Leo Igwe: Why I choose humanism over faith

TEDGlobal 2017

Leo Igwe: Why I choose humanism over faith

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As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention -- but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe shares how humanism can free Africans from damaging superstitions and give them the power to rebuild the continent.

Sally Kohn: What we can do about the culture of hate

TEDWomen 2017

Sally Kohn: What we can do about the culture of hate

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We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.

Kyra Gaunt: How the jump rope got its rhythm

Small Thing Big Idea

Kyra Gaunt: How the jump rope got its rhythm

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Readability: 3.5

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"Down down, baby, down down the roller coaster..." Hip-hop owes a lot of the queens of double dutch. Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt takes us on a tour of the fascinating history of the jump rope.

Caroline Weaver: Why the pencil is perfect

Small Thing Big Idea

Caroline Weaver: Why the pencil is perfect

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Why are pencils shaped like hexagons, and how did they get their iconic yellow color? Pencil shop owner Caroline Weaver takes us inside the fascinating history of the pencil.

Bob Stein: A rite of passage for late life

TED Residency

Bob Stein: A rite of passage for late life

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We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.

Soka Moses: For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn't over

TEDMED 2017

Soka Moses: For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn't over

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In 2014, as a newly trained physician, Soka Moses took on one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating highly contagious patients at the height of Liberia's Ebola outbreak. In this intense, emotional talk, he details what he saw on the frontlines of the crisis -- and reveals the challenges and stigma that thousands of survivors still face.

Ndidi Nwuneli: The role of faith and belief in modern Africa

TEDGlobal 2017

Ndidi Nwuneli: The role of faith and belief in modern Africa

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Ndidi Nwuneli has advice for Africans who believe in God -- and Africans who don't. To the religious, she advises against using God to outsource responsibility for what happens in their lives. To the non-religious, she asks that they keep an open mind and work with faith-based organizations, especially on issues like health care and education. "There's so much potential that can be realized when we walk across the divide of faith and, hand in hand, try to solve many of our problems," Nwuneli says.

Amishi Jha: How to tame your wandering mind

TEDxCoconutGrove

Amishi Jha: How to tame your wandering mind

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Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention's power, Jha says -- but some simple techniques can boost it. "Pay attention to your attention," Jha says.

Eve Abrams: The human stories behind mass incarceration

TEDWomen 2017

Eve Abrams: The human stories behind mass incarceration

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The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That's 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers -- predominantly African American -- unnecessarily separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.

Adong Judith: How I use art to bridge misunderstanding

TEDGlobal 2017

Adong Judith: How I use art to bridge misunderstanding

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Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work -- including the play "Silent Voices," which brought victims of the Northern Ugandan war against Joseph Kony's rebel group together with political, religious and cultural leaders for transformative talks. "Listening to one another will not magically solve all problems," Judith says. "But it will give a chance to create avenues to start to work together to solve many of humanity's problems."

Glen Henry: What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad

TEDxMidAtlantic

Glen Henry: What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad

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Readability: 2.6


Glen Henry got his superpowers through fatherhood. After leaving behind a job he hated and a manager he didn't get along with, he went to work for an equally demanding boss: his kids. He shares how he went from thinking he knew it all about being a stay-at-home parent to realizing he knew nothing at all -- and how he's now documenting what he's learned.

Sophie Andrews: The best way to help is often just to listen

TEDMED 2017

Sophie Andrews: The best way to help is often just to listen

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A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she's paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people. In a powerful, personal talk, she shares why the simple act of listening (instead of giving advice) is often the best way to help someone in need.

Alvin Irby: How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader

TED Residency

Alvin Irby: How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader

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According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black fourth-grade boys aren't proficient in reading. What kind of reading experiences should we be creating to ensure that all children read well? In a talk that will make you rethink how we teach, educator and author Alvin Irby explains the reading challenges that many black children face -- and tells us what culturally competent educators do to help all children identify as readers.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: What soccer can teach us about freedom

TEDGlobal 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: What soccer can teach us about freedom

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"Soccer is the only thing on this planet that we can all agree to do together," says theater maker and TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Through his performances and an engagement initiative called "Moving and Passing," Joseph combines music, dance and soccer to reveal accessible, joyful connections between the arts and sports. Learn more about how he's using the beautiful game to foster community and highlight issues facing immigrants.

