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Art

Timelapse of a disappearance: Talking with Liu BolinTimelapse of a disappearance: Talking with Liu Bolin

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

On Thursday at TED2013, Chinese artist Liu Bolin talked about his remarkable photographic installations, in which he paints himself (and sometimes other people) with perfect camouflage to disappear into a busy background. His talk closed with a photo of Liu in the theater at Long Beach, disappearing himself into the stage with paint and pattern […]

Gallery

Gallery: The second half of TED2013, in comic formGallery: The second half of TED2013, in comic form

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

A TED Talk is generally an auditory experience. But Fever Picture, a collective of graphic mavens who translate the ideas expressed at conferences into graphic form, have changed that. Earlier this week, they thrilled us with their comic versions of the first half of TED2013. Here, their renderings of the second half of the conference.

Global Issues

A new way to judge nonprofits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013A new way to judge nonprofits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Dan Pallotta created two huge charity initiatives — AIDS Rides bicycle journeys and Breast Cancer 3-Day events. These initiatives raised $108 million for HIV/AIDS and $194 million for breast cancer. Both had their best years in 2002 … and then Pallotta’s nonprofit went out of business. In the final session of TED2013, Pallotta shares why […]

Art

A choir live and online: Eric Whitacre at TED2013A choir live and online: Eric Whitacre at TED2013

Posted By Ben Lillie

In an extraordinary finale for TED2013, Eric Whitacre stages a type of performance that has never been seen before, with a choir assembled to sing his composition, “Cloudburst.” It’s not just any choir. He’s joined on stage by 100 live singers formed from choirs from California State University, Long Beach Campus, California State University, Fullerton […]

Culture

The magic of kindness: Orly Wahba at TED2013The magic of kindness: Orly Wahba at TED2013

Posted By Helen Walters

Orly Wahba is here to talk to us about the magic of kindness. As a middle-school teacher, she wanted to make a difference in the life of her students, so she designed “Act of Kindness” cards. These super-simple cards contained directions such as “open the door for someone” or “invite someone to have lunch with […]

Culture

Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Moral philosopher Peter Singer starts the last session of TED2013, “A Ripple Effect?” with a shocking video of a 2-year-old girl in China who was hit by a van — and then a second van — and ignored by passers-by as she lay dying in an alley. He asks of the audience: Would you have […]

News

A Ripple Effect: Speakers in Session 12 of TED2013A Ripple Effect: Speakers in Session 12 of TED2013

Posted By Morton Bast

TED2013 has come to an end. Here, the final session — about the doers and givers who never stop spreading their ideas. In session 12, these speakers shared their bold words and even bolder actions. And it all built to a riveting finale. Here, the speakers who appeared in this session. Click on their name […]

News

Sexy city: Gabriella Gomez-Mont appointed head of Mexico City’s creativity labSexy city: Gabriella Gomez-Mont appointed head of Mexico City’s creativity lab

Posted By Karen Eng

TED Senior Fellow alumna Gabriella Gomez-Mont made a suprise appearance at TED2013 with some incredible news – she’s just been appointed chief of Laboratory for the City (Laboratorio para la Ciudad), a creative think tank for Mexico City that aims to make it not only the most vibrant and sexy city in the world, but an experimental lab […]

Global Issues

How societies grow old: Jared Diamond at TED2013How societies grow old: Jared Diamond at TED2013

Posted By Ben Lillie

Growing old in traditional societies Jared Diamond is the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was a provocative answer to the question of why Europe dominated the world for much of recent history. More recently, he has written The World Before Yesterday, an investigation of traditional societies, and what the modern world might learn from […]

Culture

Are we getting more intelligent? Jim Flynn at TED2013Are we getting more intelligent? Jim Flynn at TED2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Watch James Flynn’s TED Talk: “Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ Jim Flynn is an expert in intelligence famous for his research on the Flynn effect, the phenomenon that humanity’s IQ has been dramatically increasing since the 1930s. He opens Session 11 today on the last day of TED2013 to help answer […]

Health

Training the brains of psychopaths: Daniel Reisel at TED2013Training the brains of psychopaths: Daniel Reisel at TED2013

Posted By Helen Walters

  Daniel Reisel is here to talk about our brains. In particular, how we might change them–and how this kind of thinking might just change the tenor of society as a whole. He introduces us to Joe, who’s 32, and a murderer. Reisel met Joe in Wormwood Scrubs, a high-security prison that houses England’s most […]