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Updated: 2017-12-17T03:05:57Z

 



WordPress.comBen Saunders’ solo crossing of Antarctica, and more news from TED speakers

2017-12-15T20:06:21Z

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A solo crossing of Antarctica. With chilling detail, Ben Saunders documents his journey across Antarctica as he attempts to complete the first successful solo, unsupported and unassisted crossing. The journey is a way of honoring his friend Henry Worsley, […] As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A solo crossing of Antarctica. With chilling detail, Ben Saunders documents his journey across Antarctica as he attempts to complete the first successful solo, unsupported and unassisted crossing. The journey is a way of honoring his friend Henry Worsley, who died attempting a similar crossing last year. While being attacked by intense winds, Saunders writes of his experiences trekking through the hills, the cold, and the ice, the weight he carries, and even the moments he’s missing, as he wishes his dear friends a jolly and fun wedding day back home. (Watch Saunders’ TED Talk) The dark side of AI. A chilling new video, “Slaughterbots,” gives viewers a glimpse into a dystopian future where people can be targeted and killed by strangers using autonomous weapons simply for having dissenting opinions. This viral video was the brainchild of TED speaker Stuart Russell and a coalition of AI researchers and advocacy organizations. The video warns viewers that while AI has the potential to solve many of our problems, the dangers of AI weapons must be addressed first. “We have an opportunity to prevent the future you just saw,” Stuart states at the end of the video, “but the window to act is closing fast.” (Watch Russell’s TED Talk) Corruption investigators in paradise. Charmian Gooch and her colleagues at Global Witness have been poring over the Paradise Papers, a cache of 13.4 million files released by the the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that detail the secret world of offshore financial deals. With the 2014 TED Prize, Gooch wished to end anonymously owned companies, and the Paradise Papers show how this business structure can be used to nefarious end. Check out Global Witness’ report on how the commodities company Glencore appears to have funneled $45 million to a notorious billionaire middleman in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help them negotiate mining rights. And their look at how a US-based bank helped one of Russia’s richest oligarchs register a private jet, despite his company being on US sanctions lists. (Watch Gooch’s TED Talk) A metric for measuring corporate vitality. Martin Reeves, director of the Henderson Institute at BCG, and his colleagues have taken his idea that strategies need strategies and expanded it into the creation of the Fortune Future 50, a categorization of companies based on more than financial data. Companies are divided into “leaders” and “challengers,” with the former having a market capitalization over $20 billion as of fiscal year 2016 and the latter including startups with a market capitalization below $20 billion. However, instead of focusing on rear-view analytics, BCG’s assessment uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to review a company’s vitality, or their “capacity to explore new options, renew strategy, and grow sustainably,” according to a publication by Reeves and his collaborators. Since only 7% of companies that are market-share leaders are also profit leaders, the analysis can provide companies with a new metric to judge progress. (Watch Reeves’ TED Talk) The boy who harnessed the wind — and the silver screen. William Kamkwamba’s story will soon reach the big screen via the upcoming film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Kamkwamba built a windmill that powered his home in Malawi with no formal education. He snuck into a library, deciphered physics on his own, and trusted his intuition that he had an idea he could execute. His determination ultimately saved his family from a deadly famine. (Watch Kamkwamba’s TED Talk) Have a new[...]



Exploring the boundaries of legacy at TED@Westpac

2017-12-15T13:01:07Z

Legacy is a delightfully complex concept, and it's one that the TED@Westpac curators took on with gusto for the daylong event held in Sydney, Australia, on Monday December 11th. Themed around the idea of "The Future Legacy," the day was packed with speakers who took on topics ranging from education to work-health balance to designer babies.Cyndi Stivers and Adam Spencer host TED@Westpac — a day of talks and performances themed around “The Future Legacy” — in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, December 11th. (Photo: Jean-Jacques Halans / TED) Legacy is a delightfully complex concept, and it’s one that the TED@Westpac curators took on with gusto for the daylong event held in Sydney, Australia, on Monday December 11th. Themed around the idea of “The Future Legacy,” the day was packed with 15 speakers and two performers and hosted by TED’s Cyndi Stivers and TED speaker and monster prime number aficionado Adam Spencer. Topics ranged from education to work-health balance to designer babies to the importance of smart conversations around death. For Westpac managing director and CEO Brian Hartzer, the day was an opportunity both to think back over the bank’s own 200-year-legacy — and a chance for all gathered to imagine a bold new future that might suit everyone. He welcomed talks that explored ideas and stories that may shape a more positive global future. “We are so excited to see the ripple effect of your ideas from today,” he told the collected speakers before introducing Aboriginal elder Uncle Ray Davison to offer the audience a traditional “welcome to country.” And with that, the speakers were up and running. “Being an entrepreneur is about creating change,” says Linda Zhang. She suggests we need to encourage the entrepreneurial mindset in high-schoolers. (Photo: Jean-Jacques Halans / TED) Ask questions, challenge the status quo, build solutions. Who do you think of when you hear the word “entrepreneur?” Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Bill Gates might come to mind. What about a high school student? Linda Zhang might just have graduated herself but she’s been taking entrepreneurial cues from her parents, who started New Zealand’s second-largest thread company. Zhang now runs a program to pair students with industry mentors and get them to work for 48 hours on problems they actually want to solve. The results: a change in mindset that could help prepare them for a tumultuous but opportunity-filled job market. “Being an entrepreneur is about creating change,” Zhang says. “This is what high school should be about … finding things you care about, having the curiosity to learn about those things and having the drive to take that knowledge and implement it into problems you care about solving.” Should we bribe kids to study math? In this sparky talk, Mohamad Jebara shares a favorite quote from fellow mathematician Francis Su: “We study mathematics for play, for beauty, for truth, for justice, and for love.” Only problem: kids today, he says, often don’t tend to agree, instead finding math “difficult and boring.” Jebara has a counterintuitive potential solution: he wants to bribe kids to study math. His financial incentive plan works like this: his company charges parents a monthly subscription fee; if students complete their weekly math goal then the program refunds that amount of the fee directly into the student’s bank account; if not, the company pockets the profit. Ultimately, Jebara wants kids to discover math’s intrinsic worth and beauty, but until they get there, he’s happy to pay them. And this isn’t just about his own business model. “Unless we find a way to improve student engagement with mathematics, we’ll have not only a huge skills shortage crisis, but a fickle population easily manipulated by whoever can get the most airtime,” he says. You, cancer and the work[...]



