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How did Nick Hanauer get onto TED’s home page?!

How did Nick Hanauer get onto TED’s home page?!

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There’s a bit of a back story behind today’s TED Talk, in which Nick Hanauer issues a powerful warning to his fellow zillionaire ‘plutocrats’ that it’s time to take the inequality issue seriously, and makes the case to dramatically raise the minimum wage. Some of you may remember that two years ago there was an online spat between []

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

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It’s 2008, moments before a BBC broadcast live from the stage at TED. But something’s gone wrong. The house lights are still up, the camera ops are looking at one another, official-looking folks are wandering at the stage apron muttering into headsets, and the panelists are sitting patiently onstage but looking, increasingly, baffled. Minutes go []

Somi unveils an odyssey of song and soul in ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

Somi unveils an odyssey of song and soul in ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

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This week, East African singer Somi releases her first major-label album, The Lagos Music Salon, in the United States. Already, it is #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, #1 on the Amazon Jazz Vocal Chart, and #1 on the Amazon Pop Vocal Chart. The TED Blog caught up with the jazz-soul vocalist and songwriter—who was was born in Illinois to Rwandan []

A night of nonfiction at the TED office

A night of nonfiction at the TED office

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Last night, four authors stepped onto an Edison-bulb-lit stage in our New York office to share the bold ideas at the center of their books. “Tonight will bring to life the nonfiction section of the library,” promised the evening’s host, June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media. From a new vision for healthcare, to a []

Fun and nerdy field trips: TEDx Adventures take to the streets

Fun and nerdy field trips: TEDx Adventures take to the streets

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This week, we’ve launched a new blog: TEDx Innovations. It’s a space for TEDx organizers to share their passion and ingenuity, to reveal the things they’re trying at their events and the ways they’re evolving this global platform before our eyes. Bookmark it and look for lots more to come. Mastering the physics behind sailing in the Boston []

The Terrorist’s Son: A powerful trailer for the new TED Book

The Terrorist’s Son: A powerful trailer for the new TED Book

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Zak Ebrahim is the son of a terrorist—his father helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In the forthcoming TED Book, The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, Ebrahim tells the incredible story of how he chose a different direction, toward empathy and tolerance. Preview Zak’s riveting story in the trailer above. This title will be the first TED []

An ode to lunch ladies, a park underneath the streets of New York, and an attempt to put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome': A recap of TED@NYC

An ode to lunch ladies, a park underneath the streets of New York, and an attempt to put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome': A recap of TED@NYC

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TED@NYC is not your usual TED event. Hosted in a New York City club, speakers here—many of whom responded to an open audition call—give rapid-fire, five-minute talks. Below, a recap of each speaker who took the stage last night during this inspiring evening. The internet can be a place of intelligent conversation, or a place of rumors and insults. Sally Kohn, []

7 fascinating things I learned at the TEDSalon Berlin

7 fascinating things I learned at the TEDSalon Berlin

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Yesterday, nearly every seat of the theatre at the Admiralspalast was filled for the TEDBerlin Salon, the first official TED event in Germany (and, with TEDGlobal’s move to Rio in October, the only one taking place in Europe this year). In two sessions hosted by Bruno Giussani, 15 speakers and performers covered an eclectic array of topics, whizzing from tech-driven social []

Remembering Felix Dennis, 1947-2014

Remembering Felix Dennis, 1947-2014

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We want to remember Felix Dennis, who passed away this week at the age of 67, as he’d probably wish—with this trenchant, funny aside from his 2004 TED Talk. “You guys, you know, you’re going to totally transform everything. Cloning will transform everything. Voice navigation will transform everything … But human nature doesn’t change, mate. My []

A filmmaker/butcher, an opera singer and a pair of computational biologists: Meet the latest class of TED Fellows

A filmmaker/butcher, an opera singer and a pair of computational biologists: Meet the latest class of TED Fellows

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In the video above, get to know the 20 newest TED Fellows, who are joining our global network of 300+ innovators who color far outside the lines. This class of Fellows, who will be attending TEDGlobal 2014, represents 16 countries as well as bold ideas in photography, healthcare, food distribution, conservation, street art and, well, you name []