Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

TED2004

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

6,506,879 views

Readability: 4


Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

TED2006

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

3,934,797 views

Readability: 3


When two young Mormon missionaries knock on Julia Sweeney's door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs, in this excerpt from Sweeney's solo show "Letting Go of God."

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

TED2007

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

1,696,604 views

Readability: 2.5


Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

TEDSalon 2006

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

417,060 views

Readability: 7.9


Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

TEDGlobal 2005

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

534,280 views

Readability: 3.2


Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.

Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

TED2004

Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

1,348,946 views

Readability: 4


Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

TED2004

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

2,402,673 views

Readability: 4.1


Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

TEDGlobal 2005

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

603,561 views

Readability: 3.4


A free press -- papers, magazines, radio, TV, blogs -- is the backbone of any true democracy (and a vital watchdog on business). Sasa Vucinic, a journalist from Belgrade, talks about his new fund, which supports media by selling "free press bonds."

Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness

TEDGlobal 2005

Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness

2,677,898 views

Readability: 3.5


Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

Chris Anderson: Technology's long tail

TED2004

Chris Anderson: Technology's long tail

972,206 views

Readability: 3.9


Chris Anderson, then the editor of Wired, explores the four key stages of any viable technology: setting the right price, gaining market share, displacing an established technology and, finally, becoming ubiquitous.

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

TED2006

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

3,423,691 views

Readability: 3


Pastor Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose-Driven Life," reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

TED2005

Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

12,276,420 views

Readability: 3.6


Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

TED2003

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

3,104,987 views

Readability: 4.7


With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

TED2004

Eve Ensler: Happiness in body and soul

1,208,879 views

Readability: 3.9


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

1,520,906 views

Readability: 4.4


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.