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How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in SyriaHow data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

Posted By Karen Eng

What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years. This rainbow visualization was created using MAPPR, a cloud-based network mapping tool that Eric Berlow demoed during TED2014. It allows anyone to make shareable, interactive network […]

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The TED Prize wish: What you can do to end anonymous companiesThe TED Prize wish: What you can do to end anonymous companies

Posted By Tedstaff

By Natasha Scripture Anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch stood up on stage at TED2014 tonight and revealed her TED Prize wish: to get rid of anonymous companies once and for all by making who owns and controls them public knowledge. As head of Global Witness, a UK-based non-profit that has been campaigning for transparency for the […]

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Video: Smile if you’d like to end anonymous companiesVideo: Smile if you’d like to end anonymous companies

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Transparency isn’t just a nice-to-do for businesses. It’s essential, says Charmian Gooch, the anti-corruption crusader who accepted the TED Prize tonight. On the TED2014 stage, Gooch revealed her wish for the world. “My wish is for us to know who owns and controls companies, so that they can no longer be used anonymously against the […]

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What are anonymous companies? An infographicWhat are anonymous companies? An infographic

Posted By Tedstaff

At TED2014, Charmian Gooch made the TED Prize wish to launch a new era of openness in business and end the phenomenon of anonymous companies. “Anonymous companies are making it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to find the actual human beings responsible for really bad crimes,” she said. So how do anonymous companies work? This infographic explains the […]

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An update on my non-profit credit rating agency, which could revolutionize how economies are gradedAn update on my non-profit credit rating agency, which could revolutionize how economies are graded

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Annette Heuser Eight months after my talk at TEDGlobal 2013, much progress has been made on the International Non-profit Credit Rating Agency (INCRA) concept. The progress, however, has not been in the credit rating agency world itself, which is slow to change, despite strong criticism from political officials and, occasionally, the media. You may […]

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Last night in the TED office: War StoriesLast night in the TED office: War Stories

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

War isn’t easy to talk about. TED’s Juliet Blake knows this first-hand — she is the daughter of German Jews who never spoke about the war that wiped out so many members of their family. And yet, that devastation is exactly why it is so important to have conversations about the worst of human experiences. […]

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A giant step backward: Fellows Friday with Nitin Rao, who speaks out on India’s recriminalizing of homosexualityA giant step backward: Fellows Friday with Nitin Rao, who speaks out on India’s recriminalizing of homosexuality

Posted By Karen Eng

In a major setback last week for the LGBT community, an Indian Supreme Court ruling upheld Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code — a 153-year-old law criminalizing gay sex. This act overturned a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that this should not apply to consensual acts and, essentially, recriminalized homosexuality. While the Indian government […]

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Awesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loansAwesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loans

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the developing world, would-be entrepreneurs are easily able to get microloans. But getting access to formal financial institutions — the kind that give large-scale loans — well, that’s much more difficult. Because 70% of those who start small businesses simply don’t have a financial identity. TED Fellow Shivani Siroya has created a tool to […]

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Drones to deliver medicine and food? Drones for disaster relief? 6 ways a physical internet could do goodDrones to deliver medicine and food? Drones for disaster relief? 6 ways a physical internet could do good

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Andreas Raptopoulos and his colleagues at Matternet are attempting to create a network of drones that operate like the internet, only for tangible objects. This company — which sprung out of an idea surfaced at Singularity University in 2011 — aims to deliver items wherever they are needed, even if no usable roads go there. […]

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Me: Help me, Bjorn Lomborg, I didn’t understand your new TED Talk. Bjorn: Sure, AMAMe: Help me, Bjorn Lomborg, I didn’t understand your new TED Talk. Bjorn: Sure, AMA

Posted By Helen Walters

Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg focuses on using economic methods and data to prioritize the world’s problems. In 2005, he gave a TED Talk, Global priorities bigger than climate change, in which he challenged the audience to decide how they might spend $50 billion to solve the pressing issues of our time. Now he’s back, with […]

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Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it meansFurther reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

Posted By Alex Gallafent

In today’s talk, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo describes how China’s growing presence in Africa is challenging a centuries-old tenet of Western political thought.   For more than 200 years, Moyo argues, liberal democracy has ruled the roost. Particularly in the West, it’s long been considered the political system most likely to deliver economic success and […]

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Why my family left: Tania Luna reflects on the babushkas who stayed behind in ChernobylWhy my family left: Tania Luna reflects on the babushkas who stayed behind in Chernobyl

Posted By TED Guest Author

In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, 350,000 people were presented with the heart-rending decision: to stay in their homes and risk exposure to radiation, or to uproot their lives and move away. The overwhelming majority left. But in today’s powerful talk, Holly Morris introduces us to a group of elderly women who returned to […]

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Why Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continentWhy Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continent

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In today’s talk, economist Charles Robertson turns up the heat on an idea that’s been simmering for several years: that Africa is seeing rapid economic growth. Looking at statistics and at the precedents set by China and India, Robertson brings this idea to a full boil, saying that economists haven’t been nearly optimistic enough in […]