9 TED Talks to inspire smart conversation

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9 TED Talks to inspire smart conversation

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No one really wants to talk about the weather. Inspired by TED Talks, here are some questions to start a better conversation in any situation.   “So, what’s your favorite word?” Who to ask: The chatty person who’s sharing an outlet with you at the coffee shop The basic idea: Dictionaries don’t compile themselves — linguistic sleuths []

Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees

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Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees

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The tables in bookstores can be overwhelming: Every book cover looks appealing, every blurb glows with praise. Sometimes, you just need a recommendation from a human, someone you trust. Below, 10 members of the TED community — with very different points of view — share the books they think you’ll enjoy this summer. Their selections []

Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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It’s a month after graduation, which means the luckiest new college grads are a month deep into internships and entry-level jobs. How to stand out? Business writer Margaret Heffernan suggests: Start by taking a coffee break with your coworkers. Companies grow best, she suggests, when workers are connected by social bonds. Heffernan’s TED Book, Beyond []

One mother’s nightly learning ritual with her son

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One mother’s nightly learning ritual with her son

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Erin Freschi, a California mom who has worked in education for nearly 25 years, has a nightly ritual with her 8-year-old son, Sawyer. Instead of bedtime stories or songs, Freschi and her son wind down by watching TED Talks. The name of their unique ritual? TED Before Bed. “It started when Sawyer was in first []

QUIZ: Which TED Talk are you?

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QUIZ: Which TED Talk are you?

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A fun way to find a talk that’s just right for you…

Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

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Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

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There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world. Working at TED, as you might guess, many of us have strong opinions about this. Beyond the podcasts we all love: This American Life, Radiolab, The []

40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

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40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

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By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our Open Translation Project volunteers translate TED Talks into 105 languages, they’re often challenged to translate English []

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

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How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

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By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable []

How do teens think about body image, beauty and bullying? 3 perspectives from around the world

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How do teens think about body image, beauty and bullying? 3 perspectives from around the world

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Body image, beauty and bullying. In TED-Ed Clubs, students are guided through the process of making a presentation on an idea they feel passionate about — and dozens of students in clubs around the world have boldly chosen to talk about how to combat negative body image, distorted images of beauty and the bullying that []

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

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25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

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At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some []

Why I put all my stuff in storage to travel cross-country and listen to people

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Why I put all my stuff in storage to travel cross-country and listen to people

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Ever had the impulse to put everything in storage, sublet your place and travel across the country in an Airstream trailer? That’s what Emily Janssen did when she joined the StoryCorps Mobile Tour as a facilitator, someone who helps people record their own StoryCorps interview. She’d worked for StoryCorps before, at their headquarters in Brooklyn, []

Astronomer, actor, role model: TED Fellow Aomawa Shields looks for life on other planets

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Astronomer, actor, role model: TED Fellow Aomawa Shields looks for life on other planets

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Aomawa Shields is a woman of “contradictions.” An astronomer and astrobiologist, she searches for exoplanets where life might exist by using computer models to calculate the kind of atmosphere they’d need to support it. And she’s also a classically trained actor, who — through her organization Rising Stargirls — teaches astronomy to middle school girls of color using theater, writing and visual art to []

12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

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12 pieces of advice for giving talks that have impact

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Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several []

Tradition or travesty? A TED Fellow’s documentary investigates the complexities of whale hunting in the Faroe Islands

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Tradition or travesty? A TED Fellow’s documentary investigates the complexities of whale hunting in the Faroe Islands

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For the 50,000 people of the Faroe Islands, a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark, hunting long-finned pilot whales — a dark gray species found in their waters — is a tradition that stretches back centuries. These whales are a food source, and hunting them is considered an important part of Faroese culture. Today, []

40 travel tips from hard-traveling TED staffers

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40 travel tips from hard-traveling TED staffers

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TED staffers travel a lot — to TEDx events all over the globe, to TED conferences in Canada, Brazil, the UK …. so we love to trade travel tips for making the most of work and fun trips. Here are 40 of our best — including some oddball but practical ideas for vacation travel (to use up those []

How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got—whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone. On TED’s design team, where I manage TED’s Instagram account, we’re always []