Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

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Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

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In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

Paul Knoepfler: The ethical dilemma of designer babies

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Paul Knoepfler: The ethical dilemma of designer babies

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Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it's a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain "upgrades" to human embryos -- from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases. In this thought-provoking talk, Knoepfler readies us for the coming designer baby revolution and its very personal, and unforeseeable, consequences.

Erika Gregory: The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons

TEDWomen 2016

Erika Gregory: The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons

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Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don't need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago. Nuclear reformer Erika Gregory calls on today's rising leaders -- those born in a time without Cold War fears and duck-and-cover training -- to pursue an ambitious goal: ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2045.

Rebecca Brachman: Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD?

TEDxNewYork

Rebecca Brachman: Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD?

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Readability: 4.6


The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. And listen for an unexpected -- and controversial -- twist.

Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time

TEDWomen 2016

Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time

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Readability: 2.6


There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."

Dena Simmons: How students of color confront impostor syndrome

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Dena Simmons: How students of color confront impostor syndrome

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Readability: 3.9


As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.

Kevin Kelly: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

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Kevin Kelly: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

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"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."

Kevin B. Jones: Why curiosity is the key to science and medicine

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Kevin B. Jones: Why curiosity is the key to science and medicine

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Readability: 4


Science is a learning process that involves experimentation, failure and revision -- and the science of medicine is no exception. Cancer researcher Kevin B. Jones faces the deep unknowns about surgery and medical care with a simple answer: honesty. In a thoughtful talk about the nature of knowledge, Jones shows how science is at its best when scientists humbly admit what they do not yet understand.

Sharon Brous: It's time to reclaim religion

TEDWomen 2016

Sharon Brous: It's time to reclaim religion

1,294,345 views

Readability: 4.3


At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

Veerle Provoost: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?

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Veerle Provoost: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?

1,080,662 views

Readability: 2.9


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 shares stories of how parents and children create their own family narratives.

Elizabeth Lesser: Say your truths and seek them in others

TEDWomen 2016

Elizabeth Lesser: Say your truths and seek them in others

1,404,490 views

Readability: 3.4


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. "You don't have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you," she says. "Be like a new kind of first responder ... the one to take the first courageous step toward the other."

Natalie Panek: Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth

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Natalie Panek: Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth

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Readability: 5.3


Our lives depend on a world we can't see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn't a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It's up to us to keep it that way.

Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection

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Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection

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Readability: 3.2


Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days -- from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant -- Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.

Kate Adams: 4 larger-than-life lessons from soap operas

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Kate Adams: 4 larger-than-life lessons from soap operas

1,488,369 views

Readability: 4.1


Soap operas and telenovelas may be (ahem) overdramatic, but as Kate Adams shows us, their exaggerated stories and characters often cast light on the problems of real life. In this sparkling, funny talk, Adams, a former assistant casting director for "As the World Turns," shares four lessons for life and business that we can learn from melodramas.

Ryan Gravel: How an old loop of railroads is changing the face of a city

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Ryan Gravel: How an old loop of railroads is changing the face of a city

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Readability: 4.4


Urban planner Ryan Gravel shares the story of how his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, rallied to build a massive urban park that will transform an abandoned railroad track into 22 miles of public green space called the Atlanta BeltLine. The places we live aren't inevitable, he says -- and if we want something different, we need to speak up.

Tiq Milan and Kim Katrin Milan: A queer vision of love and marriage

TEDWomen 2016

Tiq Milan and Kim Katrin Milan: A queer vision of love and marriage

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Readability: 4


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 for people of every kind. With infectious joy, Tiq and Kim question our misconceptions about who they might be and offer a vision of an inclusive, challenging love that grows day by day.

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

TEDWomen 2016

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi: An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

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Readability: 3.8


Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise."

Joe Lassiter: We need nuclear power to solve climate change

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Joe Lassiter: We need nuclear power to solve climate change

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Readability: 4.3


Joe Lassiter is a deep thinker and straight talker focused on developing clean, secure and carbon-neutral supplies of reliable, low-cost energy. His analysis of the world's energy realities puts a powerful lens on the stubbornly touchy issue of nuclear power, including new designs for plants that can compete economically with fossil fuels. We have the potential to make nuclear safer and cheaper than it's been in the past, Lassiter says. Now we have to make the choice to pursue it.

Juan Enriquez: What will humans look like in 100 years?

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Juan Enriquez: What will humans look like in 100 years?

2,750,645 views

Readability: 3.9


We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals -- futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we'll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.

Adam Galinsky: How to speak up for yourself

TEDxNewYork

Adam Galinsky: How to speak up for yourself

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Readability: 3.5


Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal power with sage guidance from social psychologist Adam Galinsky.

Steven Johnson: The playful wonderland behind great inventions

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Steven Johnson: The playful wonderland behind great inventions

1,242,503 views

Readability: 5.3


Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, not always. Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn't emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. Share this captivating, illustrated exploration of the history of invention. Turns out, you'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality

TEDWomen 2016

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality

1,062,708 views

Readability: 4.3


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, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

Sandi Toksvig: A political party for women's equality

TEDWomen 2016

Sandi Toksvig: A political party for women's equality

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Readability: 3.4


Women's equality won't just happen -- not unless more women are put in positions of power, says Sandi Toksvig. In a disarmingly hilarious talk, Toksvig tells the story of how she helped start a new political party in Britain, the Women's Equality Party, with the express purpose of putting equality on the ballot. Now she hopes people around the world will copy her party's model and mobilize for equality.

Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose

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Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose

1,730,743 views

Readability: 4.1


Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she's encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don't fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.

Bettina Warburg: How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

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Bettina Warburg: How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

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Readability: 5.1


Say hello to the decentralized economy -- the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.

Jonathan Haidt: Can a divided America heal?

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Jonathan Haidt: Can a divided America heal?

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Readability: 4.2


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 patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America -- and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.

Hector Garcia: We train soldiers for war. Let's train them to come home, too

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Hector Garcia: We train soldiers for war. Let's train them to come home, too

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Readability: 4.3


Before soldiers are sent into combat, they're trained on how to function in an immensely dangerous environment. But they also need training on how to return from the battlefield to civilian life, says psychologist Hector Garcia. Applying the same principles used to prepare soldiers for war, Garcia is helping veterans suffering from PTSD get their lives back.

Fawn Qiu: Easy DIY projects for kid engineers

TED Residency

Fawn Qiu: Easy DIY projects for kid engineers

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Readability: 4.4


TED Resident Fawn Qiu designs fun, low-cost projects that use familiar materials like paper and fabric to introduce engineering to kids. In this quick, clever talk, she shares how nontraditional workshops like hers can change the perception of technology and inspire students to participate in creating it.

Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate

TEDWomen 2016

Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate

1,316,627 views

Readability: 4.4


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 unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.