Leah Chase and Pat Mitchell: An interview with the Queen of Creole Cuisine

TEDWomen 2017

Leah Chase and Pat Mitchell: An interview with the Queen of Creole Cuisine

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Leah Chase's New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and where the police entered but did not disturb -- and it continues to operate in the same spirit today. In conversation with TEDWomen Curator Pat Mitchell, the 94-year old Queen of Creole Cuisine (who still runs the Dooky Chase kitchen) shares her wisdom from a lifetime of activism, speaking up and cooking.

Per Espen Stoknes: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

TEDGlobal>NYC

Per Espen Stoknes: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

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Readability: 4.5


The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes. He's spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet -- and figuring out a new way of talking about global warming that keeps us from shutting down. Step away from the doomsday narratives and learn how to make caring for the earth feel personable, do-able and empowering with this fun, informative talk.

Teresa Njoroge: What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit

TEDWomen 2017

Teresa Njoroge: What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit

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Readability: 4.1


In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn't commit -- the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of the women and girls locked up with her were also victims of the same broken system, caught in a revolving door of life in and out of prison due to poor education and lack of economic opportunity. Now free and cleared by the courts of appeal, Njoroge shares how she's giving women in prison the skills, tools and support they need to break the cycle of poverty and crime and build a better life.

Martina Flor: The secret language of letter design

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Martina Flor: The secret language of letter design

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Readability: 3.4


Look at the letters around you: on street signs, stores, restaurant menus, the covers of books. Whether you realize it or not, the letters are speaking to you, telling you something beyond the literal text -- that whatever they represent is modern or finely crafted or fantastical or zany. Learn to decode this secret language with lettering designer Martina Flor as she explains how altering the shapes, colors and textures of letters changes how we perceive them. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Keller Rinaudo: How we're using drones to deliver blood and save lives

TEDGlobal 2017

Keller Rinaudo: How we're using drones to deliver blood and save lives

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Readability: 4.4


Keller Rinaudo wants everyone on earth to have access to basic health care, no matter how hard it is to reach them. With his start-up Zipline, he has created the world's first drone delivery system to operate at national scale, transporting blood and plasma to remote clinics in East Africa with a fleet of electric autonomous aircraft. Find out how Rinaudo and his team are working to transform health care logistics throughout the world -- and inspiring the next generation of engineers along the way.

Dan Gartenberg: The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it

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Dan Gartenberg: The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it

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Readability: 4.4


There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep -- and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.

Gretchen Carlson: How we can end sexual harassment at work

TEDWomen 2017

Gretchen Carlson: How we can end sexual harassment at work

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Readability: 3.7


When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story -- and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work. "We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or set back," Carlson says. "We will stand up and speak up and have our voices heard. We will be the women we were meant to be."

Matilda Ho: The future of good food in China

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Matilda Ho: The future of good food in China

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Readability: 4.1


Fresh food free of chemicals and pesticides is hard to come by in China: in 2016, the Chinese government revealed half a million food safety violations in just nine months. In the absence of safe, sustainable food sources, TED Fellow Matilda Ho launched China's first online farmers market, instituting a zero-tolerance test towards pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in food. She shares how she's growing her platform from the ground up and bringing local, organically grown food to the families that need it.

Niti Bhan: The hidden opportunities of the informal economy

TEDGlobal 2017

Niti Bhan: The hidden opportunities of the informal economy

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Readability: 4.9


Niti Bhan studies business strategy for Africa's informal markets: the small shops and stands, skilled craftspeople and laborers who are the invisible engine that keeps the continent's economy running. It's tempting to think of these workers as tax-dodgers, even criminals -- but Bhan makes the case that this booming segment of the economy is legitimate and worthy of investment. "These are the fertile seeds of businesses and enterprises," Bhan says. "Can we start by recognizing these skills and occupations?"