Why not? Pushing and prodding the possible, at TED@IBM

2017-12-09T15:54:23Z

We know that our world — our data, our lives, our countries — are becoming more and more connected. But what should we do with that? In two sessions of TED@IBM, the answer shaped up to be: Dream as big as you can. Speakers took the stage to pitch their ideas for using connected data […]The stage at TED@IBM bubbles with possibilities … at the SFJAZZ Center, December 6, 2017, San Francisco, California. Photo: Russell Edwards / TED We know that our world — our data, our lives, our countries — are becoming more and more connected. But what should we do with that? In two sessions of TED@IBM, the answer shaped up to be: Dream as big as you can. Speakers took the stage to pitch their ideas for using connected data and new forms of machine intelligence to make material changes in the way we live our lives — and also challenged us to flip the focus back to ourselves, to think about what we still need to learn about being human in order to make better tech. From the stage of TED@IBM’s longtime home at the SFJAZZ Center, executive Ann Rubin welcomes us and introduces our two onstage hosts, TED’s own Bryn Freedman and her cohost Michaela Stribling, a longtime IBMer who’s been a great champion of new ideas. And with that, we begin. Giving plastic a new sense of value. A garbage truck full of plastic enters the ocean every minute of every hour of every day. Plastic is now in the food chain (and your bloodstream), and scientists think it’s contributing to the fastest rate of extinction ever. But we shouldn’t be thinking about cleaning up all that ocean plastic, suggests plastics alchemist David Katz — we should be working to stop plastic from getting there in the first place. And the place to start is in extremely poor countries — the origin of 80 percent of plastic pollution — where recycling just isn’t a priority. Katz has created The Plastic Bank, a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition and medical insurance to Wi-Fi and high-efficiency stoves is available to be purchased in exchange for plastic garbage. Once collected, the plastic is sorted, shredded and sold to brands like Marks & Spencer and Henkel, who have commissioned the use of “Social Plastic” in their products. “Buy shampoo or detergent that has Social Plastic packaging, and you’re indirectly contributing to the extraction of plastic from ocean-bound waterways and alleviating poverty at the same time,” Katz says. It’s a step towards closing the loop on the circular economy, it’s completely replicable, and it’s gamifying recycling. As Katz puts it: “Be a part of the solution, not the pollution.” How can we stop plastic from piling up in the oceans? David Katz has one way: He runs an international chain of stores that trade plastic recyclables for money. Photo: Russell Edwards / TED How do we help teens in distress? AI is great at looking for patterns. Could we leverage that skill, asks 14-year-old cognitive developer Tanmay Bakshi, to spot behavior issues lurking under the surface? “Humans aren’t very good at detecting patterns like changes in someone’s sleep, exercise levels, and public interaction,” he says. “If some of the patterns from these suicidal teens go unrecognized and unnoticed by the human eye,” he suggests we could let technology help us out. For the last 3 years, Bakshi and his team have been working with artificial neural networks (ANNs, for short) to develop an app that can pick up on irregularities in a person’s online behavior and build an early warning systems for at-risk teens. With this technology and information access, they foresee a future where a diagnosis is given and all-encompassing help is available right at their fingertips. An IBMer reads Tanmay Bakshi’s bio — to confirm that, yes, he’s just 14. At TED@IBM, Bakshi made his pitch for a social listening tool that could help identify teens who might be heading for a crisis. P[...]



Get ready for TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, premiering Dec. 10 on Star Plus

2017-12-09T15:37:36Z

TED is a global organization with a broad global audience. With our TED Translators program working in more than 100 languages, TEDx events happening every day around the world and so much more, we work hard to present the latest ideas for everyone, regardless of language, location or platform. Now we’ve embarked on a journey […]This billboard is showing up in streets around India, and it’s made out of pollution fumes that have been collected and made into ink — ink that’s, in turn, made into an image of TED Talks India: Nayi Soch host Shah Rukh Khan. Tune in on Sunday night, Dec. 10, at 7pm on Star Plus to see what it’s all about. TED is a global organization with a broad global audience. With our TED Translators program working in more than 100 languages, TEDx events happening every day around the world and so much more, we work hard to present the latest ideas for everyone, regardless of language, location or platform. Now we’ve embarked on a journey with one of the largest TV networks in the world — and one of the biggest movie stars in the world — to create a Hindi-language TV series and digital series that’s focused on a country at the peak of innovation and technology: India. Hosted and curated by Shah Rukh Khan, the TV series TED Talks India: Nayi Soch will premiere in India on Star Plus on December 10. The name of the show, Nayi Soch, literally means ‘new ideas’ — and this kick-off episode seeks to inspire the nation to embrace and cultivate ideas and curiosity. Watch it and discover a program of speakers from India and the world whose ideas might inspire you to some new thinking of your own! For instance — the image on this billboard above is made from the fumes of your car … a very new and surprising idea! If you’re in India, tune in at 7pm IST on Sunday night, Dec. 10, to watch the premiere episode on Star Plus and five other channels. Then tune in to Star Plus on the next seven Sundays, at the same time, to hear even more great talks on ideas, grouped into themes that will certainly inspire conversations. You can also explore the show on the HotStar app. On TED.com/india and for TED mobile app users in India, each episode will be conveniently turned into five to seven individual TED Talks, one talk for each speaker on the program. You can watch and share them on their own, or download them as playlists to watch one after another. The talks are given in Hindi, with professional subtitles in Hindi and in English. Almost every talk will feature a short Q&A between the speaker and the host, Shah Rukh Khan, that dives deeper into the ideas shared onstage. Want to learn more about TED Talks? Check out this playlist that SRK curated just for you. [...]



