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What happens when employees give TED Talks? A look at TED@StateStreetWhat happens when employees give TED Talks? A look at TED@StateStreet

Posted By Kate Welsh

“What corporate management team doesn’t say that they’re open to innovation?” says Michael Metcalfe, the senior managing director of State Street, the financial institution based in Boston. In November, Metcalfe saw his company do something concrete about building a culture of openness among employees and sharing ideas across the organization. He found himself onstage in […]

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Further reading (and watching) on women and the workplaceFurther reading (and watching) on women and the workplace

Posted By Jessica Gross

During an interview at TEDWomen 2013, host Pat Mitchell asked Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to explain how her 2010 TED Talk evolved. “I asked myself the question that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and my boss, asks all of us, which is: What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” Sandberg said. Her answer: “I […]

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7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Could unemployment be a factor that leads to terrorism? In today’s talk, peace strategist Mohamed Ali (not to be confused with the boxer) introduces us to the youth of Mogadishu, Somalia — 70 percent of whom are unable to find jobs. In this talk, Ali highlights just how appealing the messages of terrorist organizations and […]

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Cartels as businesses, terrorism as a brand, gang violence as an epidemic: 4 talks for rethinking how to stop violenceCartels as businesses, terrorism as a brand, gang violence as an epidemic: 4 talks for rethinking how to stop violence

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Rodrigo Canales begins today’s talk by bringing us to a very confusing peace march. After a battle between Mexican law enforcement and the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana turned the city of Apatzingán into a battlefield for two days in 2010, the mayor of the town decided to hold a march for peace. Thousands of […]

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Man watches 296 TED Talks in a week. We ask him why.Man watches 296 TED Talks in a week. We ask him why.

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Chris Bailey might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet. At least, that’s his goal. In May of this year, he committed to a year-long project in which he would do anything and everything to make his life more efficient. So far, that has included living in isolation, only using his smartphone […]

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TED Weekends examines capitalism and charityTED Weekends examines capitalism and charity

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Capitalism and charity. A seemingly paradoxical combination. But could running charities like businesses foster the innovation and problem-solving needed to address the most pressing issues of our time? In his talk at TED2013, The way we think about charity is dead wrong, Dan Pallotta argued that the way we think about charity is dead wrong. We […]

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Cherish the employees who bring you bad news, says Margaret HeffernanCherish the employees who bring you bad news, says Margaret Heffernan

Posted By TED Guest Author

Margaret Heffernan thinks deeply about what makes businesses work, and her answers are often surprising. At TEDGlobal 2012, she shared why disagreement is vital for innovation. In today’s talk, given at TEDxDanubia, Heffernan turns her eye to willful blindness — the fact that people are primed to ignore evidence that something is amiss in their […]

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10 alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to BerkShares to sweat to laundry detergent10 alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to BerkShares to sweat to laundry detergent

Posted By Jessica Gross

“Is there a reason for governments to be in charge of money?” asks Paul Kemp-Robertson in today’s talk. Judging by the new raft of alternative currencies—from digital coins to point systems that reward customers of a certain brand—the answer might someday be “no.” Again. As Kemp-Robertson suggests, many people seem to trust brands more than […]

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Millennials, learn to code, says Razorfish CEO at TED AnnexMillennials, learn to code, says Razorfish CEO at TED Annex

Posted By Kate Welsh

“Your lifestyle is the future of marketing,” Bob Lord told a group of young New Yorkers at the TED Annex (our new spillover office) on Tuesday night. About 80 interns and young professionals from local marketing firms came together to eat pizza and hear Lord’s advice on merging creativity and digital know-how, during a conversation […]

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The psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil MullainathanThe psychology of energy savings: Talking behavioral economics with Alex Laskey and Sendhil Mullainathan

Posted By Helen Walters

“For the past five years we’ve been running the largest behavioral science experiment in the world,” says Alex Laskey in today’s TED Talk, given at this year’s 2013 conference in Long Beach. “And, it’s working.” Laskey’s company Opower partners with utility companies to deliver personalized home energy reports, all based off the insight that people are […]

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Walking meetings? 5 surprising thinkers who swore by themWalking meetings? 5 surprising thinkers who swore by them

Posted By Jessica Gross

In today’s talk, Nilofer Merchant gives a startling statistic: we’re sitting, on average, for 9.3 hours per day—far more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping. “Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don’t even question how much we’re doing it,” Merchant says. “In that way, sitting has become the smoking of our generation.” But there […]