Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

TEDGlobal 2010

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

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For the last eight years, pop singer Annie Lennox has devoted the majority of her time to her SING campaign, raising awareness and money to combat HIV/AIDS. She shares the experiences that have inspired her, from working with Nelson Mandela to meeting a little African girl in a desperate situation.

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV

TEDGlobal 2010

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV

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In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell Besser enlisted the help of his patients to create mothers2mothers -- an extraordinary network of HIV-positive women whose support for each other is changing and saving lives.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

TEDGlobal 2010

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

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People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners

TEDGlobal 2010

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners

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Caroline Phillips cranks out tunes on a seldom-heard folk instrument: the hurdy-gurdy, a.k.a. the wheel fiddle. A searching, Basque melody follows her fun lesson on its unique anatomy and 1,000-year history.

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

TED@Cannes

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

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After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

TEDGlobal 2010

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

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TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

Mission Blue Voyage

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

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Rob Dunbar hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate -- and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification.

Seth Godin: This is broken

Gel Conference

Seth Godin: This is broken

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Why are so many things broken? In a hilarious talk from the 2006 Gel conference, Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

Ben Cameron: Why the live arts matter

TEDxYYC

Ben Cameron: Why the live arts matter

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How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? Ben Cameron offers a bold look forward to a world where live arts matter more than ever -- to link humans together at a primal level of shared experience.

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

Business Innovation Factory

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

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After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a "freelance diplomat," running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that welcomes innovation.

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

TEDIndia 2009

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

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Alwar Balasubramaniam's sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal -- or conceal -- what's really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations.

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

TEDGlobal 2010

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

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Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

TEDGlobal 2010

Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things

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Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

TEDGlobal 2010

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

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After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

TEDIndia 2009

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

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His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

TEDGlobal 2010

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

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Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

TEDGlobal 2010

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization

RSA Animate

Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization

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In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.

Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing

TEDGlobal 2010

Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing

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Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil

TEDxOilSpill

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil

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Speaking one month after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Lisa Margonelli shows how drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract us from the issue at heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off oil -- by confronting consumers with its real cost.

Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the shark

Mission Blue Voyage

Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the shark

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Cartoonist Jim Toomey created the comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, a wry look at underwater life starring Sherman the talking shark. As he sketches some of his favorite sea creatures live onstage, Toomey shares his love of the ocean and the stories it can tell.

Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

TEDGlobal 2010

Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

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Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate.

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

TEDGlobal 2010

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

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Readability: 4.3


David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.

Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world

TEDxBoston 2010

Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world

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In this far-seeing talk, Seth Priebatsch shows how game dynamics are reshaping the world -- from a classroom where students "level up" instead of being graded ,to a pervasive game called "happy hour" that you may already be playing. Get ready to meet the "game layer," a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.

Jamil Abu-Wardeh: The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour

TEDGlobal 2010

Jamil Abu-Wardeh: The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour

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Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found that, by respecting the "three B's" (blue material, beliefs and "bolitics"), the Axis of Evil comics find plenty of cross-border laughs.

Peter Molyneux: Meet Milo, the virtual boy

TEDGlobal 2010

Peter Molyneux: Meet Milo, the virtual boy

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Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.