Brand-new TED Talks from TEDWomen 2017: A note from the curator

2017-12-01T20:06:41Z

This year’s TEDWomen in New Orleans was a truly special conference, at a vital moment, and I’m sure the ripples will be felt for a long time to come. The theme this year was bridges: we build them, we cross them, sometimes we even burn them. Our speakers talked about the physical bridges we need […]This year’s TEDWomen in New Orleans was a truly special conference, at a vital moment, and I’m sure the ripples will be felt for a long time to come. The theme this year was bridges: we build them, we cross them, sometimes we even burn them. Our speakers talked about the physical bridges we need for access and connection as well as the metaphoric ones we need to bridge the differences that increasingly divide us. Along with the inspiring TED Talks and often game-changing ideas that were shared in the TEDWomen stage, my biggest take-away from this year’s conference was once again the importance of community and the opportunity this conference offers for women and a few good men from different countries, cultures, religions, backgrounds, from so many different sectors of work and experience, to come to together to listen, to learn, to connect with each other, to build their own bridges. Take a look at all the presentations with our detailed speaker-by-speaker coverage on the TED Blog. Between sessions, we hosted four great Facebook Live conversations in the Blue Room, diving deeper into ideas from talks with WNYC’s Manoush Zomorodi. Catch up on them right here. And we’re starting to post TED Talks from our event to share freely with the world. First up: Gretchen Carlson, whose timely talk about sexual harassment is relevant and resonant for so many women and men at this #MeToo moment. It’s already been viewed by over 800,000 people! src="https://embed.ted.com/talks/gretchen_carlson_how_we_can_end_sexual_harassment_at_work" width="586" height="330" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen> Gretchen calls on women who have experienced sexual harassment to “Be Fierce!” (also the title of her recent book). Luvvie Ajayi, in another TEDWomen Talk being released today, encourages not just women, but all of us to be courageous and to Speak Up when we have something to say, even if it makes others uncomfortable — especially if it makes the speaker uncomfortable. “I want us to leave this world better than we found it,” she told the audience in her hopeful and uplifting talk, “And how I choose to effect change is by speaking up, by being the first and by being the domino.” src="https://embed.ted.com/talks/luvvie_ajayi_get_comfortable_with_being_uncomfortable" width="586" height="330" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen> And don’t miss Teresa Njoroge’s powerful talk on women in prison. At Clean Start Kenya, Njoroge builds bridges connecting the formerly imprisoned to the outside world and vice versa. src="https://embed.ted.com/talks/teresa_njoroge_what_i_learned_serving_time_for_a_crime_i_didn_t_commit" width="586" height="330" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen> And one of the highlights of the conference for me, my conversation with Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine. Chase’s New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and where the police entered but did not disturb — and it continues to operate in the same spirit today. In our talk, she shares her wisdom from a lifetime of activism, speaking up and cooking. src="https://embed.ted.com/talks/leah_chase_and_pat_mitchell_an_interview_with_the_queen_of_creole_cuisine" width="586" height="330" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" we[...]



Breakthroughs: The talks of TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

2017-12-09T15:54:29Z

Humanity is defined by its immense body of knowledge. Most times it inches forward, shedding light onto the mysteries of the universe and easing life’s endeavors in small increments. But in some special moments, knowledge and understanding leap forward, when one concentrated mind or one crucial discovery redirects the course of things and changes the […]TED and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, have partnered to help surface and share brilliant ideas, innovations — and breakthroughs. (Photo: Paul Clarke / TED) Humanity is defined by its immense body of knowledge. Most times it inches forward, shedding light onto the mysteries of the universe and easing life’s endeavors in small increments. But in some special moments, knowledge and understanding leap forward, when one concentrated mind or one crucial discovery redirects the course of things and changes the space of possibilities. TED and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, have partnered to help surface and share brilliant ideas, innovations — and breakthroughs. At the inaugural TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany event, hosted by TED International Curator Bruno Giussani at Here East in London on November 28, 16 brilliant minds in healthcare, technology, art, psychology and other fields shared stories of human imagination and discovery. After opening remarks from Belén Garijo, CEO, Healthcare for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, the talks of Session 1 kicked off. Biochemist Bijan Zakeri explains the mechanism behind a molecular superglue that could allows us to assemble new protein shapes. (Photo: Paul Clarke / TED) A molecular superglue made from flesh-eating bacteria. The bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes — responsible for diseases including strep throat, scarlet fever and necrotizing fasciitis (colloquially, flesh-eating disease) — has long, hair-like appendages made of proteins with a unique property: the ends of these proteins are linked by an incredibly strong chemical bond. “You can boil them, try to cut them with enzymes or throw them in strong acids and bases. Nothing happens to them,” says biochemist Bijan Zakeri. Along with his adviser Mark Howarth, Zakeri figured out a way to engineer these proteins to create what he describes as a molecular superglue. The superglue allows us to assemble new protein shapes, and “you can chemically link the glue components to other organic and inorganic molecules, like medicines, DNA, metals and more, to build new nano-scale objects that address important scientific and medical needs,” Zakeri says. What if we could print electronics? “We must manufacture devices in a whole new way, with the electronics integrated inside the object, not just bolted in afterwards,” says advanced technologist Dan Walker. He introduces us to his vision of the fast approaching future of technology, which could take two potential paths: “The first is hyper-scale production, producing electrically functional parts along the standard centralized model of manufacturing. Think of how we print newspapers, ink on paper, repeating for thousands of copies. Electronics can be printed in this way, too.” he says. Walker designs inks that conduct electricity and can be used to print functional electronics, like wires. This ink can be used in inkjet printers, the sort that can be found in most offices and homes. But these inkjet printers are still 2D printers — they can print the electronics onto the object, but they can’t print the object itself. “The second way the manufacturing world will go is towards marrying these two techniques of digital printing, inkjet and 3D, and the result will be the ability to create electrically functional objects,” Walker explain, both unique objects bespoke for individual customers and perfect replicas printed off by the thousands. Strategic marketer Hannah Bürckstümmer explains her work developing organic photovoltaics — and[...]



