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Culture

Looking forward, looking back: TEDGlobal 2012 recapLooking forward, looking back: TEDGlobal 2012 recap

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

When it comes to time, there is the past, the present and the future. But during day four of TEDGlobal, speakers seemed especially concerned with the former and the latter. Kicking off session 11, the first of day four, art diagnostician Maurizio Seracini shared his 30-year quest to find Leonardo da Vinci’s missing fresco “The […]

Business

Conflict as thinking: Margaret Heffernan at TEDGlobal 2012Conflict as thinking: Margaret Heffernan at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

An epidemic hidden in plain view Margaret Heffernan begins her TEDGlobal talk by telling us a story: In Oxford in the 1950s, there was physician named Alice Stewart who was fascinated with the new science of epidemiology. She realized, as a scientist does, that the way to prove herself was to find a hard problem […]

Technology

The cables that connect us all: Andrew Blum at TEDGlobal 2012The cables that connect us all: Andrew Blum at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Architecture writer Andrew Blum has always focused on the physical landscape: our cities, our buildings, the places in which we live and work. Yet along with the rest of us, he says, he’s realized that over the past few years our relationship with the physical world has changed. We look at screens, a world with […]

Culture

Everything is a remix: Kirby Ferguson at TEDGlobal 2012Everything is a remix: Kirby Ferguson at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

In 1964 Bob Dylan was near the pinnacle of his career, pouring out now-classic songs at a near-miraculous pace. But a few critics claim that he is stealing other people’s songs. Could it be true? Ferguson plays “Nottamun Town,” a traditional folks song, then Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” and asks us to hear the […]

Design

Remix the Session 10 titles: Download CC-licensed footage for “Reframing”Remix the Session 10 titles: Download CC-licensed footage for “Reframing”

Posted By TED Guest Author

Download the rushes used for the session titles created by Circus Family for Session 10: Reframing. These images were created by projecting motion graphics onto a tabletop installation — breaking the visuals and recording them again. Feel free to re-use under the Creative Commons Licence (Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike). Use this compact 600MB zip file […]

Art

Public Sphere: Opening animation from TEDGlobal 2012 Session 12Public Sphere: Opening animation from TEDGlobal 2012 Session 12

Posted By TED Guest Author

Mission: Radical spreading from a uniform block to a more freeform organic experimental shape. Director’s statement: “I wanted to create an explosion of vector abstract pop and colored animation. Organic and geometric shapes, characters growing around the central information.” — Superdeux Direction and design: Superdeux http://www.superdeux.com Animation and sound design: Friends Of Mine http://www.friendsofmine.tv Agency: […]

Art

Public Sphere: Session 12 at TEDGlobal2012Public Sphere: Session 12 at TEDGlobal2012

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Click to watch the session-opening animation. We end TEDGlobal2012 with a session that steps back and asks, “How do we, as a society, communicate with each other?” The public sphere, the place where we engage with society at large, has undergone tremendous change — driven and empowered by the digital revolution, but also, perhaps, by a deeper […]

Health

Cancer in context: Mina Bissell at TEDGlobal 2012Cancer in context: Mina Bissell at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

“My task this morning is to summarize 35 years of work in less than 17 minutes,” says Mina Bissell. She is a cancer researcher with a background in chemistry, and as she tells us, the standard explanations for exactly what cancer was didn’t make sense to her. Her career has been driven by a tremendous question — what […]

Design

Restoring humanity after the tsunami: Becci Manson at TEDGlobal 2012Restoring humanity after the tsunami: Becci Manson at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Becci Manson is a high-end photographic retoucher who works with client like fashion magazines to tart up glamorous images. She and her friends, she says, are pale gray creatures hiding from sunlight in dark, windowless rooms. “We make skinny models skinnier, perfect skin more perfect, and we make the impossible possible.” The field comes under […]

News

Taking Another Look: Session 11 at TEDGlobal2012Taking Another Look: Session 11 at TEDGlobal2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Click to watch the session-opening animation. We all know that things aren’t always as they seem, and in this session we do a double take, re-examining both issues we may have considered set in stone as well as the unintended consequences of some seemingly inconsequential decisions that continue to echo through the ages. In this […]