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TED@NYC: TED’s talent search heads to ManhattanTED@NYC: TED’s talent search heads to Manhattan

Posted By Helen Walters

Remember TED Talks by Joshua Prager, John McWhorter, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and Hannah Brencher? All fantastic finds from previous talent searches. Now, we’re running a similar event once again. Known as TED@NYC, the evening event will be held on October 8. It’s a chance to find fresh voices to ring out on the TED main stage and be heard on ted.com. […]

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The TED2013 speakers found through our 14-city talent searchThe TED2013 speakers found through our 14-city talent search

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The theme of TED2013 is “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” So how did we find those undiscovered speakers with incredible stories to share? From April to June 2012, TED held a worldwide talent search. Working with TEDx organizers in 14 cities across the globe — Amsterdam, Bangalore, Doha, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, São […]

Business

Jeff Smith: The rest of his political incarceration storyJeff Smith: The rest of his political incarceration story

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Jeff Smith was blown away by some of the brilliant business ideas he heard while spending 366 days in prison between 2009 and 2010. “[Prison] was teeming with smart, ambitious men whose business instincts were in many cases as sharp as those of the CEOs who had wined and dined me six months earlier when […]

Science

4 talks that will change the way you think about soap4 talks that will change the way you think about soap

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Ludwick Marishane is the youngest person in South Africa to hold a patent. His invention? A “bath without water,” a lotion called DryBath. In today’s talk, filmed during the Johannesburg stop of the TED2013 Talent Search, Marishane shares how this unusual product came to be. When he was 17, he was sunbathing with a few […]

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7 talks on animals that have bad reputations7 talks on animals that have bad reputations

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

In today’s talk, Munir Virani extols the virtues of vultures. Despite our harsh judgments of these funny-looking birds, Virani explains that they are natural garbage collectors and that they kill harmful bacteria that might otherwise threaten us, as well as our livestock. As of now, 11 of the world’s 16 vulture species are facing extinction. […]

Culture

Great moments in letter writingGreat moments in letter writing

Posted By Jessica Gross

A letter — be it handwritten or typed — feels like an unpremeditated revelation, a glimpse into the writer’s subconscious. Letters are, also, often rooted to the place where they were written: a cozy armchair, a backyard hammock, the corner desk of a classroom, a train. It’s this physical and temporal presence that enables a […]

Global Issues

9 talks about innovation in India9 talks about innovation in India

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Arunachalam Muruganantham may not seem like the most obvious person to have started a revolution in sanitary napkins — after all, he is male. But in this funny and uplifting talk, given at the TED Talent Search in Bangalore, Muruganantham describes how he is enabling women in India to make their own pads — all […]

Talent Search

TED2013 Talent Search talks coming to TED.comTED2013 Talent Search talks coming to TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Earlier this year, TED headed on the road to 14 cities around the globe, on a hunt for untapped speakers for TED2013: “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” Holding one-night salons in cities ranging from São Paulo to New York to Nairobi to Shanghai, TED invited a slew of speakers to give the talk of […]

Culture

A beautiful reflection on “normal”A beautiful reflection on “normal”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Faith Jegede would prefer that you not call her normal. In today’s powerful talk, given at the TED Talent Search London stop, Faith Jegede introduces you to her two brothers — Remy, 22, and Samuel, 16 — who are both autistic and extraordinary. “Remy’s speechless but he communicates joy in a way that some of […]

Culture

Playlist: Tales of cultural heritage shared at the TED2013 Talent SearchPlaylist: Tales of cultural heritage shared at the TED2013 Talent Search

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

As we crisscrossed the globe to find you fresh perspectives for TED2013 in our worldwide Talent Search, a common theme emerged: cultural heritage in the 21st century. The tangible, intangible and natural elements that define our ways of life touch every aspect of our existence — from language to landscapes to religion to architecture. And they […]

Global Issues

Playlist: Thoughts on energy efficiency from the TED2013 Talent SearchPlaylist: Thoughts on energy efficiency from the TED2013 Talent Search

Posted By Larissa Green

As unusual seasonal effects raze our global ideas on sustainable practices, TED set out on a tour of 14 cities on six continents to find fresh perspectives for the TED2013 conference. While the 293 speakers who participated in this global Talent Search came from wildly different backgrounds, we couldn’t help but notice sweeping themes emerge […]