Skip to main content

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?”

More right-solid
More right-solid
SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
Prior Page
eye
Title
Date Archived
Creator
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 63
favorite 0
comment 0
In a talk that's part history lesson, part love letter to graphics, information designer Tommy McCall traces the centuries-long evolution of charts and diagrams — and shows how complex data can be sculpted into beautiful shapes. "Graphics that help us think faster, or see a book's worth of information on a single page, are the key to unlocking new discoveries," McCall says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, data, visualizations, design, technology, media, animation, creativity,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 43
favorite 0
comment 0
How does a city become known as a "music city"? Publicist Elizabeth Cawein explains how thriving music scenes make cities healthier and happier and shares ideas for bolstering your local music scene — and showing off your city's talent to the world.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, live music, performance, entertainment, art, creativity, culture,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 56
favorite 0
comment 0
Photographer and TED Fellow Isadora Kosofsky is a chronicler of love, loss and loneliness. In this searching talk, she shares photos from her four years documenting the lives of a senior citizen love triangle — and reveals what they can teach us about the universal search for identity and belonging.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, storytelling, photography, culture, art, aging, love, TED Fellows,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 36
favorite 0
comment 0
Writer and activist Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes lights up the stage with a powerful poem about hope, truth and the space between who we are and who we want to be.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, poetry, performance, performance art, personal growth, art, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 54
favorite 0
comment 0
Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, gaming, math, sports, psychology, choice, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 53
favorite 0
comment 0
Every month, millions of Americans face an impossible choice: pay for energy to power their homes, or pay for basic needs like food and medicine. TED Fellow DeAndrea Salvador is working to reduce energy costs so that no one has to make this kind of decision. In this quick talk, she shares her plan to help low-income families reduce their bills while also building a cleaner, more sustainable and more affordable energy future for us all.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, sustainability, energy, electricity, science, technology, solar energy, TED...
TED Talks
movies
eye 137
favorite 0
comment 0
Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being nice to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success — and your company's bottom line.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, leadership, TEDx, work, business, science, productivity, personal growth,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 33
favorite 0
comment 0
Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites us to shift how we view transgender health care — so that everyone gets the respect and dignity they deserve when they go to a doctor.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Transgender, health, health care, medicine, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
movies
eye 42
favorite 0
comment 0
We're taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that's not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it's up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. "There's no magic wand for correcting...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, success, work, diversity, communication, community, leadership, social...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 40
favorite 0
comment 0
Spider venom can stop your heart within minutes, cause unimaginable pain — and potentially save your life, says zoologist Michel Dugon. As a tarantula crawls up and down his arm, Dugon explains the medical properties of this potent toxin and how it might be used to produce the next generation of antibiotics.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biology, science, TEDx, insects, medicine, animals, medical research, future,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 40
favorite 0
comment 0
Inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Camille A. Brown choreographed "New Second Line," a celebration of the culture of New Orleans and the perseverance of Black people in the midst of devastation. The performance borrows its name from the energetic, spirited people who follow the traditional brass band parades for weddings, social events and, most notably, funerals in New Orleans. "It honors our ability to rise and keep rising," Brown says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, dance, art, performance, performance art, entertainment, piano, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 41
favorite 0
comment 0
Many African countries are poor for a simple reason, says entrepreneur Magatte Wade: governments have created far too many obstacles to starting and running a business. In this passionate talk, Wade breaks down the challenges of doing business on the continent and offers some solutions of her own — while calling on leaders to do their part, too.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, entrepreneur, Africa, women in business, business, global issues, economics,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 54
favorite 0
comment 0
We're living in a golden era of innovation, says entrepreneur Ashwini Anburajan — but venture capital hasn't evolved to keep up, and startups aren't getting the funding they need to grow. In this quick talk, she shares the story of how her company became part of an entirely new way to raise capital, using the powers of cooperation and cryptocurrency.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Residency, business, entrepreneur, innovation, investment, finance,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 55
favorite 0
comment 0
We may not be as deeply divided as we think — at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they need to live good lives — and asks both health care providers and patients to focus on what makes us healthy, not what makes us angry.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, public health, United States, social change, society,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 44
favorite 0
comment 0
You don't have to work on Broadway to design a set, says creative director David Korins — you can be the set designer of any space in your life. Sharing insights from his work on hits like "Hamilton" and "Dear Evan Hansen," Korins offers a three-step process to start creating the world you want to live in.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, theater, design, creativity, self, TEDx, life, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 39
favorite 0
comment 0
Fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope shares lessons from some of the most high-profile whistle-blowers of the past, explaining how they've shared information that has shaped society — and why they need our trust and protection.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, corruption, crime, history, politics, social change, society, TED2017,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 42
favorite 0
comment 0
You don't have to be a scientist to help protect the world's oceans, says underwater drone expert and TED Fellow David Lang — in fact, ordinary citizens have pulled together to save the planet's natural treasures many times in history. Lang asks us to take a lesson from the story of the US National Parks Service, offering a three-point plan for conserving underwater wonders.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, oceans, TEDx, TED Fellows, technology, science, marine biology, global...
