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Opening day for Venice Biennale, an invisible landmark, and an economist’s look at Uber’s surge pricing

Opening day for Venice Biennale, an invisible landmark, and an economist’s look at Uber’s surge pricing

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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. 121 years of celebrating art. Originally an art exhibition, the Venice Biennale is a tradition stretching back to 1895 and has expanded over the years to include events for music, theater, film, dance and architecture. Opening on May 28, []

Meet TED’s Wikipedians-in-Residence

Meet TED’s Wikipedians-in-Residence

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TED and Wikipedia have teamed up in the spirit of open, accessible knowledge. “I firmly believe that nonprofit organizations should magnify their impact by collaborating wherever their aims align,” says Andy, one of TED’s Wikipedians-in-Residence. Andy works with the Wikimedia Foundation, the umbrella organization for Wikipedia, Wikiquotes and numerous other Wiki-projects, including a program known as []

A basic income pilot, the history of the gene, and the future of transportation

A basic income pilot, the history of the gene, and the future of transportation

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A real-world test of basic income. Too often, humanitarian aid donations of food and materials, while well-intentioned, aren’t what the recipients actually need. But what about a different approach: giving people a basic income to spend however they like. []

Benjamin Barber’s idea of a Global Parliament of Mayors to become reality in September

Benjamin Barber’s idea of a Global Parliament of Mayors to become reality in September

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In the face of global crises like climate change and refugee migration, it seems sometimes that nation-states are hopelessly gridlocked and unable to act. At TEDGlobal 2013, political theorist Benjamin Barber laid out a counter-proposal: Go local. Big cities are demonstrating a remarkable capacity to govern themselves democratically and efficiently in networks, both locally and []

Introducing “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking”

Introducing “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking”

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TED curator Chris Anderson’s guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.  A great TED Talk is proof that a carefully crafted short presentation can unlock empathy, stir excitement, spread knowledge and promote a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written []

Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

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In March 2007, a handsome iron-haired man stepped onto the low stage at Monterey dressed in full leathers, and gave what might be the most beautiful 3-minute TED Talk of all time. Jok Church told a story from his childhood: I was the class queer. I was the guy beaten up bloody every week in the boys’ room, []

Meet our first class of TED Residents

Meet our first class of TED Residents

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An idea worth spreading doesn’t just magically appear out of thin air. Instead, it needs a long incubation period, a sometimes frustrating — and often exciting — trial and error of creation, failure and innovation. On April 18, TED welcomed its first-ever class of the TED Residency program, an in-house community of 28 bright minds []

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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A trail of $2 billion in offshore deals that traces to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The Prime Minister of Iceland, accused of hiding millions of dollars in investments. The Prime Minister of Pakistan’s family, linked to six luxury real estate deals in London. The Panama Papers, revealed yesterday, represent the largest data leak in history []

Italy’s Education Ministry rolls out TED-Ed Clubs nationally

Italy’s Education Ministry rolls out TED-Ed Clubs nationally

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TED-Ed Clubs are about to get a lot of visibility in Italian high schools. On Thursday, March 3, in Rome, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini, and the European Director of TED, Bruno Giussani, signed a 3-year memorandum of understanding on cooperation regarding the spread of the TED-Ed Clubs curriculum across Italian high []