TED Talks with English transcript

Lýdia Machová: The secrets of learning a new language

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Lýdia Machová: The secrets of learning a new language
1,986,744 views

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and shares four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent -- and have fun while doing it.

Karissa Sanbonmatsu: The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain

TEDWomen 2018

Karissa Sanbonmatsu: The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain
1,202,885 views

How exactly does gender work? It's not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social factors like trauma or diet. Learn how life experiences shape the way genes are expressed -- and what that means for our understanding of gender.

Ai-jen Poo: The work that makes all other work possible

TEDWomen 2018

Ai-jen Poo: The work that makes all other work possible
1,259,598 views

Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives -- they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they're invisible, taken for granted or dismissed as "help," yet they continue to do their wholehearted best for the families and homes in their charge. In this sensational talk, activist Ai-Jen Poo shares her efforts to secure equal rights and fair wages for domestic workers and explains how we can all be inspired by them. "Think like a domestic worker who shows up and cares no matter what," she says.

Stacey Abrams: 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do

TEDWomen 2018

Stacey Abrams: 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do
1,712,018 views

How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor -- she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only choice is to move forward. In an electrifying talk, she shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia, some advice on how to change the world -- and a few hints at her next steps. "Be aggressive about your ambition," Abrams says.

Tarana Burke: Me Too is a movement, not a moment

TEDWomen 2018

Tarana Burke: Me Too is a movement, not a moment
1,130,904 views

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement -- and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. "We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence," she says. "I believe we can build that world."

Amy Nicole Baker: 7 common questions about workplace romance

The Way We Work

Amy Nicole Baker: 7 common questions about workplace romance
119,154 views

Should you date your coworker? Should workplace couples keep their relationships secret? And why are coworkers so often attracted to each other? Organizational psychologist Amy Nicole Baker shares the real answers to commonly asked questions about romance at the office.

Madame Gandhi and Amber Galloway-Gallego: "Top Knot Turn Up" / "Bad Habits"

TED@BCG Toronto

Madame Gandhi and Amber Galloway-Gallego: "Top Knot Turn Up" / "Bad Habits"
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"Music is so much more than sound simply traveling through the ear," says sign language interpreter Amber Galloway-Gallego. In a spirited performance, musician and activist Madame Gandhi plays two songs -- "Top Knot Turn Up" and "Bad Habits" -- while Galloway-Gallego provides an animated sign language interpretation.

Martin Danoesastro: What are you willing to give up to change the way we work?

TED@BCG Toronto

Martin Danoesastro: What are you willing to give up to change the way we work?
971,486 views

What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: "What are you willing to give up?" He shares lessons learned from companies on both sides of the innovation wave on how to structure your organization so that people at all levels are empowered to make decisions fast and respond to change.

Elizabeth Lyle: How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders

TED@BCG Toronto

Elizabeth Lyle: How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders
1,236,385 views

Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert Elizabeth Lyle offers a new approach to breaking the rules while you're on your way up, sharing creative ways organizations can give middle managers the space and coaching they need to start leading differently.

J. Marshall Shepherd: 3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview

TEDxUGA

J. Marshall Shepherd: 3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview
1,316,589 views

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know -- and shares ideas for how we can replace them with something much more powerful: knowledge.

Darrick Hamilton: How "baby bonds" could help close the wealth gap

We the Future

Darrick Hamilton: How "baby bonds" could help close the wealth gap
952,166 views

Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth position we're born into. Enter "baby bonds": trust accounts of up to $60,000 for every newborn, calibrated to the wealth of their family. Learn how this bold proposal could help us reduce inequality -- and give every child personal seed money for important things like going to college, buying a home or starting a business. "Without capital, inequality is locked in," Hamilton says. "When it comes to economic security, wealth is both the beginning and the end."

Douglas Rushkoff: How to be "Team Human" in the digital future

TED Salon Samsung

Douglas Rushkoff: How to be "Team Human" in the digital future
1,018,928 views

Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for the market and start using it to build a future centered on our pre-digital values of connection, creativity and respect. "Join 'Team Human.' Find the others," he says. "Together let's make the future that we always wanted."

Gabby Rivera: The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero

TED Salon: Radical Craft

Gabby Rivera: The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero
991,148 views

With Marvel's "America Chavez," Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero -- one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer Puerto Rican in the Bronx informed this new narrative -- and shows images from the comic book that reveal what happens when a superhero embraces her humanity. As she says: "That myth of having to go it alone and be tough is not serving us."

Nita Farahany: When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?

