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On “60 Minutes,” TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch shows how easy it can be to move questionable funds into the US

On “60 Minutes,” TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch shows how easy it can be to move questionable funds into the US

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A corruption investigator walks into a law firm and says he wants to buy a brownstone, a jet and a yacht. This isn’t the start of a joke. It’s the premise of the latest investigation by Global Witness, the anti-corruption organization co-founded by 2014 TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch. In an investigation revealed on 60 Minutes as well []

How telling stories can transform a classroom

How telling stories can transform a classroom

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Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. “The other kids were awful about it,” said English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, remembering this student who has stayed lodged in her memory for 10 years []

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps

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When someone makes a StoryCorps interview, they’ll usually talk about the most important people in their lives, remember the best and worst moments they’ve lived through, and pass on wisdom they’ve gleaned over the years. So it comes as no surprise that memories of parents are often the star of the show. Our facilitators tell us []

An interview with my mom

An interview with my mom

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Mother’s Day is coming up. And since my TED Talk was about how meaningful it was to record a StoryCorps interview with my father, I was inspired to take this chance to interview my beloved mom, Jane Isay. My mom has been an editor and writer for more than 40 years — she edited H.G. Bissinger’s Friday []

How I learned to listen

How I learned to listen

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The core of StoryCorps is listening. It’s about honoring another human being by simply listening to them. The joke, of course, is that I’m a terrible listener. I really am — ask anybody. I’m just so easily distracted by my phone or email. I’m terrible. But that’s why StoryCorps is so important. It’s about learning []

Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

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On June 17, 2014, US president Obama pledged support to create 700,000 square miles of new Pacific Ocean “hope spots” — no-fish, no-drill zones to help the ocean recover. As Sylvia Earle asked in her 2009 TED Prize wish:

I wish that you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. How much? Some say 10 percent, some say 30 percent. You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect?

What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?

What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?

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What do a British chef, an education technology professor and a pioneering ocean researcher have in common? They’re all winners of the TED Prize – a cash award of $1,000,000 that’s given annually to a forward-thinking individual with a fresh, bold vision for sparking global change. The Prize begins with a big wish – one that will motivate people []