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Meet TED’s Wikipedians-in-Residence

Meet TED’s Wikipedians-in-Residence

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TED and Wikipedia have teamed up in the spirit of open, accessible knowledge. “I firmly believe that nonprofit organizations should magnify their impact by collaborating wherever their aims align,” says Andy, one of TED’s Wikipedians-in-Residence. Andy works with the Wikimedia Foundation, the umbrella organization for Wikipedia, Wikiquotes and numerous other Wiki-projects, including a program known as []

Introducing “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking”

Introducing “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking”

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TED curator Chris Anderson’s guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.  A great TED Talk is proof that a carefully crafted short presentation can unlock empathy, stir excitement, spread knowledge and promote a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written []

Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

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In March 2007, a handsome iron-haired man stepped onto the low stage at Monterey dressed in full leathers, and gave what might be the most beautiful 3-minute TED Talk of all time. Jok Church told a story from his childhood: I was the class queer. I was the guy beaten up bloody every week in the boys’ room, []

Dear TEDsters … a note on the first anniversary of my talk

Dear TEDsters … a note on the first anniversary of my talk

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One year ago today, at TED2015, Monica Lewinsky gave a powerful talk about bullying, shaming and becoming a more empathetic society. She sends this note to our community on her TED-iversary… Dear TEDsters: One year ago today, with the hauntingly beautiful TED2015 theme song playing, I nervously walked out to The Red Circle in front of many []

An ultra-low-cost online MBA launches today … and more news from TED speakers

An ultra-low-cost online MBA launches today … and more news from TED speakers

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  Shai Reshef’s nonprofit University of the People — which offers nearly tuition-free, accredited degrees online — today launches its first graduate degree, an MBA program in 12 courses. Although there are no tuition or textbook fees, there is a $200 testing fee per course, which means students can expect to pay $2,400 for their MBA (compare this to the average cost []

What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

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We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016, he shows off some surprising findings. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) []

The TED Talks library, now 2,000 talks strong

The TED Talks library, now 2,000 talks strong

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As you read this, imagine balloons and confetti fluttering to the ground around you. Because we just posted the 2,000th TED Talk. On June 16, 2015, Margaret Heffernan’s “Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work” became the 2,000th TED Talk. It’s a talk we need now: a sharp reflection on our lives []

Two ways to download a TED Talk from the website (updated)

Two ways to download a TED Talk from the website (updated)

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Sometimes it’s easier to download a TED Talk as an MP4 than to watch it online through our streaming video player. The TED.com website offers two different ways to find and download a crisp and watchable video file of your favorite talk. One method allows you to download a video with automatic subtitles in English []

Ode to a dead duck: A message from Carin Bondar for Dead Duck Day

Ode to a dead duck: A message from Carin Bondar for Dead Duck Day

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It is Dead Duck Day 2015 — the 20th anniversary of the day in 1995 when a mallard duck flew into a glass window outside the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, fell to the ground dead, and then became part of the first scientifically observed instance of homosexual necrophilia in mallard ducks. Now, each June 5, curator Kees Moeliker []

12 talks to watch this Earth Day

12 talks to watch this Earth Day

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Planet Earth doesn’t exactly have a birthday. But every year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — the anniversary of the moment the environmental movement went mass. According to EarthDay.org, Earth Day was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who called for a “national teach-in on the environment” after witnessing the terrible effects []

Watch TED Talks on your Apple TV

Watch TED Talks on your Apple TV

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A cure for those what-do-I-watch-now moments: starting today, TED is on Apple TV. In our beautifully designed new Apple TV channel, you can watch TED’s full library of talks (1900+ of them and counting) and our expanding collection of playlists (more than 200 of them, from “Architectural inspiration” to “Talks to watch when every conceivable []

The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

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Since the first teaser in late 2013, we’ve been in countdown mode for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s new outer-space epic that promises to blast us through space and time and wormholes. If you’re as excited as we are but can’t clear three hours to go see the whole movie, here’s the plot we could figure out []