Morley: "Women of Hope"

TEDxWomen 2011

Morley: "Women of Hope"

319,276 views


Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi's call to action, "If you're feeling helpless, help someone," Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice.

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

TEDxSydney

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

1,606,402 views


We have no ways to directly observe molecules and what they do -- but Drew Berry wants to change that. He demos his scientifically accurate (and entertaining!) animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells.

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

TEDxRC2

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

354,648 views


In politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when our values diverge.

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of simple stories

TEDxMidAtlantic

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of simple stories

405,739 views


Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative.

Michelle Borkin: Can astronomers help doctors?

TEDxBoston 2011

Michelle Borkin: Can astronomers help doctors?

177,123 views


How do you measure a nebula? With a brain scan. In this talk, TED Fellow Michelle Borkin shows why collaboration between doctors and astronomers can lead to surprising discoveries.

Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world

TEDxTC

Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world

149,572 views

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We don't just need better laws -- we need better culture. Nate Garvis asks: What can we do to create an environment in which powerful institutions are used for the common good?

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

TEDxBrussels

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

1,008,926 views


Paddy Ashdown believes we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

TEDxWomen 2011

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

2,439,330 views


Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren't just a footnote. Jane Fonda asks how we can re-imagine this new phase of our lives.

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDMED 2011

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

1,573,893 views


For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

TEDxRC2

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

835,574 views


Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war.

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

TEDSalon NY2011

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

2,220,871 views


Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

1,796,470 views


Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

TEDxCanberra

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

270,366 views

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Sad but true: Many of the cures and vaccines our world desperately needs -- for illnesses millions of people have -- just aren't being produced or developed, because there's no financial incentive. Thomas Pogge proposes a $6 billion plan to revolutionize the way medications are developed and sold.

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

TEDxDirigo

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

348,493 views


A vegetable garden can do more than save you money -- it can save the world. In this talk, Roger Doiron shows how gardens can re-localize our food and feed our growing population.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

TEDxDU 2011

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

378,780 views


When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. In this talk, she tells the remarkable story of her recovery -- drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens' home.

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

TED2011

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

870,679 views


Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche come from Moto, a Chicago restaurant that plays with new ways to cook and eat food. But beyond the fun and flavor-tripping, there's a serious intent: Can we use new food technology for good?

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

TEDGlobal 2011

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

658,022 views


Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

TEDMED 2011

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

1,123,924 views


Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut.

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

TEDGlobal 2011

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

576,646 views


Photographer Monika Bulaj shares powerful, intimate images of Afghanistan -- of home life, of ritual, of men and women. Behind the headlines, what does the world truly know about this place?

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

TEDxYYC

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

282,701 views


International aid groups make the same mistakes over and over again. David Damberger analyzes his own engineering failure in India -- and calls for his friends in the development sector to publicly admit, scrutinize and learn from their missteps.

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

TEDxVienna

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

328,586 views


What could you do with the world's smallest 3D printer? Klaus Stadlmann demos his tiny, affordable printer that could someday make customized hearing aids -- or sculptures smaller than a human hair.

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

TEDSalon NY2011

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

672,147 views


What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

TEDMED 2011

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

717,240 views


Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

TED2010

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

789,410 views


Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level -- then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

TEDxCMU

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

1,518,604 views


After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. In this talk, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the web quickly and accurately -- all for free.

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

TEDxKrakow

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

294,653 views


People-powered resistance: can it work? Srdja Popovic led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000; he lays out the plans, skills and tools that a people-powered movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor.