TED Talks with English transcript

Dolly Chugh: How to let go of being a "good" person -- and become a better person

TED@BCG Toronto

Dolly Chugh: How to let go of being a "good" person -- and become a better person
2,611,743 views

What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior -- like why it's hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes -- and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. "In every other part of our lives, we give ourselves room to grow -- except in this one, where it matters most," Chugh says.

Tamas Kocsis: The case for a decentralized internet

TED Salon Samsung

Tamas Kocsis: The case for a decentralized internet
1,288,332 views

Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments -- a trend that's threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down the different threats to internet freedom and shares his plan to build an alternative, decentralized network that returns power to everyday users.

Mara Mintzer: How kids can help design cities

TEDxMileHigh

Mara Mintzer: How kids can help design cities
1,231,694 views

Adults tend to think of kids as "future citizens" -- their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn't they have a say in what the world they'll inherit will look like? Urban planner Mara Mintzer shares what happened when she and her team asked kids to help design a park in Boulder, Colorado -- and how it revealed an important blind spot in how we construct the built environment. "If we aren't including children in our planning, who else aren't we including?" Mintzer asks.

Özlem Cekic: Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail

We the Future

Özlem Cekic: Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail
1,403,665 views

Özlem Cekic's email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament -- becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a friend made an unexpected suggestion: to reach out to the hate mail writers and invite them to meet for coffee. Hundreds of "dialogue coffee" meetings later, Cekic shares how face-to-face conversation can be one of the most powerful forces to disarm hate -- and challenges us all to engage with people we disagree with.

Graham Allison: Is war between China and the US inevitable?

We the Future

Graham Allison: Is war between China and the US inevitable?
2,194,800 views

Taking lessons from a historical pattern called "Thucydides's Trap," political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant United States could be headed towards a violent collision no one wants -- and how we can summon the common sense and courage to avoid it.

Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman: What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet

TED Salon Verizon

Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman: What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet
1,188,515 views

Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work -- essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he's focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a crisp conversation with Bryn Freedman, curator of the TED Institute, Chehadé discusses the ongoing war between the West and China over artificial intelligence, how tech companies can become stewards of the power they have to shape lives and economies and what everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet.

Julia Shaw: A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination

TEDxLondon

Julia Shaw: A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination
1,249,412 views

How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bias. She shares three lessons to apply if you've been harassed or discriminated against -- and introduces Spot: a free, anonymous, online reporting tool that helps empower victims.

Vinay Shandal: How conscious investors can turn up the heat and make companies change

TED@BCG Toronto

Vinay Shandal: How conscious investors can turn up the heat and make companies change
1,225,733 views

In a talk that's equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world's top activist investors, showing how individuals and institutions can take a page from their playbook and put pressure on companies to drive positive change. "It's your right to have your money managed in line with your values," Shandal says. "Use your voice, and trust that it matters."

A Tribe Called Red: "We Are the Halluci Nation"

TED2018

A Tribe Called Red: "We Are the Halluci Nation"
199,774 views

A Tribe Called Red creates music that acts as a gateway into urban, contemporary indigenous culture, celebrating all of its layers and complexity. In a set that blends traditional powwow drums and vocals with hip-hop and electronic music, the DJ collective tells stories of the First Nations in beats and images -- expanding on the concept of the "Halluci Nation," inspired by the poet, musician and activist John Trudell.

Henrietta Fore: How we can help young people build a better future

We the Future

Henrietta Fore: How we can help young people build a better future
1,344,948 views

A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing them and details an ambitious new global initiative, Generation Unlimited, which aims to ensure every young person is in school, training or employed by 2030.

Alex Edmans: What to trust in a "post-truth" world

TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

Alex Edmans: What to trust in a "post-truth" world
1,248,855 views

Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias -- the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs -- can lead you astray on social media, in politics and beyond, and offers three practical tools for finding evidence you can actually trust. (Hint: appoint someone to be the devil's advocate in your life.)

Sebastien de Halleux: How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean

TEDxSanFrancisco

Sebastien de Halleux: How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean
1,289,137 views

Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled -- today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and solar-powered drones is collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail, revealing insights into things like global weather and the health of fish stocks. Learn more about what a better grasp of the ocean could mean for us back on land.

Rachel Wurzman: How isolation fuels opioid addiction

TEDxMidAtlantic

Rachel Wurzman: How isolation fuels opioid addiction
1,351,950 views

What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman -- and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the opioid crisis. Sharing insights from her research, Wurzman shows how social isolation contributes to relapse and overdose rates and reveals how meaningful human connection could offer a potentially powerful source of recovery.

