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Man watches 296 TED Talks in a week. We ask him why.Man watches 296 TED Talks in a week. We ask him why.

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Chris Bailey might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet. At least, that’s his goal. In May of this year, he committed to a year-long project in which he would do anything and everything to make his life more efficient. So far, that has included living in isolation, only using his smartphone […]

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A visual look at 7 things that make us feel good about workA visual look at 7 things that make us feel good about work

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Last week, Dan Ariely asked an interesting question in a TED Talk: “What makes us feel good about our work?” The TED Blog responded with the post “7 fascinating studies about what motivates us at work,” rounding up research — from both Ariely and other psychologists — that speaks to some of the surprising factors […]

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What motivates us at work? 7 fascinating studies that give insightsWhat motivates us at work? 7 fascinating studies that give insights

Posted By Jessica Gross

“When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely in today’s talk, given at TEDxRiodelaPlata. “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.” When you look carefully at […]

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Race with the machines: Erik Brynjolfsson at TED2013Race with the machines: Erik Brynjolfsson at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Erik Brynjolfsson says growth is not dead. To make his case in session 1 of TED2013, he points out two moments in the past — one that took place 120 years ago and the other that took place about 15 years ago. One hundred and twenty years ago, the Second Industrial Revolution began. But while the tools […]

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7 talks with big ideas for hiring

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Some employees can work 9am to 5pm, five days a week. Others are available on evenings and weekends. But in today’s talk, filmed at the TEDSalon in London, entrepreneur Wingham Rowan describes another type of worker — one who has a highly unpredictable schedule. “Think of someone who has a recurring but unpredictable medical condition, […]

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7 talks about work to watch on Labor Day7 talks about work to watch on Labor Day

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Work comes in all shapes and sizes — there’s no one-size-fits-all model for what humans do to make a living. We can see this in the countless TEDTalks from people telling stories about what they do, be it single-handedly creating a polyphonic orchestra, performing magical stunts on city streets, or even studying fungi. While we aren’t all glamourous […]