TED Talks
movies
eye 86
favorite 0
comment 0
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes companies stronger and calls for different generations to mentor each other at work, with wisdom flowing from old to young and young to old alike.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, work, business, entrepreneur, aging, leadership, creativity, collaboration,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 76
favorite 0
comment 0
We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we're biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines — and how it might help us better understand ourselves.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, robots, emotions, society, humanity, future, design, innovation, technology,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 61
favorite 0
comment 0
In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model — a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, beyond which earth's vital systems could become unstable. Learn more about five transformational policies that could help us achieve inclusive and prosperous world development while keeping the earth stable and resilient.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, climate change, Anthropocene, environment, global development, global issues,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 36
favorite 0
comment 0
The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago — yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immunologist and TED Fellow Faith Osier shows how she's combining cutting-edge technology with century-old insights in the hopes of creating a new vaccine that eradicates malaria once and for all.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Vaccines, Africa, health, science, medicine, medical research, technology,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 58
favorite 0
comment 0
We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don't work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication, unveiling a prototype 3D printer that could design pills that adapt to our individual needs.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health care, health, science, technology, medical research, medicine, future,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 36
favorite 0
comment 0
Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it's often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe is full of music, he says — we just need to learn how to hear it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, music, universe, space, Planets, astronomy, sound, guitar, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 37
favorite 0
comment 0
In a talk that's equal parts funny and urgent, consultant Vinay Shandal shares stories of the world's top activist investors, showing how individuals and institutions can take a page from their playbook and put pressure on companies to drive positive change. "It's your right to have your money managed in line with your values," Shandal says. "Use your voice, and trust that it matters."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, activism, finance, social change, economics, collaboration,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 65
favorite 0
comment 0
Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking — and simultaneously be proud citizens of both our countries and the world.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, global issues, politics, government, policy, community, communication,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 47
favorite 0
comment 0
A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing them and details an ambitious new global initiative, Generation Unlimited, which aims to ensure every young person is in school, training or employed by 2030.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, future, global issues, children, youth, global development, economics,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 36
favorite 0
comment 0
Over the course of her fearless career, extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has pushed the limits of the human body. She's jumped through broken glass, toppled from great heights and built gizmos to provide a boost along the way. Backed by footage of her work, Streb reflects on her lifelong quest to defy gravity and fly the only way a human can — by mastering the landing.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, flight, performance art, arts, human body, extreme sports, humanity, TED2017,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 77
favorite 0
comment 0
What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted online. She describes how she's working to help victims and outlines the current state of legislation aimed at punishing perpetrators.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, law, society, social change, justice system, activism, crime, Internet,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 104
favorite 0
comment 0
By 2050, an estimated 10 billion people will live on earth. How are we going to provide everybody with basic needs while also avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? In a talk packed with wit and wisdom, science journalist Charles C. Mann breaks down the proposed solutions and finds that the answers fall into two camps — wizards and prophets — while offering his own take on the best path to survival.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, technology, science, Anthropocene, climate change, nature, social change,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 178
favorite 0
comment 0
A Tribe Called Red creates music that acts as a gateway into urban, contemporary indigenous culture, celebrating all of its layers and complexity. In a set that blends traditional powwow drums and vocals with hip-hop and electronic music, the DJ collective tells stories of the First Nations in beats and images — expanding on the concept of the "Halluci Nation," inspired by the poet, musician and activist John Trudell.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, music, indigenous peoples, performance art, performance, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 39
favorite 0
comment 0
What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman — and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the opioid crisis. Sharing insights from her research, Wurzman shows how social isolation contributes to relapse and overdose rates and reveals how meaningful human connection could offer a potentially powerful source of recovery.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, medical research, science, neuroscience, biology, opioids, addiction,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 42
favorite 0
comment 0
Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work — essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he's focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a crisp conversation with Bryn Freedman, curator of the TED Institute, Chehadé discusses the ongoing war between the West and China over artificial intelligence, how tech companies can become stewards of the power they have to shape lives and...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, future, economics, humanity, society, community, technology,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 102
favorite 0
comment 0
Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. In a talk about the alarming ways tech companies deceive their users, Myrstad shares insights about the personal information you've agreed to let companies collect — and how they use your data at a scale you could never imagine.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, algorithm, data, consumerism, government, economics,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 80
favorite 0
comment 0
Taking lessons from a historical pattern called "Thucydides's Trap," political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant United States could be headed towards a violent collision no one wants — and how we can summon the common sense and courage to avoid it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, United States, Asia, china, politics, global issues, war, economics, future,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 73
favorite 0
comment 0
What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior — like why it's hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes — and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. "In every other part of our lives, we give ourselves room to grow — except in this one, where it matters...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, psychology, morality, science, cognitive science, brain, decision-making,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 47
favorite 0
comment 0
Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments — and makes the case for investing in more to arrive at a deeper understanding of the world.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, science, electricity, invention, history, technology, curiosity, TEDx,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 54
favorite 0
comment 0
Özlem Cekic's email inbox has been full of hate mail since 2007, when she won a seat in the Danish Parliament — becoming the first female Muslim to do so. At first she just deleted the emails, dismissing them as the work of fanatics, until one day a friend made an unexpected suggestion: to reach out to the hate mail writers and invite them to meet for coffee. Hundreds of "dialogue coffee" meetings later, Cekic shares how face-to-face conversation can be one of the most powerful...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, communication, social change, personal growth, society, identity, race,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 39
favorite 0
comment 0
How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it's groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn't fit the mold. So he started the Black List, an anonymous email that shared his favorite screenplays and asked: Why aren't we making these movies? Learn the origin story of some of your favorite films with this fascinating insider view of the...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, film, entertainment, movies, storytelling, social change, creativity,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 35
favorite 0
comment 0
Adults tend to think of kids as "future citizens" — their ideas and opinions will matter someday, just not today. But kids make up a quarter of the population, so shouldn't they have a say in what the world they'll inherit will look like? Urban planner Mara Mintzer shares what happened when she and her team asked kids to help design a park in Boulder, Colorado — and how it revealed an important blind spot in how we construct the built environment. "If we aren't including...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, children, TEDx, youth, creativity, social change, urban planning, society,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 33
favorite 0
comment 0
Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments — a trend that's threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down the different threats to internet freedom and shares his plan to build an alternative, decentralized network that returns power to everyday users.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, future, society, community, technology, computers, privacy,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 40
favorite 0
comment 0
Are we delivering on the promises of the Sustainable Development Goals, the collection of 17 objectives set by the United Nations in 2015 that aims to improve the lives of billions by 2030? In this data-packed talk, economist Michael Green shares fresh analysis on the progress each country has (or hasn't) made — and offers new ideas on how we can move forward significantly. "We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, global issues, policy, statistics, economics, global development, future,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 47
favorite 0
comment 0
Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias — the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs — can lead you astray on social media, in politics and beyond, and offers three practical tools for finding evidence you can actually trust. (Hint: appoint someone to be the devil's advocate in your life.)
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, politics, TEDx, social media, personal growth, society, data, trust,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 106
favorite 0
comment 0
Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that ensued — and shares the life-altering wisdom he picked up along the way. "I discovered that my coffee would not be possible without hundreds of people I take for granted," Jacobs says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, culture, TED Books, happiness, communication, community, humor, life,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 32
favorite 0
comment 0
What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence and dismiss opposing views. Bejan suggests that we should instead try for "mere civility": the virtue of being able to disagree fundamentally with others without destroying the possibility of a common life tomorrow. (This talk...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, communication, politics, Debate, humanity, identity, personal growth, social...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 44
favorite 0
comment 0
Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there's one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wacek makes the case that fines don't actually do what we think they do. What if your library just ... stopped asking for them altogether?
