Zahra' Langhi: Why Libya's revolution didn't work -- and what might

TEDxWomen 2012

Zahra' Langhi: Why Libya's revolution didn't work -- and what might

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Readability: 5.7


In Libya, Zahra' Langhi was part of the "days of rage" movement that helped topple the dictator Gaddafi. But -- then what? In their first elections, Libyans tried an innovative slate of candidates, the "zipper ballot," that ensured equal representation from men and women of both sides. Yet the same gridlocked politics of dominance and exclusion won out. What Libya needs now, Langhi suggests, is collaboration, not competition; compassion, not rage.

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

TEDxWomen 2012

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

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Readability: 3.7


iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum -- and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line?

Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code

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Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code

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Readability: 4.1


Coding isn't just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it's for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just use new tech toys but also create them.

Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

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Readability: 4.4


Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours -- but it's difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time.

Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun

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Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun

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Readability: 3.9


High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about his new lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations.

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

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Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don't leave

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Readability: 3.8


Leslie Morgan Steiner was in "crazy love" -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

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Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

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Readability: 3


Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child -- the artist who wanted to play forever.

Steven Schwaitzberg: A universal translator for surgeons

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Steven Schwaitzberg: A universal translator for surgeons

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Readability: 4.1


Laparoscopic surgery uses minimally invasive incisions -- which means less pain and shorter recovery times for patients. But Steven Schwaitzberg has run into two problems teaching these techniques to surgeons around the world: language and distance. He shares how a new technology, which combines videoconferencing and a real-time universal translator, could help.

Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war

TEDxWomen 2012

Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war

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Readability: 3.2


Reporter Janine di Giovanni has been to the worst places on Earth to bring back stories from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of human moments within large conflicts -- and explores that shocking transition when a familiar city street becomes a bombed-out battleground.

Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

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Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

4,541,313 views

Readability: 3.3


When Colin Stokes' 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of "Star Wars," he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

Colin Powell: Kids need structure

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Colin Powell: Kids need structure

1,539,509 views

Readability: 2.7


How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children, starting before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility.

Richard Weller: Could the sun be good for your heart?

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Richard Weller: Could the sun be good for your heart?

1,079,891 views

Readability: 4.1


Our bodies get Vitamin D from the sun, but as dermatologist Richard Weller suggests, sunlight may confer another surprising benefit too. New research by his team shows that nitric oxide, a chemical transmitter stored in huge reserves in the skin, can be released by UV light, to great benefit for blood pressure and the cardiovascular system. What does it mean? Well, it might begin to explain why Scots get sick more than Australians ...

Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison

TEDxWomen 2012

Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison

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Readability: 2.8


At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help young girls and their fathers stay connected and become part of each others' lives. But what about girls whose fathers can't be there -- because they're in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance.

Boghuma Kabisen Titanji: Ethical riddles in HIV research

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Boghuma Kabisen Titanji: Ethical riddles in HIV research

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Readability: 5.8


A woman in sub-Saharan Africa is part of a cutting-edge HIV clinical trial -- but she can't afford a bus ticket to her health clinic, let alone the life-saving antiretrovirals she'll need. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji asks an important question: How can researchers looking for a cure make sure they're not taking advantage of the people most affected by the pandemic?

Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist

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Readability: 3.1


This talk paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, Jarrett J. Krosoczka tells how he grew up to create beloved children's books.

Sue Austin: Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair

TEDxWomen 2012

Sue Austin: Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair

2,120,193 views

Readability: 4.5


When Sue Austin got a power wheelchair, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom -- yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she conveys the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees.

Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground

TEDSalon NY2012

Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground

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Readability: 4.3


If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we'd all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way -- some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right -- and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.

Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

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Readability: 3.9


In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven't we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet? Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitos to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species.

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

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Readability: 3.2


When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

Don Levy: A cinematic journey through visual effects

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Don Levy: A cinematic journey through visual effects

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Readability: 6


It's been 110 years since Georges Méliès sent a spaceship slamming into the eye of the man on the moon. So how far have visual effects come since then? Working closely with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Don Levy takes us on a visual journey through special effects, from the fakery of early technology to the seamless marvels of modern filmmaking.

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

TEDSalon NY2012

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

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Readability: 4.6


At the end of 2012, the US political system was headed for the "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that could only be solved with bipartisan agreement. Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data on how bipartisan we truly are -- and hints at the disconnect between representatives and the people they represent.

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

TEDGlobal 2012

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

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Readability: 3.9


Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?

TEDxJaffa 2012

Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?

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Readability: 3.1


When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

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Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

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Readability: 3.5


A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk

1,229,994 views

Readability: 4.5


Brains are ubiquitous in modern marketing: Headlines proclaim cheese sandwiches help with decision-making, while a “neuro” drink claims to reduce stress. There’s just one problem, says neuroscientist Molly Crockett: The benefits of these "neuro-enhancements" are not proven scientifically. In this to-the-point talk, Crockett explains the limits of interpreting neuroscientific data, and why we should all be aware of them.

Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car?

TEDGlobal 2012

Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car?

951,580 views

Readability: 3.7


A decade ago, Robin Chase founded Zipcar in the US, now the largest car-sharing company in the world. Now she's exploring the next level of car-sharing: Buzzcar, a French startup that lets people rent their own cars to others. The details are fascinating (how does insurance work, exactly?), and the larger vision (she calls it Peers, Inc.) points to a new definition of ownership and entrepreneurship.

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

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Readability: 3.6


Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

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Readability: 3.7


By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.