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Q&A

Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren ElazariInternet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

Posted By Nadia Goodman

Two weeks ago, hours after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” Twitter, his government blocked access to the platform across the country. It was just weeks before a hotly contended election, and Erdoğan was upset about tweets accusing him of corruption. A judicial ruling in Turkey called for Twitter to take […]

News

GPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovationGPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovation

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Should the government act like a venture capitalist? It might seem crazy to some, but in today’s eye-opening talk, economist Mariana Mazzucato shows why it might just work — and how it has, in fact, been working for decades. In this talk, Mazzucato flips the script on the image of a big government meddling in […]

Culture

A TED Talk inspires government change in North Vancouver

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In his TED Talk, Dave Meslin wondered: What would happen if Nike advertised sneakers in the same way local governments announced important information — with long, bland, black-and-white newspaper ads filled with jargon? “Apathy as we think we know it doesn’t actually exist,” said Meslin, a local organizer in Toronto. “People do care, but we […]

Global Issues

8 talks about China8 talks about China

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“When I was growing up, I was told a story that explained all I ever needed to know about humanity. It went like this,” says Eric X. Li in today’s provocative talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013. “All human societies develop in a linear progression, beginning with primitive society, than slave society, than feudalism, capitalism, socialism […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Got social problems? Business can help: Michael Porter at TEDGlobal 2013Got social problems? Business can help: Michael Porter at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Helen Walters

Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter is here to make the case that business can help tackle social problems. Issues such as healthcare, access to water and climate change are bread-and-butter concerns for TEDsters in the room, who clearly agree with his early statement that we’re all very aware that these problems exist. Many of them also […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

TED Newsmakers: Samantha Power to become ambassador to the UN, Jennifer Pahlka joins White House staffTED Newsmakers: Samantha Power to become ambassador to the UN, Jennifer Pahlka joins White House staff

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today, Barack Obama will be naming a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – and sources say that it will be Samantha Power, outspoken anti-genocide official and TED2008 speaker. Power is expected to replace Susan Rice, who sources say will be named national security advisor. Power is a fascinating choice for this very important […]

Culture

Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band togetherDefusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together

Posted By Morton Bast

In the final days of 2012, as Congress worked to hammer out a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, it was difficult to turn on any American news source and not see political finger-pointing. Words like “extremist,” “angry” and “sharply divided” floated in the ether. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has long been interested in […]

Q&A

That’s Ms. Congresswoman to you!: Fellows Friday with Kyrsten SinemaThat’s Ms. Congresswoman to you!: Fellows Friday with Kyrsten Sinema

Posted By Karen Eng

Former Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema built her political career by seeking shared values with her opposition, while looking out for the interests of families in need. Now newly elected to the US House of Representatives for Arizona’s 9th congressional district, the Democratic Congresswoman-elect, long a champion of LGBT issues, makes history as the first […]

Culture

TED Fellow elected to U.S. House of Representatives

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

You can start referring to TED Fellow Kyrsten Sinema as Congresswoman. In a race that took nearly a week to call, Sinema has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s 9th congressional district, which wraps around Phoenix. Though the race remained close through midday Monday, Sinema — a Democrat — was declared […]

Playlist

10 TEDxTalks to watch before election day10 TEDxTalks to watch before election day

Posted By David Webber

As a New York Times article put it this morning, “The presidential campaign entered a delicate phase on Tuesday, suddenly becoming a sideshow to the hurricane.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it’s hard to remember that in just a week, Americans will be heading to the polls and, with their presidential  selection, answering big questions […]

Playlist

5 talks on the state of democracy5 talks on the state of democracy

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Rory Stewart opens this talk from TEDxHousesofParliament with a joke: “Little Billy goes to school and his teacher asks, ‘What does your father do?’ Billy replies, ‘My father plays piano in an opium den.’” But when the teacher confronts the father about his occupation, she gets a different answer. As Stewart finishes the joke, “The father […]

Culture

Growing up a child of the state: Lemn Sissay tells much more of his storyGrowing up a child of the state: Lemn Sissay tells much more of his story

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Harry Potter, Pip of Great Expectations, Superman, Cinderella, Lisbeth Salander, Batman, Jane Eyre, Matilda, Moses, Luke Skywalker, Oliver Twist, Celie of The Color Purple. As Lemn Sissay points out in this powerful talk from TEDxHousesofParliament, literature and popular culture is rife with characters who grew up without their biological parents. “Writers seem to know that […]