Playlist TED Conferences

Continent by continent, TEDGlobal talks

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

TED2013TEDGlobal has been held in Oxford, England; Arusha, Tanzania; Mysore, India; and Edinburgh, Scotland — with speakers from a wide range of other countries. In other words, it’s a global affair. As we prepare for TEDGlobal 2013: “Think Again,” kicking off on June 10, we thought we’d take a closer look.

Here, go around the world in less than 180 minutes with TEDGlobal talks.

George Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hipposGeorge Ayittey: Africa's cheetahs versus hippos
Continent: Africa
George Ayittey on Cheetahs vs. Hippos
It’s an often-told story: corruption is rampant in Africa. But there’s another story happening too.  In this talk from TEDGlobal 2007, economist George Ayittey introduces us to the “cheetah generation,” the movers and shakers who are effecting change. He predicts that they will soon overtake the “hippo generation,” those in power now.
Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machineLee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine
Continent: Antarctica
Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine
How can we get data on how the global climate has changed over the centuries? In this talk from TEDGlobal 2010, Lee Hotz describes a project to drill into 10,000-year-old Antarctic ice to find out more.
Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China's workersLeslie T. Chang: The voices of China's workers
Continent: Asia
Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China’s workers
Over the past 30 years, a large portion of China’s population lifted out of poverty — in part thanks to jobs in booming factory towns serving new global markets. But journalist Leslie T. Chang finds one voice oddly missing from the debate about globalization. In this talk from TEDGlobal 2012, she shares words from factory workers themselves.
Elizabeth Murchison: Fighting a contagious cancerElizabeth Murchison: Fighting a contagious cancer
Continent: Australia
Elizabeth Murchison: Fighting a contagious cancer
The Tasmanian devil is an animal only found on the Australian island of Tasmania, and a virulent cancer is killing thousands of them. In this talk from TEDGlobal 2011, Elizabeth Murchison shares with his her fight to save the Taz from this unusual, contagious cancer.
Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanityMark Pagel: How language transformed humanity
Continent: Europe
Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity
Mark Pagel is a biologist, and he has a fascinating theory about language — that it’s a technology that evolved to allow for cooperation. As he shares at TEDGlobal 2011, he looks at the example of the European Union—whose 27 members speak 23 languages, requiring translation costs in the excess of $1.45 billion a year.
Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosingSheena Iyengar: The art of choosing
Continent: North America
Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing
Coke versus Pepsi. It’s a classic choice consumers in the United States and the rest of North America make on a daily basis. In this talk from TEDGlobal 2010, Sheena Iyengar shares her research on the assumptions Americans make about choices and how they are shaped by background.
Phil Borges: Photos of endangered culturesPhil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures
Continent: South America
Phil Borges on endangered cultures
Photographer Phil Borges documents cultures in the world that are in danger of disappearing. In this talk, he shares stunning images of the people living in the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon — a part of South America changing quickly following oil discovery in the 1970s.

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