Adam Garone: Healthier men, one moustache at a time

TEDxToronto 2011

Adam Garone: Healthier men, one moustache at a time

725,844 views

Readability: 4.2


Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it's for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone's initiative to raise awareness for men's health -- by having men grow out their moustaches every November -- began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it's a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year. 

Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome

TEDxDublin

Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome

499,924 views

Readability: 4


In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink common attitudes toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.

Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers

TED@New York

Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers

2,038,073 views

Readability: 3.5


Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural -- she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other

TEDGlobal 2012

Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other

2,007,715 views

Readability: 3.1


The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you've never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.)

Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages

828,021 views

Readability: 4.7


Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.

Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid

TEDGlobal 2012

Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid

500,018 views

Readability: 5.2


How do we make sure that development and aid money actually goes to the people who most need it? Sanjay Pradhan of the World Bank Institute lays out three guidelines to help relief efforts make the most impact -- while curbing corruption. One key: connecting the players who are working to change broken systems with the data they need.

Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes

TEDxUSC

Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes

1,208,943 views

Readability: 4.5


Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.

David Pizarro: The strange politics of disgust

TEDxEast

David Pizarro: The strange politics of disgust

720,707 views

Readability: 4.9


What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between your sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and your own moral or political conservatism.

Lemn Sissay: A child of the state

TEDxHousesOfParliament

Lemn Sissay: A child of the state

818,971 views

Readability: 3.6


Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.

Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters

TEDxHousesOfParliament

Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters

892,160 views

Readability: 4.7


The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important -- not as a tool, but as an ideal.

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

TEDGlobal 2012

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

958,529 views

Readability: 4.1


Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests -- and to finally get some answers.

Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat

TEDGlobal 2012

Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat

869,072 views

Readability: 4.5


It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.

Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

TEDGlobal 2012

Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

2,252,104 views

Readability: 4.4


Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

TEDGlobal 2012

Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

980,103 views

Readability: 5.2


The days are past (if they ever existed) when a person, company or brand could tightly control their reputation -- online chatter and spin mean that if you're relevant, there's a constant, free-form conversation happening about you that you have no control over. Tim Leberecht offers three big ideas about accepting that loss of control, even designing for it -- and using it as an impetus to recommit to your values.

Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

TEDGlobal 2012

Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings

743,578 views

Readability: 4.5


Art history is far from set in stone. Engineer Maurizio Seracini spent 30 years searching for Leonardo da Vinci's lost fresco "The Battle of Anghiari," and in the process discovered that many paintings have layers of history hidden underneath. Should they be part of the viewing experience too?

Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

TEDGlobal 2012

Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

1,362,158 views

Readability: 3.5


What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time ... "

Jason McCue: Terrorism is a failed brand

TEDGlobal 2012

Jason McCue: Terrorism is a failed brand

806,460 views

Readability: 4.1


In this gripping talk, lawyer Jason McCue urges for a new way to attack terrorism, to weaken its credibility with those who are buying the product -- the recruits. He shares stories of real cases where he and other activists used this approach to engage and create change.

John Wilbanks: Let's pool our medical data

TEDGlobal 2012

John Wilbanks: Let's pool our medical data

559,519 views

Readability: 3.7


When you're getting medical treatment, or taking part in medical testing, privacy is important; strict laws limit what researchers can see and know about you. But what if your medical data could be used -- anonymously -- by anyone seeking to test a hypothesis? John Wilbanks wonders if the desire to protect our privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could lead to a wave of health care innovation.

Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness?

TEDGlobal 2012

Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness?

2,552,357 views

Readability: 3.1


Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.

Vicki Arroyo: Let's prepare for our new climate

TEDGlobal 2012

Vicki Arroyo: Let's prepare for our new climate

1,086,974 views

Readability: 5.1


As Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world -- local examples of thinking ahead.

Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

TEDxDublin

Aris Venetikidis: Making sense of maps

687,914 views

Readability: 4.4


Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map.

Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

TEDGlobal 2012

Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

1,548,609 views

Readability: 3.2


The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng -- and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure."

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

TED2012

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

642,302 views

Readability: 4.6


As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories. With glorious images, he shows how his curation philosophy works for displaying medieval tapestries—and for the over-the-top fashion/art of Alexander McQueen. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

John Lloyd: An animated tour of the invisible

TED-Ed

John Lloyd: An animated tour of the invisible

2,220,961 views

Readability: 3.5


Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd's classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know.

Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine

TEDMED 2012

Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine

1,106,850 views

Readability: 5.5


When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.

Andrew Blum: Discover the physical side of the internet

TEDGlobal 2012

Andrew Blum: Discover the physical side of the internet

1,411,954 views

Readability: 3.8


When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.

Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe

TEDMED 2012

Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe

2,344,879 views

Readability: 5


When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world -- except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.