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Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda [Video]Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda

At age 81, actor and activist Jane Fonda is putting herself on the line for the planet -- literally. In a video interview with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Fonda speaks about getting arrested multiple times during Fire Drill Fridays, the weekly..

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The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler [Video]The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler

Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent -- and offers a..

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A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert [Video]A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert

Step into artist Cornelia Geppert's visually stunning video game "Sea of Solitude," which explores how battling the "monsters" of loneliness and self-doubt can help us better grapple with the complexity and struggles of mental health.

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The problem of light pollution -- and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson [Video]The problem of light pollution -- and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson

Ever gaze up at the starry night sky? This stunning view is at risk of disappearing -- unless we act now, says astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson. In this fascinating, unexpectedly funny talk, she explains how light pollution affects almost every species..

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The increasing pace of modern life -- and how we can adapt | Kathryn Bouskill [Video]The increasing pace of modern life -- and how we can adapt | Kathryn Bouskill

Why does modern technology promise efficiency, but leave us constantly feeling pressed for time? Anthropologist Kathryn Bouskill explores the paradoxes of living in a fast-paced society and explains why we need to reconsider the importance of slowing..

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7 beliefs that can silence women -- and how to unlearn them | Deepa Narayan [Video]7 beliefs that can silence women -- and how to unlearn them | Deepa Narayan

In India (and many other countries), girls and women still find themselves silenced by traditional rules of politeness and restraint, says social scientist Deepa Narayan. In this frank talk, she identifies seven deeply entrenched norms that reinforce..

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5 steps for clean air in India | Arunabha Ghosh [Video]5 steps for clean air in India | Arunabha Ghosh

India's big cities have some of the worst air quality in the world. How can we fix this public health crisis? In an actionable talk, social entrepreneur Arunabha Ghosh lays out a five-step plan to put India on the path to cleaner, safer air -- and..

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The search for our solar system's ninth planet | Mike Brown [Video]The search for our solar system's ninth planet | Mike Brown

Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the existence of a new, giant planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system -- and shows us how traces..

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How I use art to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans | Alejandro Durán [Video]How I use art to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans | Alejandro Durán

Alejandro Durán uses art to spotlight the ongoing destruction of our oceans' ecosystems. In this breathtaking talk, he shows how he meticulously organizes and reuses plastic waste from around the world that washes up on shores -- everything from..

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How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes [Video]How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes

Have you ever doubted your abilities, feared you were going to be discovered as a "fraud"? That's called "impostor syndrome," and you're definitely not alone in feeling it, says entrepreneur and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. In this funny, relatable talk,..

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Want to change the world? Learn the art of fundraising | Kara Logan Berlin [Video]Want to change the world? Learn the art of fundraising | Kara Logan Berlin

How do you raise money to get an idea off the ground, support a community, help change the world? Take a crash course on the secret art of successful fundraising with development strategist Kara Logan Berlin as she shares how anyone can learn to ask..

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3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher [Video]3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher

There are more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence today, each one capable of causing immense destruction. Why don't we talk about this threat as much as some other major issues? In this practical talk, nuclear security expert Emma Belcher shares..

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Why I draw with robots | Sougwen Chung [Video]Why I draw with robots | Sougwen Chung

What happens when humans and robots make art together? In this awe-inspiring talk, artist Sougwen Chung shows how she "taught" her artistic style to a machine -- and shares the results of their collaboration after making an unexpected discovery:..

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How India's local recyclers could solve plastic pollution | Mani Vajipey [Video]How India's local recyclers could solve plastic pollution | Mani Vajipey

India has one of the world's highest rates of plastic recycling, thanks largely to an extensive network of informal recyclers known as "kabadiwalas." Entrepreneur Mani Vajipey discusses his work to organize their massive efforts into a collection..

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How can we support the emotional wellbeing of teachers? | Sydney Jensen [Video]How can we support the emotional wellbeing of teachers? | Sydney Jensen

Teachers emotionally support our kids. But who's supporting teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of "secondary trauma" -- the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their own students'..

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A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier [Video]A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier

Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five months living in Flint, Michigan, documenting the lives of those affected by the city's water crisis for her photo essay "Flint is Family." As the crisis dragged on, she realized it was going to take more than a..

