TED Talks with English transcript

Tim Harford: A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity

TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Tim Harford: A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity
1,418,383 views

What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes -- without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton found their inspiration and productivity through cross-training their minds.

Mai Lan: "Autopilote" / "Pumper"

TED Salon Samsung

Mai Lan: "Autopilote" / "Pumper"
120,058 views
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Singing in French and English, Mai Lan brings her cool charisma to the TED stage in a performance of her songs "Autopilote" and "Pumper."

Kotchakorn Voraakhom: How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods

TEDWomen 2018

Kotchakorn Voraakhom: How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods
887,225 views

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 cities to help fight floods? In this inspiring talk, Voraakhom shows how she developed a massive park in Bangkok that can hold a million gallons of rainwater, calling for more climate change solutions that connect cities back to nature.

Casey Gerald: Embrace your raw, strange magic

TED Salon: Belonging

Casey Gerald: Embrace your raw, strange magic
918,952 views

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 attain success in the upper echelons of American society -- and shows why it's time for us to have the courage to live in the raw, strange magic of ourselves.

Katharine Wilkinson: How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming

TEDWomen 2018

Katharine Wilkinson: How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming
1,013,105 views

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-trapping, climate-changing emissions: obvious things like renewable energy and sustainable diets and not so obvious ones, like the education and empowerment of women. In this informative, bold talk, she shares three key ways that equity for women and girls can help stop global warming. "Drawing down emissions depends on rising up," Wilkinson says.

Monique W. Morris: Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that

TEDWomen 2018

Monique W. Morris: Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that
1,035,966 views

Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted opportunities. How can we put an end to this crisis? In an impassioned talk, Morris uncovers the causes of "pushout" and shows how we can work to turn all schools into spaces where black girls can heal and thrive.

Akash Manoj: A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks

TED-Ed Weekend

Akash Manoj: A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks
1,107,326 views

You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor Akash Manoj shares the device he's developed to stop this silent killer: a noninvasive, inexpensive, wearable patch that alerts patients during a critical moment that could mean the difference between life and death.

Tony Luciani: A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia

TEDxCambridge

Tony Luciani: A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia
276,958 views

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 91-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The spontaneous images that resulted sparked a years-long collaboration, with Luciani documenting his mom's life and spirit as she lived with dementia. In this touching talk, he shares the stories behind some of their favorite shots, capturing the joy and grief of caring for an aging parent.

George Blair-West: 3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce

TEDxBrisbane

George Blair-West: 3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce
1,523,624 views

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 actionable, eye-opening talk, psychiatrist George Blair-West shares three keys to preventing divorce -- and spotting potential problems while you're still dating.

Matt Mullenweg: Why working from home is good for business

The Way We Work

Matt Mullenweg: Why working from home is good for business
173,861 views

As the popularity of remote working continues to spread, workers today can collaborate across cities, countries and even multiple time zones. How does this change office dynamics? And how can we make sure that all employees, both at headquarters and at home, feel connected? Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of Wordpress and CEO of Automattic (which has a 100 percent distributed workforce), shares his secrets.

Michael C. Bush: This is what makes employees happy at work

The Way We Work

Michael C. Bush: This is what makes employees happy at work
180,024 views

There are three billion working people on this planet, and only 40 percent of them report being happy at work. Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy -- and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering satisfaction.

Renzo Vitale: What should electric cars sound like?

TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Renzo Vitale: What should electric cars sound like?
1,052,480 views

Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. What kind of sounds should they make to keep people safe? Get a preview of what the future may sound like as acoustic engineer and musician Renzo Vitale shows how he's composing a voice for electric cars.

Wendy De La Rosa: 3 psychological tricks to help you save money

The Way We Work

Wendy De La Rosa: 3 psychological tricks to help you save money
186,880 views

We all want to save more money -- but overall, people today are doing less and less of it. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa studies how everyday people make decisions to improve their financial well-being. What she's found can help you painlessly make the commitment to save more and spend less.

Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams: The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption

TEDWomen 2018

Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams: The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption
970,713 views

Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonathan Williams share what Paula's transition meant for their family -- and reflect on their path to redemption. As Jonathan says: "I cannot ask my father to be anything other than her true self."

Cecile Richards: The political progress women have made -- and what's next

TEDWomen 2018

Cecile Richards: The political progress women have made -- and what's next
1,126,808 views

Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there's still a long way to go, says activist Cecile Richards. In this visionary talk, Richards calls for a global political revolution for women's equality and offers her ideas for how we can build it.

