TED Talks with English transcript

Nicola Sturgeon: Why governments should prioritize well-being

TEDSummit 2019

Nicola Sturgeon: Why governments should prioritize well-being
730,686 views

In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country's success. In this visionary talk, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon explains the far-reaching implications of a "well-being economy" -- which places factors like equal pay, childcare, mental health and access to green space at its heart -- and shows how this new focus could help build resolve to confront global challenges.

George Monbiot: The new political story that could change everything

TEDSummit 2019

George Monbiot: The new political story that could change everything
967,683 views

To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future.

Tshering Tobgay: An urgent call to protect the world's "Third Pole"

TEDSummit 2019

Tshering Tobgay: An urgent call to protect the world's "Third Pole"
795,680 views

The Hindu Kush Himalaya region is the world's third-largest repository of ice, after the North and South Poles -- and if current melting rates continue, two-thirds of its glaciers could be gone by the end of this century. What will happen if we let them melt away? Environmentalist and former Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay shares the latest from the "water towers of Asia," making an urgent call to create an intergovernmental agency to protect the glaciers -- and save the nearly two billion people downstream from catastrophic flooding that would destroy land and livelihoods.

Hajer Sharief: How to use family dinner to teach politics

TEDSummit 2019

Hajer Sharief: How to use family dinner to teach politics
885,715 views

Everyone should participate in decision-making and politics -- and it starts at home, says activist Hajer Sharief. She introduces a simple yet transformative idea: that parents can teach their children about political agency by giving them a say in how their households are run, in the form of candid family meetings where everyone can express their opinions, negotiate and compromise. "We need to teach people that political, national and global affairs are as relevant to them as personal and family affairs," she says. "Can you really afford not to be interested or not participate in politics?"

Ella Al-Shamahi: The fascinating (and dangerous) places scientists aren't exploring

TED2019

Ella Al-Shamahi: The fascinating (and dangerous) places scientists aren't exploring
956,919 views

We're not doing frontline exploratory science in a huge portion of the world -- the places governments deem too hostile or disputed. What might we be missing because we're not looking? In this fearless, unexpectedly funny talk, paleoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi takes us on an expedition to the Yemeni island of Socotra -- one of the most biodiverse places on earth -- and makes the case for scientists to explore the unstable regions that could be home to incredible discoveries.

Claudia Miner: A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten

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Claudia Miner: A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten
935,135 views
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Early education is critical to children's success -- but millions of kids in the United States still don't have access to programs that prepare them to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Enter the UPSTART Project, a plan to bring early learning into the homes of children in underserved communities, at no cost to families. Education innovator Claudia Miner shares how UPSTART is setting four-year-olds up for success with 15 minutes of learning a day -- and how you can help. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)

Amy Padnani: How we're honoring people overlooked by history

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Amy Padnani: How we're honoring people overlooked by history
922,242 views

Since its founding in 1851, the "New York Times" has published thousands of obituaries -- for heads of state, famous celebrities, even the inventor of the sock puppet. But only a small percentage of them chronicle the lives of women and people of color. In this insightful talk, "Times" editor Amy Padnani shares the story behind "Overlooked," the project she's leading to recognize people from history whose deaths were ignored -- and refocus society's lens on who is considered important.

Douglas Thomas: How a typeface helped launch Apollo

TEDxSanFrancisco

Douglas Thomas: How a typeface helped launch Apollo
197,992 views

When humanity first landed on the moon in 1969, the typeface Futura was right there with them. In this fascinating history of typography, designer Douglas Thomas shares Futura's role in launching the Apollo 11 spacecraft -- and how it became one of the most used fonts in the world.

Melanie Nezer: The fundamental right to seek asylum

TEDxMidAtlantic

Melanie Nezer: The fundamental right to seek asylum
828,622 views

Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. "A country shows strength through compassion and pragmatism, not through force and through fear," she says.

Ivonne Roman: How policewomen make communities safer

TED2019

Ivonne Roman: How policewomen make communities safer
621,590 views

Less than 13 percent of police officers in the United States are women -- despite their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and reducing the use of force. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a police officer and chief, TED Fellow Ivonne Roman shares how a simple fix to police academy physical fitness tests could help build a more balanced force that benefits communities and officers alike.

Rahul Mehrotra: The architectural wonder of impermanent cities

TED2019

Rahul Mehrotra: The architectural wonder of impermanent cities
799,734 views

Every 12 years, a megacity springs up in India for the Kumbh Mela religious festival -- what's built in ten weeks is completely disassembled in one. What can we learn from this fully functioning, temporary settlement? In a visionary talk, urban designer Rahul Mehrotra explores the benefits of building impermanent cities that can travel, adapt or even disappear, leaving the lightest possible footprint on the planet.

Elizabeth Howell: How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy

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Elizabeth Howell: How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy
865,310 views

Shocking, but true: the United States has the highest rate of deaths for new mothers of any developed country -- and 60 percent of them are preventable. With clarity and urgency, physician Elizabeth Howell explains the causes of maternal mortality and shares ways for hospitals and doctors to make pregnancy safer for women before, during and after childbirth.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: How film transforms the way we see the world

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: How film transforms the way we see the world
1,107,759 views

Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirring talk, she shares how she took her Oscar-winning film on the road in a mobile cinema, visiting small towns and villages across Pakistan -- and shifting the dynamics between women, men and society, one screening at a time.

