis
With the same humor and humanity he exuded in "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter brand name for global warming.
TED20060:16:17en6/27/06
sustainability,cars,culture,alternative energy,politics,climate change,environment,global issues,science,technology
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https://www.ted.com/talks/david_pogue_says_simplicity_sells
David PogueSimplicity sells
Writer David Pogue takes aim at technology's worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.
TED20060:21:26en6/27/06simplicity,interface design,entertainment,music,software,media,computers,technology,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/majora_carter_s_tale_of_urban_renewal
Majora CarterGreening the ghetto
In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.
TED20060:18:36en6/27/06green,business,inequality,pollution,politics,environment,MacArthur grant,cities,activism
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https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity
Ken RobinsonDo schools kill creativity?Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.TED20060:19:24en6/27/06dance,culture,children,creativity,education,teaching,parenting
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https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen
Hans RoslingThe best stats you've ever seen
You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."
TED20060:19:50en6/27/06Google,Asia,global development,economics,Africa,demo,health,global issues,statistics,visualizations,math
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https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do
Tony RobbinsWhy we do what we doTony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.TED20060:21:45en6/27/06entertainment,culture,psychology,business,politics,potential,motivation,goal-setting
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https://www.ted.com/talks/joshua_prince_ramus_on_seattle_s_library
Joshua Prince-Ramus
Behind the design of Seattle's library
Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus takes the audience on dazzling, dizzying virtual tours of three recent projects: the Central Library in Seattle, the Museum Plaza in Louisville and the Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas.
TED20060:19:58en7/10/06library,culture,architecture,design,collaboration
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https://www.ted.com/talks/julia_sweeney_on_letting_go_of_god
Julia SweeneyLetting go of God
When two young Mormon missionaries knock on Julia Sweeney's door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs, in this excerpt from Sweeney's solo show "Letting Go of God."
TED20060:16:32en7/10/06atheism,Christianity,God,comedy,humor,culture,religion,storytelling,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/rick_warren_on_a_life_of_purpose
Rick WarrenA life of purpose
Pastor Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose-Driven Life," reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.
TED20060:21:02en7/18/06philanthropy,Christianity,God,culture,religion,happiness,leadership,motivation
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https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_s_response_to_rick_warren
Dan DennettLet's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools
Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
TED20060:24:45en7/18/06atheism,consciousness,God,cognitive science,philosophy,evolution,religion,brain
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https://www.ted.com/talks/cameron_sinclair_on_open_source_architecture
Cameron SinclairMy wish: A call for open-source architecture
Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.
TED20060:23:34en7/25/06
philanthropy,open-source,disaster relief,culture,architecture,design,invention,global issues,collaboration,activism
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https://www.ted.com/talks/jehane_noujaim_inspires_a_global_day_of_film
Jehane NoujaimMy wish: A global day of filmJehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish: to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.TED20060:25:38en7/25/06entertainment,culture,film,peace,storytelling,art,global issues,TED Prize,social change
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https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_brilliant_wants_to_stop_pandemics
Larry BrilliantMy wish: Help me stop pandemics
Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Dr. Larry Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet, and calls for a new global system that can identify and contain pandemics before they spread.
TED20060:25:50en7/25/06ebola,disease,health,global issues,TED Prize,science,technology,collaboration
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https://www.ted.com/talks/nicholas_negroponte_on_one_laptop_per_child
Nicholas NegroponteOne Laptop per ChildNicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."TED20060:17:37en8/1/06
One Laptop Per Child,philanthropy,entrepreneur,design,children,global issues,technology,education,social change
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https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_han_demos_his_breakthrough_touchscreen
Jeff HanThe radical promise of the multi-touch interfaceJeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.TED20060:08:47en8/1/06interface design,demo,design,technology
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https://www.ted.com/talks/sirena_huang_dazzles_on_violin
Sirena HuangAn 11-year-old's magical violin
Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance. In a charming interlude, the 11-year-old praises the timeless design of her instrument.
TED20060:24:41en8/8/06violin,wunderkind,youth,entertainment,music,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_lin_improvs_piano_magic
Jennifer LinImprovising on piano, aged 14
Pianist and composer Jennifer Lin gives a magical performance, talks about the process of creativity and improvises a moving solo piece based on a random sequence of notes.
