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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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Prof. Dunning challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, Dunning argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of resource wealth will be relatively strong. Exploiting game-theoretic tools and statistical modeling as well as detailed country case...
Topics: Economics, Petroleum, Natural resources, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Discusses types of activities that are required to take people out of poverty and the role of social institutions in shaping the survival strategies of the poor. Michael Woolcock is Professor of Social Science and Development Policy, and Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute. From 1998-2007 he was a member of the Poverty Team within the Development Research Group at the World Bank, and from 2000-2006 was also a part-time Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s...
Topics: Economics, Poverty, Public welfare, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury Special Collections
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Thomas Hout, Boston Consulting Group & Univ. of Hong Kong; Richard Hornik, Former TIME Magazine Sr. Editor, Director of Southeast Asia Programs for the Independent Journalism Foundation; David Colander, Professor of Economics, Middlebury College Middlebury College. Department of Economics
Topics: Economics, China, Foreign economic relations, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Professor Mitchell’s talk addresses issues regarding health care, social security, and public pensions and whether echoes of the past in current political and social movements presage future developments as the baby boomers move into retirement. David K. Smith lecture
Topics: Aging, Economics, Baby boomers, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Middlebury faculty economists scrutinize the U.S. financial crisis.
Topics: Mortgages, Forclosure, Economics, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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Tom Tietenberg discusses the effectiveness of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI Inc. is a nonprofit corporation created to provide technical and administrative services to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative CO2 budget trading programs of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tom Tietenberg is the...
Topics: Greenhouse gasses, Environmental economics, Climate change, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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A review of issues affecting the U.S. economy includes entitlements, health care, energy, trade, immigration, education, and R&D development. Allan Hubbard formerly served as an Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director, National Economic Council. Middlebury College. Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Topics: Economics, United States, Economic policy, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
TED Talks
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Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, inequality, money, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN's World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: "Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, culture, economics, food, global issues, peace, politics,...
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The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, Africa, business, development, economics, global issues,...
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In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, finance, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
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John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. Speaking at TEDxKC, he identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spendi
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, United States, advertising, business, economics, marketing, shopping, TEDxKC,...
TED Talks
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How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, economics, global issues, happiness, statistics, tedbooks,...
TED Talks
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Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, business, development, economics, global issues, politics,...
TED Talks
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Engineer RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, business, design, economics, industrial design, technology,...
TED Talks
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Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, business, choice, consumerism, culture, economics, happiness,...
TED Talks
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What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, TEDWomen, culture, data, economics, women, 2010
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Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, economics, education, math, statistics, 2009
TED Talks
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Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely -- but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund new social services -- especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, social change, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Ghanaian economist George Ayittey unleashes a torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa -- and calls on the “Cheetah generation” to take back the continent.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, business, development, economics, entrepreneur,...
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The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, china, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, Africa, Asia, Google, development, economics, global issues, health,...
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It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, social change, social media, TEDGlobal...
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Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, business, economics, robots, science, technology, tedbooks, TED2009,...
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Today, the UN begins its Climate Summit, enlisting the world to work together on a problem that’s too big for any one country to solve. Lord Nicholas Stern helped write the delegates’ report that outlines where we are now — and what we could do next. It’s a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, climate change, economics, global issues, TED@Unilever, 2014
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Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, economics, food, marketing, media,...
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Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture -- call them the 6 killer apps -- that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, 2011
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MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems -- those we know how to solve, but don't. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology ... yet somehow, we don't or can't. Why?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, economics, global issues, health, technology, women, TEDIndia 2009,...
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, culture, economics, global issues, psychology, science, self,...
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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, history, map, politics,...
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What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, leadership, productivity, work,...
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Freakonomics author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn’t lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, business, cities, culture, economics, race, 2004
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In this short talk, psychologist Dan Ariely tells two personal stories that explore scientific conflict of interest: How the pursuit of knowledge and insight can be affected, consciously or not, by shortsighted personal goals. When we're thinking about the big questions, he reminds us, let's be aware of our all-too-human brains.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, cognitive science, economics, medical research, science, technology,...