Jamie Paik: Origami robots that reshape and transform themselves

TED2019

Jamie Paik: Origami robots that reshape and transform themselves
172,866 views

Taking design cues from origami, robotician Jamie Paik and her team created "robogamis": folding robots made out super-thin materials that can reshape and transform themselves. In this talk and tech demo, Paik shows how robogamis could adapt to achieve a variety of tasks on earth (or in space) and demonstrates how they roll, jump, catapult like a slingshot and even pulse like a beating heart.

Jonny Sun: You are not alone in your loneliness

TED2019

Jonny Sun: You are not alone in your loneliness
1,606,041 views

Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about feeling like an outsider helped him tap into an unexpected community and find a tiny sliver of light in the darkness.

Rick Doblin: The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

TED2019

Rick Doblin: The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
1,138,355 views

Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this question, and the results are promising. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, he explains how drugs like LSD, psilocybin and MDMA affect your brain -- and shows how, when paired with psychotherapy, they could change the way we treat PTSD, depression, substance abuse and more.

Heidi Grant: How to ask for help -- and get a "yes"

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Heidi Grant: How to ask for help -- and get a "yes"
1,535,004 views

Asking for help is tough. But to get through life, you have to do it all the time. So how do you get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, social psychologist Heidi Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it -- while making the process more rewarding for your helper, too.

Moriba Jah: The world's first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system

TED2019

Moriba Jah: The world's first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system
965,661 views

"Most of what we send into outer space never comes back," says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah describes the space highways orbiting earth and how they're mostly populated by space junk. Learn more about his quest to develop and scale the world's first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system -- and how it could help solve the debris problem in near-earth space.

Jon Gray: The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again

TED2019

Jon Gray: The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again
1,017,592 views

"The hood is good," says Jon Gray of the Bronx, New York-based creative collective Ghetto Gastro. Working at the intersection of food, design and art, Gray and his team honor the soul and history of their community while applying their unbridled creativity and expansive imagination to unexpected, otherworldly collaborations. Learn more about how they're creating and investing in their home borough -- bringing the Bronx to the world and vice versa.

Natalie Fratto: 3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it

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Natalie Fratto: 3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it
1,475,799 views

When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn't just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your "adaptability quotient" -- and shows why your ability to respond to change really matters.

Julius Maada Bio: A vision for the future of Sierra Leone

TED2019

Julius Maada Bio: A vision for the future of Sierra Leone
940,313 views

When Julius Maada Bio first seized political power in Sierra Leone in 1996, he did so to improve the lives of its citizens. But he soon realized that for democracy to flourish, its foundation needs to be built on the will of the people. After arranging an election, he voluntarily gave up power and left Africa. Twenty years later, after being democratically elected president of Sierra Leone, he reflects on the slow path to democracy, the importance of education for all and his focus on helping young Sierra Leoneans thrive.

Barbara J. King: Grief and love in the animal kingdom

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Barbara J. King: Grief and love in the animal kingdom
989,945 views

From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex emotions, and suggests ways all of us can treat them more ethically -- including every time we eat. "Animals don't grieve exactly like we do, but this doesn't mean that their grief isn't real," she says. "It is real, and it's searing, and we can see it if we choose."

Suleika Jaouad: What almost dying taught me about living

TED2019

Suleika Jaouad: What almost dying taught me about living
1,507,301 views

"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between "sick" and "well," asking: How do you begin again and find meaning after life is interrupted?

Lynn Rothschild: The living tech we need to support human life on other planets

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Lynn Rothschild: The living tech we need to support human life on other planets
209,620 views

What would it take to settle Mars? In a talk about the future of space exploration, Lynn Rothschild reviews the immense challenges to living elsewhere in the universe and proposes some bold, creative solutions to making a home off planet Earth -- like "growing" houses out of fungi or using bacteria to help generate electricity.

David Baker: 5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins

TED2019

David Baker: 5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins
1,167,695 views

Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future, David Baker shares how his team at the Institute for Protein Design is creating entirely new proteins from scratch -- and shows how they could help us tackle five massive challenges facing humanity. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)

Ethan Lindenberger: Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines

TEDxMidAtlantic

Ethan Lindenberger: Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines
1,163,278 views

Ethan Lindenberger never got vaccinated as a kid. So one day, he went on Reddit and asked a simple question: "Where do I go to get vaccinated?" The post went viral, landing Lindenberger in the middle of a heated debate about vaccination and, ultimately, in front of a US Senate committee. Less than a year later, the high school senior reports back on his unexpected time in the spotlight and a new movement he's leading to fight misinformation and advocate for scientific truth.

Sarah Kay: "A Bird Made of Birds"

TED2019

Sarah Kay: "A Bird Made of Birds"
1,108,696 views

"The universe has already written the poem you were planning on writing," says Sarah Kay, quoting her friend, poet Kaveh Akbar. Performing "A Bird Made of Birds," she shares how and where she finds poetry. (Kay is also the host of TED's podcast "Sincerely, X." Listen on the Luminary podcast app at luminary.link/ted)

Michael Tubbs: The political power of being a good neighbor

TED2019

Michael Tubbs: The political power of being a good neighbor
1,376,889 views

Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people -- and his policies are sparking national conversations. In this rousing talk, he shares how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton, California shaped his bold vision for change and his commitment to govern as a neighbor, not a politician. "When we see someone different from us, they should not reflect our fears, our anxieties, our insecurities," he says. "We should see our common humanity."