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Fellows Friday: A TED Fellow confesses to having only $5 to their name …Fellows Friday: A TED Fellow confesses to having only $5 to their name …

Posted By Karen Eng

At the recent TED Fellows Retreat in Whistler, Canada, artist Candy Chang set up an interactive art piece called Confessions that invited the 185 Fellows at the event to share. The installation asked each Fellow to write down a confession on a slip of paper and pin it up on a bulletin board, creating a public wall of admissions […]

Business

10 alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to BerkShares to sweat to laundry detergent10 alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to BerkShares to sweat to laundry detergent

Posted By Jessica Gross

“Is there a reason for governments to be in charge of money?” asks Paul Kemp-Robertson in today’s talk. Judging by the new raft of alternative currencies—from digital coins to point systems that reward customers of a certain brand—the answer might someday be “no.” Again. As Kemp-Robertson suggests, many people seem to trust brands more than […]

Business

Adam Davidson on the fiscal cliff, cable TV, $4000 suits, the giant pool of money and moreAdam Davidson on the fiscal cliff, cable TV, $4000 suits, the giant pool of money and more

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The term “fiscal cliff” is controversial. So Adam Davidson, the New York Times Magazine columnist and co-host of NPR’s Planet Money, prefers to call it “the self-imposed, self-destructive arbitrary deadline about resolving an inevitable problem.” In today’s talk, filmed in TED’s New York office on Monday, Davidson explains what the fiscal cliff is and why […]