Language

Is math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club exploresIs math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club explores

Posted By Emilie Soffe

In New York City, it’s common to hear ten different languages just on your walk to work in the morning. For the students at Lycée Français de New York, that kind of multicultural exposure doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse doors. With a combination French-English curriculum, this PreK-12 school educates students who represent more than 50 nationalities. And when […]

Fellows Friday

Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypesOf masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

Posted By Karen Eng

A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes […]

Global Issues

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in SyriaHow data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

Posted By Karen Eng

What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years. This rainbow visualization was created using MAPPR, a cloud-based network mapping tool that Eric Berlow demoed during TED2014. It allows anyone to make shareable, interactive network […]

Art

Not a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operatorsNot a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operators

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

This portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they […]

Fellows Friday

A jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on restoring the Fez RiverA jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on restoring the Fez River

Posted By Karen Eng

The Fez River winds through the city’s medina – Fez’s historic medieval center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heavily contaminated, almost an open sewer, it was covered over with concrete to contain the smell; it was all but forgotten in recent decades. For much of the past 20 years, architect and engineer Aziza Chaouni has been battling to restore it. […]

Design

Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

Do you think in pictures? These TED fans do — and they capture their thoughts in an idiosyncratic mix of words and text that parallels the way their thoughts flow. Sharon Hwang posted this adorable video on Instagram, showing her thumbing through her notes from TED2014. She writes, “What an amazing week at TED! Leaving […]

Design

5 days of TED in one page5 days of TED in one page

Posted By Emily McManus

What does 5 days of TED feel like? As Lucy Farey-Jones says: “Upon my re-entry to the real world, friends, clients and folks at my firm say: ‘How was TED?’ And there is a big pause from me as my brain tries and fails to sum it up. It’s an impossible question to answer. It’s like […]

Q&A

Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren ElazariInternet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

Posted By Nadia Goodman

Two weeks ago, hours after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” Twitter, his government blocked access to the platform across the country. It was just weeks before a hotly contended election, and Erdoğan was upset about tweets accusing him of corruption. A judicial ruling in Turkey called for Twitter to take […]

Art

Unnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signalsUnnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signals

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“It looks like it’s holding up the clouds.” “It’s like a sky jellyfish.” “I love how the light moves across it along with the sound.” These were some of the comments heard at TED2014 about Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. This monumental sculpture stretched […]

Health

My journey to dance again: CNN report on Adrianne Haslet-DavisMy journey to dance again: CNN report on Adrianne Haslet-Davis

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Adrianne Haslet-Davis performs the rumba at the end of Hugh Herr’s talk, “The new bionics that let us run, climb, dance.” Normally, this would not be a big deal for a professional ballroom dance teacher. But Haslet-Davis lost her left foot in the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. This rumba was her first public […]

Culture

How should we talk about transgender issues?How should we talk about transgender issues?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Geena Rocero did a pretty bold thing at TED2014: She came out. The transgender fashion model chose Vancouver to reveal to the world that she was assigned male at birth. “I am here exposed … to help others live without shame and terror,” she says in today’s talk. The trans community has had a spotlight […]

Culture

Kate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work firstKate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work first

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

When creative scientist Kate Stone gave her talk at TED2013, her biggest worry was whether her paper DJ decks would work onstage. Something she didn’t think twice about: being “outed” as transgender. She didn’t want to detract from her work, and figured that her gender identity was her own personal business. But now, one year later, […]

TED Prize

What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?

Posted By Natasha Scripture

What do a British chef, a Newcastle University professor and an anti-corruption activist have in common? They’re all winners of the TED Prize – a cash award, currently for $1,000,000, given annually to a forward-thinking individual with a fresh, bold vision for sparking global change to make the world a better place. The Prize begins with […]