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  • How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions | Scott Galloway November 21, 2017
    The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation -- and what happens when a society prizes shareholder […]
    Scott Galloway
  • Activism needs introverts | Sarah Corbett November 21, 2017
    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 […]
    Sarah Corbett
  • The hidden opportunities of the informal economy | Niti Bhan November 20, 2017
    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 […]
    Niti Bhan
  • How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming | Per Espen Stoknes November 17, 2017
    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 […]
    Per Espen Stoknes
  • Why do I make art? To build time capsules for my heritage | Kayla Briët November 17, 2017
    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.
    Kayla Briët
  • I don't want children -- stop telling me I'll change my mind | Christen Reighter November 16, 2017
    One in five women in the United States will not have a biological child, and Christen Reighter is one of them. From a young age, she knew she didn't want kids, in spite of the insistence of many people (including her doctor) who told her she'd change her mind. In this powerful talk, she shares […]
    Christen Reighter
  • How my dad's dementia changed my idea of death (and life) | Beth Malone November 16, 2017
    With warmth and grace, Beth Malone tells the deeply personal story of her dad's struggle with frontotemporal lobe dementia, and how it changed how she thinks about death (and life). A moving talk about a daughter's love -- and of letting go and finding peace.
    Beth Malone
  • How the military fights climate change | David Titley November 15, 2017
    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 […]
    David Titley
  • The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton November 14, 2017
    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 […]
    Lloyd Pendleton
  • How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird November 14, 2017
    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 […]
    Jackson Bird
  • What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njoroge November 13, 2017
    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 […]
    Teresa Njoroge
  • How judges can show respect | Victoria Pratt November 10, 2017
    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 […]
    Victoria Pratt
  • The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah November 9, 2017
    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 […]
    Robert Muggah
  • We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers November 9, 2017
    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 […]
    Jon Bowers
  • An interview with Mauritius's first female president | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Stephanie Busari November 8, 2017
    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 […]
    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Stephanie Busari
  • Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it | Paul Hessburg November 7, 2017
    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 […]
    Paul Hessburg
  • Why women stay silent after sexual assault | Inés Hercovich November 7, 2017
    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 […]
    Inés Hercovich
  • For the love of birds | Washington Wachira November 6, 2017
    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 […]
    Washington Wachira
  • How we can end sexual harassment at work | Gretchen Carlson November 6, 2017
    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 […]
    Gretchen Carlson
  • The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul November 3, 2017
    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 […]
    Amel Karboul