Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law

TEDGlobal 2014

Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law

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Readability: 4.5


Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect.

Fabien Cousteau: What I learned from spending 31 days underwater

TEDGlobal 2014

Fabien Cousteau: What I learned from spending 31 days underwater

1,244,612 views

Readability: 4.2


In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. In a charming talk he brings his wondrous adventure to life.

Marc Abrahams: A science award that makes you laugh, then think

TEDMED 2014

Marc Abrahams: A science award that makes you laugh, then think

1,480,027 views

Readability: 3.5


As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world's most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science -- and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.

Joy Sun: Should you donate differently?

TED@NYC

Joy Sun: Should you donate differently?

1,256,050 views

Readability: 3.7


Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun explores two ways to help the poor.

Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

TEDGlobal 2014

Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

1,286,722 views

Readability: 4.2


Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.

Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data?

TED@IBM

Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data?

1,269,330 views

Readability: 4.7


Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.

Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free

TEDMED 2014

Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free

1,129,714 views

Readability: 4.2


In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.

Melissa Fleming: Let's help refugees thrive, not just survive

TEDGlobal 2014

Melissa Fleming: Let's help refugees thrive, not just survive

1,204,278 views

Readability: 3.8


Today's refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it's growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now the number is 65.3 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4.9 million. Inside this overwhelming crisis are the individual human stories -- of care, growth and family, in the face of lost education, lost home, lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency tells the refugees' stories -- and asks us to help them rebuild their world.

Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection?

TEDGlobal 2014

Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection?

1,265,995 views

Readability: 5.5


Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.

Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing

TED@Unilever

Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing

1,060,148 views

Readability: 3.7


Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.

Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it

TEDGlobal 2014

Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it

794,394 views

Readability: 4.6


Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, she says: "It is up to us to decide whether we want schools or parking lots, recycling projects or construction sites, cars or buses, loneliness or solidarity."

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

TEDGlobal 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

2,116,259 views

Readability: 5.1


Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide."

Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

TEDGlobal 2014

Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

1,333,110 views

Readability: 4.2


In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night's sleep

TEDMED 2014

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night's sleep

4,284,716 views

Readability: 4.3


The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

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

TED@Unilever

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

4,071,259 views

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

938,261 views

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

TEDxBeaconStreet

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

3,665,348 views

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.

793,116 views

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

TED2014

Eman Mohammed: The courage to tell a hidden story

1,408,164 views

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

TED@Unilever

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

802,146 views

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

TED2014

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

1,688,255 views

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

TEDxSonomaCounty

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.