William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

TEDxMidwest

William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

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William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system

TEDxNextGenerationAsheville

Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system

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Readability: 3.7


At a TEDx event, 11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.

Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff

TEDxHouston

Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff

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Readability: 3.4


In this funny and inspiring talk, Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own drive to make more with less.

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

TEDxMidwest

Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

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Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.

Zainab Salbi: Women, wartime and the dream of peace

TEDGlobal 2010

Zainab Salbi: Women, wartime and the dream of peace

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In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.

Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas

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Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas

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Readability: 5


Kristina Gjerde studies the law of the high seas -- the 64 percent of our ocean that isn't protected by any national law at all. Gorgeous photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policymaking and a healthy dose of PR.

John Hardy: My green school dream

TEDGlobal 2010

John Hardy: My green school dream

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Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world's largest freestanding bamboo building.

Shimon Schocken: What a bike ride can teach you

TEDxTelAviv 2010

Shimon Schocken: What a bike ride can teach you

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Readability: 3.7


Computer science professor Shimon Schocken is also an avid mountain biker. To share the life lessons he learned while riding, he began an outdoor program with Israel's juvenile inmates and was touched by both their intense difficulties and profound successes. Photographs by Raphael Rabinovitz.

Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

TED2010

Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

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Readability: 5.4


TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

TEDGlobal 2010

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

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Readability: 3.8


From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.

Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity

TEDGlobal 2010

Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity

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Readability: 4.8


Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points.

Auret van Heerden: Making global labor fair

TEDGlobal 2010

Auret van Heerden: Making global labor fair

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Readability: 4.4


FLA head Auret van Heerden talks about the next frontier of workers' rights -- globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we keep our global supply chains honest? Van Heerden makes the business case for fair labor.

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war

TEDxDU 2010

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war

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Readability: 4.4


Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson.

Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts

TEDGlobal 2010

Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts

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Readability: 5.5


Civil wars and ethnic conflicts have brought the world incredible suffering, but Stefan Wolff's figures show that, in the last 20 years, their number has steadily decreased. He extracts critical lessons from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor and more to show that leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are our three most effective weapons in waging peace.

Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

TEDGlobal 2010

Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

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Readability: 4.5


Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.

Andrew Bird: A one-man orchestra of the imagination

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Andrew Bird: A one-man orchestra of the imagination

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Readability: 3


Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra.

Gero Miesenboeck: Re-engineering the brain

TEDGlobal 2010

Gero Miesenboeck: Re-engineering the brain

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Readability: 4.7


In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward -- manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light.

Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

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Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

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Aboard Mission Blue, scientist Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati to create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific -- protecting fish, sealife and perhaps the island nation itself.

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain

TEDGlobal 2010

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain

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Readability: 3.8


We're bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours -- and real money -- exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why? As Tom Chatfield shows, games are perfectly tuned to dole out rewards that engage the brain and keep us questing for more.

Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart

Mission Blue Voyage

Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart

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Readability: 3.9


Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage -- "Eat your vegetables!"

Joseph Nye: Global power shifts

TEDGlobal 2010

Joseph Nye: Global power shifts

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Readability: 3.9


Historian and diplomat Joseph Nye gives us the 30,000-foot view of the shifts in power between China and the US, and the global implications as economic, political and "soft" power shifts and moves around the globe.

Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons

TEDGlobal 2010

Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons

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Readability: 3.6


In a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people together.

Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut

TEDGlobal 2010

Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut

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Readability: 4


Did you know you have functioning neurons in your intestines -- about a hundred million of them? Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising things it makes us feel.