TED20040:24:05en8/8/06wunderkind,piano,entertainment,music,creativity,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_smith_shares_simple_lifesaving_design
Amy SmithSimple designs to save a life
Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.
TED20060:15:06en8/15/06simplicity,alternative energy,industrial design,MacArthur grant,design,invention,global issues,engineering
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https://www.ted.com/talks/ross_lovegrove_shares_organic_designs
Ross LovegroveOrganic design, inspired by nature
Designer Ross Lovegrove expounds his philosophy of "fat-free" design and offers insight into several of his extraordinary products, including the Ty Nant water bottle and the Go chair.
TED20050:19:30en8/15/06science and art,industrial design,DNA,biology,nature,design,invention,product design,creativity
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https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_baraniuk_on_open_source_learning
Richard BaraniukThe birth of the open-source learning revolution
In 2006, open-learning visionary Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions (now called OpenStax), an open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.
TED20060:18:34en8/21/06open-source,library,culture,business,global issues,technology,collaboration,education
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https://www.ted.com/talks/jimmy_wales_on_the_birth_of_wikipedia
Jimmy WalesThe birth of Wikipedia
Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:20:01en8/21/06open-source,culture,wikipedia,media,business,invention,technology,collaboration
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https://www.ted.com/talks/mena_trott_tours_her_blog_world
Mena TrottMeet the founder of the blog revolution
The founding mother of the blog revolution, Movable Type's Mena Trott, talks about the early days of blogging, when she realized that giving regular people the power to share our lives online is the key to building a friendlier, more connected world.
TED20060:16:46en8/25/06entertainment,culture,software,business,storytelling,design,community,communication
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https://www.ted.com/talks/ze_frank_s_nerdcore_comedy
Ze FrankNerdcore comedy
Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.
TED20040:18:56en8/25/06comedy,humor,dance,entertainment,culture,software,demo,community,collaboration,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/helen_fisher_tells_us_why_we_love_cheat
Helen FisherWhy we love, why we cheat
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
TED20060:23:27en9/6/06cognitive science,culture,evolution,psychology,love,gender,relationships,science
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https://www.ted.com/talks/eve_ensler_on_happiness_in_body_and_soul
Eve EnslerHappiness in body and soul
Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.
TED20040:20:25en9/6/06theater,entertainment,culture,happiness,storytelling,gender,global issues,women,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/david_deutsch_on_our_place_in_the_cosmos
David DeutschChemical scum that dream of distant quasars
Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:00en9/12/06cosmos,culture,physics,climate change,environment,global issues,science,technology,universe
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https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_dawkins_on_our_queer_universe
Richard DawkinsWhy the universe seems so strange
Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:21:56en9/12/06cosmos,cognitive science,evolution,psychology,physics,astronomy,biology,science
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https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce
Malcolm GladwellChoice, happiness and spaghetti sauce
Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
TED20040:17:30en9/19/06consumerism,marketing,culture,media,choice,economics,food,business,storytelling
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https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_levitt_analyzes_crack_economics
Steven LevittThe freakonomics of crack dealing
Freakonomics author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn't lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you.
TED20040:21:15en9/19/06narcotics,culture,race,economics,business,cities
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https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice
Barry SchwartzThe paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:37en9/26/06culture,decision-making,choice,psychology,economics,happiness,business,potential,personal growth
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https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy
Dan GilbertThe surprising science of happiness
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.
TED20040:21:16en9/26/06TED Brain Trust,culture,evolution,choice,psychology,happiness,science,brain
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https://www.ted.com/talks/eva_vertes_looks_to_the_future_of_medicine
Eva VertesMeet the future of cancer research
Eva Vertes -- only 19 when she gave this talk -- discusses her journey toward studying medicine and her drive to understand the roots of cancer and Alzheimer's.
