John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

TED2007

John Doerr: Salvation (and profit) in greentech

930,123 views

Readability: 4


"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

TED2003

Tierney Thys: Swim with the giant sunfish

1,083,846 views

Readability: 3.8


Marine biologist Tierney Thys asks us to step into the water to visit the world of the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish. Basking, eating jellyfish and getting massages, this behemoth offers clues to life in the open sea.

David Kelley: Human-centered design

TED2002

David Kelley: Human-centered design

880,897 views

Readability: 4


IDEO's David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

TED2004

Sergey Brin + Larry Page: The genesis of Google

1,547,068 views

Readability: 3.1


Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin offer a peek inside the Google machine, sharing tidbits about international search patterns, the philanthropic Google Foundation, and the company's dedication to innovation and employee happiness.

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

TED2002

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

1,685,871 views

Readability: 3.8


Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

TED2004

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

462,272 views

Readability: 10


Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band -- led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard -- delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard "La Vie en Rose."

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

TED2006

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

635,401 views

Readability: 4.4


Satirist Tom Rielly delivers a wicked parody of the 2006 TED conference, taking down the $100 laptop, the plight of the polar bear, and people who mention, one too many times, that they work at Harvard. Watch for a special moment between Tom and Al Gore.

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

TED2002

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

4,593,490 views

Readability: 5.3


Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

452,133 views

Readability: 2.6


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

TED2003

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

4,508,798 views

Readability: 3


In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

TED2005

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

418,907 views

Readability: 3.1


Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

TED2004

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

15,940,829 views

Readability: 3.7


Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

TEDGlobal 2005

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

11,442,399 views

Readability: 3.5


Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.