TED Talks with English transcript

John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders

TEDGlobal 2012

John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders
1,113,073 views

John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda's earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

TEDGlobal 2012

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course
1,026,958 views

Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are

TEDGlobal 2012

Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are
51,337,133 views

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details as well as Amy Cuddy's response.

Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too

TEDGlobal 2012

Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too
1,243,782 views

We have personal computing -- why not personal biotech? That's the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIY bio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIY bio.

Bandi Mbubi: Demand a fair trade cell phone

TEDxExeter

Bandi Mbubi: Demand a fair trade cell phone
610,931 views

Your mobile phone, computer and game console have a bloody past — tied to tantalum mining, which funds the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story, activist and refugee Bandi Mbubi gives a stirring call to action.

Ed Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeons

TEDMED 2012

Ed Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeons
1,002,569 views

One day, Ed Gavagan was sitting on the subway, watching two young med students practicing their knots. And a powerful memory washed over him -- of one shocking moment that changed his life forever. An unforgettable story of crime, skill and gratitude.

Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal
1,641,458 views

Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

TEDGlobal 2012

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears
1,290,713 views

Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Susan Solomon: The promise of research with stem cells

TEDGlobal 2012

Susan Solomon: The promise of research with stem cells
894,634 views

Calling them "our bodies' own repair kits," Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases -- and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person.

Jonathan Trent: Energy from floating algae pods

TEDGlobal 2012

Jonathan Trent: Energy from floating algae pods
957,602 views

Call it "fuel without fossils": Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. Hear his team's bold vision for Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) and how it might power the future.

Scott Fraser: Why eyewitnesses get it wrong

TEDxUSC

Scott Fraser: Why eyewitnesses get it wrong
1,204,176 views

Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes -- and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen. Why? Because the brain abhors a vacuum. Editor's note: In the original version of this talk, Scott Fraser misspoke about available footage of Two World Trade Center (Tower 2). The misstatement has been edited out for clarity.

Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government

TEDGlobal 2012

Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government
552,722 views

What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society" ...

Vikram Patel: Mental health for all by involving all

TEDGlobal 2012

Vikram Patel: Mental health for all by involving all
1,042,771 views

Nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, but in developing countries, close to 90 percent go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply. Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach -- training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.

Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation

TEDGlobal 2012

Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation
919,388 views

Brute computing force alone can't solve the world's problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity.

Robert Neuwirth: The power of the informal economy

TEDGlobal 2012

Robert Neuwirth: The power of the informal economy
840,885 views

Robert Neuwirth spent four years among the chaotic stalls of street markets, talking to pushcart hawkers and gray marketers, to study the remarkable "System D," the world's unlicensed economic network. Responsible for some 1.8 billion jobs, it's an economy of underappreciated power and scope.

Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China's workers

TEDGlobal 2012

Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China's workers
1,491,924 views

In the ongoing debate about globalization, what's been missing is the voices of workers -- the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world. Reporter Leslie T. Chang sought out women who work in one of China's booming megacities, and tells their stories.

Candy Chang: Before I die I want to ...

TEDGlobal 2012

Candy Chang: Before I die I want to ...
5,415,236 views

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: "Before I die I want to ___." Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)

David Binder: The arts festival revolution

TEDGlobal 2012

David Binder: The arts festival revolution
695,225 views

David Binder is a major Broadway producer, but last summer he found himself in a small Australian neighborhood, watching locals dance and perform on their lawns -- and loving it. He shows us the new face of arts festivals, which break the boundary between audience and performer and help cities express themselves.

Antony Gormley: Sculpted space, within and without

TEDGlobal 2012

Antony Gormley: Sculpted space, within and without
502,905 views

Legendary sculptor Antony Gormley riffs on space and the human form. His works explore the interior space we feel within our own bodies -- and the exterior space we feel around us, knowing that we are just dots in space and time.

Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards

TEDxBoston 2012

Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards
1,058,710 views

Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- he even won awards for it. But he and his team learned a hard lesson when their incubator completely failed to catch on. Hear his hard-earned manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, not accolades.

Mark Forsyth: What's a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak

TEDxHousesOfParliament

Mark Forsyth: What's a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak
609,737 views

Most politicians choose their words carefully, to shape the reality they hope to create. But does it work? Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares a few entertaining word-origin stories from British and American history (for instance, did you ever wonder how George Washington became "president"?) and draws a surprising conclusion.

Ivan Krastev: Can democracy exist without trust?

TEDGlobal 2012

Ivan Krastev: Can democracy exist without trust?
698,446 views

It seems the more we know about how democracy works -- through government transparency, better media coverage, even new insights about our brains -- the less we trust democracy itself. Yet it's still, arguably, the best system of government available. As Ivan Krastev says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive?

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

TEDGlobal 2012

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government
1,278,038 views

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

Caitria + Morgan O'Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster

TEDxBoston 2012

Caitria + Morgan O'Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster
878,191 views

When a freak tornado hit their hometown, sisters Caitria and Morgan O'Neill -- just 20 and 24 at the time -- realized they had to jump in and help. What they learned is: After a natural disaster, there's only a tiny window before the world turns its sympathy (and its donations) elsewhere -- so it's important to be prepared for every aspect of recovery. Watch this talk to learn how to step up in a timely fashion for your own community.

Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test

TED2012

Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test
16,602,759 views

Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.)

Hannah Fry: Is life really that complex?

TEDxUCL

Hannah Fry: Is life really that complex?
746,219 views

Can an algorithm forecast the site of the next riot? In this accessible talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows how complex social behavior can be analyzed and perhaps predicted through analogies to natural phenomena, like the patterns of a leopard's spots or the distribution of predators and prey in the wild.

Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with nonviolence

TEDxExeter

Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with nonviolence
1,208,327 views

How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need -- as nations and individuals -- to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how nonviolence works, she evokes historical heroes -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela -- and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests.

Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

TEDxMaui

Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery
2,764,039 views

Photographer Lisa Kristine travels the world documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images -- miners in the Congo, bricklayers in Nepal -- that illuminate the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide.