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Aaron Huey on a new way to honor the Native American treatiesAaron Huey on a new way to honor the Native American treaties

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

When he set out to create a photo essay on “poverty in America” in 2005, photographer Aaron Huey had no idea what was in store for him. But what started as one story soon consumed his life as he became a committed activist devoted to raising awareness about Native American treaty rights. Just last month, […]

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Andrew Mwenda on progress in AfricaAndrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who […]

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Driving destiny: Manal Al-Sharif at TEDGlobal 2013Driving destiny: Manal Al-Sharif at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

Two years ago, as she put her 5-year-old son Aboody to bed, Manal Al-Sharif faced an unexpected question from him: “Mommy, are we bad people?” Earlier in the day, she had noticed bruises on his face. He didn’t want to tell her why. Now, in the evening, he confessed that boys at school had hit him […]


TED Fellow Naomi Natale lays One Million Bones on the National MallTED Fellow Naomi Natale lays One Million Bones on the National Mall

Posted By Karen Eng

This weekend, thousands gathered in Washington, DC, to help lay one million handmade representations of human bones — 1,018,260 bones, to be exact – on the National Mall. This breathtaking installation created a haunting river of bones leading to the US Capitol, and represents the culmination of a nearly five-year social activism project imagined by TED […]

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Bones of remembrance: Fellows Friday with Naomi NataleBones of remembrance: Fellows Friday with Naomi Natale

Posted By Karen Eng

For four years, artist Naomi Natale’s social art practice, the One Million Bones project, has used education, hands-on artmaking and public art installation to raise awareness of ongoing genocide and mass atrocities. On June 8, Naomi and the One Million Bones team will be joined by thousands of volunteers to lay down the one million […]


10 amazing comments from renegade gardener Ron Finley

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Ron Finley, the self-described renegade gardener, gave a hit talk at TED2013 on his gardening efforts all over South Central LA. Finley is an object of my fascination for more than one reason: In the 35 days since Finley’s talk went live, he’s left 178 comments on the site, making him the 3rd most prolific […]

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Daring greatly and acting boldly: Chelsea Clinton challenges youth to rise to the occasionDaring greatly and acting boldly: Chelsea Clinton challenges youth to rise to the occasion

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Chelsea Clinton has some advice for those with the greatest potential to become change-makers — the young. At TEDxTeen, held in New York City on March 16, Clinton delivered this bold talk, saying that despite negative assumptions, today’s youth are in a unique position to do good. Teens today have big advantages over those who […]


A garden party with Ron FinleyA garden party with Ron Finley

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“You ain’t gangsta unless you have a garden,” says Ron Finley of LAGreenGrounds.org. In this special video for CNN, Finley shares more about the idea he posited at TED2013 for improving health in his neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles — planting edible gardens wherever a strip of land is available. “What we do is literally put vegetable […]

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What does extreme poverty look like today? Some nuanced and insightful readingsWhat does extreme poverty look like today? Some nuanced and insightful readings

Posted By Jessica Gross

In today’s talk, Bono — U2 frontman, founder of the anti-poverty organization ONE, and 2005 TED Prize winner – reflects on the past decade’s dramatic reduction in extreme poverty worldwide. “Exit the rockstar, enter the evidence-based activist, the factivist,” he says. Since 2000, according to Bono’s data, eight million more AIDS patients are getting antiretroviral drugs; eight […]