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
movies
eye 63
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 38
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 67
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 48
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 37
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 81
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 109
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 184
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
movies
eye 43
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 105
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 85
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 76
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 48
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
Dec 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 38
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 42
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
movies
eye 113
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 33
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 45
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 70
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 90
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
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 68
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 70
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 75
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 44
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 47
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 38
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 138
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 55
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 72
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 82
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 67
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 144
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 85
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 43
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 46
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 135
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...
Port Washington Performing Arts
Oct 14, 2018 PWPL Oral History Workshop
movies
eye 92
favorite 1
comment 0
Interviews with members of the 1954 Play Troupe production of "Peter Pan". Elmer Tangerman directed. Staging by Edwin Bostick. Linda Pollock Ives played Peter Pan. Mr. Tangerman and Mr. Bostick were interviewed in 1982 as part of the PWPL Oral History Workshop. Linda Pollock Ives was interviewed in 2018 by Mark Mastrocinque.
Topic: Play Troupe of Port Washington
TED Talks
movies
eye 110
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 102
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,...
TED Talks
Sep 6, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 114
favorite 0
comment 0
Sex buying doesn't just happen late at night on street corners in the shady part of town — it also happens online, in the middle of the workday, using company equipment and resources. With this problem comes an opportunity, says attorney Nikki Clifton, because it means that the business community is in a unique position to educate and mobilize their employees to fight sex trafficking. In an honest talk, Clifton outlines how businesses can help, from setting clear policies to hiring survivors.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, community, activism, law, business, sexual violence, society, social change,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 127
favorite 0
comment 0
When a baby is born, so is a mother — but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. In this quick, informative talk, reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks breaks down the emotional tug-of-war of becoming a new mother — and shares a term that could help describe it: matrescence.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, children, biology, health, parenting, humanity, women, science, psychology,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 103
favorite 0
comment 0
In a series of mind-bending demos, inventor Mary Lou Jepsen shows how we can use red light to see and potentially stimulate what's inside our bodies and brains. Taking us to the edge of optical physics, Jepsen unveils new technologies that utilize light and sound to track tumors, measure neural activity and could possibly replace the MRI machine with a cheaper, more efficient and wearable system.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, science, technology, brain, human body, invention, cancer, future,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 99
favorite 0
comment 0
Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp — where she was born and lived until the age of seven — to share an inspiring message about what she's learned on the path from child refugee to international model.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, global issues, fashion, refugees, TEDx, identity, society, community,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 134
favorite 0
comment 0
What's it like to discover a galaxy — and have it named after you? Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil lets us know in this quick talk about her team's surprising discovery of a mysterious new galaxy type.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, astronomy, physics, space, science, discovery, universe,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 164
favorite 0
comment 0
China is the world's biggest polluter — and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth is creating a future based on alternative energy — and facing up to the environmental catastrophe it created as it rapidly industrialized.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, climate change, sustainability, green, china, future, alternative energy,...
TED Talks
Aug 28, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 131
favorite 0
comment 0
Craft curator Nora Atkinson takes us on a trip to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to see the beautifully designed and participatory art of Burning Man, revealing how she discovered there what's often missing from museums: curiosity and engagement. "What is art for in our contemporary world if not this?" she asks.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, community, creativity, culture, museums, society, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 108
favorite 0
comment 0
In this quick talk, visual artist Dread Scott tells the story of one of his most transgressive art installations, which drew national attention for its controversial use of the American flag and led to a landmark First Amendment case in the US Supreme Court.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, social change, humanity, society, culture, United States, politics,...
TED Talks
Aug 24, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 102
favorite 0
comment 0
We celebrate bold entrepreneurs whose ingenuity led them to success, but what happens to those who fail? Far too often, they bury their stories out of shame or humiliation — and miss out on a valuable opportunity for growth, says author and entrepreneur Leticia Gasca. In this thoughtful talk, Gasca calls for business owners to open up about their failures and makes the case for replacing the idea of "failing fast" with a new mantra: fail mindfully.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, entrepreneur, failure, communication, personal growth, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 83
favorite 0
comment 0
In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution to help child welfare agencies make bias-free assessments about when to remove children from their families. "Let's work together to build a system that wants to make families stronger instead of pulling them apart," Pryce says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, children, social change, activism, TED Residency, race, family, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 284
favorite 0
comment 0
Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder — and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, communication, community, work, humanity, race, social change, leadership,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 99
favorite 0
comment 0
When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial backing.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, community, india, finance, social change, activism, entrepreneur,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 72
favorite 0
comment 0
What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry explains how both environmental and man-made factors have led to disparity by design in cities from East Palo Alto, California to East Jerusalem and beyond — and suggests some elegant solutions to fix it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, cities, community, culture, economics, anthropology, history, humanity,...
