Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

TED2004

Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

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Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.

Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

TEDGlobal 2005

Charles Leadbeater: The era of open innovation

1,447,859 views


In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can't.

Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters

TED2005

Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters

1,001,772 views


Writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives life to author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper and a bull rider, excerpts from her solo show "On the Road: A Search for American Character."

Bono: My wish: Three actions for Africa

TED2005

Bono: My wish: Three actions for Africa

726,606 views


Musician and activist Bono accepts the 2005 TED Prize with a riveting talk, arguing that aid to Africa isn't just another celebrity cause; it's a global emergency.

Larry Brilliant: My wish: Help me stop pandemics

TED2006

Larry Brilliant: My wish: Help me stop pandemics

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Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Dr. Larry Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet, and calls for a new global system that can identify and contain pandemics before they spread.

Cameron Sinclair: My wish: A call for open-source architecture

TED2006

Cameron Sinclair: My wish: A call for open-source architecture

1,227,722 views


Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

TED2006

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

1,826,737 views


In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.

Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by design

TED2004

Stefan Sagmeister: Happiness by design

1,819,355 views


Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy -- and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.

Saul Griffith: Everyday inventions

TED2006

Saul Griffith: Everyday inventions

466,830 views


Inventor and MacArthur fellow Saul Griffith shares some innovative ideas from his lab -- from "smart rope" to a house-sized kite for towing large loads.

David Deutsch: Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars

TEDGlobal 2005

David Deutsch: Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars

1,125,727 views


Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.

Jennifer Lin: Improvising on piano, aged 14

TED2004

Jennifer Lin: Improvising on piano, aged 14

1,659,330 views


Pianist and composer Jennifer Lin gives a magical performance, talks about the process of creativity and improvises a moving solo piece based on a random sequence of notes.

Sirena Huang: An 11-year-old's magical violin

TED2006

Sirena Huang: An 11-year-old's magical violin

2,753,727 views


Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance. In a charming interlude, the 11-year-old praises the timeless design of her instrument.

Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

TEDGlobal 2005

Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

776,799 views


Showing a series of inspiring, unusual and playful products, British branding and design guru Paul Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small, universal and overlooked problems.

Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

TEDGlobal 2005

Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

2,157,474 views


Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development.

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child

TED2006

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child

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Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."

Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

TED2005

Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

1,760,215 views


In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.

Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

TEDGlobal 2005

Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

3,348,506 views


Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

TED2005

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

2,482,618 views


Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia

TEDGlobal 2005

Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia

1,140,948 views


Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

Robert Neuwirth: The hidden world of shadow cities

TEDGlobal 2005

Robert Neuwirth: The hidden world of shadow cities

704,364 views


Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities," finds the world's squatter sites -- where a billion people now make their homes -- to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.

James Watson: How we discovered DNA

TED2005

James Watson: How we discovered DNA

1,570,666 views


Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.