Speed of change: The talks of TEDNYC x BMW i

2017-11-21T20:20:40Z

The speed of change is a constant in our lives. Sometimes it’s worth slowing things down, to look at what might be changing without us even considering it. To celebrate the efforts of innovators, change-makers and dreamers who are reimagining the future, TED has partnered with BMW i. In a special session of talks hosted by TED […] The speed of change is a constant in our lives. Sometimes it’s worth slowing things down, to look at what might be changing without us even considering it. To celebrate the efforts of innovators, change-makers and dreamers who are reimagining the future, TED has partnered with BMW i. In a special session of talks hosted by TED design curator Chee Pearlman and TED science curator David Biello at TED HQ in New York City on Thursday night, five speakers (and three remarkable performers) explored how we might shape future through creativity and imagination. Acoustic duo Anielle and Matthew kicked off the evening with a performance of their original song “Dead Romance,” weaving together the sounds of Americana folk music and modern pop. Systems engineer and researcher Danielle Wood shares six ways technologies developed for space exploration can lead to better, more sustainable development on earth. (Photo: Jasmina Tomic/TED) Justice and development through space. Danielle Wood leads the Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab, where she works to break down the idea that space is for the few, the rich or the elite. She identifies six space technologies that can contribute to sustainable development across the world. First, communication satellites can be essential during times of disaster, when regular communication networks malfunction. Likewise, scientists use positioning satellites to study endangered species and track their movements, and they use earth observation satellites to measure features of our environment such as the temperature of the ocean. Next, the diet and exercise regimens used by astronauts living in orbiting laboratories like the International Space Station help us learn more about how to improve health on earth. Space spinoff includes the inventions created for space that can transfer to other fields outside space technology. Finally, adventures in space can serve as inspiration for people across the globe to develop new skills in science and technology. “Space truly is useful for sustainable development for the benefit of all peoples,” Wood says. Shared mobility architect Sandra Phillips details the opportunities of carsharing at TED and BMW i’s Speed of Change salon. (Photo: Jasmina Tomic/TED) The future of shared mobility and public transportation. Shared mobility architect Sandra Phillips has helped launch car-sharing programs in several countries, bridging the gap between homes and distant subway stations while benefiting the environment and community. The idea is simple: “Essentially, you become a member of a club and gain access to different types of shared vehicles. You only use them when you need them, and you pay for what you use,” Phillips says. In practice, this looks like using a shared car or bike to get to the nearest transit station, instead of relying on your own car. In a study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers found that in the five cities where carsharing service Car2Go was tested, some 28,000 cars were removed from the roads, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and opening up space for parks, libraries and other community hubs. Phillips believes this is possible because car-sharing brings together the inclusive social mandate of public transportation and the innovation behind private mobility companies. While it may not be the solution for congestion in large cities, in places like Vancouver and Sacramento, having access to car-sharing could transform how people get around. The dark side of o[...]



It’s Nov. 18. Can we make jokes about Mugabe yet?

2017-11-18T13:55:42Z

Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube writes: If you are about to watch my TED Talk, then you are watching the first one to have an expiry date. You see, when I went onto the red dot I was afraid, I was petrified — and this was not because of an ’80s tune or the fear of [](image)

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Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube writes: If you are about to watch my TED Talk, then you are watching the first one to have an expiry date. You see, when I went onto the red dot I was afraid, I was petrified — and this was not because of an ’80s tune or the fear of speaking in public on such a big stage. My fear was about my President Robert Mugabe. For 37 years of my life I have been filled with the fear of Mugabe, and coming to TED was my opportunity to show off my talent as a comedian, but fear got ahold of me through veiled threats from his agents about the content of my comedy.

So back to the EXPIRY of this talk… Today is the 18th of November and a historic moment for our country. Our army has seized power and as we speak we are all going out to the street to march for our FREEDOM. Today I march to end my FEAR. After you watch this, Mugabe may no longer be our PRESIDENT and I will no longer be afraid. Watch this TALK and see me when I used to be AFRAID to tell jokes! NOT ANYMORE! I am Carl Joshua Ncube and I fear nothing!


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TED’s response to claims of sexual harassment 

2017-11-18T15:42:22Z

We believe in ideas worth spreading. One of those ideas is that all humans are entitled to equal consideration and respect. The Washington Post recently reported that TED has grappled with sexual harassment at its conferences and in the workplace. We would like to address that article here. At the TED2017 conference in Vancouver, we were […]Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED We believe in ideas worth spreading. One of those ideas is that all humans are entitled to equal consideration and respect. The Washington Post recently reported that TED has grappled with sexual harassment at its conferences and in the workplace. We would like to address that article here. At the TED2017 conference in Vancouver, we were informed privately that four women attendees experienced sexual harassment, and another experienced aggressive behavior from male attendees. We were alarmed by what we heard and immediately conducted full investigations to understand the context and impact of what had happened. As a result, one man was asked to leave the conference immediately, and a second barred. These two men were the source of the five complaints, and will not return to TED. The main TED conference attracts some 2,000 attendees, and in recent years we have been successful in increasing the percentage of women attending from about 25% to 40%. By and large, the vast majority of attendees report a wonderful experience. But incidents do happen. Historically, when we’ve heard that an attendee has experienced conduct that made them uncomfortable or worse, we have always investigated and done our best to resolve. But this past year’s experience motivated us to do far more to strengthen our existing procedures. With input from experts, we put even more robust and specific anti-harassment policies and systems in place in summer 2017: Making clear every attendee is aware of our code of conduct, and that violation of it would mean removal from the event. Publicizing the means by which attendees can report problems. We are determined to continue to increase the number of women who come to TED and to ensure that the conference experience is one where all attendees feel safe and respected. The Washington Post article also mentioned two incidents alleged to have taken place at our New York-based office over the past four years. These were fully investigated at the time, and we took the claims very seriously. For the sake of the individuals mentioned, we don’t think it’s appropriate to address them in public. We all have a strong belief in our mission and a deep respect for the perspectives and values our co-workers bring to the organization.  We will use this story as motivation to ensure that inclusion remains at the core of our conference experience and workplace culture. [...]



“The courage to …” The talks of TED@Tommy

2017-12-09T15:54:35Z

Courage comes in many forms. In the face of fear, it’s the conviction to dream, dare, innovate, create and transform. It’s the ability to try and try again, to admit when we’re wrong and stand up for what’s right. TED and Tommy Hilfiger both believe in the power of courageous ideas to break conventions and […]At TED@Tommy — held November 14, 2017, at Mediahaven in Amsterdam — fifteen creators, leaders and innovators invited us to dream, to dare and to do. (Photo: Richard Hadley / TED) Courage comes in many forms. In the face of fear, it’s the conviction to dream, dare, innovate, create and transform. It’s the ability to try and try again, to admit when we’re wrong and stand up for what’s right. TED and Tommy Hilfiger both believe in the power of courageous ideas to break conventions and celebrate individuality — it’s the driving force behind why the two organizations have partnered to bring experts in fashion, sustainability, design and more to the stage to share their ideas. More than 300 Tommy associates from around the world submitted their ideas to take part in TED@Tommy, with more than 20 internal events taking place at local and regional levels, and the top 15 ideas were selected for the red circle on the TED@Tommy stage. At this inaugural event — held on November 14, 2017, at Mediahaven in Amsterdam — creators, leaders and innovators invited us to dream, to dare and to do. After opening remarks from Daniel Grieder, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe, and Avery Baker, Chief Brand Officer, Tommy Hilfiger Global, the talks of Session 1 kicked off. Fashion is “about self-expression, a physical embodiment of what we portray ourselves as,” says Mahir Can Isik, speaking at TED@Tommy in Amsterdam. (Photo: Richard Hadley / TED) Let fashion express your individuality. The stylish clothes you’re wearing right now were predicted to be popular up to two years before you ever bought them. This is thanks to trend forecasting agencies, which sell predictions of the “next big thing” to designers.  And according to Tommy Hilfiger retail buyer Mahir Can Isik, trend forecasting is, for lack of a better term, “absolutely bull.” Here’s a fun fact: More than 12,000 fashion brands all get their predictions from the same single agency — and this, Isik suggests, is the beginning of the end of true individuality. “Fashion is an art form — it’s about excitement, human interaction, touching our hearts and desires,” he says. “It’s about self-expression, a physical embodiment of what we portray ourselves as.” He calls on us to break this hold of forecasters and cherish self-expression and individuality. Stylish clothing for the differently abled fashionista. Mindy Scheier believes that what you wear matters. “The clothes you choose can affect your mood, your health and your confidence,” she says. But when Scheier’s son Oliver was born with muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for him to dress himself or wear clothing with buttons or zippers, she and her husband resorted to dressing him in what was easiest: sweatpants and a T-shirt. One afternoon when Oliver was eight, he came home from school and declared that he wanted to wear blue jeans like everyone else. Determined to help her son, Mindy spent the entire night MacGyvering a pair of jeans, opening up the legs to give them enough room to accommodate his braces and replacing the zipper and button with a rubber band. Oliver went to school beaming in his jeans the next day — and with that first foray into adaptive clothing, Scheier founded Runway of Dreams to educate the fashion industry about the needs of differently abled people. She explains how she designs for people who h[...]