Sebastian Thrun and Chris Anderson: What AI is -- and isn't

TED2017

Sebastian Thrun and Chris Anderson: What AI is -- and isn't

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Readability: 4


Educator and entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun wants us to use AI to free humanity of repetitive work and unleash our creativity. In an inspiring, informative conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Thrun discusses the progress of deep learning, why we shouldn't fear runaway AI and how society will be better off if dull, tedious work is done with the help of machines. "Only one percent of interesting things have been invented yet," Thrun says. "I believe all of us are insanely creative ... [AI] will empower us to turn creativity into action."

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Stephanie Busari: An interview with Mauritius's first female president

TEDGlobal 2017

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Stephanie Busari: An interview with Mauritius's first female president

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Readability: 4.1


Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been an academic, an entrepreneur and is now the president of Mauritius -- the first Muslim female head of state in Africa. In a wide-ranging conversation with journalist Stephanie Busari, Gurib-Fakim discusses the humble beginnings of her political career, what it's like to be both a person of faith and a scientist and why we need to value traditional African knowledge, among much more. "I don't think you should take yourself seriously," she says. "You need to have trust in what you can do, have confidence in yourself and give yourself a set of goals and just work towards them."

Sarah Corbett: Activism needs introverts

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Sarah Corbett: Activism needs introverts

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Readability: 4.1


For the introverts among us, traditional forms activism like marches, protests and door-to-door canvassing can be intimidating and stressful. Take it from Sarah Corbett, a former professional campaigner and self-proclaimed introvert. She introduces us to "craftivism," a quieter form of activism that uses handicrafts as a way to get people to slow down and think deeply about the issues they're facing, all while engaging the public more gently. Who says an embroidered handkerchief can't change the world?

Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers: The future of storytelling

TED2017

Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers: The future of storytelling

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Readability: 3.4


"We all feel a compelling need to watch stories, to tell stories ... to discuss the things that tell each one of us that we are not alone in the world," says TV titan Shonda Rhimes. A dominant force in television since "Grey's Anatomy" hit the airwaves, Rhimes discusses the future of media networks, how she's using her narrative-building skills as a force for good, an intriguing concept known as "Amish summers" and much more, in conversation with Cyndi Stivers, director of the TED Residency.

Atul Gawande: Want to get great at something? Get a coach

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Atul Gawande: Want to get great at something? Get a coach

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Readability: 3.4


How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon's precision. He shares what he's found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. "It's not how good you are now; it's how good you're going to be that really matters," Gawande says.

Lloyd Pendleton: The Housing First approach to homelessness

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Lloyd Pendleton: The Housing First approach to homelessness

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Readability: 4.4


What do you think would happen if you invited an individual with mental health issues who had been homeless for many years to move directly from the street into housing? Loyd Pendleton shares how he went from skeptic to believer in the Housing First approach to homelessness -- providing the displaced with short-term assistance to find permanent housing quickly and without conditions -- and how it led to a 91 percent reduction in chronic homelessness over a ten-year period in Utah.

Hadi Eldebek: Why must artists be poor?

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Hadi Eldebek: Why must artists be poor?

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Readability: 3.8


The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture -- so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities -- so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.

Kayla Briët: Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage

TED2017

Kayla Briët: Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage

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Kayla Briët creates art that explores identity and self-discovery -- and the fear that her culture may someday be forgotten. She shares how she found her creative voice and reclaimed the stories of her Dutch-Indonesian, Chinese and Native American heritage by infusing them into film and music time capsules.

Robert Muggah: The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions

TEDGlobal>NYC

Robert Muggah: The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions

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Readability: 4.7


With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics -- they should also be the foundation of our political lives. Looking around the world, from Syria to Singapore to Seoul and beyond, Muggah submits six principles for how we can build more resilient cities. "Cities are where the future happens first. They're open, creative, dynamic, democratic, cosmopolitan, sexy," Muggah says. "They're the perfect antidote to reactionary nationalism."

David Titley: How the military fights climate change

TED2017

David Titley: How the military fights climate change

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Readability: 3.4


Military leaders have known for millennia that the time to prepare for a challenge is before it hits you, says scientist and retired US Navy officer David Titley. He takes us from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria to the icy shores of Svalbard to show how the military approaches the threat of climate change, in a refreshingly practical, nonpartisan take on climate preparedness. "The ice doesn't care who's in the White House. It doesn't care which party controls your congress. It doesn't care which party controls your parliament," Titley says. "It just melts."

