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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 […]

News

Charmian Gooch of Global Witness wins the TED Prize; will reveal wish for the world at TED2014Charmian Gooch of Global Witness wins the TED Prize; will reveal wish for the world at TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

“It’s easy to think that corruption happens somewhere over there, carried out by a bunch of greedy despots,” says anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch in her blistering talk from TEDGlobal 2013. “The reality is that the engine of corruption exists far beyond the shores of countries like Equatorial Guinea or Nigeria or Turkmenistan. This engine is driven […]

Q&A

An approach to global aid where all are treated as equalsAn approach to global aid where all are treated as equals

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Lisa Katayama In a developed country where the dialogue around human rights is very charity-minded, it’s rare to find young people with visions of engaging rural farmers in developing countries as equals. That’s why Tokyo native Doga Makiura stands out. When Doga was 13, he left his home in Japan and enrolled himself in […]

Global Issues

Last night in the TED office: War StoriesLast night in the TED office: War Stories

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

War isn’t easy to talk about. TED’s Juliet Blake knows this first-hand — she is the daughter of German Jews who never spoke about the war that wiped out so many members of their family. And yet, that devastation is exactly why it is so important to have conversations about the worst of human experiences. […]

Global Issues

Awesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loansAwesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loans

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the developing world, would-be entrepreneurs are easily able to get microloans. But getting access to formal financial institutions — the kind that give large-scale loans — well, that’s much more difficult. Because 70% of those who start small businesses simply don’t have a financial identity. TED Fellow Shivani Siroya has created a tool to […]

Q&A

Teen entrepreneur Avani Singh: “You can make a difference”Teen entrepreneur Avani Singh: “You can make a difference”

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

New Delhi’s streets are epic — trucks, cars, cows and, especially, bicycle rickshaws, three-wheeled carriers that can zip through traffic, pedaled by a very, very hard-working driver. Growing up in New Delhi, Avani Singh passed them every day on her way to school. And her route also passed the city’s slums. In this city of […]

Culture

What it’s like to grow old, in different parts of the worldWhat it’s like to grow old, in different parts of the world

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

The world’s population is getting older. Across the globe, people are living longer thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and technology. This population shift brings with it incredible possibilities, but also a new set of challenges. How do we care for our elderly? In today’s talk, Jared Diamond examines the vast differences in how societies […]

Global Issues

Drones to deliver medicine and food? Drones for disaster relief? 6 ways a physical internet could do goodDrones to deliver medicine and food? Drones for disaster relief? 6 ways a physical internet could do good

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Andreas Raptopoulos and his colleagues at Matternet are attempting to create a network of drones that operate like the internet, only for tangible objects. This company — which sprung out of an idea surfaced at Singularity University in 2011 — aims to deliver items wherever they are needed, even if no usable roads go there. […]

Business

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Could unemployment be a factor that leads to terrorism? In today’s talk, peace strategist Mohamed Ali (not to be confused with the boxer) introduces us to the youth of Mogadishu, Somalia — 70 percent of whom are unable to find jobs. In this talk, Ali highlights just how appealing the messages of terrorist organizations and […]

Global Issues

Me: Help me, Bjorn Lomborg, I didn’t understand your new TED Talk. Bjorn: Sure, AMAMe: Help me, Bjorn Lomborg, I didn’t understand your new TED Talk. Bjorn: Sure, AMA

Posted By Helen Walters

Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg focuses on using economic methods and data to prioritize the world’s problems. In 2005, he gave a TED Talk, Global priorities bigger than climate change, in which he challenged the audience to decide how they might spend $50 billion to solve the pressing issues of our time. Now he’s back, with […]

Global Issues

Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it meansFurther reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

Posted By Alex Gallafent

In today’s talk, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo describes how China’s growing presence in Africa is challenging a centuries-old tenet of Western political thought.   For more than 200 years, Moyo argues, liberal democracy has ruled the roost. Particularly in the West, it’s long been considered the political system most likely to deliver economic success and […]

Q&A

A story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and FukushimaA story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and Fukushima

Posted By Michelle Quint

If your home had been devastated by a disaster, would you stay? Why do people choose to remain in potentially life-threatening places? These are just a few of the complex questions that photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart and filmmaker Holly Morris explore in their respective work, documenting the lives of people living in Chernobyl and Fukushima. […]

Culture

Those who stayed in Chernobyl and Fukushima: An excerpt from the new TED Book brings you inside Control Room 4Those who stayed in Chernobyl and Fukushima: An excerpt from the new TED Book brings you inside Control Room 4

Posted By TED Guest Author

In the new TED Book, Would You Stay?, photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart travels to Chernobyl and Fukushima to try to understand why people refuse to leave these areas despite the risks. Pulling together stunning photos, moving words, recorded interviews and multimedia maps, Rothbart weaves a complex narrative and poses an even tougher question: If your hometown […]