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Andrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Andrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

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In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who []

TED Weekends asks: What if your life were to end today …

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On January 17, 2009, at 3:24pm, Flight 1549 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport as normal. Five minutes later, it had crash-landed in the Hudson River. While the heroic landing of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger has become the stuff of aviation legend, during the white-knuckle landing his passengers had no idea whether they would []

TED reaches its billionth video view!

TED reaches its billionth video view!

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According to our best estimates, TED has surpassed a billion video views! Our most recent metrics show that TED Talks are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day — which means that a new viewing commences 17 times a second. We in the TED office cannot thank you enough for helping us []

New: TEDWeekends on Huffington Post, a place to explore ideas

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Imagine a book club for TED Talks … and you’ll know why we’re excited to launch TEDWeekends, a new way to explore ideas on the Huffington Post. Each weekend, we’ll take one great TED Talk and surround it with a range of reactions. Look for essays from the speakers themselves, Huffington Post bloggers — and []

Countdown: 18 ideas that will change the world in 2012

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All month on the Huffington Post, we’ve been counting down 18 great ideas from 2011 that we think will change the world in 2012 and beyond. Today’s post ends the countdown with a powerful idea: Kids save the world! Watch John Hunter’s TEDTalk on his World Peace Game and read his essay on the Huffington []

How to stop torture: Karen Tse on TED.com

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Political prisoners aren’t the only ones being tortured — the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in ‘functioning’ legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 14:20.) Watch Karen []

A prosthetic eye to treat blindness: Sheila Nirenberg on TED.com

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At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain. (Recorded at TEDMED 2011, October 2011, in San Diego, California. Duration: 16:00) Watch Sheila Nirenberg‘s talk on TED.com, where you can download []

There are no mistakes on the bandstand: Stefon Harris on TED.com

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What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately. (Recorded at TEDSalon NY 2011, November 2011, in New York, New York. Duration: 13:11) Watch Stefon Harris’s talk on TED.com, where you []

Flesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim Lee

Flesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim Lee

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Artist Jae Rhim Lee (watch her TED Talk) is asking us to rethink our relationship with death and the planet — with the help of flesh-eating mushrooms, she’s making human decomposition clean and green. You’re an artist and designer primarily concerned with how our bodies interact with the world. I’m concerned with finding alternatives that []

TED Prize 2012 goes to … The City 2.0

TED Prize 2012 goes to … The City 2.0

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For the first time in the history of the TED Prize, it is being awarded not to an individual, but to an idea. It is an idea upon which our planet’s future depends: The City 2.0. The City 2.0 is the city of the future… a future in which more than ten billion people on []