TED Talks
Aug 20, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 47
favorite 0
comment 0
Yelle and GrandMarnier bring their danceable electropop hits to the TED stage in an energizing performance of two songs, "Interpassion" and "Ba$$in."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, live music, music, performance, performance art, dance, singer, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 62
favorite 0
comment 0
Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. In this inspiring talk packed with images of his work, Hood shares the five simple concepts that guide his approach to creating spaces that illuminate shared memories and force us to look...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, design, architecture, beauty, history, community, public spaces, society,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 242
favorite 0
comment 0
Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic — it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. In this insightful talk, Stanford engineering school professor Tina Seelig shares three unexpected ways to increase your luck — and your ability to see and seize opportunities.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, communication, success, personal growth, TED2017,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 85
favorite 0
comment 0
After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of young refugees herself, she sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives — and empowering a generation of girls who are too often denied entrance into the classroom. "For the child of war, an education can turn their tears of loss into a passion for peace," Maker says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, global issues, refugees, education, teaching, community, children, social...
TED Talks
Aug 14, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 318
favorite 0
comment 0
AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution — and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity. "AI is serendipity," Lee says. "It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, media, future, invention, innovation, technology, machine learning,...
TED Talks
Jul 27, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 86
favorite 0
comment 0
In a stirring, emotional performance, violinist Lili Haydn plays a selection from her musical "The Last Serenade."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, live music, music, performance, violin, performance art, death, emotions,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 251
favorite 0
comment 0
Without realizing it, we're fluent in the language of pictures, says illustrator Christoph Niemann. In a charming talk packed with witty, whimsical drawings, Niemann takes us on a hilarious visual tour that shows how artists tap into our emotions and minds — all without words.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, creativity, design, culture, empathy, humor, beauty, communication,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 197
favorite 0
comment 0
Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted — is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA skill set to invent a "zero date" approach and get off swipe-based apps — and how you can, too.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, love, relationships, life, personal growth, identity, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
movies
eye 89
favorite 0
comment 0
Do you think you're good at spotting fake videos, where famous people say things they've never said in real life? See how they're made in this astonishing talk and tech demo. Computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn shows how, as a grad student, he used AI and 3D modeling to create photorealistic fake videos of people synced to audio. Learn more about both the ethical implications and the creative possibilities of this tech — and the steps being taken to fight against its misuse.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, machine learning, technology, invention, future, media, politics,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 127
favorite 0
comment 0
It's time to invest in face-to-face training that empowers employees to have difficult conversations, says Tamekia MizLadi Smith. In a witty, provocative talk, Smith shares a workplace training program called "I'm G.R.A.C.E.D." that will inspire bosses and employees alike to communicate with compassion and respect. Bottom line: always let people know why their work matters.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, communication, compassion, identity, data, race, teaching, social change,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 59
favorite 0
comment 0
More than 90 percent of children in the US see a doctor at least once a year, which means countless hours spent in waiting rooms for parents. What if those hours could be used for something productive — like saving money? Through her organization StreetCred, pediatrician and TED Fellow Lucy Marcil is offering free tax prep to parents right in the waiting room, reimagining what a doctor's visit can look like and helping to lift families out of poverty. Learn more about how free tax prep and...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, medicine, health care, children, finance, social change, family,...
TED Talks
movies
eye 90
favorite 0
comment 0
History is written by the victors, as the saying goes — but what would it look like if it was written by everyone? Journalist and TED Fellow Mikhail Zygar is on a mission to show us with Project1917, a "social network for dead people" that posts the real diaries and letters of more than 3,000 people who lived during the Russian Revolution. By showing the daily thoughts of the likes of Lenin, Trotsky and many less celebrated figures, the project sheds new light on history as it once...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, social media, politics, history, Internet, journalism, technology, TED...
TED Talks
Jul 19, 2018 TED.com
movies
eye 103
favorite 0
comment 0
The universe is incredibly old, astoundingly vast and populated by trillions of planets — so where are all the aliens? Astronomer Stephen Webb has an explanation: we're alone in the universe. In a mind-expanding talk, he spells out the remarkable barriers a planet would need to clear in order to host an extraterrestrial civilization — and makes a case for the beauty of our potential cosmic loneliness. "The silence of the universe is shouting, 'We're the creatures who got lucky,'"...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, astronomy, cosmos, universe, science, space, physics, time, exploration,...