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  • Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke June 21, 2017
    Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it's […]
    Sinéad Burke
  • The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband June 20, 2017
    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband -- and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific, […]
    David Miliband
  • Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain June 19, 2017
    Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we're creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care? Jain's projects show why it's important to fight for the […]
    Anab Jain
  • Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim June 16, 2017
    Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet -- will they be met with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. He shares how the institution is working to improve […]
    Jim Yong Kim
  • "Awoo" | Sofi Tukker June 16, 2017
    Electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker dance it out with the TED audience in a performance of their upbeat, rhythmic song "Awoo," featuring Betta Lemme.
    Sofi Tukker
  • Science didn't understand my kids' rare disease until I decided to study it | Sharon Terry June 15, 2017
    Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were diagnosed with a rare disease known as pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). In this knockout talk, Terry explains how she and her husband became citizen scientists, working midnight shifts at the lab to […]
    Sharon Terry
  • When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade June 14, 2017
    What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses "recomposition" -- a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.
    Katrina Spade
  • How I built a jet suit | Richard Browning June 13, 2017
    We've all dreamed of flying -- but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. He's built an Iron Man-like suit that leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology, bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality. Learn more about the trial and error process behind his invention and take flight with […]
    Richard Browning
  • Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss June 12, 2017
    The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about […]
    Tim Ferriss
  • 12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott June 9, 2017
    A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.
    Anne Lamott
  • What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar June 8, 2017
    Attention isn't just about what we focus on -- it's also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate. Hear […]
    Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar
  • To understand autism, don't look away | Carina Morillo June 7, 2017
    Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed -- only that he didn't speak or respond to words, and that she had to find other ways to connect with him. She shares how she learned to help her son thrive by being curious along with him. (In Spanish with English […]
    Carina Morillo
  • Why glass towers are bad for city life -- and what we need instead | Justin Davidson June 6, 2017
    There's a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species. Rethink your city's anatomy as Davidson explains how the exteriors of building shape the urban experience -- and what we […]
    Justin Davidson
  • How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch June 5, 2017
    The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common […]
    Michael Patrick Lynch
  • How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut June 2, 2017
    When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea that he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into these magical spaces where school librarians can inspire new generations of […]
    Michael Bierut
  • Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens June 2, 2017
    Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads -- including "Waterboy," "Up Above My Head," and "Lonesome Road" by Sister Rosetta Tharp -- and one glorious original song, "Come Love Come," inspired by Civil War-era slave narratives.
    Rhiannon Giddens
  • No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi June 1, 2017
    Illness is universal -- but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way.
    Raj Panjabi
  • Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson May 31, 2017
    For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from Brooklyn. In this brave talk, he reminds us why we should invest in […]
    Marlon Peterson
  • Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov May 30, 2017
    We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. […]
    Garry Kasparov
  • How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath May 29, 2017
    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer's world. Learn more about how the "evil twin […]
    Triona McGrath