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Larry Lessig completes 185-mile walk across New Hampshire, spreading the word that the U.S. electoral system can be fixedLarry Lessig completes 185-mile walk across New Hampshire, spreading the word that the U.S. electoral system can be fixed

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Larry Lessig is about to complete a 185-mile walk across the state of New Hampshire. He began this journey on January 11 and has walked despite rain, sleet, snow, ice and freezing cold, as the temperature in this state ranges anywhere from the lower thirties to the negative teens in the month of January. Lessig […]

Q&A

Sally Kohn talks leaving Fox NewsSally Kohn talks leaving Fox News

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

In today’s talk, pundit Sally Kohn shares what it’s like to be progressive, gay and … working for Fox News. The key: emotional correctness, when people look past their political differences and try to understand what the other is thinking on a human level. It’s a vision so powerful that her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, […]

News

3 smart talks to get you through the continued government shutdown

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Heyyy Congress. We noticed you’re having a wee bit of trouble working out this government shutdown snafu, so we thought, hey, since you’ve got extra time on your hands and we’re taking a lunch break, we should totally hang. Want to come watch talks with us? We picked some just for you! Nice talks about getting […]

Global Issues

Trita Parsi’s take on Israel warning the United States not to trust IranTrita Parsi’s take on Israel warning the United States not to trust Iran

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

At the UN General Assembly last week, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned the U.S. that they were being fooled by Iranian promises of nuclear concessions in peace talks, calling Iranian president Hasan Rouhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” But the real threat, suggests Trita Parsi, isn’t between Iran and the rest of the world […]

Global Issues

How to keep the plutocracy from becoming an aristocracy: A Q&A with Chrystia FreelandHow to keep the plutocracy from becoming an aristocracy: A Q&A with Chrystia Freeland

Posted By Nia Ashley

Chrystia Freeland writes about the power of money. As a journalist, she examines how money shapes society, impacts politics and essentially makes the world go ‘round. In today’s talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013, Freeland tackles the growing global plutocracy, looking at how 21st century democratic capitalism is making the rich richer while pulling up the […]

Global Issues

Andrew Mwenda on progress in AfricaAndrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who […]

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

Benjamin Barber on Rob Ford, Michael Bloomberg and the role of mayors in global societyBenjamin Barber on Rob Ford, Michael Bloomberg and the role of mayors in global society

Posted By Helen Walters

What would the world be like if it were run by city mayors? Benjamin Barber will pose this question as part of Session 8 at TEDGlobal, themed “State of the Nations.” The quirky yet powerful figure of the local mayor — cycling to work while battling civic corruption — inspires Barber in his upcoming book, If Mayors Ruled the […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

The failure of leadership in politics: George Papandreou at TEDGlobal 2013The failure of leadership in politics: George Papandreou at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Helen Walters

The former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, takes the stage as the first speaker at TEDGlobal 2013. It’s already been a long morning, with a few dozen protesters earlier objecting to his presence in Edinburgh outside  the conference center. And Papandreou cuts something of a pensive figure as he tells us he’s set to give […]