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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 […]

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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 […]

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Today, the Bionic Woman can just go ahead and print her own partsToday, the Bionic Woman can just go ahead and print her own parts

Posted By Karen Eng

A persistent sight in David Sengeh‘s childhood, growing up in Sierra Leone: amputees. Losing a limb was an all-too-common fact in the civil-war-torn region. But as if the loss of a limb weren’t enough, the aftermath was almost worse, Sengeh saw, as he watched family members and friends struggle with ill-fitting, uncomfortable prosthetics that hurt […]

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Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card gameCan you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper […]

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When science meets sartorial: the skirt and shoe made from kombuchaWhen science meets sartorial: the skirt and shoe made from kombucha

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

What might our clothes look like in 50 years? When textile designer Suzanne Lee was researching her book, Fashioning the Future, she found the most interesting answers to that question when she looked beyond the traditional borders of fashion design. Beyond cut, color and cloth, our style in 50 years will be driven by new materials from […]

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Fake it ’til you become it: Amy Cuddy’s power poses, visualizedFake it ’til you become it: Amy Cuddy’s power poses, visualized

Posted By Helen Walters

No two ways about it: Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s talk from TEDGlobal 2012 touched a nerve, and sparked a sensation. In the talk, “Your body language shapes who you are,” Cuddy offered a free, low-tech life hack: assume a posture for just two minutes — and change your life. The idea caught on, the talk […]

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How to tell a great story, visualizedHow to tell a great story, visualized

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation. So, uh, how do you tell one? Andrew Stanton, […]

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Ocean exploration for all: Fellows Friday with David LangOcean exploration for all: Fellows Friday with David Lang

Posted By Karen Eng

David Lang wants to make investigating the mysteries of the ocean accessible to anyone curious and adventurous enough to dive deep. Here, the co-founder of OpenROV — a community of citizen ocean explorers and creators of low-cost underwater robots — recounts his blistering journey from office job to fledgling maker to inventor of a robot […]

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The why and how of effective altruism: Peter Singer’s talk visualizedThe why and how of effective altruism: Peter Singer’s talk visualized

Posted By Helen Walters

If you’re lucky enough to live without want, it’s a natural impulse to want to try and help others. But what’s the most effective way to give? This was the question philosopher Peter Singer asked in his 2013 TED Talk, given in Long Beach, California, and he shared some surprising thought experiments to help balance emotion […]

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5 unconventional maps to get lost in5 unconventional maps to get lost in

Posted By Aaron Weyenberg

From the earliest days of human exploration we’ve made progressively more accurate and sophisticated maps. Maps help us find our way around the world we live in. Maps help us get to our destination. Maps keep us from becoming lost. But what if you have no destination? What if becoming lost is the point? Well, […]

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TEDxers remix the TEDCity2.0 poster from a kit of partsTEDxers remix the TEDCity2.0 poster from a kit of parts

Posted By Nadia Goodman

What is the city of the future? What will it look like? How will it come to be? This weekend, from Taipei to Melbourne to Mexico City, over 100 local organizers will offer their answers at TEDx events in honor of TEDCity2.0, a day-long TED event celebrating urban innovation. TED challenged organizers to remix the official TEDCity2.0 posters, […]

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TEDCity2.0: The poster, remixedTEDCity2.0: The poster, remixed

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Dream me. Build me. Make me real.” This is the driving philosophy behind TEDCity2.0, happening Friday, Sept. 20. To visually represent the event, curators Courtney Martin and John Cary turned to the design firm Kiss Me I’m Polish, who created a set of posters keyed into the idea of collective creation. See, these posters are customizable, […]

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The TED universe, visualizedThe TED universe, visualized

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

When TED began in 1984, it was simply a conference. But in the 30 years since, we’ve grown into an international organization with a constellation of departments and initiatives — TED.com, two annual classes of TED Fellows, the million dollar TED Prize, the student-friendly TED-Ed, the business-focused TED Institute. To help you keep it all […]

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The 5-senses showdown: How to grade your experiencesThe 5-senses showdown: How to grade your experiences

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Sight. Sound. Touch. Taste. Smell. We all know the five senses by heart and yet, points out designer Jinsop Lee in today’s talk, few products and experiences tick all five. And thus he created “5 senses graphs” to grade objects on how well they play to each of our assorted senses on a scale of […]