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Letter to the other half: Anand Giridharadas at TEDSummit

Letter to the other half: Anand Giridharadas at TEDSummit

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Writer Anand Giridharadas has come to TEDSummit to share an open letter to his fellow citizens. Invited by curator Bruno Giussani to address the dismay and confusion many have felt in the week after the Brexit vote result in the UK, the American writer and journalist lays out a vision that is as honest as []

The deciders: Zeynep Tufekci at TEDSummit

The deciders: Zeynep Tufekci at TEDSummit

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Who would have thought when you left those high school math problems behind that you would one day be encountering algorithms on a daily basis? Zeynep Tufekci might have guessed; now an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information, Tufekci’s first job as a teenager was as a computer programmer. So []

Organizing principles: Notes from Session 5 of TEDSummit

Organizing principles: Notes from Session 5 of TEDSummit

Do we have the vision and the energy to confront seemingly impossible problems — like predatory corporations, political deadlock, the wasted potential of millions of refugees? Session 5 rounded up people who are jumping right in. A call to action on fossil fuels. Costa Rica, climate advocate Monica Araya’s native country,  gets almost 100 percent of []

I am British: Alexander Betts at TEDSummit

I am British: Alexander Betts at TEDSummit

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“I am British.” Alexander Betts says this, and pauses. “Never before has the phrase ‘I am British’ elicited so much pity.” Betts is here to talk about the June 24 Brexit vote — in which 52% of UK voters expressed their wish that their country leave the European Union. It’s a move that divided the country []

Forest for the trees: Suzanne Simard at TEDSummit

Forest for the trees: Suzanne Simard at TEDSummit

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Have you ever stood among the trees — those tall, stoic, magnificent plants — listening to their leaves rustle in the wind and imagined quietly to yourself that they’re communicating in some way? Perhaps in whispers, or hushed voices? It turns out that your imagination isn’t at wild as you might believe; Trees do, in []

Building blocks: Notes from Session 3 at TEDSummit

Building blocks: Notes from Session 3 at TEDSummit

What are the tools we’re using to build the future? Session 3 speakers go deep on what’s next in finance, energy, business and the structures we live in. The next generation of trust on the Internet. For many online transactions, we rely on middlemen like banks and government to establish trust — but these systems face growing issues like []

African growth is not a fluke: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at TEDSummit 2016

African growth is not a fluke: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at TEDSummit 2016

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African growth is a trend, not a fluke, says economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. While the continent’s rocketship growth of the late 2000s has slowed, she shows how growth can get back on track if African nations lean into what the continent has been doing well — and address eight challenges that might hold back a better future.

Things we think we know: Notes from Session 2 of TEDSummit

Things we think we know: Notes from Session 2 of TEDSummit

In Session 2, our speakers debunked received wisdom, looked critically at common knowledge — and restarted conversations we thought were closed. Here, our report:  Antique lamps, new sound. Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay opened Session 2 completely unseen. In near pitch-black darkness, broken antique lamps lit up one by one — each perfectly matched with an electronic musical []

The view from the mountain: Notes from the TED Fellows session at TEDSummit

The view from the mountain: Notes from the TED Fellows session at TEDSummit

The TED Fellows program brings together young world-changers from many fields, from art to tech to activism, and encourages them to mix and combine and think big. On Monday morning we heard from a representative sample … Graffiti’s unifying vantage point. Street artist eL Seed shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural []

A legacy that will outlive us: Notes from Session 1 of TEDSummit

A legacy that will outlive us: Notes from Session 1 of TEDSummit

TEDSummit is a gathering of TED’s tribes — our speaker community, volunteer translators, TED Fellows, TEDx organizers, partners and  more. In Session 1, we shared mainstage talks that sparkled with optimism for humanity — now and deep into our unknown future. Ideas that stand the test of time. TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, opened TEDSummit with a throwback []

A meditation on the soul: Lesley Hazleton at TEDSummit

A meditation on the soul: Lesley Hazleton at TEDSummit

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What is a soul? Lesley Hazleton, an “accidental theologist,” prodded the TEDSummit audience with this provocative question, tracing the cultural, religious and societal origins of a remarkably intangible human hallmark. The body and soul used to be considered two equal physical entities — in fact, Descartes theorized the soul was located in the brain’s pineal gland. Meanwhile, []

Go behind the scenes at TEDSummit all week, inside the Facebook Live Studio

Go behind the scenes at TEDSummit all week, inside the Facebook Live Studio

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Get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to TEDSummit inside our Facebook Live Studio. Join some of your favorite TED speakers for conversational interviews — and you can ask them your questions in the comments. See everything on TED’s Facebook page as it happens: Here’s the schedule: Sunday, June 26 4pm Eastern: TED speaker coaches share public-speaking tips Monday, June 27 3:30pm Eastern: Celeste []