Shohini Ghose: Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes

TEDWomen 2018

Shohini Ghose: Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes
1,487,538 views

A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding -- and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose and learn how this technology holds the potential to transform medicine, create unbreakable encryption and even teleport information.

LADAMA: How music crosses cultures and empowers communities

TED2018

LADAMA: How music crosses cultures and empowers communities
136,472 views
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Singing in Spanish, Portuguese and English, LADAMA brings a vibrant, energizing and utterly danceable musical set to the TED stage. In between performances of their songs "Night Traveler" and "Porro Maracatu," they discuss how cross-cultural musical collaboration can empower communities.

Sean Davis: Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer

TEDxBoulder

Sean Davis: Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer
884,756 views

The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world's most successful environmental treaty was signed, atmospheric scientist Sean Davis examines the world we avoided when we banned chlorofluorocarbons -- and shares lessons we can carry forward to address the climate crisis in our time.

Chiki Sarkar: How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Chiki Sarkar: How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers
947,119 views

India has the second largest population of any country in the world -- yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she asked herself: How do we get more people reading books? Find out how Sarkar is tapping into India's smartphone revolution to create a new generation of readers and writers in this fun talk about a fresh kind of storytelling.

Alex Rosenthal: The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts

TED Salon: Radical Craft

Alex Rosenthal: The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts
263,398 views

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 the most unexpected places. (Hint: see if you can spot the puzzle hidden in this TED Talk.)

Dana Kanze: The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding

TEDxPeachtree

Dana Kanze: The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding
1,123,191 views

Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What's causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked when they're invited to pitch. Whether you're starting a new business or just having a conversation, learn how to spot the kinds of questions you're being asked -- and how to respond more effectively.

Katharine Hayhoe: The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it

TEDWomen 2018

Katharine Hayhoe: The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it
1,230,338 views

How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion -- and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. "We can't give in to despair," she says. "We have to go out and look for the hope we need to inspire us to act -- and that hope begins with a conversation, today."

Ruby Sales: How we can start to heal the pain of racial division

TED Salon Verizon

Ruby Sales: How we can start to heal the pain of racial division
952,729 views

"Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she's learned, reflecting on her time as a freedom fighter in the civil rights movement and offering new thinking on pathways to racial justice.

Ariana Curtis: Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary

TEDWomen 2018

Ariana Curtis: Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary
1,168,989 views

Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been "the extraordinary" -- those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she imagines how museums can more accurately represent history by honoring the lives of people both extraordinary and everyday, prominent and hidden -- and amplify diverse perspectives that should have always been included.

Jan Rader: In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life

TEDWomen 2018

Jan Rader: In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life
1,146,732 views

As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed to take a brand-new approach to life-saving. In this powerful, hopeful talk, Rader shows what it's like on the front lines of this crisis -- and how her community is taking an unusual new approach to treating substance-abuse disorder that starts with listening.

Li Wei Tan: The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne

TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Li Wei Tan: The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne
264,588 views

In this whimsical talk and live demo, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles -- from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping, where designers are creating more efficient vessels by mimicking the bubbles created by swimming penguins. Learn more about these mathematical marvels and tap into the magic hidden in the everyday world.

Carla Harris: How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work

TEDWomen 2018

Carla Harris: How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work
1,247,622 views

The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a person who will speak on your behalf in the top-level, closed-door meetings you're not invited to (yet). Learn how to identify and develop a productive sponsor relationship in this candid, powerful talk.

Tiana Epps-Johnson: What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century

TED Salon Zebra Technologies

Tiana Epps-Johnson: What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century
862,241 views

The American election system is complicated, to say the least -- but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civic engagement champion Tiana Epps-Johnson shares what's needed to bring voting in the US into the 21st century -- and to get every person to the polls.

Eldra Jackson: How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity

TEDWomen 2018

Eldra Jackson: How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity
951,314 views

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 what it means to be a whole, healthy man. "The challenge is to eradicate this cycle of emotional illiteracy and groupthink," he says.

Anirudh Sharma: Ink made of air pollution

TED@BCG Toronto

Anirudh Sharma: Ink made of air pollution
209,598 views

What if we could capture pollution in the air around us and turn it into something useful? Inventor Anirudh Sharma shares how he created AIR-INK, a deep black ink that's made from PM 2.5 pollution. See how he hacked together a clever way to capture these tiny particles -- and make the world just a little bit cleaner in the process.