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, library, books, education, children, community, society, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 69
favorite 0
comment 0
Viruses have a bad reputation — but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages, naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with deadly precision, and shows how these once-forgotten organisms could provide new hope against the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biology, bacteria, science, microbiology, medical research, pharmaceuticals,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 87
favorite 0
comment 0
Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree — on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground — over family dinners, during work meetings and in our national conversations.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, business, personal growth, communication, social change,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 31
favorite 0
comment 0
Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled — today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and solar-powered drones is collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail, revealing insights into things like global weather and the health of our fish stocks. Learn more about what a better grasp of the ocean could mean for us back on land.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, drones, oceans, alternative energy, exploration, science, nature, fish,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 39
favorite 0
comment 0
Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn't work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-opening talk, she reveals the unseen world of "free" online returns — which, instead of ending up back on the shelf, are sent to landfills by the billions of pounds each year — and shares a plan to help put an end to this growing...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, fashion, pollution, environment, sustainability, consumerism, business,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 25
favorite 0
comment 0
Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker has developed his own style of cello; he puts chopsticks between his strings, uses the instrument as a drum and experiments with electronics like loop pedals. Moving between reflective storytelling and performance, Rucker shares his inspiration — and definitely doesn't play the same old Bach.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, cello, performance art, performance, TED2017, Bach
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 67
favorite 0
comment 0
Have you ever watched a film or read a novel, wishing that you could change the narrative to save your favorite character? Game designer David Cage allows you do just that in his video games, where players make decisions that shape an ever-changing plot. In a talk and live demo, Cage presents a scene from his new project, letting the audience control a character's decisions. "Interactive storytelling can be what cinema was in the 20th century: an art that deeply changes its time,"...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, storytelling, gaming, design, media, entertainment, technology, culture,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 68
favorite 0
comment 0
Every cell that's ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G — the basic units of DNA. But now that's changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organisms created with six-letter DNA — the four natural letters plus two new man-made ones, X and Y — and explores how this breakthrough could challenge our basic understanding of nature's design.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, genetics, science, invention, technology, biology, DNA, future, synthetic...
TED Talks
movies
eye 68
favorite 0
comment 0
Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns of a society where people are arrested for merely thinking about committing a crime (like in "Minority Report") and private interests sell our brain data — and makes the case for a right to cognitive liberty that protects our freedom of...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, privacy, security, technology, science, neuroscience, medical imaging,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 43
favorite 0
comment 0
What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solutions to climate change that exist today — conventional tactics like the use of renewable energy and better land management as well as some lesser-known approaches, like changes to food production, better family planning and the education of...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, climate change, Anthropocene, nature, biosphere, science, social change,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 45
favorite 0
comment 0
With Marvel's "America Chavez," Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero — one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer Puerto Rican in the Bronx informed this new narrative — and shows images from the comic book that reveal what happens when a superhero embraces her humanity. As she says: "That myth of having to go it alone and be tough is not...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, creativity, humor, humanity, LGBT, self, identity, storytelling, culture,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 35
favorite 0
comment 0
In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement — and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. "We owe future...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, sexual violence, social change, women, activism, society, gender, gender...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 49
favorite 0
comment 0
Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip — chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micromanagement isn't really effective, why do we do it?" asks entrepreneur Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness — and how to foster innovation and happiness at work.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, work, trust, success, happiness, business, motivation, leadership, personal...
TED Talks
movies
eye 67
favorite 0
comment 0
How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor — she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only choice is to move forward. In an electrifying talk, she shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia, some advice on how to change the world — and a few hints at her next steps. "Be aggressive about your...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, politics, activism, government, community, identity, history, social change,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 136
favorite 0
comment 0
How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations — or our collective desire to be seen as generous and kind instead of selfish — to motivate people to act in the interest of others. Learn more about how small changes to your approach to getting people to do good could yield surprising results.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, society, social change, morality, community, motivation, humanity, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 56
favorite 0
comment 0
Are you looking closely? Visual educator Amy Herman explains how to use art to enhance your powers of perception and find connections where they may not be apparent. Learn the techniques Herman uses to train Navy SEALs, doctors and crime scene investigators to convert observable details into actionable knowledge with this insightful talk.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, intelligence, memory, teaching, museums, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 54
favorite 0
comment 0
Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives — they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they're invisible, taken for granted or dismissed as "help," yet they continue to do their wholehearted best for the families and homes in their charge. In this sensational talk, activist Ai-Jen Poo shares her efforts to secure equal rights and fair wages for domestic...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, work, social change, society, family, economics, law, activism, trafficking,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 71
favorite 0
comment 0
When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children — without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the charity Storybook Dads is keeping families connected through the simple act of storytelling.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, parenting, prison, storytelling, social change, society, personal...