TED20050:18:49en10/2/06wunderkind,disease,cancer,health,science,technology
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https://www.ted.com/talks/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging
Aubrey de GreyA roadmap to end aging
Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:22:45en10/2/06disease,aging,health care,biotech,science,technology,engineering,future
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https://www.ted.com/talks/iqbal_quadir_says_mobiles_fight_poverty
Iqbal QuadirHow mobile phones can fight poverty
Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:15:52en10/10/06
telecom,microfinance,investment,transportation,global development,culture,alternative energy,poverty,business,invention,global issues,technology,communication
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https://www.ted.com/talks/jacqueline_novogratz_invests_in_ending_poverty
Jacqueline NovogratzInvest in Africa's own solutionsJacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:12:53en10/10/06
TED Brain Trust,philanthropy,microfinance,investment,global development,culture,poverty,entrepreneur,business,Africa
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https://www.ted.com/talks/ashraf_ghani_on_rebuilding_broken_states
Ashraf GhaniHow to rebuild a broken state
Ashraf Ghani's passionate and powerful 10-minute talk, emphasizing the necessity of both economic investment and design ingenuity to rebuild broken states, is followed by a conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson on the future of Afghanistan.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:18:45en10/18/06
corruption,investment,global development,culture,military,poverty,entrepreneur,economics,business,policy,politics,global issues
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https://www.ted.com/talks/sasa_vucinic_invests_in_free_press
Sasa VucinicWhy we should invest in a free press
A free press -- papers, magazines, radio, TV, blogs -- is the backbone of any true democracy (and a vital watchdog on business). Sasa Vucinic, a journalist from Belgrade, talks about his new fund, which supports media by selling "free press bonds."
TEDGlobal 2005
0:18:00en10/18/06philanthropy,investment,culture,media,business,global issues
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https://www.ted.com/talks/burt_rutan_sees_the_future_of_space
Burt RutanThe real future of space exploration
In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.
TED20060:19:37en10/25/06flight,entrepreneur,industrial design,rocket science,business,design,invention,engineering,NASA,aircraft
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https://www.ted.com/talks/ben_saunders_skis_to_the_north_pole
Ben SaundersWhy did I ski to the North Pole?
Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole, complete with engaging anecdotes, gorgeous photos and never-before-seen video.
TED20050:18:03en10/25/06travel,sports,culture,climate change,global issues,potential,technology,exploration,personal growth
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https://www.ted.com/talks/edward_burtynsky_on_manufactured_landscapes
Edward Burtynsky
My wish: Manufactured landscapes and green education
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images -- stunning landscapes that document humanity's impact on the world -- help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability.
TED20050:34:25en10/31/06photography,culture,art,pollution,environment,cities,design,TED Prize,social change
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https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_fischell_on_medical_inventing
Robert FischellMy wish: Three unusual medical inventions
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system.
TED20050:26:49en10/31/06disease,health care,medicine,business,invention,TED Prize,science,technology
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https://www.ted.com/talks/bono_s_call_to_action_for_africa
BonoMy wish: Three actions for Africa
Musician and activist Bono accepts the 2005 TED Prize with a riveting talk, arguing that aid to Africa isn't just another celebrity cause; it's a global emergency.
TED20050:27:52en10/31/06philanthropy,entertainment,poverty,AIDS,Africa,politics,global issues,leadership,social change,activism
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https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_shermer_on_believing_strange_things
Michael ShermerWhy people believe weird things
Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.
TED20060:13:25en11/8/06entertainment,illusion,culture,faith,religion,science
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https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_donnelly_shows_how_stats_fool_juries
Peter DonnellyHow juries are fooled by statistics
Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics -- and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:21:20en11/8/06culture,genetics,statistics,science,technology
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https://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_kelly_on_how_technology_evolves
Kevin KellyHow technology evolves
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
TED20050:20:00en11/14/06culture,philosophy,evolution,choice,history,science,technology,future
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https://www.ted.com/talks/ray_kurzweil_on_how_technology_will_transform_us
Ray KurzweilThe accelerating power of technology
Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.
TED20050:22:56en11/14/06TED Brain Trust,culture,biotech,business,invention,science,technology,robots,future
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https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_gabriel_fights_injustice_with_video
Peter GabrielFight injustice with raw video
Musician and activist Peter Gabriel shares his very personal motivation for standing up for human rights with the watchdog group WITNESS -- and tells stories of citizen journalists in action.
TED20060:14:08en12/6/06TED Brain Trust,music,culture,film,storytelling,art,global issues,collaboration,social change,activism
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https://www.ted.com/talks/dean_ornish_on_the_world_s_killer_diet
Dean Ornish
The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet
Forget the latest disease in the news: Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined -- and it's mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits can save lives.