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James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, complexity, economics, global issues, TEDxZurich, 2012
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Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, inequality, social change, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
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As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, economics, green, poverty, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
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We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, economics, global issues, investment, 2010
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Emily Oster re-examines the stats on AIDS in Africa from an economic perspective and reaches a stunning conclusion: Everything we know about the spread of HIV on the continent is wrong.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, Featured, economics, global issues, health, science,...
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The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q and A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, culture, economics, energy, technology, TED2012, 2012
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Chris Anderson, the editor of WIRED, explores the four key stages of any viable technology: setting the right price, gaining market share, displacing an established technology and, finally, becoming ubiquitous.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, entertainment, marketing, shopping,...
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, evil, psychology, science, self, society, TED2009,...
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Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the "end of men"? Probably not -- but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussi
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, economics, education, global issues, women, 2010
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The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. At TEDxMidwest, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMidwest, TED, Talks, business, community, economics, green, 2010
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Yang Lan, a journalist and entrepreneur who's been called "the Oprah of China," offers insight into the next generation of young Chinese citizens -- urban, connected (via microblogs) and alert to injustice.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, china, economics, global issues, media, politics, 2011
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We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work -- so we can take control when they go wrong.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, mind, psychology, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
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It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, design, economics, engineering, politics, TEDSalon London 2010,...
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Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, development, economics, global issues, politics, potential,...
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Journalist Misha Glenny spent several years in a courageous investigation of organized crime networks worldwide, which have grown to an estimated 15% of the global economy. From the Russian mafia, to giant drug cartels, his sources include not just intelligence and law enforcement officials but criminal insiders.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, adventure, crime, economics, global issues, writing, 2009
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Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, china, culture, economics, future, global issues,...
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At TEDxBG in Sofia, Steve Keil fights the "serious meme" that has infected his home of Bulgaria -- and calls for a return to play to revitalize the economy, education and society. A sparkling talk with a universal message for people everywhere who are reinventing their workplaces, schools, lives.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBG, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, play, social change, 2011
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Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades -- an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, economics, global issues, money, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, economics, entertainment, work, 2008
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We make important decisions every day -- and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise -- to listen not only to "surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London 2010, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, economics, 2010
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Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized tria
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, poverty, third world, TED2010, 2010
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Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, activism, business, culture, economics, science, social change, 2010
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Steven Levitt shares data that shows car seats are no more effective than seatbelts in protecting kids from dying in cars. However, during the question and answer session, he makes one crucial caveat.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, business, cars, culture, economics, parenting, statistics,...
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Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, business, creativity, economics, happiness, life, psychology,...
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Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2011, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, culture, economics, finance,...
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What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" -- correlate strongly with high savings rates. Read more about Chen’s explorations »
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, data, economics, language, TEDGlobal 2012,...
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In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, MacArthur grant, business, economics, energy, environment, green, science,...
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Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, health, statistics, technology, visualizations, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
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During the financial crisis, the central banks of the United States, United Kingdom and Japan created $3.7 trillion in order to buy assets and encourage investors to do the same. Michael Metcalfe offers a shocking idea: could these same central banks print money to ensure they stay on track with their goals for global aid? Without risking inflation?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, poverty, TED@State Street, 2013
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Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed -- that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a reframing of financial crime. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, crime, economics, government, TEDxPortofSpain, 2012
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In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, curiosity, economics, global issues, innovation, physics, science, space,...
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Economist Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and asks how China's authoritarian rule contributed to its astonishing economic growth -- leading to a big question: Is democracy actually holding India back? Huang's answer may surprise you.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, culture, economics, global issues, politics, 2011
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Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, business, choice, climate change, culture, disaster...
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It's the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year's "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, politics, TEDSalon NY2012, 2012
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When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Buddhism, business, economics, happiness, money, psychology, TED2010, 2010
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Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, children, economics, education, food, global issues, green, 2007
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Economist Eleni Gabre-Madhin outlines her ambitious vision to found the first commodities market in Ethiopia. Her plan would create wealth, minimize risk for farmers and turn the world's largest recipient of food aid into a regional food basket.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, business, economics, food, global issues, technology,...
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It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2011, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, economics, money, psychology, 2011
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Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, technology, TED@BCG San Francisco, 2013
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Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, design, economics, money, psychology, science, TEDGlobal...