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The hardest 105 days of my life: Ben Saunders at TED2014The hardest 105 days of my life: Ben Saunders at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

On October 25, 2013, adventurer Ben Saunders and his teammate Tarka L’Herpiniere set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. At the start of the expedition, L’Herpiniere and Saunders each dragged 200 kilograms by sledge, […]

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Why I wear the burka: Masarat Daud at TED2014Why I wear the burka: Masarat Daud at TED2014

Posted By Emily McManus

Masarat Daud wears the burka — but she didn’t always. As a younger woman at university in Dubai, she thought: “People would think I was so religious, no one would want to be friends with me!” She wore western clothes, to the amusement of her parents. But her mother began suggesting she wear the burka, […]

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How to embrace the near-win: Sarah Lewis at TED2014How to embrace the near-win: Sarah Lewis at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Art historian Sarah Lewis’s first job was at the Museum of Modern Art. While there, she was entranced by an exhibit of works by the artist Elizabeth Murray. So Lewis was intrigued to hear from the painter that she felt several pieces hanging on the walls fell short. For one piece, Murray confessed that she’d found […]

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Be color brave, not color blind: Mellody Hobson at TED2014Be color brave, not color blind: Mellody Hobson at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

In 2006 Harold Ford called his friend Mellody Hobson, saying that he was running for US Senate in Tennessee, and he need some national press. Hobson, an investor, opens her talk with this story. She called a friend at a major media organization who organized a lunch. Hobson and Ford arrived at the reception, said […]

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Passion: The speakers in session 10 of TED2014Passion: The speakers in session 10 of TED2014

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Our passions are what drive us through our lives and our work. What unexpected places can they take us? In this session, seven speakers show the incredible range of answers. Below, the speakers who appeared in this session. Click on a speaker’s name to read a full recap of their talk. Mellody Hobson advocates for financial […]

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Susan Cain announces news to make introverts happySusan Cain announces news to make introverts happy

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Susan Cain is planning a Quiet Revolution. In her classic talk from TED2012, she spoke up for introverts, pointing out the many ways our culture encourages extroversion. “I wasn’t prepared for the intensity and voracity of response to these ideas,” Cain tells the TED Blog two years later. “There’s an enormous hunger for recognition, understanding and […]

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Lies, sex, an even freer Wikipedia and Sir Ken at a slaughterhouse: A recap of “The future is ours,” All-Stars Session 5 at TED2014Lies, sex, an even freer Wikipedia and Sir Ken at a slaughterhouse: A recap of “The future is ours,” All-Stars Session 5 at TED2014

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By Kate Torgovnick, Morton Bast, Thu-Huong Ha The future. When it comes down to it, it’s not about flying cars, flashy robots, jetpacks, or awesome sunglasses. It’s about the little things we can do to advance healthcare, better education, create opportunities, improve connections between each other, and make lives just a little bit easier. In […]

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Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Photographer Frans Lanting returns to TED for a short reminder of what’s happening outside the walls of our beautiful glass box. “Humanity,” he says, “takes center stage at TED, but I’d like to add a voice for the animals.” Lanting retells a story he once heard from a tribal elder not far from Vancouver, about […]

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10 great quotes about design10 great quotes about design

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For years now, Target has invited designers like Isaac Mizrahi (watch his TED Talk), Diane von Furstenberg (check out her TED playlist) and, most recently, abstract pattern-master Peter Pilotto to dream up collections. So when it came to creating the Target Design Café at TED2014, we knew it was going to be cool. The space […]

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A TED Talk from artificial intelligence? There’s an XPRIZE for thatA TED Talk from artificial intelligence? There’s an XPRIZE for that

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

TED invites thinkers from every walk of life to share a compelling idea onstage. And this now includes AIs. During Session 9: Signals, Chris Anderson took the stage along with Peter Diamandis, the founder of the XPRIZE. “We’re here today to join forces and announce the creation of a new XPRIZE,” says Anderson. “Here’s the concept—it will […]

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Mysteries of the unseen world: Louie Schwartzberg at TED2014Mysteries of the unseen world: Louie Schwartzberg at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Louie Schwartzberg is fascinated with exposing the world’s wonders through photography.  Three years ago, his talk, “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude,” demonstrated his uncanny ability to capture the captivating beauty of our natural world — the tiniest shake of a flower petal, the stirring complexity of a bee’s wing. At TED2014, he shows a portion of his […]

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Deep and faint in the night sky: Andrew Connolly at TED2014Deep and faint in the night sky: Andrew Connolly at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Astronomer Andrew Connolly begins by telling us that in 1781, English composer, technologist and composer  Sir William Herschel noticed something unusual, a little bit of data that was wrong. This was the discovery of a new planet, Uranus. (“A name that has entertained countelss generations of children.”) Just last week NASA announced 517 new planets, almost doubled […]