TED20060:03:18en12/14/06disease,obesity,culture,health care,food,health,global issues,science
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https://www.ted.com/talks/rives_controls_the_internet
RivesIf I controlled the InternetHow many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.TEDSalon 20060:04:07en12/14/06entertainment,culture,philosophy,poetry,love,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success
Richard St. John8 secrets of success
Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
TED20050:03:30en12/14/06success,entertainment,culture,psychology,happiness,business,work,education
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https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_neuwirth_on_our_shadow_cities
Robert NeuwirthThe hidden world of shadow cities
Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities," finds the world's squatter sites -- where a billion people now make their homes -- to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:14:03en1/2/07
global development,culture,poverty,entrepreneur,business,policy,politics,cities,global issues,future,social change
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https://www.ted.com/talks/bjorn_lomborg_sets_global_priorities
Bjorn LomborgGlobal priorities bigger than climate change
Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers.
TED20050:16:41en1/2/07disaster relief,culture,choice,AIDS,economics,business,Africa,climate change,environment,future
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https://www.ted.com/talks/phil_borges_on_endangered_cultures
Phil BorgesPhotos of endangered cultures
Photographer Phil Borges shows rarely seen images of people from the mountains of Dharamsala, India, and the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon. In documenting these endangered cultures, he intends to help preserve them.
TED20060:18:35en1/9/07photography,culture,film,storytelling,art,design,global issues,education,social change,activism
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https://www.ted.com/talks/wade_davis_on_endangered_cultures
Wade DavisDreams from endangered cultures
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
TED20030:22:01en1/9/07photography,culture,film,anthropology,language,environment,global issues
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https://www.ted.com/talks/martin_rees_asks_is_this_our_final_century
Martin ReesIs this our final century?
Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:17:26en1/17/07complexity,cosmos,time,astronomy,climate change,science,technology,universe,leadership,social change
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https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_wright_on_optimism
Robert WrightProgress is not a zero-sum game
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.
TED20060:19:11en1/17/07culture,global issues,war,collaboration
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https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_johnson_tours_the_ghost_map
Steven JohnsonHow the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease
Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of <i>The Ghost Map</i>, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.
TEDSalon 20060:10:03en1/31/07map,disease,culture,urban planning,history,cities,design,health,science
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https://www.ted.com/talks/charles_leadbeater_on_innovation
Charles LeadbeaterThe era of open innovation
In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can't.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:01en1/31/07open-source,culture,media,economics,business,invention,product design,innovation,collaboration
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https://www.ted.com/talks/pilobolus_perform_symbiosis
PilobolusA dance of "Symbiosis"
Two Pilobolus dancers perform "Symbiosis." Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species? Music: "God Music," George Crumb; "Fratres," Arvo Part; "Morango...Almost a Tango," Thomas Oboe Lee.
TED20050:13:45en2/9/07science and art,dance,entertainment,nature,science,performance
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https://www.ted.com/talks/anna_deavere_smith_s_american_character
Anna Deavere SmithFour American characters
Writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives life to author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper and a bull rider, excerpts from her solo show "On the Road: A Search for American Character."
TED20050:23:05en2/9/07
theater,sports,entertainment,culture,interview,race,storytelling,history,performance art,MacArthur grant,performance,United States
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https://www.ted.com/talks/saul_griffith_on_everyday_inventions
Saul GriffithEveryday inventionsInventor and MacArthur fellow Saul Griffith shares some innovative ideas from his lab -- from "smart rope" to a house-sized kite for towing large loads.TED20060:14:29en2/19/07
open-source,MacArthur grant,materials,design,invention,product design,technology,innovation,collaboration
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https://www.ted.com/talks/neil_gershenfeld_on_fab_labs
Neil GershenfeldUnleash your creativity in a Fab Lab
MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
TED20060:17:18en2/19/07culture,code,computers,materials,invention,science,technology,engineering,education,social change
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https://www.ted.com/talks/carl_honore_praises_slowness
Carl HonoréIn praise of slowness
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:19:15en2/28/07culture,choice,psychology,happiness,health,potential,personal growth,work-life balance,parenting
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https://www.ted.com/talks/e_o_wilson_on_saving_life_on_earth
E.O. WilsonMy wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life
As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.
