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Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Matters of the heart: RuthAnne at TEDGlobal 2013Matters of the heart: RuthAnne at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Becky Chung

As this amazing week of TEDGlobal 2013 winds to a close with Session 8: Altogether Now, the audience is still reeling from a shocking talk on the mighty roots of corruption by Charmian Gooch, founder of Global Witness. What better to help soothe the soul than the rich and sultry voice of Irish-born pop singer-songwriter […]

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Uncovering corruption: Charmian Gooch at TEDGlobal 2013Uncovering corruption: Charmian Gooch at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

When we talk about corruption, certain types of individuals come to mind, says Charmian Gooch, co-founder of watchdog NGO Global Witness. She gives some familiar examples of the type. There’s the (former) Soviet megalomaniac — such as Saparmurat Niyazov, the all-powerful leader of Turkmenistan, whose indulgences included erecting a 40-foot-high gold-plated statue of himself that […]

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The dangers of the digital now: Abha Dawesar at TEDGlobal 2013The dangers of the digital now: Abha Dawesar at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Indian novelist Abha Dawesar explores the self and technology’s — ahem — impact on the self in the penultimate session of TEDGlobal, “Tech Impact.” Dawesar reflects on how time-warping technology, like social media and mobile devices, has changed our perception of our own personal narratives and perception. We live, instead, in what she calls the […]

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People as paintings: Alexa Meade at TEDGlobal 2013People as paintings: Alexa Meade at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

When you’re an artist, everything you see can seem like a canvas, a blank page with the potential for something beautiful. Alexa Meade sees this quite literally, using actual people as both subject and canvas. Painting on a 1-to-1 scale, Meade takes real-life subjects and turns them into paintings, playing with the shadow and light […]

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Live with your head in the clouds: Gavin Pretor-Pinney at TEDGlobal 2013Live with your head in the clouds: Gavin Pretor-Pinney at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Why do clouds get such a bad rap? In English, when someone’s sad or depressed, they’re “under a cloud.” When there’s bad news in store, there’s “a cloud on the horizon.” It’s everyone’s default doom-and-gloom metaphor. But, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, has one message for you: Clouds are awesome. Whatever happened […]

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Turn arithmetic into mathemagic: Arthur Benjamin at TEDGlobal 2013Turn arithmetic into mathemagic: Arthur Benjamin at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin says that there are three reasons we learn math: calculation, application and inspiration. Yes, inspiration. Math is the science of patterns, and learning it teaches us not just logic but creative thinking, says Benjamin. So why, when math is beautiful and exciting, is so much of what we learn in school about preparing for […]