DEADLINE EXTENDED: Audition for TED2018!

2017-12-08T22:48:17Z

Do you have an idea idea worth spreading? Do you want to speak on the TED2018 stage in Vancouver in April? To find more new voices, TED is hosting an Idea Search at our office theater in New York City on January 24, 2018. Speakers who audition at this event might be chosen for the […]At last year’s TEDNYC Idea Search, artist Olalekan Jeyifous showed off his hyper-detailed and gloriously complex imaginary cities. See more of his work in this TED Gallery. Photo: Anyssa Samari / TED Do you have an idea idea worth spreading? Do you want to speak on the TED2018 stage in Vancouver in April? To find more new voices, TED is hosting an Idea Search at our office theater in New York City on January 24, 2018. Speakers who audition at this event might be chosen for the TED2018 stage or to become part of our digital archive on TED.com. You’re invited to pitch your amazing idea to try out on the Idea Search stage in January. The theme of TED2018 is The Age of Amazement, so we are looking for ideas that connect to that theme — from all angles. Are you working on cutting-edge technology that the world needs to hear about? Are you making waves with your art or research? Are you a scientist with a new discovery or an inventor with a new vision? A performer with something spectacular to share? An incredible storyteller? Please apply to audition at our Idea Search. Important dates: The deadline to apply to the Idea Search is Friday, December 8, 2017, at noon Eastern. The Idea Search event happens in New York City from the morning of January 23 through the morning of January 25, 2018. Rehearsals will take place on January 23, and the event happens in the evening of January 24. TED2018 happens April 10–14, 2018, in Vancouver. Don’t live in the New York City area? Don’t let that stop you from applying — we may be able to help get you here. Here’s how to apply! Sit down and think about what kind of talk you’d like to give, then script a one-minute preview of the talk. Film yourself delivering the one-minute preview (here are some insider tips for making a great audition video). Upload the film to Vimeo or YouTube, titled: “[Your name] TED2018 audition video: [name of your talk]” — so, for example: “Jane Smith TED2018 audition video: Why you should pay attention to roadside wildflowers” Then complete the entry form, paste your URL in, and hit Submit! Curious to learn more? Read about a few past Idea Search events: TEDNYC auditions in 2017, in 2014 and in 2013. Watch talks from past Idea Search events that went viral on our digital archive on TED.com: Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic (more than 2 million views) Sally Kohn: Let’s try emotional correctness (more than 2 million views) Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries (currently at 1.4 million views!) Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry (just shy of a million views) Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator (also juuust south of a million) And here are just a few speakers who were discovered during past talent searches: Ashton Applewhite: Let’s end ageism (1m views) OluTimehin Adegbeye: Who belongs in a city? (a huge hit at TEDGlobal 2017) Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with the lions (2m views) Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace (4.7m views and a TED Book) [...]



Breathe and push: Notes from Session 6: Rebuild

2017-11-13T15:05:24Z

We’ve spent the past few days together thinking on big ideas, hard problems and new visions for what the world might be. What will tie it all together? This session on rebuilding — on facing tough questions and finding the inner (and exterior) resources we need to move forward. Embrace your emotional truth. How we deal […]Leah Chase is 94 years old and she spent the morning, as she always does, cooking at her restaurant. She brings lessons from a life of activism and speaking up (and cooking) to the stage at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED We’ve spent the past few days together thinking on big ideas, hard problems and new visions for what the world might be. What will tie it all together? This session on rebuilding — on facing tough questions and finding the inner (and exterior) resources we need to move forward. Embrace your emotional truth. How we deal with our inner world drives everything, says psychologist Susan David. Every aspect of how we love, how we live, parent and lead is influenced by our emotional agility, how well we approach our emotions with curiosity, courage and compassion. But we need to strip away the toxic rigidity of categorizing emotions as overwhelmingly good or bad,  pushing away the “bad” ones or pretending they don’t exist. And in our society, we’ve adopted a damaging mentality of forcing positivity as a new form of moral correctness. “It’s tyranny of positivity, and it’s cruel, unkind and ineffective,” says David. “We do it to ourselves and we do it to others.” This systematic avoidance and invalidation of our true feelings doesn’t equip us to deal with the world as it is. Yet, how do we conquer something so daunting and painful? David suggests when you feel a strong feeling, to not immediately run for the emotional exists. When she was struggling, journaling provided a way to work through feelings in a healthy and ultimately life-changing way. Tough emotions are a part of our contract with life, she says. It’s up to us to handle them and ourselves with mercy and grace. It starts with talking — and eating — together. By the time she took the stage by storm, the Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, had already started cooking the lunch at her famous restaurant Dooky Chase. Though 94 years old, the activist and restaurateur radiates more life than an eager child, talking about the incredible group of people she has met throughout her life. She laughs at her children for asking her not to be political and proudly states, “You have to be political today. You have to be involved. You have to be part of the system. Look how it was when we couldn’t be a part of the system.” Chase knows too well the progress that has been made for women just in her lifetime — and how much more there is to do. In the midst of the civil rights movement, Dooky Chase served as a space where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests, and where the police entered but did not disturb. To her, it begins with talking, with sitting next to each other and discussing differences and commonalities. Still bustling today, Dooky Chase represents more than a place where people eat: It is symbolic of political transformation as it has “changed the course of America over gumbo and some fried chicken.” And, just in case anyone is concerned that she will retire anytime soon, Chase assures us that so long as she’s living, she will also be doing. Musimbi Kanyoro is head of the Global Fund for Women, funneling money worldwide into making lives better. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Promoting equal generosity. Like so many of the speakers who’ve stood on the TED Women stage this week, Musimbi Kanyoro is the chil[...]



