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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 []

At TED, it’s encouraged to draw on the walls

At TED, it’s encouraged to draw on the walls

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After a full day of talks, after TEDsters have headed out to after-hour dinners and events, the Vancouver Convention Center is far from empty. In addition to the tech workers and hospitality team who labor through the night to ready the TED stage for a new day of sessions, a single figure is busily at []

Test driving the Toyota i-Road concept car

Test driving the Toyota i-Road concept car

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A three-wheeled half-motorcycle half-car, the Toyota i-Road is imagined as a future for urban transportation — tiny, battery-powered and hyper maneuverable, perfect for zipping along tightly packed urban streets. The concept car was launched in March 2013, but there are only three i-Roads in North America right now, and all of them are at TED2015 this week. Which is why I found myself down in the loading dock of the []

TED@StateStreet offers words to inspire leaders at every level

TED@StateStreet offers words to inspire leaders at every level

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From anti-jargon campaigns to how Gen X and Gen Y can collaborate, TED@StateStreet highlighted ideas to inspire leaders at every level. This TED Institute event, held in London on November 18, showcased speakers from both inside and outside the financial services company. Throughout, the focus was on innovative thinking in work culture. Below, quotes worth []

TED@Unilever imagines a brighter future. Inspiring words from this event

TED@Unilever imagines a brighter future. Inspiring words from this event

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From healthy food projects to public health campaigns, TED@Unilever highlighted ideas to inspire leaders at every level. At this TED Institute event, which showcased speakers from both inside and outside the wellness company, the focus was on what corporations and individuals can do to initiate change. Below, some words from each of the TED@Unilever talks:  “In most companies, []