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Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios [Video]Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios

Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn't just perpetuate outdated stereotypes -- it's also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why..

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What's really happening at the US-Mexico border -- and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro [Video]What's really happening at the US-Mexico border -- and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro

At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. In this raw and heartfelt talk, immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro offers a glimpse into her daily..

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What it's like to live on the International Space Station | Cady Coleman [Video]What it's like to live on the International Space Station | Cady Coleman

In this quick, fun talk, astronaut Cady Coleman welcomes us aboard the International Space Station, where she spent nearly six months doing experiments that expanded the frontiers of science. Hear what it's like to fly to work, sleep without gravity..

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What open water swimming taught me about resilience | Bhakti Sharma [Video]What open water swimming taught me about resilience | Bhakti Sharma

Dive into the deep with open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma, as she shares what she learned about resilience during her personal journey from the scorching heat of Rajasthan, India to the bone-chilling waters of her record-breaking swim in Antarctica and..

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Our immigration conversation is broken -- here's how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer [Video]Our immigration conversation is broken -- here's how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer

How did the US immigration debate get to be so divisive? In this informative talk, historian and writer Paul A. Kramer shows how an "insider vs. outsider" framing has come to dominate the way people in the US talk about immigration -- and suggests a..

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The business case for working with your toughest critics | Bob Langert [Video]The business case for working with your toughest critics | Bob Langert

As a "corporate suit" (his words) and former VP of sustainability at McDonald's, Bob Langert works with companies and their strongest critics to find solutions that are good for both business and society. In this actionable talk, he shares stories..

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The Amazon belongs to humanity -- let's protect it together | Tashka and Laura Yawanawá [Video]The Amazon belongs to humanity -- let's protect it together | Tashka and Laura Yawanawá

Tashka and Laura Yawanawá lead the Yawanawá people in Acre, Brazil -- a tribe that stewards almost 500,000 acres of Amazon rainforest. As footage of the Amazon burning shocks the world's consciousness, Tashka and Laura call for us to transform this..

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Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers [Video]Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers

Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it's not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their..

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How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell [Video]How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell

As many as 3,000 languages could disappear within the next 80 years, all but silencing entire cultures. In this quick talk, language preserver Daniel Bögre Udell shows how people around the world are finding new ways to revive ancestral languages and..

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How smartphones really work | Cathy Mulzer [Video]How smartphones really work | Cathy Mulzer

Ever wondered how your smartphone works? Take a journey down to the atomic level with scientist Cathy Mulzer, who reveals how almost every component of our high-powered devices exists thanks to chemists -- and not the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that..

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The price of a "clean" internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck [Video]The price of a "clean" internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

Millions of images and videos are uploaded to the internet each day, yet we rarely see shocking and disturbing content in our social media feeds. Who's keeping the internet "clean" for us? In this eye-opening talk, documentarians Hans Block and Moritz..

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Urban architecture inspired by mountains, clouds and volcanoes | Ma Yansong [Video]Urban architecture inspired by mountains, clouds and volcanoes | Ma Yansong

Taking inspiration from nature, architect Ma Yansong designs breathtaking buildings that break free from the boxy symmetry of so many modern cities. His exuberant and graceful work -- from a pair of curvy skyscrapers that "dance" with each other to an..

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What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner [Video]What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner

Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this..

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How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris [Video]How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris

We need a radically new approach to ocean conservation, says marine biologist Alasdair Harris. In a visionary talk, he lays out a surprising solution to the problem of overfishing that could both revive marine life and rebuild local fisheries -- all..

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How I'm using biological data to tell better stories -- and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert [Video]How I'm using biological data to tell better stories -- and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert

What kinds of stories move us to act? To answer this question, creative technologist Heidi Boisvert is measuring how people's brains and bodies unconsciously respond to different media. She shows how she's using this data to determine the specific..

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Small rockets are the next space revolution | Peter Beck [Video]Small rockets are the next space revolution | Peter Beck

We're in the dawn of a new space revolution, says engineer Peter Beck: the revolution of the small. In a talk packed with insights into the state of the space industry, Beck shares his work building rockets capable of delivering small payloads to..