When two take the stage: Images from TEDWomen 2017 duets

2017-11-04T03:41:04Z

If you think a TED Talk is always a solo star turn, think again. Every year at TEDWomen, we feature a whole session devoted to talks given by two partners.  Whether they’re couples, collaborators, parent and kid, or best friends, the onstage chemistry is always fun to watch. In this photo gallery you may get […]If you think a TED Talk is always a solo star turn, think again. Every year at TEDWomen, we feature a whole session devoted to talks given by two partners.  Whether they’re couples, collaborators, parent and kid, or best friends, the onstage chemistry is always fun to watch. In this photo gallery you may get the idea: Friends and collaborators Tiffany Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi are talking here about open-minded, joyful sexuality, inspired by African traditions with a modern twist. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Ples Felix, left, and Azim Khamisa, center, share their heartfelt thank-yous with the audience as they close their talk. Behind them on the screen is their third partner, Ples’ grandson Tony, who’ll join their work fighting youth violence as soon as he leaves prison next year. They speak at TEDWomen 2017. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Best friends Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy crack each other up onstage at TEDWomen. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Joan Blades and John Gable seem to be putting into practice the idea they came to share: that we should all try to listen to one another better and honor each other’s perspectives. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED After Jess Search, left, hosted a sparkling Session 5, she passed the baton to our conference co-host Pat Mitchell, who stepped in to handle some housekeeping notes to the audience. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED During our Facebook Live chat with Justin Baldoni, host Manoush Zomorodi has a moment. We may all have had that same moment. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED [...]



Be fierce, claim power: Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen: Burn

2017-11-09T15:54:49Z

There’s a theme of Bridges that plays through this conference — and one of the things we sometimes need to do with bridges is burn them, to move forward with no option of going backward in time or space. In this session, hosted by documentary film aficionado Jess Search, we listen to hard truths about […]Singer/songwriter Judith Hill performs “Strange Fruit” to begin Session 5 of TEDWomen 2017, a hard look at hard things. Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED There’s a theme of Bridges that plays through this conference — and one of the things we sometimes need to do with bridges is burn them, to move forward with no option of going backward in time or space. In this session, hosted by documentary film aficionado Jess Search, we listen to hard truths about taking the steps we need to take — without looking back. In her day job, Jess Search supports documentary filmmakers as head of the Doc Society. She brings that same curious eye to her job this week: hosting Thursday evening’s session of TEDWomen 2017. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED A strange and bitter crop. The session begins with Judith Hill’s richly textured performance of “Strange Fruit,” a protest song made famous by Billie Holliday. Contrasting traditional Deep South imagery of magnolia blossoms and gentle breezes with the brutal legacy of lynching, the lyrics drive home the still-unexamined history of racial terrorism in the 20th-century American South: “Southern trees bear strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root / Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” When Gretchen Carlson reported her own sexual harassment at work, it sparked an outpouring of thousands of women’s stories — and inspired her to speak up even more to create safer places to work. She speaks at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED We have to be fierce. Gretchen Carlson is a veteran TV journalist and host who won the title of Miss America in the late ’80s, representing her home state with a smile and a plan to land a dream job in media. But again and again in her year wearing the crown, this young woman encountered men who pushed unwanted sexual advances on her: the TV executive who stuck his tongue down her throat; the LA publicist who grabbed her by the neck in a car backseat. “Only recently did I realize these incidents weren’t just harassment – they were assault,” she says now. “But like so many survivors, I thought: ‘I’ve got this. I’m okay. Just move on, Gretchen.'” Fast-forward to 2016, when her story of workplace harassment at Fox News broke. It was one of the scariest days of her life — but it also brought an outpouring of women’s stories, a flood of honesty that inspired her to do more and has led to her new book. Onstage, she lays out three things we can all do to create safer places to work — from acting as allies to fighting against binding arbitration clauses in workplace contracts. Because here’s the breaking news, “the untold, shocking truth about women and sexual harassment: Women want to work in a safe, welcoming and harassment-free environment,” she says. A pause. “That’s it.” Tribal attorney Tara Houska holds a piece of her cultural history — a rattle used in sacred ceremonies — while talking about the kids in the slide behind her, the Native American kids who are one of the fastest-growing new demographics in the US. Can we make life better for these kids? She speaks at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED We are resilient. We are fierce[...]



Fearless risk-taking: Notes from Session 4 of TEDWomen 2017: Suspend

2017-11-09T17:15:40Z

Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz hosts this session of TEDWomen 2017, "Suspension," featuring speakers including cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky, cellist Helen Gillet and psychiatrist (and former Zimbabwean rockstar) Dixon Chibanda. Jacqueline Novogratz hosts this session of TEDWomen 2017 — about the risks we take to create the world we want. . Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED The suspension bridge, says Acumen founder and session host Jacqueline Novogratz, provides the perfect metaphor for the leadership we need to see in this “fractured, divided, too often cynical world.” Why? Because its structure balances a strong, deep, unwavering foundation with its ability to stretch across vast distances to connect and bring close. That’s precisely what we need to see in today’s moral leaders, says Novogratz. And that’s what we’re set to hear in this TEDWomen session, “Suspend.” Shameem Akhtar is an education activist in her home of Pakistan, where she advocates for the education of women and girls. She speaks at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED To learn is to be free. Shameem Akhtar lived as a boy for most of her childhood, due to her uncle’s savvy thinking around the oppressive restrictions often placed on girls in their native Pakistani culture. She experienced the privileges and freedoms of being a boy — playing outside and, most important, going to school. An immutable passion was lit to study and learn, and be free, and she fought both to attend university and to take a job, in a culture where most women are expected to stay home. And then a funny thing happened; people noticed she was sending money home. “Over time, other parents begin sending their daughters to school,” she says. “Today, not a single girl from my village is out of school.” Change is slow and there is still much work to be done, but Akhtar is now a passionate advocate for girls’ rights and education. “The road is not easy, the destination is not close, but I have dreams in my eyes and I am not going to look back now,” she concludes, to great applause from an appreciative audience. (Note: this is Akhtar’s first visit to the United States. She arrived in New Orleans on Halloween. Talk about culture shock.) Lera Boroditsky studies how our language habits shape how we think and see the world, sharing amazing examples from many cultures. She speaks at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash Does language shape how we think? Globally, there are about 7,000 languages spoken, all with different sounds, vocabularies and structures. “It begs the question, does the language we speak shape the way we think?” asks cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky. It’s a long-standing (like, thousands of years), ongoing debate, but Boroditsky shares five examples from new research suggesting that the answer is … yes. For example, the Pormpuraaw, an Aboriginal tribe in Australia, use cardinal directions instead of words like left or right, helping them to stay better oriented than we used to think humans ever could be. “The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,” says Boroditsky. “Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.” Turning prison into a bridge to a better life. Six years ago, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime — the end of a long string of false accusations against her, increasing attempts to bribe her, and a corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. As the gates of Langata Women Maximum Prison closed behind her, s[...]



