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Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father

Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father

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With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching, Sara Beth Berman of the Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, wanted to create a lesson for the school’s middle school students around the ideas of empathy and forgiveness. “In the month preceding the Jewish New Year, we talk a lot about how to forgive, how to accept forgiveness, and how []

Amy Cuddy power-poses through pop culture

Amy Cuddy power-poses through pop culture

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Power posing is always in style. So we were excited to see it featured in The New York Times Fashion & Style section this weekend in the article “Amy Cuddy takes a stand.” In a glowing article about the wide influence of her TED Talk (watch: Your body language shapes who you are), the writer []

How did Nick Hanauer get onto TED’s home page?!

How did Nick Hanauer get onto TED’s home page?!

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There’s a bit of a back story behind today’s TED Talk, in which Nick Hanauer issues a powerful warning to his fellow zillionaire ‘plutocrats’ that it’s time to take the inequality issue seriously, and makes the case to dramatically raise the minimum wage. Some of you may remember that two years ago there was an online spat between []

Gallery: Watercolor sketchnotes from TEDSalon Berlin

Gallery: Watercolor sketchnotes from TEDSalon Berlin

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The animal you see in this watercolor-washed illustration is not a camel. This is, technically, a dromedary. Anja Kantowsky, a communications consultant who lives in Germany, created this image at the TEDSalon Berlin in June as she watched a talk from nine-time TED speaker Hans Rosling and his son Ola Rosling that used the differences []

How a two-minute tactic from a TED Talk helped Manish Dayal crystallize his character in The Hundred-Foot Journey

How a two-minute tactic from a TED Talk helped Manish Dayal crystallize his character in The Hundred-Foot Journey

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In The Hundred-Foot Journey, a young chef named Hassan transcends the kitchen of his family’s boisterous Indian restaurant, charms the icy proprietress of the Michelin-starred French restaurant across the street, and tries his hand at becoming a top chef in Paris. The story unfolds over the course of years, and actor Manish Dayal came up []

How Simon Sinek’s TEDx success made him think deeply about trust

How Simon Sinek’s TEDx success made him think deeply about trust

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In 2009, Simon Sinek gave the talk “How great leaders inspire action” to an audience of 50 people in a small room at TEDxPugetSound. It quickly became the second most-watched talk on TED.com. Sinek, of course, felt honored by the growing popularity of his talk—and by the opportunity to inspire people to think more deeply about []

Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

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By Winston Chen Odysseus…Gauguin…Robinson Crusoe…and me? Many people dream of the ultimate escape: throwing all the baggage of civilization away and taking off to live on a remote island. But few people—particularly professional couples with young kids—actually go through with it. And yet, that’s just what my family did: we left Boston, and my reliable []

How translating TED Talks helped me recover from a serious illness

How translating TED Talks helped me recover from a serious illness

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Today, our Open Translation Project celebrates its 5th anniversary. This global volunteer effort brings together people who speak 104 languages with a shared mission—spreading ideas—and changes lives in the process. We asked one translator to tell her story. By Ai Tokimatsu The illness hit me on a beautiful summer weekend. I woke up early and did an hour []

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

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Teenagers love to text—their thumbs pound out an average of 3,339 texts per month. Crisis Text Line turns this into a way to help teens through their hardest times: family issues, stress or suicidal thoughts. Trained counselors text back and forth with advice and resources—and, in the process, collect (anonymous) data that could lead to better []

A new talk sketched daily, by fan Stefani Bachetti

A new talk sketched daily, by fan Stefani Bachetti

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TEDSketchNotes.Tumblr.com gives you Cliffs Notes to talks from speakers like Del Harvey, Ken Robinson, Andras Forgacs and Ed Yong, in sketchbook form. The passion project of Chicago-area designer Stefani Bachetti, what sets this Tumblr apart from other sketchnote spins on talks (see them from TEDGlobal 2011, TED2012, TED2013 and TED2014) is that a new image gets posted every weekday, []