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TED Talks by Countdown speakers
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:58:33 +0000
The launch of Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, is just a few weeks away. Initiated by TED and Future Stewards, Countdown is a global initiative that aims to mobilize millions to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Speakers will outline what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look []
TED and Future Stewards announce Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:00:23 +0000
Prince William, Yemi Alade, Monica Araya, Xiye Bastida, Jesper Brodin, Don Cheadle, Dave Clark, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, António Guterres, Chris Hemsworth, Kara Hurst, Lisa Jackson, Rose Mutiso, Johan Rockström, Prince Royce, Mark Ruffalo, Sigrid, Jaden Smith, Nigel Topping and Ursula von der Leyen join scientists, activists, artists, schools and leaders from business and government []
Want a better night’s sleep? A TED original series explores the science of slumber
Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:47:42 +0000
Is that afternoon coffee having a major impact on your sleep hours later? Does sleeping longer mean living longer? In TED’s newest original video series, Sleeping with Science, sleep scientist Matt Walker dives into the latest research on sleep — and explains what you need to know to get a better night’s rest. While you’re []
Remembering Sir Ken Robinson
Sat, 22 Aug 2020 20:16:26 +0000
Sir Ken Robinson believed that creativity is the essential act of living, of navigating a fundamentally unpredictable world. His work lives on in the minds of millions.
Apply to be a TED Fellow!
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:00:32 +0000
In the midst of this global pandemic, the TED Fellows program is more committed than ever to finding and amplifying individuals making a vital impact in their communities and doing the work of future-making. Read on to learn how to apply, and how the TED Fellows program is meeting this moment. Since launching the TED []
TED and Qatar Foundation unveil TEDinArabic: A new initiative to identify and amplify ideas in the Arabic language
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:00:13 +0000
TED and Qatar Foundation have launched TEDinArabic. The joint two-year initiative, featuring an ideas search, live event and custom digital destination, will provide a global platform for thinkers, researchers, artists and change-makers across the Arabic-speaking world to share their ideas with a global audience. As part of its mission of “ideas worth spreading,” TED is []
All together now: Notes on Session 8 of TED2020
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:13:55 +0000
It’s been an unforgettable eight weeks of TED2020, the first-ever virtual TED conference. For the final session: a call to moral leadership, a rethink on what it means to be a citizen, some pointers on how to make a good argument from a Supreme Court litigator and much more. Below, read a recap of the []
Conversations on what’s next in tech, government and activism: Week 8 of TED2020
Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:12:28 +0000
The final week of TED2020 featured conversations with experts on work, tech, government, activism and more, who shared thoughts on how we can build back better after the pandemic. Below, a recap of insights shared throughout the week. Mary L. Gray, anthropologist Big idea: AI-driven, service-on-demand companies like TaskRabbit, Amara and Amazon have built a []
A smarter future: Notes from Session 7 of TED2020
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 01:22:05 +0000
For the penultimate session of TED2020, an exploration of amazing forces shaping the future — from cancer-fighting venom to spacecraft powered by lasers and much more. Below, a recap of the night’s talks and performances. Amanda Gorman, poet Big idea: We all have the power to end the devastation of climate change. Let’s get to []
Conversations on building back better: Week 7 of TED2020
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:28:19 +0000
Week 7 of TED2020 featured conversations on where the coronavirus pandemic is heading, the case for reparations, how we can better connect with each other and how capitalism must change to build a more equitable society. Below, a recap of insights shared throughout the week. Bill Gates, technologist, philanthropist Big idea: The coronavirus pandemic isn’t []
Beauty everywhere: Notes from Session 6 of TED2020
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 02:36:53 +0000
We’re six weeks into TED2020! For session 6: a celebration of beauty on every level, from planet-trekking feats of engineering to art that deeply examines our past, present, future — and much more. Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle, planetary scientist  Big idea: The Dragonfly Mission, set to launch in 2026, will study Titan, the largest moon orbiting []
The Audacious Project expands its support of pandemic relief and recovery work
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:55:40 +0000
The Audacious Project, a funding initiative housed at TED, is continuing its support of solutions tailored to COVID-19 rapid response and long-term recovery. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, The Audacious Project is committed to targeting key systems in crisis and supporting them as they rebuild better and with greater resilience. In this phase, []
Conversations on capitalism and climate change: Week 6 of TED2020
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:30:44 +0000
For week 6 of TED2020, experts in the economy and climate put a future driven by sustainable transformation into focus. Below, a recap of insights shared throughout the week. Mariana Mazzucato, economist Big idea: Government can (and should) play a bold, dynamic and proactive role in shaping markets and sparking innovation — working together with []
Hope, action, change: Notes from Session 5 of TED2020
Fri, 19 Jun 2020 02:58:00 +0000
Daring, bold, systems-disrupting change requires big dreams and an even bigger vision. For Session 5 of TED2020, the Audacious Project, a collaborative funding initiative housed at TED, highlighted bold plans for social change from Southern New Hampshire University, SIRUM, BRAC, Harlem Children’s Zone, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Project CETI and One Acre Fund. From aiding []
Conversations on the future of vaccines, tech, government and art: Week 5 of TED2020
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 20:08:20 +0000
Week 5 of TED2020 featured wide-ranging discussions on the quest for a coronavirus vaccine, the future of the art world, what it’s like to lead a country during a pandemic and much more. Below, a recap of insights shared. Jerome Kim, Director General of the International Vaccine Institute Big idea: There’s a lot of work []
WHAAAAAT?: Notes from Session 4 of TED2020
Fri, 12 Jun 2020 01:47:23 +0000
For Session 4 of TED2020, experts in biohacking, synthetic biology, psychology and beyond explored topics ranging from discovering the relationship between the spinal cord and asparagus to using tools of science to answer critical questions about racial bias. Below, a recap of the night’s talks and performances. Andrew Pelling, biomedical researcher Big idea: Could we []
Conversations on rebuilding society: Week 4 of TED2020
Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:33:34 +0000
For week 4 of TED2020, leaders in international development, history, architecture and public policy explored how we might rebuild during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing protests against racial injustice in the United States. Below, a recap of their insights. Achim Steiner, head of the United National Development Programme Big idea: The public and private []
Ways of seeing: Notes from Session 3 of TED2020
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:42:49 +0000
Session 3 of TED2020, hosted by TED’s head of curation Helen Walters and writer, activist and comedian Baratunde Thurston, was a night of something different — a night of camaraderie, cleverness and, as Baratunde put it, “a night of just some dope content.” Below, a recap of the night’s talks and performances. In a heartfelt []
The bill has come due for the US’s legacy of racism: Week 3 of TED2020
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:32:47 +0000
In response to the historic moment of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the United States, four leaders in the movement for civil rights — Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, CEO of Center for Policing Equity; Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change; Dr. Bernice Albertine King, CEO []
Conversations on social progress: Week 3 of TED2020
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:47:40 +0000
For week 3 of TED2020, global leaders in technology, vulnerability research and activism gathered for urgent conversations on how to foster connection, channel energy into concrete social action and work to end systemic racism in the United States. Below, a recap of their insights. Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister for social innovation Big idea: Digital []

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