The power of partnership: Notes from Session 3 of TEDWomen … Connect

2017-11-09T15:54:57Z

Our hosts for this session, Jean Oelwang and Chris Waddell, are life partners who’ve both had to overcome their inclination to be a solo superhero — to be the best at business, school, sports. Jean spent her career climbing the corporate ladder, being tough, making her way to the top alone. Meanwhile, Chris was a […]Life partners Chris Waddell and Jean Oelwang are hosts of Session 3, an exploration of partnerships. They kick off the session at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Our hosts for this session, Jean Oelwang and Chris Waddell, are life partners who’ve both had to overcome their inclination to be a solo superhero — to be the best at business, school, sports. Jean spent her career climbing the corporate ladder, being tough, making her way to the top alone. Meanwhile, Chris was a skiier who, early in his own career, faced what could be a devastating setback when his ski popped off during a turn, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He went on to become a world-champion monoskier, setting Paralympic history. He kicks off this session with his story of a quest to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro solo on his handcycle. On the way, he found that, maybe, going solo wasn’t the real goal at all. Building from this story, Session 3 unfolds … Historian of photography Deborah Willis and artist Hank Willis Thomas, sometime collaborators, always mother and son, speak about their intertwined work and lives at TEDWomen 2017. Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED Love overrules: Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas are photographers. They are also mother and son. Deborah, told by her photography professor that she was intended for motherhood and not the art world, responded by giving birth to Hank, working the pregnancy into her pictures, and launching into a storied career as a photographer, curator and writer. Growing up in a house full of pictures, Hank also picked up a camera early in life. Their subsequent work has always drawn from what they characterize as a symbiotic relationship defined by abiding love. “Through her actions,” Hanks says of his mother, “she has shown me that love is an action, not a feeling … a way of listening and a way of seeing.” Love–as it relates to family, community, race, identity, notions of truth–has remained a throughline that pierces their efforts to highlight stories that diverge from mainstream narratives about black life. Pondering the reason behind her decision to make photography and love the twin foundations of her professional life, Deborah comes to a conclusion: “Because of the lack of images that circulate in the public about black love and black joy.” Watching this duo onstage provides both. A textbook for racial literacy. Growing up, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi thought they understood racism. “We had experienced and heard stories about race, about prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping, and we were like, ‘we get it, racism!’” says Vulchi. “But we weren’t even close,” says Guo. The two friends, then seniors in high school, decided they needed to learn more — so they took a trip to collect hundreds of personal stories about race. Using those stories, Guo and Vulchi highlight the two fundamental gaps they discovered in our racial literacy: the heart gap and the mind gap. One, an inability to understand each of our experiences and be compassionate beyond lip service, and the other, an inability to understand the larger systemic ways racism operates. To bridge those gaps, Guo and Vulchi co-created a textbook, The Classroom Index, that pairs personal stor[...]



A glimpse of a bold new future: Notes from Session 2 of TEDWomen 2017: Design

2017-11-09T15:41:02Z

Physician and UN High Commissioner Alaa Murabit hosts the second session of TEDWomen 2017, featuring all things design and a rousing performance from writer and activist Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes.Host Alaa Murabit, a physician and activist, spoke at TEDWomen in 2015; she returns now in 2017 to host a bold session about design of all kinds, from medical breakthroughs to the simple dignity of bring true to yourself. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Up bright and early in the Big Easy, and right back into the TEDWomen program, with a session hosted by physician and UN High Commissioner (and a past TEDWomen speaker herself) Alaa Murabit, who confesses that she was pleasantly confused to find herself helming a session featuring all things design. “I always thought design was about externally pleasing aesthetics,” she said, confessing that her own design skills are … limited. “But what you’ll learn from speakers in this session is that design isn’t just about how great something looks — but how well it works.” Ready? Ready: How do you design for the wonders of science? Growing up, neuroscientist-turned-designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya watched how her father would encourage diners in his Thai restaurant to embrace the unfamiliar. Now, she applies this same spirit to science activism, attempting to “introduce the wonder and humanity of science to the world, just like my dad introduced Thai food to our neighbors.” Her own experiments so far have resulted in creating Beyond Curie, a series of illustrations highlighting historical badass women in STEM and a scientifically rigorous, yet visually compelling pop-up science museum for adults. Most recently, she started a fashion line and community for women and girls to express their love of science — and find each other in the process. Giving new meaning to remote work. “We’re just getting inside the joint now,” says Nadine Hachach-Haram as she peers into her laptop. She’s not kidding — she’s helping a surgeon based in Minnesota to drill into a patient’s knee, using her webcam to provide direction and feedback on what he should do next. Remote, collaborative surgeries like this, she says, can provide the next wave of surgical innovation, likely to have as dramatic an impact on humanity as the discovery of antiseptic or the use of robotics in the operating room. With her system, called Proxima, an experienced surgeon can advise another surgeon on a procedure, live, using AR and a laptop camera. It’s early days, but the hope is to provide a lifeline for the 5 billion people who lack access to safe surgical care. Says one mother whose child received cleft palette surgery in her Peruvian village, directed by a surgeon in California, “this technology gave my daughter her smile.” Born to invent. In 2016 Anushka Naiknaware of Portland, Oregon, became the youngest winner — at age 13 — of the Google Science Fair when she designed a sensor that tracks wound healing. Driven by a fascination about how the world worked, she learned about  wounds that don’t heal normally due to preexisting conditions such as diabetes — and was shocked by their prevalence and cost ($50 billion worldwide in 2010). Since there’s a correlation between the moisture level of a wound and its stage of healing, Naiknaware worked in her garage to combine materials science, fractal math and biology to create a sensor that wirelessly delivers wound information to both patient and doctor. Did we mention she was 13 when she did this? But Anushka says she’d rather people[...]



