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Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

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By Winston Chen Odysseus…Gauguin…Robinson Crusoe…and me? Many people dream of the ultimate escape: throwing all the baggage of civilization away and taking off to live on a remote island. But few people—particularly professional couples with young kids—actually go through with it. And yet, that’s just what my family did: we left Boston, and my reliable []

How translating TED Talks helped me recover from a serious illness

How translating TED Talks helped me recover from a serious illness

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Today, our Open Translation Project celebrates its 5th anniversary. This global volunteer effort brings together people who speak 104 languages with a shared mission—spreading ideas—and changes lives in the process. We asked one translator to tell her story. By Ai Tokimatsu The illness hit me on a beautiful summer weekend. I woke up early and did an hour []

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

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Teenagers love to text—their thumbs pound out an average of 3,339 texts per month. Crisis Text Line turns this into a way to help teens through their hardest times: family issues, stress or suicidal thoughts. Trained counselors text back and forth with advice and resources—and, in the process, collect (anonymous) data that could lead to better []