Matt Russo: What does the universe sound like? A musical tour

TEDxUofT

Matt Russo: What does the universe sound like? A musical tour
1,342,973 views

Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it's often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe is full of music, he says -- we just need to learn how to hear it.

Kate Darling: Why we have an emotional connection to robots

TED Salon Samsung

Kate Darling: Why we have an emotional connection to robots
1,359,399 views

We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we're biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines -- and how it might help us better understand ourselves.

Johan Rockström: 5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world

We the Future

Johan Rockström: 5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world
1,247,594 views

In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model -- a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, beyond which earth's vital systems could become unstable. Learn more about five transformational policies that could help us achieve inclusive and prosperous world development while keeping the earth stable and resilient.

Darieth Chisolm: How revenge porn turns lives upside down

TEDxPittsburgh

Darieth Chisolm: How revenge porn turns lives upside down
1,336,167 views

What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted online. She describes how she's working to help victims and outlines the current state of legislation aimed at punishing perpetrators.

Alex Honnold: How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes

TED2018

Alex Honnold: How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes
5,016,662 views

Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite's El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.

Chip Conley: What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work -- and vice versa

TED Salon Verizon

Chip Conley: What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work -- and vice versa
1,805,622 views

For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes companies stronger and calls for different generations to mentor each other at work, with wisdom flowing from old to young and young to old alike.

Christine Porath: Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business

TEDxUniversityofNevada

Christine Porath: Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business
1,796,598 views

Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success -- and your company's bottom line.

Melinda Epler: 3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace

TED Salon Brightline Initiative

Melinda Epler: 3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace
1,673,071 views

We're taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that's not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it's up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. "There's no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion," she says. "Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time."

Aparna Mehta: Where do your online returns go?

TED@UPS

Aparna Mehta: Where do your online returns go?
1,318,195 views

Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn't work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-opening talk, she reveals the unseen world of "free" online returns -- which, instead of ending up back on the shelf, are sent to landfills by the billions of pounds each year -- and shares a plan to help put an end to this growing environmental catastrophe.

Wanis Kabbaj: How nationalism and globalism can coexist

TED@UPS

Wanis Kabbaj: How nationalism and globalism can coexist
1,186,680 views

Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking -- and simultaneously be proud citizens of both our countries and the world.

Daniel Kraft: The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home

TED Salon Optum

Daniel Kraft: The pharmacy of the future? Personalized pills, 3D printed at home
1,363,730 views

We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don't work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication, unveiling a prototype 3D printer that could design pills that adapt to our individual needs.

Kelly Richmond Pope: How whistle-blowers shape history

TEDxDePaulUniversity

Kelly Richmond Pope: How whistle-blowers shape history
1,275,104 views

Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they've shared information that has shaped society -- and why they need our trust and protection.

Magatte Wade: Why it's too hard to start a business in Africa -- and how to change it

TEDGlobal 2017

Magatte Wade: Why it's too hard to start a business in Africa -- and how to change it
456,204 views

Many African countries are poor for a simple reason, says entrepreneur Magatte Wade: governments have created far too many obstacles to starting and running a business. In this passionate talk, Wade breaks down the challenges of doing business on the continent and offers some solutions of her own -- while calling on leaders to do their part, too.

Niels van Namen: Why the hospital of the future will be your own home

TED@UPS

Niels van Namen: Why the hospital of the future will be your own home
1,361,714 views

Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it's because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But what if we could get the lifesaving care provided by hospitals in our own homes? Health care futurist Niels van Namen shows how advances in technology are making home care a cheaper, safer and more accessible alternative to hospital stays.

Paul Rucker: How my mom inspired my approach to the cello

TED2018

Paul Rucker: How my mom inspired my approach to the cello
303,929 views

Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker has developed his own style of cello; he puts chopsticks between his strings, uses the instrument as a drum and experiments with electronics like loop pedals. Moving between reflective storytelling and performance, Rucker shares his inspiration -- and definitely doesn't play the same old Bach.

Faith Osier: The key to a better malaria vaccine

TED2018

Faith Osier: The key to a better malaria vaccine
1,273,063 views

The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago -- yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immunologist and TED Fellow Faith Osier shows how she's combining cutting-edge technology with century-old insights in the hopes of creating a new vaccine that eradicates malaria once and for all.

Rebecca Onie: What Americans agree on when it comes to health

TED Salon Optum

Rebecca Onie: What Americans agree on when it comes to health
1,341,913 views

We may not be as deeply divided as we think -- at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they need to live good lives -- and asks both health care providers and patients to focus on what makes us healthy, not what makes us angry.