The power of showing up: Notes from Session 1 of TEDWomen 2017: Build

2017-11-09T15:55:04Z

In this first session of TEDWomen, themed "Build," we find ideas of power, empathy, ingenuity and radical humanity, to name just a few.Vocalist Deborah Cox and the Lake Area Girls Choir blow the roof off to kick-start TEDWomen 2017: Bridges, November 1-3, 2017, Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans. Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED “We build them, we cross them, sometimes we burn them.” TED Content Director Kelly Stoetzel kicks off TEDWomen 2017 with an explanation of how she and conference curator Pat Mitchell developed this year’s rich conference theme, Bridges. “Over the next three days we’ll hear talks from artists and architects, entrepreneurs, scientists and activists,” she continues — the usual TED fare, in other words, given a special TEDWomen twist. In this session, “Build,” we find ideas of power, empathy, ingenuity and radical humanity, to name a few. So let’s get cracking. Hosts Pat Mitchell and Kelly Stoetzel kick off TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED I’m every woman. This fall, the powerhouse vocalist Deborah Cox is starring in the national tour of The Bodyguard, a musical based on a movie starring the late great Whitney Houston, who sings a song first popularized by the great Chaka Khan that was co-written by the songwriting legend Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson)  … That chain of strong women’s voices just got 50 voices stronger, as Cox opens with a stunning take on “I’m Every Woman,” joined by the young women of the Lake Area Girls Choir. Their combined voices rock the audience right out of their seats, echoing up through the balconies of the historic Orpheum Theater. Be the first domino. Self-proclaimed professional troublemaker Luvvie Ajayi tamed her fears by conquering them in the boldest ways possible — deep-sea diving, skydiving and ziplining across forests. In this, the first full talk of the conference, she encourages others to do the same, to be the first domino causing a chain reaction. “Being the first domino is doing or saying what is difficult, because that is usually when it’s needed,” she says. However, she adds, we can’t simply rely on those who have traditionally spoken up and out to ignite social change. Instead, she call for us all to fearlessly embrace who we are as a revolutionary act, to become fellow troublemakers and speak truth to power despite trepidation. Why did Luvvie Ajayi jump out of a “perfectly good plane,” she asks? To face her fear in the boldest way possible. She speaks at TEDWomen 2017: Bridges, November 1-3, 2017, Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Footbridges that connect people with opportunity. Avery Louise Bang found her calling when she traveled in Fiji as a college student and saw communities mired in isolation because of the rivers, canyons or peaks separating them from the rest of the world. Without an easy way to cross these expanses, people struggled to send their kids to school or reach medical care. Bang resolved to help, and studied engineering before joining the Denver-based nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity, which has now built 270 bridges in more than 20 countries, connecting nearly a million people. But their work, she emphasizes, is less about constructing spans of steel, stone and mortar and more about transforming lives by giving them access to a larger world. She calls on countries and philanthropists to prioritize connecting the estimated one billion people on the planet still stranded due to geography. As she says: [...]



Gallery: Just about to open doors at TEDWomen 2017 at the Orpheum Theater

2017-11-02T00:06:20Z

We’re about to open the doors for the audience to join TEDWomen in New Orleans — three days of powerful talks from women and men that take on the issues breaking now and share soul-deep ideas for creating better lives going forward. TEDWomen is happening in an astonishing theater, new to us and freshly renovated […]Rehearsal days involve a lot of laptop time as our video and stage teams fine-tune the details to create the amazing experience that will be TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED We’re about to open the doors for the audience to join TEDWomen in New Orleans — three days of powerful talks from women and men that take on the issues breaking now and share soul-deep ideas for creating better lives going forward. TEDWomen is happening in an astonishing theater, new to us and freshly renovated but nearly a century old. In itself it’s a story of renewal and rejuvenation: Flooded during Katrina, the theater was meticulously restored and reopened in 2015. During our rehearsal and setup says, we’re pretty unabashedly taking hundreds of pictures of this glorious interior — which is about to rock with the sounds of the Lake Area Girls Choir backing the Broadway star Deborah Cox. Photographer Ryan Lash captures this amazing theater from three angles — from the top of the house, from the first balcony, and a reverse shot from backstage capturing yet another impromptu crew meeting on the red circle. The speaker’s-eye view from the red circle, looking out at the audience seating at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Follow news from TEDWomen in a bunch of ways — here on the TED Blog, on @TEDTalks, on the hashtag #tedwomen. Tune in for some amazing Facebook Live interviews with four speakers throughout Thursday and Friday. And of course, look for talks from TEDWomen that will post on TED.com throughout the year to come! [...]



Watch Facebook Live sessions, live from TEDWomen in New Orleans

2017-11-06T14:06:05Z

Join us for four in-depth conversations over two days, live from the Blue Room at TEDWomen, hosted by podcaster Manoush Zomorodi. Guests include TEDWomen speakers Gretchen Carlson, Sally Kohn, Cleo Wade and Justin Baldoni. Find them all on Facebook at facebook.com/TED — or get direct links below to each super-worthwhile conversation Facebook Live with Gretchen Carlson Broadcast journalist Gretchen […] Join us for four in-depth conversations over two days, live from the Blue Room at TEDWomen, hosted by podcaster Manoush Zomorodi. Guests include TEDWomen speakers Gretchen Carlson, Sally Kohn, Cleo Wade and Justin Baldoni. Find them all on Facebook at facebook.com/TED — or get direct links below to each super-worthwhile conversation Facebook Live with Gretchen Carlson Broadcast journalist Gretchen Carlson joins us for a newsworthy interview about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and what we can do to end it. Facebook Live with Sally Kohn Political pundit Sally Kohn talks with Manoush about media bias and the challenge of reporting news that speaks to both sides. Facebook Live with Cleo Wade Artist and poet Cleo Wade joins Manoush in the Blue Room for an interview about finding your voice and using your power to create change. Facebook Live with Justin Baldoni Actor Justin Baldoni from CW’s Jane the Virgin talks with Manoush about challenging gender stereotypes, redefining masculinity, and working together to end sexism. [...]