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X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

Posted by: Shirin Samimi-Moore
Some Play-doh at TEDxDesMoines. Photo: Holly Baumgartel

Some Play-doh at TEDxDesMoines. Photo: Holly Baumgartel

The paradox of finding peace in a war zone, and a way to make aid more effective — by decentralizing it and thus speeding it up. Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Below, this week’s talks, which reflect on the complicated dynamics of our always changing world.

Aid doesn’t work when it’s too slow: Rob Williams at TEDxWarwick
Rob Williams wants us to decentralize aid management. Despite improvements in recent years, a United Nations’ controlled foreign aid system is still too slow to help many, he says. Citing harrowing experiences of needy children in conflict and disaster zones, he proposes a plan for decentralizing aid to meet a two-day response goal for disaster relief. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)

Finding peace in a war zone: Hesna Al Ghaoui at TEDxDanubia
As a war correspondent, Hesna Al Ghaoui is always asked: “How are you not afraid?” In this talk from TEDxDanubia, she shares harrowing stories from war zones all over the world and what her experiences tell us about the nature of fear itself. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.)

The moral questions of new warfare: Yves Daccord at TEDxHelvetia
We know what cybercrime looks like, but what about cyber war? At TEDxHelvetia, Yves Daccord gives us a glimpse into a future where citizens are unaware of the actions of governments, where war is possible without soldiers, and where humanity has an entirely different set of moral questions to ponder. (Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.)

When should we negotiate with terrorists?: Mitchell Reiss at TEDxColumbiaSIPA
It’s an old movie cliché: “Don’t negotiate with terrorists.” But in the real world, are there times when negotiation might actually be the best course of action? If you do it right, says Mitchell Reiss, it might be possible to save lives by sitting down to talk with terrorist leaders. (Filmed at TEDxColumbiaSIPA.)

And here, some of the week’s highlights from the TEDx Blog this week:

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