Rokia Traore: "M'Bifo"

TEDGlobal 2007

Rokia Traore: "M'Bifo"

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Rokia Traore sings the moving "M'Bifo," accompanied on the n'goni, a lute-like Malian stringed instrument with a soulful timbre. A quietly mesmerizing performance.

Eleni Gabre-Madhin: A commodities exchange for Ethiopia

TEDGlobal 2007

Eleni Gabre-Madhin: A commodities exchange for Ethiopia

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Economist Eleni Gabre-Madhin outlines her ambitious vision to found the first commodities market in Ethiopia. Her plan would create wealth, minimize risk for farmers and turn the world's largest recipient of food aid into a regional food basket.

Paul Rothemund: Playing with DNA that self-assembles

TED2007

Paul Rothemund: Playing with DNA that self-assembles

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Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.

Maira Kalman: The illustrated woman

TED2007

Maira Kalman: The illustrated woman

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Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

TED2007

Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet

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Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences -- and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

TED2007

Kenichi Ebina: My magic moves

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Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.

Carolyn Porco: This is Saturn

TED2007

Carolyn Porco: This is Saturn

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Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

Larry Brilliant: The case for optimism

Skoll World Forum 2007

Larry Brilliant: The case for optimism

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We've known about global warming for 50 years and done little about it, says Google.org director Larry Brilliant. In spite of this and other depressing trends, he's optimistic and tells us why. From Skoll World Forum, Oxford, UK, www.skollfoundation.org

Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

LIFT 2007

Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves

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Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture

DLD 2007

Norman Foster: My green agenda for architecture

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Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." From the 2007 DLD Conference, Munich; www.dld-conference.com

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

TEDGlobal 2007

Vusi Mahlasela: "Woza"

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After Vusi Mahlasela's 3-song set at TEDGlobal, the audience wouldn't let him go. His encore, "Woza," showcases his brilliant guitar playing and multilingual lyrics.

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

TEDGlobal 2005

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

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In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

TED2007

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence

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Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

TED2007

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

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Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

TEDGlobal 2007

Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks.

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In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the "African question" -- to look beyond the media's stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

TEDGlobal 2007

Patrick Awuah: How to educate leaders? Liberal arts

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A liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders, says university head Patrick Awuah -- because it builds decision-making skills, an ethical framework and a broad vision. Awuah himself left a career at Microsoft in the US to found a liberal arts school in Africa: Ashesi University, in his home nation of Ghana. A passionate talk about dreaming, doing and leading.

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

TEDGlobal 2007

Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa

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In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that "what we know about how to be who we are" comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.