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Ingenuity starts with a spark: The talks of TED@IBM

Ingenuity starts with a spark: The talks of TED@IBM

From artists to scientists, mothers, mathematicians and business visionaries, people in every corner of the world are dreaming up solutions to our most pressing problems. Whether tackling war and peace or the principles of machine learning, ingenuity starts with one thing: a spark. And regardless of where the spark takes hold, inspiration demands action to []

What if the coolest thing about a 21st-century school wasn’t technology?

What if the coolest thing about a 21st-century school wasn’t technology?

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Sometimes technology isn’t the answer to every problem. Even at the TED conference. At TED2016, TED partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to run a blue-sky workshop session on creating a new healthy school from scratch, imagining new solutions to problems that plague educators, students, schools, and the communities that surround them.

Video: Three views of tech innovation in Africa

Video: Three views of tech innovation in Africa

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These three fascinating videos made by TED and IBM show how technology is helping solve problems in three case studies across Africa, filmed on location in Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria. They showcase three innovative projects that use technology for everyday problem-solving in local conditions.

3 speakers at TED2016 honored for driving social change

3 speakers at TED2016 honored for driving social change

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It’s one thing to dream of what’s possible. But to dedicate your skills, time and talent toward making it a reality? That could make you one of Toyota’s “Dreamers.” At TED2016, Toyota chose three speakers who, through their expertise and innovative problem-solving, are creating positive social change. Each dreamer gets a $10,000 grant, and is []

A TED Flight at 30,000 feet, hosted by Delta

A TED Flight at 30,000 feet, hosted by Delta

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David Kwong’s TED Talk has been watched at 30,000 feet, accessible through the seat-back TV sets on Delta flights along with a selection of other talks. But on Sunday afternoon, Kwong’s TED talk took to the skies in a very real way. Delta invited the magician aboard the first-ever TED Flight, to entertain 98 lucky TEDsters []

A $20,000 contest for smart ideas: 3 videos to inspire your submission

A $20,000 contest for smart ideas: 3 videos to inspire your submission

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Jessica O. Matthews makes toys, like a soccer ball and jump rope, that generate electricity. Jane Chen invented a portable, low-cost incubator that keeps premature babies warm and saves lives. Erin Bagwell directed a documentary called Dream, Girl that celebrates the drive of female entrepreneurs. When TED asked filmmaker Gilly Barnes to craft video portraits []

Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

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For some of us, it’s easy to choose to be healthy — to eat well, to exercise, to live in a part of town with trees and parks. But for many more of us, it isn’t easy, and we don’t have that choice. We live in unsafe neighborhoods. Nutritious food is hard to buy. We don’t have strong families to help us through life’s challenges. A guest essay on building a culture of health.

Sketched takeaways from TED2015

Sketched takeaways from TED2015

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When it comes to note-taking, it’s easy to try to get it all instead of just the important takeaways. Sketchnoting, a process that favors the use of image, forces you to look for the big picture. At this year’s TED, sketchnoters crossed the digital line in a big way. Over at Moleskine’s exhibit, Brad Ovenell-Carter []

Name that story, in four images: A game

Name that story, in four images: A game

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There’s a quiet corner at TED, with two comfortable chairs, a table with some paper and pencils, and a well-placed box of tissues. And on Wednesday night, after Dave Isay of StoryCorps shared his TED Prize wish, TEDsters flooded into Citi Ventures’ The Art of Listening exhibit. This social space was an homage to Isay’s oral history project — which []

Dark roast for the daring: TEDsters play truth and dare on coffee sleeves

Dark roast for the daring: TEDsters play truth and dare on coffee sleeves

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“Harumph,” one TEDster smiled. “Get into a boxing ring.” “Moonwalk into the theater,” his partner grinned back. TEDsters don’t usually communicate in commands. But in a lounge on the north side of the theater, where white cushioned couches and espresso machines gleamed over the harbor below, the Target Daring Truth Cafe has turned the latte []