TED Talks
movies
eye 81
favorite 0
comment 0
What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know — and shares ideas for how we can replace them with something much more powerful: knowledge.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, climate change, science, culture, psychology, mind, personality,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 64
favorite 0
comment 0
Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time — when companies invest millions of dollars in new tech tools only to have frustrated employees disregard them, says Nadjia Yousif. In this fun and practical talk, she offers advice on how to better collaborate with the technologies in your workplace — by treating them like colleagues.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, technology, work, entrepreneur, potential, success, happiness,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 140
favorite 0
comment 0
The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a person who will speak on your behalf in the top-level, closed-door meetings you're not invited to (yet). Learn how to identify and develop a productive sponsor relationship in this candid, powerful talk.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, work, success, potential, women in business, personal growth,...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 84
favorite 0
comment 0
Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff — in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for the market and start using it to build a future centered on our pre-digital values of connection, creativity and respect. "Join 'Team Human.' Find the others," he says. "Together let's make the future that we always...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, technology, humanity, algorithm, business, social change, data, social...
TED Talks
movies
eye 38
favorite 0
comment 0
"Music is so much more than sound simply traveling through the ear," says sign language interpreter Amber Galloway-Gallego. In a spirited performance, musician and activist Madame Gandhi plays two songs — "Top Knot Turn Up" and "Bad Habits" — while Galloway-Gallego provides an animated sign language interpretation.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, performance, performance art, entertainment, live music, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 42
favorite 0
comment 0
How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion — and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. "We can't give in to despair," she says. "We have to go out...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, climate change, environment, science, communication, global issues, nature,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 44
favorite 0
comment 0
In this whimsical talk and live demo, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles — from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping, where designers are creating more efficient vessels by mimicking the bubbles created by swimming penguins. Learn more about these mathematical marvels and tap into the magic hidden in the everyday world.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, science, nature, math, technology, medicine, demo, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 132
favorite 0
comment 0
In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he's helping others heal by creating a new image of what it means to be a whole, healthy man. "The challenge is to eradicate this cycle of emotional illiteracy and groupthink," he says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, culture, communication, gender, humanity, gender equality, personal growth,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 39
favorite 0
comment 0
Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth position we're born into. Enter "baby bonds": trust accounts of up to $60,000 for every newborn, calibrated to the wealth of their family. Learn how this bold proposal could help us reduce inequality — and give every child personal seed...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, economics, inequality, money, social change, society, government, global...
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 60
favorite 0
comment 0
Welcome to the strange, deviously difficult and incredibly joyful world of puzzle hunts. Follow along as Alex Rosenthal lifts the veil on one of the world's most complex puzzle hunts, the MIT Mystery Hunt — and reveals how puzzles can be found in the most unexpected places. (Hint: see if you can spot the puzzle hidden in this TED Talk.)
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, mind, design, complexity, entertainment, creativity, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 56
favorite 0
comment 0
How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bias. She shares three lessons to apply if you've been harassed or discriminated against — and introduces Spot: a free, anonymous, online reporting tool that helps empower victims.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, social change, work, society, memory, science, mind, crime, cognitive...
TED Talks
movies
eye 107
favorite 2
comment 0
Meet AIVA, an artificial intelligence that has been trained in the art of music composition by reading more than 30,000 of history's greatest scores. In a mesmerizing talk and demo, Pierre Barreau plays compositions created by AIVA and shares his dream: to create original live soundtracks based on our moods and personalities.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, AI, algorithm, future, creativity, technology, emotions, computers,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 101
favorite 0
comment 0
When faced with life's toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George explore the tension between acceptance and hope in times of grief — and share the groundbreaking work they're undertaking to cure paralysis.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, disability, creativity, exoskeleton, human body, love,...