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Business

TED Weekends examines capitalism and charityTED Weekends examines capitalism and charity

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Capitalism and charity. A seemingly paradoxical combination. But could running charities like businesses foster the innovation and problem-solving needed to address the most pressing issues of our time? In his talk at TED2013, The way we think about charity is dead wrong, Dan Pallotta argued that the way we think about charity is dead wrong. We […]

News

TED Weekends celebrates investigative journalistsTED Weekends celebrates investigative journalists

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

From Bob Woodward and Charles Bernstein to Upton Sinclair and Nellie Bly, investigative journalists have shaped the course of history by uncovering troubling truths of their times. These watchdogs work to keep governments and companies honest, sometimes putting their own safety at risk. At a time where newspapers face a rocky future, it’s good to […]

Technology

TED Weekends: Gaming for lifeTED Weekends: Gaming for life

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The old and tired stereotype: a 20-something man sits on the couch in his parent’s basement, his shirt untucked and chin unshaven, as he excitedly pounds the buttons on a video game controller rather than getting a job. The obvious truth: video game enthusiasts are men and women, of all ages, and the grand majority […]

Global Issues

TEDWeekends talks innovation for the Global South

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Malaria kills about 2,000 people every day. The mosquito-borne disease has ravaged the equatorial areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, where a combination of poverty and climate make a dangerous breeding ground for disease. There is currently no vaccine. But Nathan Myhrvold has a solution. In his talk and demonstration from TED2010,  […]

Entertainment

TED Weekends reveals sleight of mind

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

Hypnosis is a source of both debate and fear. It’s an intimidating thought that the subconscious mind can listen and react to outside sources. But there are still many questions to be answered: Does the subconscious work independently of the conscious mind? Is it programmed by experiences or instructions? These are questions posed by Keith […]

Culture

TED Weekends hacks our sensesTED Weekends hacks our senses

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

Does listening to music generate colors in your mind? Do bright, lively songs sound yellow or orange while darker, more somber ones sound dark blue and grey? Well, for artist Neil Harbisson, this happens the other way around. Colorblind since birth, Harbisson has sported an electronic eye since 2004 that fits over the top of […]

Science

TED Weekends calls us to embrace nature’s wrathTED Weekends calls us to embrace nature’s wrath

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

“That is a part of you up there. That’s your water that helps to make the cloud, that becomes the rain, that feeds the plants, that feeds the animals.” These were the words Camlile Seaman’s grandfather said to her on a hot summer day when she was young. Inspired by her Shinnecock Indian heritage, and […]

Entertainment

TEDWeekends wonders: Do you have an inner hero?TEDWeekends wonders: Do you have an inner hero?

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Yo-yo champion BLACK does, in fact, wear a special costume — all black, with a red sash. But he has not always been a superhero. In his very sweet talk from TED2013, BLACK reveals that as a young teenager he struggled with feelings of worthlessness — and that it was dedicating himself to the yo-yo […]

Science

TED Weekends dives into the deep seaTED Weekends dives into the deep sea

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Underwater, there’s a world full of the bioluminescent and colorfully firework-like creatures. This is what David Gallo showed us in his classic talk from TED2007, “Underwater astonsihments.” The most interesting part: We have only explored about 3% of the world’s oceans, Gallo explains and, in this talk, he shares some views of that fascinating fraction […]

Culture

TED Weekends breaks the silence for suicide survivorsTED Weekends breaks the silence for suicide survivors

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

At TEDActive 2011, JD Schramm shares the story of his friend, John, who, after surviving a suicide attempt, found that there were few resources available for someone in his position to be able to communicate the hardship he experienced and the depression he continued to battle. And there are others in this position, too – […]

Science

TED Weekends investigates why we judge othersTED Weekends investigates why we judge others

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Above and slightly behind your right ear, exists a part of your brain many scientists believe is specifically dedicated to thinking about other people’s thoughts – to predicting them, reading them, and empathizing with them. It’s called the temporoparietal junction, and this is the area cognitive neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe focuses on in her research. At TEDGlobal […]

Culture

TED Weekends dissects our collective notion of beautyTED Weekends dissects our collective notion of beauty

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Cameron Russell wants to have a discussion about the way that we, as a society, perceive beauty. Media representations of women, she says, are replete with racist and sexist representations, encouraging women to live up to a standard that is both oppressive and unattainable. Russell’s profession offers an insider’s perspective on the topic – after […]

Culture

TED Weekends shares the story of a once locked-in grafitti artistTED Weekends shares the story of a once locked-in grafitti artist

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Completely paralyzed except for his eyes, graffiti artist Tony “TEMPT” Quan could no longer create his art, let alone communicate with his family. When entrepreneur Mick Ebeling met Quan, he was determined to help the artist accomplish both of these things. Thus, the EyeWriter was born — a pair of glasses with hardware that allows […]