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Comments we loved this year: The speaker queryComments we loved this year: The speaker query

Posted By Morton Bast

TED Talks often get 100 or more comments — a mixed bag of kudos, critiques and questions. Looking back on the year, here are a few comments that wowed us. Our speakers want to hear from you! If something in the talk was unclear or you’re wondering where the research will go next, don’t be […]

Culture

12 talks to inspire New Year’s resolutions12 talks to inspire New Year’s resolutions

Posted By Tedstaff

Happy New Year! Last month, we asked people in the TED office which talk of 2012 inspired them to make a New Year’s resolution. And the answer was overwhelming — Amy Cuddy’s talk, “Your body language shapes who you are,” will make a lot of us walk a different walk in 2013. The point of […]

Education

The best of TED-Ed: How math guides ships at seaThe best of TED-Ed: How math guides ships at sea

Posted By Tedstaff

You learn something new every day. This is especially true if you watch TED-Ed lessons, which use animation to bring to life topics as varied as “Insults by Shakespeare” and “Pizza Physics.” As a holiday gift, we’re bringing you a few of the TED-Ed’s team’s favorite talks of the year. Here, a second look at the lesson […]

Design

Powerpoint clichés we would like to retire in 2013 (and a few techniques to try instead)Powerpoint clichés we would like to retire in 2013 (and a few techniques to try instead)

Posted By Tedstaff

This talk from TEDxBrussels felt like a breath of fresh stage. A collaboration among science writer John Bohannon, choreographer Carl Flink and the dance troupe Black Label Movement, the talk is illustrated with dance, not slides. “I think that bad PowerPoint presentations are a serious threat to the global economy,” Bohannon says. “As you’re all aware, […]

Science

Comments we loved this year: The polite critiqueComments we loved this year: The polite critique

Posted By Morton Bast

TED Talks often get 100 or more comments — a mixed bag of kudos, critiques and questions. Looking back on the year, here are a few comments that wowed us. Every video on TED.com is carefully selected, but not every TEDster will like every talk. Disagree with a speaker’s logic, methods or sources? We want […]

Culture

Favorites of 2012: Why the eff didn’t you watch these TED Talks?Favorites of 2012: Why the eff didn’t you watch these TED Talks?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

2012 was the year of radical openness at TED. In that spirit, while our office is closed for winter break, TED’s editorial staffers have selected their favorite talks of the year that, for a variety of reasons, didn’t get as many views as we would have hoped … giving you a peek into both our […]

Education

The best of TED-Ed: The art of the metaphorThe best of TED-Ed: The art of the metaphor

Posted By Tedstaff

The adage goes: You learn something new every day. This is especially true if you watch TED-Ed lessons, which bring to life educational topics as varied as “insults by Shakespeare” and “pizza physics” with animation. As a holiday gift, we’re bringing you the TED-Ed’s team’s favorite talks of the year that, despite being amazing, didn’t get the […]

Global Issues

Comments we loved this year: The words of supportComments we loved this year: The words of support

Posted By Morton Bast

TED Talks often get 100 or more comments — usually a mixed bag of kudos, critiques and questions. Looking back on the year, we’d like to share a few comments that wowed us. These intelligent, observant contributions took the talks beyond their 18 minutes and into an ongoing conversation. Every speaker appreciates a “Great job!” […]

Global Issues

11 talks that freaked us out in 201211 talks that freaked us out in 2012

Posted By Tedstaff

Vicki Arroyo’s hometown is New Orleans, and after Hurricane Katrina struck, she knew firsthand the looming threat of climate change. In this eye-opening talk from TEDGlobal 2012, “Let’s prepare for our new climate,” Arroyo reveals the startling truths about droughts, rising water levels and natural disasters — that they may only get worse. In 2012, […]

Education

The best of TED-Ed: How to rethink thinkingThe best of TED-Ed: How to rethink thinking

Posted By Tedstaff

The adage goes: You learn something new every day. This is especially true if you watch TED-Ed lessons, which bring to life educational topics as varied as “insults by Shakespeare” and “pizza physics” with animation. As a holiday gift, the TED-Ed team picked their favorite talks of the year. Here, a second look at the […]

Culture

Favorites of 2012: The power of a flashbulbFavorites of 2012: The power of a flashbulb

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

. 2012 was the year of radical openness at TED. In that spirit, while our office is closed for winter break, TED’s editorial staffers have selected their favorite talks of the year, giving you a peek into both our process and our personalities. We hope you enjoy.. TED editorial meetings are a flurry of sound. […]

Science

Comments we loved this year: The gift of additional informationComments we loved this year: The gift of additional information

Posted By Morton Bast

TED Talks often get 100 or more comments — a mixed bag of kudos, critiques and questions. Looking back on the year, here are a few comments that wowed us. Do you know more about a topic than the speaker had time to share in their talk? Here’s a great example of how a knowledgeable […]

Business

Favorites of 2012: On being wrong about business talksFavorites of 2012: On being wrong about business talks

Posted By Ben Lillie

Business talks are boring. Among all the things I was certain of when I started writing for TED, that one was near the top of the list, just under ‘ice is cold’ and ‘brains are gooey.’ I worked as a physicist for a few years before switching over to writing (with a short jaunt in […]