TEDGlobal 2010

Report from TEDGlobal Session 8: Adventures in Fairness

Posted by: Shanna Carpenter

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According to Tim Jackson, many of us are caught in a cycle of “spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that don’t last on people we don’t care about.” He’s proposing that we build a new kind of economic system, one that nurtures humanity’s altruistic qualities and the ecological assets of our world.


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Founder of Kiva, Jessica Jackley, wants us to help others in a way that validates their ambitions and promotes respect, hope and optimism. She’s launching Profounder so that small businesses can raise money from unaccredited investors (also known as ordinary people). She thinks that believing in each other is what will make tomorrow better than today.


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Labor-rights activist Auret Van Heerden didn’t come to depress us about the state of the global supply chain, but wants to know who takes responsibility when human rights are abused? The consumer, the company, the country? He says we can all make the decision to pick up the ball.


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Sanjayan Muttulingam was always led to believe that saving nature was a province for the rich. Now he knows it’s really up to the local people to decide what they want for their environment.


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Peter Eigen of Transparency International says that corruption lies at the root of many major global issues, and that it leaves world leaders helpless in the face of great disasters. His organization is currently working with 31 different countries to end the cycle.

Comments (5)

  • Charles Bodwell commented on Apr 11 2011

    TED should still put links to the above, so we don’t have to go searching on the website. Make our life easy… ;-)

  • Deepa Natarajan commented on Mar 13 2011

    Do one get to see the videos of these speakers … Seems like the talks are interesting, but I don’t see a link … I would appreciate if one of you from TED can help me more on this. Thanks, Deepa.

    • Emily McManus commented on Mar 14 2011

      Hi Deepa — you can find Tim Jackson, Jessica Jackley and more on TED.com.

  • JustAnother RandomHuman commented on Jul 15 2010

    ‘According to Tim Jackson, many of us are caught in a cycle of “spending money we don;t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that don’t last on people we don’t care about.” He’s proposing that we build a new kind of economic system, one that nurtures humanity’s altruistic qualities and the ecological assets of our world.’

    There is such an idea, and it’s called ‘The Venus Project’, by Jaque Fresco. It proposes the adoption of a new ‘resource-based’ economy where the application of the scientific method and technology is what deals with humanity’s problems, not politicians/corporations with power/profit motives, and is designed to be a complete replacement for the monetary system. It also does away with the concept of having different nationalities.

    The Venus Project was brought to an international audience by Peter Joseph, founder of ‘The Zeitgeist movement’ through his documentaries ‘Zeitgeist’ and ‘Zeitgeist: Addendum’.

    I couldn’t find ANYTHING wrong with the idea…