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The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn [Video]The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn

The cells in your body are like computer software: they're "programmed" to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better understand this biological process, we could unlock the ability to reprogram cells ourselves, says..

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How to make inefficiency work for us | Edward Tenner [Video]How to make inefficiency work for us | Edward Tenner

Is our obsession with efficiency actually making us less efficient? In this revelatory talk, writer and historian Edward Tenner discusses the promises and dangers of our drive to get things done as quickly as possible -- and suggests seven ways we can..

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How to change your behavior for the better | Dan Ariely [Video]How to change your behavior for the better | Dan Ariely

What's the best way to get people to change their behavior? In this funny, information-packed talk, psychologist Dan Ariely explores why we make bad decisions even when we know we shouldn't -- and discusses a couple tricks that could get us to do the..

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Cryptographers, quantum computers and the war for information | Craig Costello [Video]Cryptographers, quantum computers and the war for information | Craig Costello

In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today's machines -- and give code breakers a master key to the digital..

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How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka [Video]How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka

How do you fix broken public systems? You spark people's competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses how he helped improve the health system of Rajasthan, a state in..

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A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin [Video]A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical "At Buffalo." Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world's fair held in Buffalo,..

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Change your story, change your life | Lori Gottlieb [Video]Change your story, change your life | Lori Gottlieb

Stories help you make sense of your life -- but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free..

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For better health care, embrace irrationality | David Asch [Video]For better health care, embrace irrationality | David Asch

Why do we make poor decisions that we know are bad for our health? In this frank, funny talk, behavioral economist and health policy expert David Asch explains why our behavior is often irrational -- in highly predictable ways -- and shows how we can..

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Hope and justice for women who've survived ISIS | Rabiaa El Garani [Video]Hope and justice for women who've survived ISIS | Rabiaa El Garani

Human rights protector Rabiaa El Garani shares the challenging, heartbreaking story of sexual violence committed against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq by ISIS -- and her work seeking justice for the survivors. "These victims have been through..

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What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker [Video]What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker

Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement..

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How family separation at the US-Mexico border affects children's mental health | Luis H. Zayas [Video]How family separation at the US-Mexico border affects children's mental health | Luis H. Zayas

How does psychological trauma affect children's developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the..

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The cosmic war between monotony and creativity | David Deutsch [Video]The cosmic war between monotony and creativity | David Deutsch

Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the "great monotony" -- the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years -- and shows how humanity's capacity to create explanatory knowledge could..

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A circular economy for salt that keeps our rivers clean | Tina Arrowood [Video]A circular economy for salt that keeps our rivers clean | Tina Arrowood

During the winter of 2018-2019, one million tons of salt was applied to icy roads in the state of Pennsylvania alone. Salty runoff from industrial uses like this ends up in freshwater rivers, making their waters undrinkable and contributing to a..

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A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez [Video]A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez

In this powerful, personal talk, author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, bringing this often-abstract debate back down to earth -- and showing what you can do every day to create a..

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How we experience awe -- and why it matters | Beau Lotto and Cirque du Soleil [Video]How we experience awe -- and why it matters | Beau Lotto and Cirque du Soleil

Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe and its psychological and behavioral benefits. In this talk and live performance, he shares some of their findings -- and stands back as Cirque du..

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Can dogs sniff out malaria? | James Logan [Video]Can dogs sniff out malaria? | James Logan

What if we could diagnose some of the world's deadliest diseases by the smells our bodies give off? In a fascinating talk and live demo, biologist James Logan introduces Freya, a malaria-sniffing dog, to show how we can harness the awesome powers of..

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The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji [Video]The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji

Many diseases are driven by metabolites -- small molecules in your body like fat, glucose and cholesterol -- but we don't know exactly what they are or how they work. Biotech entrepreneur and TED Fellow Leila Pirhaji shares her plan to build an..

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How nanoparticles could change the way we treat cancer | Joy Wolfram [Video]How nanoparticles could change the way we treat cancer | Joy Wolfram

Ninety-nine percent of cancer drugs never make it to tumors, getting washed out of the body before they have time to do their job. How can we better deliver life-saving drugs? Cancer researcher Joy Wolfram shares cutting-edge medical research into..

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