Musimbi Kanyoro: To solve the world's biggest problems, invest in women and girls

TEDWomen 2017

Musimbi Kanyoro: To solve the world's biggest problems, invest in women and girls

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As CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyoro works to support women and their ideas so they can expand and grow. She introduces us to the Maragoli concept of "isirika" -- a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility to care for one another -- something she sees women practicing all over the world. And she calls for those who have more to give more to people working to improve their communities. "Imagine what it would look like if you embraced isirika and made it your default," Kanyoro says. "What could we achieve for each other? For humanity?" Let's find out -- together.

Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman: The wonderful world of life in a drop of water

TED@IBM

Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman: The wonderful world of life in a drop of water

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"Hold your breath," says inventor Tom Zimmerman. "This is the world without plankton." These tiny organisms produce two-thirds of our planet's oxygen -- without them, life as we know it wouldn't exist. In this talk and tech demo, Zimmerman and cell engineer Simone Bianco hook up a 3D microscope to a drop of water and take you scuba diving with plankton. Learn more about these mesmerizing creatures and get inspired to protect them against ongoing threats from climate change.

Deanna Van Buren: What a world without prisons could look like

TEDWomen 2017

Deanna Van Buren: What a world without prisons could look like

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Readability: 4.2


Deanna Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together to repair that breach. With help and ideas from incarcerated men and women, Van Buren is creating dynamic spaces that provide safe venues for dialogue and reconciliation; employment and job training; and social services to help keep people from entering the justice system in the first place. "Imagine a world without prisons," Van Buren says. "And join me in creating all the things that we could build instead."

Erricka Bridgeford: How Baltimore called a ceasefire

TEDxMidAtlantic 2017

Erricka Bridgeford: How Baltimore called a ceasefire

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In one day, in one city, in one neighborhood -- what if everyone put their guns down? Erricka Bridgeford is a peacemaker who wants to stop the murders and violence in her hometown of Baltimore. So she helped organize the Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots campaign to keep the peace. In a passionate, personal talk, Bridgeford tells the story of the Ceasefire movement and their bigger vision for zero murders in Baltimore.

Liz Ogbu: What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them?

TEDWomen 2017

Liz Ogbu: What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them?

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Readability: 4.1


Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she's questioning the all too familiar story of gentrification: that poor people will be pushed out by development and progress. "Why is it that we treat culture erasure and economic displacement as inevitable?" she asks, calling on developers, architects and policymakers to instead "make a commitment to build people's capacity to stay in their homes, to stay in their communities, to stay where they feel whole."

Vittorio Loreto: Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known

TED@BCG Milan

Vittorio Loreto: Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known

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Readability: 3.9


"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the math that drives it could explain how we create new ideas.

Dustin Schroeder: How we look kilometers below the Antarctic ice sheet

TEDxStanford

Dustin Schroeder: How we look kilometers below the Antarctic ice sheet

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Readability: 4.5


Antarctica is a vast and dynamic place, but radar technologies -- from World War II-era film to state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors -- are enabling scientists to observe and understand changes beneath the continent's ice in unprecedented detail. Join radio glaciologist Dustin Schroeder on a flight high above Antarctica and see how ice-penetrating radar is helping us learn about future sea level rise -- and what the melting ice will mean for us all.

Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change

TEDGlobal>NYC

Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change

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Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping crises demand from us? Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto she wrote alongside indigenous elders, climate change activists, union leaders and others from different backgrounds -- which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society. "The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better," Klein says. "But first we need to picture the world that we're fighting for. And we have to dream it up together."

Iké Udé: The radical beauty of Africa, in portraits

TEDGlobal 2017

Iké Udé: The radical beauty of Africa, in portraits

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Readability: 6.3


Throughout his colorful career and bodies of work, Iké Udé has found creative ways to reject the negative portrayal of Africans rampant in Western media. In this tour of his work, he shares evocative portraits that blend clothing, props and poses from many cultures at once into sharp takes on the varied, complex beauty of Africa.

Minda Dentler: What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon

TEDWomen 2017

Minda Dentler: What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon

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A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground -- with no breaks in between: the legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, is a bucket list goal for champion athletes. But when Minda Dentler decided to take it on, she had bigger aspirations than just another medal around her neck. She tells the story of how she conquered this epic race, and what it inspired her to do next.