Jackson Bird: How to talk (and listen) to transgender people

TED Residency

Jackson Bird: How to talk (and listen) to transgender people

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Readability: 4.1


Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues. And in this funny, frank talk, he clears up a few misconceptions about pronouns, transitioning, bathrooms and more.

Victoria Pratt: How judges can show respect

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Victoria Pratt: How judges can show respect

1,074,798 views

Readability: 3.9


In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect? A pioneering judge in New Jersey, Victoria Pratt shares her principles of "procedural justice" -- four simple, thoughtful steps that redefined the everyday business of her courtroom in Newark, changing lives along the way. "When the court behaves differently, naturally people respond differently," Pratt says. "We want people to enter our halls of justice ... and know that justice will be served there."

Jon Bowers: We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure

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Jon Bowers: We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure

1,539,520 views

Readability: 4.3


Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. For Jon Bowers, who runs a training facility for professional delivery drivers, the stakes are high -- 100 people in the US die every day in car accidents -- and it's perfection, or "a willingness to do what is difficult to achieve what is right," that he looks to achieve. He explains why we should all be equally diligent about striving toward perfection in everything we do, even if it means failing along the way.

Nnedi Okorafor: Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa

TEDGlobal 2017

Nnedi Okorafor: Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa

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Readability: 4.9


"My science fiction has different ancestors -- African ones," says writer Nnedi Okorafor. In between excerpts from her "Binti" series and her novel "Lagoon," Okorafor discusses the inspiration and roots of her work -- and how she opens strange doors through her Afrofuturist writing.

Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

TEDGlobal>NYC

Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

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Readability: 4.8


We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren't even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us -- and what we can do in response.

Paul Hessburg: Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it

TEDxBend

Paul Hessburg: Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it

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Readability: 4.1


Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States -- the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we've brought to the forests through a century of misguided management. What steps can we take to avoid further destruction? Forest ecologist Paul Hessburg confronts some tough truths about wildfires and details how we can help restore the natural balance of the landscape.

Amel Karboul: The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it

TED@BCG Milan

Amel Karboul: The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it

1,438,674 views

Readability: 4.8


The most important infrastructure we have is educated minds, says former Tunisian government minister Amel Karboul. Yet too often large investments go to more visible initiatives such as bridges and roads, when it's the minds of our children that will really create a brighter future. In this sharp talk, she shares actionable ideas to ensure that every child is in school -- and learning -- within just one generation.

Inés Hercovich: Why women stay silent after sexual assault

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Inés Hercovich: Why women stay silent after sexual assault

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Readability: 3.3


Why do women who experience sexual assault rarely speak up about it? "Because they fear they won't be believed," says Inés Hercovich. "Because when a woman tells what happened to her, she tells us things we can't imagine, things that disturb us, things we don't expect to hear, things that shock us." In this moving talk, she takes us inside an encounter with sexual assault to give us a clearer idea of what these situations really look like -- and the difficult choices women make to survive. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Washington Wachira: For the love of birds

TEDGlobal 2017

Washington Wachira: For the love of birds

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Readability: 4.3


From the glorious crested guinea fowl to the adulterous African jacana to vultures that can pick a zebra carcass clean in 30 minutes, Washington Wachira wants us all to get to know the marvelous species of birds that share the planet with us. If you're not already a fan of earth's feathermakers -- or concerned about their conservation -- you will be after you watch this delightful talk.

Lauren Sallan: How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction

TED2017

Lauren Sallan: How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction

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Readability: 4.6


Congratulations! By being here, alive, you are one of history's winners -- the culmination of a success story four billion years in the making. The other 99 percent of species who have ever lived on earth are dead -- killed by fire, flood, asteroids, ice, heat and the cold math of natural selection. How did we get so lucky, and will we continue to win? In this short, funny talk, paleobiologist and TED Fellow Lauren Sallan shares insights on how your ancestors' survival through mass extinction made you who you are today.