Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

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Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

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Readability: 4


About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.

Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

1,437,335 views

Readability: 4.4


French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.

Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road ... and in the air

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Daria van den Bercken: Why I take the piano on the road ... and in the air

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Readability: 3.9


Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get

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Susan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get

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Readability: 5.2


You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways -- for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

Gail Reed: Where to train the world's doctors? Cuba.

TEDMED 2014

Gail Reed: Where to train the world's doctors? Cuba.

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Readability: 5.1


Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.

Eman Mohammed: The courage to tell a hidden story

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Eman Mohammed: The courage to tell a hidden story

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Readability: 4.6


Eman Mohammed is one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip. Though openly shunned by many of her male colleagues, she is given unprecedented access to areas denied to men. In this short, visual talk, the TED Fellow critiques gender norms in her community by bringing light to hidden stories.

Kenneth Cukier: Big data is better data

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Kenneth Cukier: Big data is better data

1,447,632 views

Readability: 4.1


Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning -- and human knowledge.

Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

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Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

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Readability: 4.1


How can we begin to address the global, insidious problem of climate change — a problem that's too big for any one country to solve? Economist Nicholas Stern lays out a plan, presented to the UN's Climate Summit in 2014, showing how the world's countries can work together on climate. It's a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

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Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

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Readability: 4


In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.

Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

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Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

1,748,101 views

Readability: 3.1


Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.

Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world

4,163,117 views

Readability: 3.3


How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

Antonio Donato Nobre: The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us

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Antonio Donato Nobre: The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us

1,055,593 views

Readability: 3.8


The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide environmental services to the entire world. A parable for the extraordinary symphony that is nature. 

Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City

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Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City

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Readability: 3.9


Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field. They're building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It's a park that can thrive, even in winter.

Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind

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Nancy Kanwisher: A neural portrait of the human mind

1,150,899 views

Readability: 4.2


Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose "machinery." Another surprise: There's so much left to learn.

Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream

TEDSalon NY2014

Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream

1,552,926 views

Readability: 4.2


Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room.

Shubhendu Sharma: An engineer's vision for tiny forests, everywhere

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Shubhendu Sharma: An engineer's vision for tiny forests, everywhere

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Readability: 4.4


A forest planted by humans, then left to nature's own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.

Colin Grant: How our stories cross over

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Colin Grant: How our stories cross over

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Readability: 3.9


Colin Grant has spent a lifetime navigating the emotional landscape between his father’s world and his own. Born in England to Jamaican parents, Grant draws on stories of shared experience within his immigrant community -- and reflects on how he found forgiveness for a father who rejected him.

Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click

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Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click

1,377,183 views

Readability: 3.7


Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.

Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?

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Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?

4,165,375 views

Readability: 4.6


Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.

Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe?

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Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe?

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Readability: 5


Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope ...

Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

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Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

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Readability: 4.1


This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that's the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India -- and calls on others to speak out too.

Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world?

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Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world?

1,243,200 views

Readability: 5.3


A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What's the worst thing that could possibly happen?

Laurel Braitman: Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans

TEDSalon NY2014

Laurel Braitman: Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans

1,487,636 views

Readability: 4.3


Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues -- from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.

Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding

TEDSalon Berlin 2014

Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding

582,531 views

Readability: 4


Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.

Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life

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Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life

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Readability: 5.4


The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that's a World Heritage site. Once considered the "soul" of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.