TED20070:22:35en4/3/07ants,insects,ecology,biology,biodiversity,nature,global issues,TED Prize,science,technology
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https://www.ted.com/talks/james_nachtwey_s_searing_pictures_of_war
James NachtweyMy wish: Let my photographs bear witness
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life's work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
TED20070:21:56en4/3/07photography,culture,poverty,media,storytelling,art,global issues,war,social change,activism
67
https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_clinton_on_rebuilding_rwanda
Bill ClintonMy wish: Rebuilding RwandaAccepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.TED20070:24:07en4/3/07culture,health care,economics,business,Africa,global issues,TED Prize,technology
68
https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_bangle_says_great_cars_are_art
Chris BangleGreat cars are great art
American designer Chris Bangle explains his philosophy that car design is an art form in its own right, with an entertaining -- and ultimately moving -- account of the BMW Group's Deep Blue project, intended to create the SUV of the future.
TED20020:20:04en4/5/07cars,transportation,industrial design,business,art,design,invention,technology
69
https://www.ted.com/talks/craig_venter_on_dna_and_the_sea
Craig VenterSampling the ocean's DNA
Genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far in its quest to map the ocean's biodiversity.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:16:51en4/5/07ecology,entrepreneur,DNA,biotech,genetics,oceans,biology,biodiversity,invention,science,technology
70
https://www.ted.com/talks/dean_kamen_on_inventing_and_giving
Dean KamenTo invent is to give
Inventor Dean Kamen lays out his argument for the Segway and offers a peek into his next big ideas (portable energy and water purification for developing countries).
TED20020:20:07en4/5/07
sustainability,cars,transportation,industrial design,business,invention,science,technology,innovation,robots,education,social change
71
https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_goodall_on_what_separates_us_from_the_apes
Jane GoodallWhat separates us from chimpanzees?
Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
TED20020:27:25en4/5/07primates,culture,Africa,animals,environment,nature,global issues,science
72
https://www.ted.com/talks/golan_levin_on_software_as_art
Golan LevinSoftware (as) art
Engineer and artist Golan Levin pushes the boundaries of what's possible with audiovisuals and technology. In an amazing TED display, he shows two programs he wrote to perform his original compositions.
TED20040:14:53en4/5/07entertainment,music,software,art,invention,technology,performance
73
https://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_shares_nature_s_designs
Janine Benyus
Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers
In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.
TED20050:23:19en4/5/07biomimicry,fish,evolution,DNA,biology,animals,environment,design,science,technology
74
https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_sliced_bread
Seth GodinHow to get your ideas to spread
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
TED20030:17:01en4/5/07TED Brain Trust,marketing,culture,choice,business,storytelling
75
https://www.ted.com/talks/thom_mayne_on_architecture_as_connection
Thom MayneHow architecture can connect us
Architect Thom Mayne has never been one to take the easy option, and this whistle-stop tour of the buildings he's created makes you glad for it. These are big ideas cast in material form.
TED20050:20:40en4/5/07culture,architecture,cities,design,invention
76
https://www.ted.com/talks/vik_muniz_makes_art_with_wire_sugar
Vik MunizArt with wire, sugar, chocolate and string
Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images.
TED20030:14:51en4/5/07Brazil,illusion,art,design,creativity,animation
77
https://www.ted.com/talks/james_watson_on_how_he_discovered_dna
James WatsonHow we discovered DNA
Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.
TED20050:20:11en4/5/07culture,DNA,genetics,storytelling,history,invention,science,technology
78
https://www.ted.com/talks/frans_lanting_s_lyrical_nature_photos
Frans LantingThe story of life in photographs
In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.
TED20050:16:17en4/5/07fish,photography,evolution,storytelling,animals,art,nature,design
79
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_bennett_finds_design_in_the_details
Paul BennettDesign is in the details
Showing a series of inspiring, unusual and playful products, British branding and design guru Paul Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small, universal and overlooked problems.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:14:10en4/5/07industrial design,business,design,product design
80
https://www.ted.com/talks/nick_bostrom_on_our_biggest_problems
Nick BostromA philosophical quest for our biggest problems
Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:16:52en4/5/07culture,philosophy,biotech,happiness,global issues,technology,future
81
https://www.ted.com/talks/stefan_sagmeister_shares_happy_design
Stefan SagmeisterHappiness by design
Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy -- and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.
TED20040:15:30en4/5/07typography,TED Brain Trust,happiness,art,design
82
https://www.ted.com/talks/alex_steffen_sees_a_sustainable_future
Alex SteffenThe route to a sustainable future
Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity's ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.
