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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, humanity, medicine, meme, science, society, TED@Cannes, 2010
TED Talks
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In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
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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?
Topics: TEDTalks, LIFT 2007, TED, Talks, children, culture, education, global issues, partner talk, 2007
TED Talks
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His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, brain, culture, happiness, religion, society, 2009
TED Talks
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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.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, God, atheism, culture, politics, religion, science, 2002
TED Talks
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Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, psychology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, arts, culture, dance, entertainment, short talk, 2007
TED Talks
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Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, memory, psychology, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, brain, comedy, culture, entertainment, evolution, humor, mental...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, arts, cities, community, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, education, parenting, student, youth, TEDxMidAtlantic, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Can India become a global hub for innovation? Nirmalya Kumar thinks it already has. He details four types of "invisible innovation" currently coming out of India and explains why companies that used to just outsource manufacturing jobs are starting to move top management positions overseas, too. (Filmed at TEDxLondonBusinessSchool .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, business, global issues, innovation, tedx,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, education, global issues, TED Talks Education, 2013
TED Talks
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Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, neuroscience, science, youth, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail -- completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, innovation, magic, physics, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age. Here, they play three dazzling songs in three different keys, passing the lead back and forth from fiddle to banjo to guitar.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, live music, music, performance, wunderkind, TED2013,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q and A with some familiar TED faces.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, choice, culture, entertainment, happiness, psychology, self, society,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, collaboration, innovation, novel, science, technology, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Photographer iO Tillett Wright grew up between genders and sexualities. She's shot 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LBGTQ spectrum and asked many: can they assign a percentage to how gay or straight they are? Most people consider themselves to exist in the grey areas of sexuality, which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination. Because where do you draw the line? (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, United States, gender, inequality, photography, relationships, TEDxWomen...
TED Talks
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After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, personal growth, self, storytelling, success, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, design, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, live music, performance, wunderkind, youth, TED@New...
TED Talks
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In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon 2006, TED, Talks, Buddhism, God, culture, global issues, happiness, peace,...
TED Talks
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Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDWomen 2015, 2015
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, happiness, music, psychology, work, 2004
TED Talks
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When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer's, most of us respond with denial ("It won't happen to me") or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She's taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment -- should it arrive -- when she herself gets Alzheimer's disease.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Alzheimer's disease, aging, disease, health, medicine, science, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, alternative energy, design, energy, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, education, gaming, TEDxCHUV, 2012
TED Talks
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On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, psychology, science, society, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
TED Talks
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Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, iraq, leadership, peace, war, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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We have all changed someone’s life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s liv
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, community, leadership, life, TEDxToronto 2010, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic talk from TEDxWarwick, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, alternative energy, climate change, data, global issues, math,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 -- presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White -- simply tickles. Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, animals, education, entertainment, performance, 2006
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, invention, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Featured, animals, apes, biology, culture, education, evolution,...
TED Talks
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In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, children, culture, humor, psychology, 2009
TED Talks
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"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression -- only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories....
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, depression, medicine, mental health, TEDxMet, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, adventure, biodiversity, biology, disease, exploration, global...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, brain, consciousness, global issues, illness, science, TED2008, 2008
TED Talks
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Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, brain, consciousness, culture, illness, illusion, science,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a determination to fight our instincts to idealize and search for answers that aren't there — and offers a toolkit on how to, eventually, move on. Our hearts might sometimes be broken, but we don't have to break with them.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, compassion, depression, humanity, identity, love, personal growth, social...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, evolution, exploration, fish, oceans, science, short talk,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, health, water, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, demo, design, global issues, invention, technology, water,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, climate change, design, invention, materials,...
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What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, military, work, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, extreme sports, personal growth, potential, sports, TEDSalon London...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage at TEDxCaltech, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCaltech, TED, Talks, culture, history, physics, science, storytelling, 2010
TED Talks
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“The world needs you, badly,” begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Previewing his upcoming book, he gives advice collected from a lifetime of experience -- reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life. (Filmed at TEDMED.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Prize, education, failure, math, science, storytelling, student, success,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, music, psychology, society, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom -- yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, disability, performance art, TEDxWomen 2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, global issues, peace, TEDxJaffa, 2012
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Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, environment, food, TEDSalon London Spring 2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, book, dance, language, life, productivity, work, 2008
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Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, math, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Why can't two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn't you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, technology, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
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Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Emotions, communication, depression, happiness, humanity, life, personal...
TED Talks
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Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, biomimicry, biotech, creativity, design, innovation,...
TED Talks
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At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRainier, TED, Talks, brain, children, language, science, technology, 2010
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Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, music, performance, TED2010, 2010
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Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world -- local examples of thinking ahead.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, climate change, global issues, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, business, culture, education, entertainment, happiness, psychology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, architecture, biology, cities, design, 2010
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Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, marketing, technology, web, TED2012, 2012
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Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, invention, war, 2011
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It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Brathwite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. At TEDxPhoenix she describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, gaming, global issues, history, social change, tedx,...
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With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2001, TED, Talks, culture, education, leadership, life, poetry, sports, work, 2001
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This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, music, performance, poetry, storytelling, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy — and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid. (Listen for the absorbing tale of a surveillance program named Nora which was so useful it prompted competing Las Vegas casinos to cooperate with one another.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, finance, TED@BCG San Francisco, 2013, TED@BCG San...
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The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, biology, crime, future, global issues, law, open-source, security,...
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Patenting a new drug helps finance its immense cost to develop -- but that same patent can put advanced treatments out of reach for sick people in developing nations, at deadly cost. Ellen 't Hoen talks about an elegant, working solution to the problem: the Medicines Patent Pool. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxZurich, 2012
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We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, TEDx, children, communication, community, education, feminism,...
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At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, men, women, 2010
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Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, community, morality, science, TEDxPeachtree, 2011