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Disrupting higher education: Shai Reshef at TED2014Disrupting higher education: Shai Reshef at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Shai Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People, a nonprofit, tuition-free, online university dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live […]

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Onward: Speakers in Session 12 at TED2014Onward: Speakers in Session 12 at TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

As we celebrate the last three decades of ideas at TED, we’re looking ahead and asking ourselves: what’s next? Each of the speakers in this session looks boldly toward the future, from a media visionary to an entrepreneur reimagining education to two powerful talks on overcoming a difficult past. Here are the speakers who appeared […]

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A TED Fellows tour of VancouverA TED Fellows tour of Vancouver

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

With 12 mainstage sessions and 5 sessions of All-Stars, there wasn’t much time for exploring Vancouver during TED2014. As a great prequel to the conference, Car2Go offered up vehicles so attendees could enjoy a spin around the city. It also provided a map of some spots to check out, featuring locations selected by five TED Fellows: Kitra Cahana, Alex Macdonald, […]

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In the Skype Studio: Creative crowd-fundingIn the Skype Studio: Creative crowd-funding

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

At TED2013, Amanda Palmer gave a talk called “The art of asking” about her experience funding an album on Kickstarter; it quickly went viral on TED.com. A year later, Palmer was back for a panel at TED2014 covering crowd-funding creative projects. She was joined live by her husband, writer Neil Gaiman, and Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Strickler, and through Skype by game […]

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Hope on the Golden Gate Bridge: Sergeant Kevin Briggs at TED2014Hope on the Golden Gate Bridge: Sergeant Kevin Briggs at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Sergeant Kevin Briggs recently retired from the California Highway Patrol after 23 years of service, the majority of which included patrolling the southern end of Marin County, which includes the Golden Gate Bridge. And that means that he has frequently responded to suicide attempts. The bridge, while an iconic structure, has also been the site […]

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The crisis of modern parenting: Jennifer Senior at TED2014The crisis of modern parenting: Jennifer Senior at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Why do so many people today experience parenthood like a kind of crisis? That’s the question Jennifer Senior sets out to answer on the final day of TED2014. The parenting section of Barnes & Noble is packed with books for eco-friendly kids, gluten-free kids, science-minded kids. For Senior, those shelves don’t seem helpful — they […]

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Multiple personalities take the stage: Sarah Jones at TED2014Multiple personalities take the stage: Sarah Jones at TED2014

Posted By Helen Walters

Sarah Jones is an actor and monologuist who comes on stage to explain her own diverse background. “I grew up in a family that was multi-everything, black and white, Caribbean, Irish American, German American, there was Dominican music playing from the stereo, Christians and Jews (that’s a long story).” But then, before we quite know what’s happening, […]

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Unstress: Speakers in Session 11 at TED2014Unstress: Speakers in Session 11 at TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

We live most of our lives wired and wound up, rarely pausing to relax or unplug from the daily grind. Our speakers in this session discuss the consequences of our ever-hectic lives, and remind us of the qualities we sometimes forget to foster. They include an author discussing why modern parenthood is out of whack, […]

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We Are Many: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani talks about his new documentary, 7 years in the making, about the largest protest in historyWe Are Many: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani talks about his new documentary, 7 years in the making, about the largest protest in history

Posted By Karen Eng

As the Fellows program turns five, we catch up with Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani – a member of the Fellows inaugural class and the first recipient of the TED Fellows Hero award – to get the scoop on the premiere of Amirani Media’s latest film, We Are Many (see the trailer, above) – a documentary on the February 15, 2003, global […]

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In case you missed it: Day 4 of TED2014In case you missed it: Day 4 of TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

The wild ride continues on March 20, 2014: Day 4 at TED2014. Here are some highlights from this Thursday: NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett responds to Edward Snowden The day after Edward Snowden made a surprise visit to the TED stage via telepresence robot, the morning opened on a buzzing but tense note with Richard Ledgett joining […]

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Misdeeds do not define you: Shaka Senghor at TED2014Misdeeds do not define you: Shaka Senghor at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Writer, teacher and MIT Media Fellow Shaka Senghor gives the last talk of Session 10: Passion at TED2014, and he starts with a literal bang: When he was 19, he shot and killed another man. At the time, he was a young drug dealer “with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Speaking to us […]

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Passion and aging: Isabel Allende at TED2014Passion and aging: Isabel Allende at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Her husband is 76, her parents are in their late 90s and her dog, Olympia, is 16. So she’s confronting the issue of aging head-on and thinking hard about how to live passionately through the process. “Society decides when we are old, usually at 65,” says Allende. “But really, we start […]

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Building a house of music: Blood Orange at TED2014Building a house of music: Blood Orange at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Devonté Hynes is a producer, singer, composer, author, and more. He’s spent a lot of his career helping other musicians produce their work, or writing for others. But he also has an amazing solo career as Blood Orange. At TED, he plays the piano and explains how he sees music. And he really sees music […]