10 books from TEDWomen for your summer reading list — and beyond

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There’s no doubt that the speakers we invite to TEDWomen each year have amazing stories to tell. And many of them are published authors (or about to be!) whose work is worth exploring beyond their brief moments in the TED spotlight. So, if you’re looking for some inspiring, instructive and provocative books to add to your []

The big idea: Meetings, the ultimate time-suck, and how to fix them

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The big idea: Meetings, the ultimate time-suck, and how to fix them

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When great minds meet, everybody benefits. So, when meetings are good, they’re great. But if they’re bad (as most office meetings are, be honest with yourself), they’re anything but beneficial. You may say to yourself, or quietly argue to this article during your sad desk lunch: “But I am doing work. I’m sitting and talking []

The TED2018 Fellows application is open. Apply now!

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The TED2018 Fellows application is open. Apply now!

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TED is looking for early-career, visionary thinkers from around the world to join the Fellows program at the upcoming TED2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Do you have an original approach to your work that’s worth sharing with the world? Are you working to uplift and empower your local community through innovative science, art or []

What will the future look like? Elon Musk speaks at TED2017

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In conversation with TED’s Head Curator Chris Anderson, serial entrepreneur and future-builder Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, Hyperloop, Tesla, SpaceX and his dreams for what the world could look like. Below, highlights from the conversation. Why are you boring? “We’re trying to dig a hole under LA, and this is to []

5 stellar mini-docs that will make you rethink time

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5 stellar mini-docs that will make you rethink time

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Five mini-documentary films captivated the TEDWomen 2016 audience — directed, written and produced by female filmmakers whose work embodies today’s best and most innovative storytelling. In a partnership between Lifetime and Chicken & Egg Pictures, these short films are artful in the ways their storytelling catalyzes social change and the TEDWomen 2016 theme, “It’s About []

12 things I know for sure: Anne Lamott speaks at TED2017

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Author Anne Lamott recently turned 61. So she’s compiled the following list of “every single true thing I know.” A brief recap: All truth is a paradox. “Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift, and it is impossible here,” she says. Life is “filled with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, []

What if? … and other questions that lead to big ideas: The talks of TED@UPS

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What if? … and other questions that lead to big ideas: The talks of TED@UPS

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What if one person could change the world? What if we could harness our collective talent, insight and wisdom? And what if, together, we could spark a movement with positive impact far into the future? For a third year, UPS has partnered with TED to bring experts in business, logistics, design and technology to the stage []

Anonymous ideas worth spreading — and the surprising discoveries behind their curation

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Anonymous ideas worth spreading — and the surprising discoveries behind their curation

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The intimacy of listening: Producer Cloe Shasha shares a few surprising insights that her team learned while producing TED and Audible’s audio series, “Sincerely, X.”

In Case You Missed It: The themes that echoed through TED2017

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Over the past five days, the TED2017 conference has explored the theme “The Future You.” This has spanned an incredible number of ideas on a huge array of topics. Below, a tour through some of the key themes that emerged — through the week and in the double-stuffed session of day 5. All eyes on []

The human response: The talks of Session 3 of TED2017

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The human response: The talks of Session 3 of TED2017

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The world is changing faster than ever, bringing with it brand-new problems, while our most persistent troubles — like poverty and health — haven’t gone anywhere. One thing has become abundantly clear: our machines aren’t going to save us; people are. How do we respond to problems new and old with humanity and dignity? In the []

The puzzle of aging: Elizabeth Blackburn speaks at TED2017

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For Nobel Prize-winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, it all began with pond scum. She was curious about chromosomes, and specifically the caps at the ends of chromosomes, known as telomeres, and pond scum provided an ample supply for her research. Her curiosity sent her on a journey that shed light on one of humanity’s biggest, and oldest, []

The future us: The talks of Session 11 of TED2017

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In the final session of TED2017, we look ahead to the future we’ll build together. Below, recaps of the talks from Session 11, in chronological order. A design renaissance for our apps. “There’s a hidden goal driving all of our technology, and that goal is the race for our attention.” says Tristan Harris. He would know; he []

How does consciousness happen? Anil Seth speaks at TED2017

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A year ago, for the third time in his life, cognitive scientist Anil Seth ceased to exist. He was having an operation, his brain filling with anesthetic, and he was feeling a sense of detachment, falling apart and coldness. And then he was back — drowsy and disoriented, but definitely there. “Anaesthesia is a modern []

TED and Audible debut “Sincerely, X” audio series: Sharing important ideas, anonymously

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TED and Audible debut “Sincerely, X” audio series: Sharing important ideas, anonymously

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TED’s always on the hunt for new speakers with new ideas. But in our latest project, we’re offering speakers something unprecedented: anonymity. Our hunch? Inviting people to share ideas without having to reveal their identity might allow for an entirely new category of talks. Today TED and Audible announce the release of Sincerely, X, an original []

Conexión y sentido: las conferencias TED en Español en TED2017

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Es un momento histórico para TED. El martes lanzamos oficialmente TED en Español con la primera sesión completa de TED en español. Dirigida y presentada por Gerry Garbulsky, director de TED en Español, seis conferencistas cubren un amplio rango de temas, desde cómo las ondas gravitaciones abren una nueva ventana para entender el universo, hasta []

Two surprising strategies for effective innovation

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Picture this: Three kids are given a LEGO set with the pieces to build a fire department. All of them want to build as many new toys as possible. The first kid goes straight for the easy wins. He puts a tiny red hat on a tiny minifig: presto, a firefighter! In this way, he []