TEDGlobal 2005
0:17:34en4/5/07
sustainability,culture,alternative energy,business,environment,cities,design,invention,global issues,collaboration
83
https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_savage_rumbaugh_on_apes_that_write
Susan Savage-Rumbaugh
The gentle genius of bonobos
Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.
TED20040:17:25en4/5/07apes,culture,evolution,genetics,biology,animals,language,education,intelligence
84
https://www.ted.com/talks/sheila_patek_clocks_the_fastest_animals
Sheila PatekThe shrimp with a kick!
Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.
TED20040:16:25en4/5/07online video,oceans,biology,biomechanics,science,technology
85
https://www.ted.com/talks/al_seckel_says_our_brains_are_mis_wired
Al SeckelVisual illusions that show how we (mis)think
Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.
TED20040:14:33en4/5/07cognitive science,illusion,culture,psychology,design,brain
86
https://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_on_genomics_and_our_future
Juan EnriquezThe life code that will reshape the future
Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.
TED20030:22:20en4/5/07TED Brain Trust,culture,DNA,biotech,genetics,business,invention,science,technology
87
https://www.ted.com/talks/nora_york_sings_what_i_want
Nora YorkSinging "What I Want"Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).TEDSalon 20060:04:36en4/5/07entertainment,live music,singer,music,poetry,performance
88
https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_sobule_sings_to_al_gore
Jill Sobule
Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"
A happy song about global warming, from Jill Sobule.TED20060:02:43en4/6/07guitar,vocals,music,climate change,environment,performance
89
https://www.ted.com/talks/caroline_lavelle_casts_a_spell_on_cello
Caroline LavelleCasting a spell on the cello
Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.
TED20050:07:39en4/6/07cello,entertainment,vocals,music,performance
90
https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_our_consciousness
Dan DennettThe illusion of consciousness
Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
TED20030:21:48en4/6/07TED Brain Trust,consciousness,entertainment,illusion,culture,visualizations,self,brain
91
https://www.ted.com/talks/evelyn_glennie_shows_how_to_listen
Evelyn GlennieHow to truly listen
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.
TED20030:32:09en4/6/07entertainment,live music,music,creativity,performance
92
https://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design
William McDonoughCradle to cradle design
Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "all children, all species, for all time."
TED20050:20:05en4/6/07sustainability,china,culture,business,environment,architecture,cities,design,global issues,technology
93
https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_bezos_on_the_next_web_innovation
Jeff BezosThe electricity metaphor for the web's future
The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says it's more like the early days of the electric industry.
TED20030:17:11en4/9/07TED Brain Trust,web,entrepreneur,business,history,invention,technology,innovation,United States
94
https://www.ted.com/talks/rives_remixes_ted2006
RivesA mockingbird remix of TED2006Rives recaps the most memorable moments of TED2006 in the free-spirited rhyming verse of a fantastical mockingbird lullaby.TED20060:04:11en4/9/07spoken word,memory,entertainment,poetry,storytelling,performance
95
https://www.ted.com/talks/eddi_reader_sings_about_what_you_ve_got
Eddi ReaderWhat You've Got
Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.
TED20030:05:12en4/14/07guitar,composing,piano,entertainment,vocals,music,performance art,potential,performance
96
https://www.ted.com/talks/eddi_reader_sings_kiteflyer_s_hill
Eddi ReaderKiteflyer's HillSinger/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.TED20030:06:18en4/14/07memory,guitar,composing,piano,entertainment,music,performance
97
https://www.ted.com/talks/tom_honey_on_god_and_the_tsunami
Tom HoneyWhy would God create a tsunami?
In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.
TED20050:19:32en4/16/07natural disaster,God,disaster relief,culture,philosophy,religion,global issues
98
https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism
Richard DawkinsMilitant atheism
Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.
TED20020:29:10en4/16/07atheism,God,culture,religion,politics,science
99
https://www.ted.com/talks/tom_rielly_delivers_a_comic_send_up_of_ted2006
Tom RiellyA comic sendup of TED2006
Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore.
TED20060:19:55en4/16/07comedy,humor,culture,performance
100
https://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_dolby_and_rachelle_garniez
Rachelle GarniezLa Vie en Rose
Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."
TED20040:03:21en4/16/07entertainment,live music,music,performance
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