TED Salon Zebra Technologies

Nita Farahany: When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?
1,239,626 views

Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns of a society where people are arrested for merely thinking about committing a crime (like in "Minority Report") and private interests sell our brain data -- and makes the case for a right to cognitive liberty that protects our freedom of thought and self-determination.

Amy Herman: A lesson on looking

TED@BCG Toronto

Amy Herman: A lesson on looking
442,394 views

Are you looking closely? Visual educator Amy Herman explains how to use art to enhance your powers of perception and find connections where they may not be apparent. Learn the techniques Herman uses to train Navy SEALs, doctors and crime scene investigators to convert observable details into actionable knowledge with this insightful talk.

Chad Frischmann: 100 solutions to reverse global warming

We the Future

Chad Frischmann: 100 solutions to reverse global warming
1,242,679 views

What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solutions to climate change that exist today -- conventional tactics like the use of renewable energy and better land management as well as some lesser-known approaches, like changes to food production, better family planning and the education of girls. Learn more about how we can reverse global warming and create a world where regeneration, not destruction, is the rule.

Dawn Wacek: A librarian's case against overdue book fines

TEDxUWLaCrosse

Dawn Wacek: A librarian's case against overdue book fines
1,214,714 views

Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there's one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wacek makes the case that fines don't actually do what we think they do. What if your library just ... stopped asking for them altogether?

Nadjia Yousif: Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague

TED@BCG Toronto

Nadjia Yousif: Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague
1,026,903 views

Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time -- when companies invest millions of dollars in new tech tools only to have frustrated employees disregard them, says Nadjia Yousif. In this fun and practical talk, she offers advice on how to better collaborate with the technologies in your workplace -- by treating them like colleagues.

Chieh Huang: Confessions of a recovering micromanager

TED@BCG Toronto

Chieh Huang: Confessions of a recovering micromanager
1,289,878 views

Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micromanagement isn't really effective, why do we do it?" asks entrepreneur Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness -- and how to foster innovation and happiness at work.

Teresa Bejan: Is civility a sham?

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Teresa Bejan: Is civility a sham?
1,260,825 views

What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence and dismiss opposing views. Bejan suggests that we should instead try for "mere civility": the virtue of being able to disagree fundamentally with others without destroying the possibility of a common life tomorrow. (This talk contains mature language.)

Julia Dhar: How to disagree productively and find common ground

TED@BCG Toronto

Julia Dhar: How to disagree productively and find common ground
2,025,480 views

Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground -- over family dinners, during work meetings and in our national conversations.

Suzie Sheehy: The case for curiosity-driven research

TEDxSydney

Suzie Sheehy: The case for curiosity-driven research
1,306,161 views

Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments -- and makes the case for investing in more to arrive at a deeper understanding of the world.

AJ Jacobs: My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

AJ Jacobs: My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee
1,380,391 views

Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that ensued -- and shares the life-altering wisdom he picked up along the way. "I discovered that my coffee would not be possible without hundreds of people I take for granted," Jacobs says.

Erez Yoeli: How to motivate people to do good for others

TEDxCambridge

Erez Yoeli: How to motivate people to do good for others
1,347,635 views

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our collective desire to be seen as generous and kind instead of selfish -- to motivate people to act in the interest of others. Learn more about how small changes to your approach to getting people to do good could yield surprising results.

Alexander Belcredi: How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis

TED@BCG Toronto

Alexander Belcredi: How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis
1,222,980 views

Viruses have a bad reputation -- but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages, naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with deadly precision, and shows how these once-forgotten organisms could provide new hope against the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Michael Green: The global goals we've made progress on -- and the ones we haven't

We the Future

Michael Green: The global goals we've made progress on -- and the ones we haven't
1,186,838 views

"We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea," says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a set of 17 goals around important factors like health, education and equality. In this data-packed talk, Green shares his analysis on the steps each country has (or hasn't) made toward these Sustainable Development Goals -- and offers new ideas on what needs to change so we can achieve them.

Franklin Leonard: How I accidentally changed the way movies get made

TEDxVeniceBeach

Franklin Leonard: How I accidentally changed the way movies get made
1,140,744 views

How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it's groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn't fit the mold. So he started the Black List, an anonymous email that shared his favorite screenplays and asked: Why aren't we making these movies? Learn the origin story of some of your favorite films with this fascinating insider view of the movie business.

Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad: How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy

TED Salon Samsung

Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad: How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy
1,445,876 views

Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. In a talk about the alarming ways tech companies deceive their users, Myrstad shares insights about the personal information you've agreed to let companies collect -- and how they use your data at a scale you could never imagine.