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Emily McManus

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I live in Philly and work at TED HQ in New York, leading the editorial team that writes words about TED Talks and the ideas in them. Check out ideas.ted.com because it is amazing and fun to read. Previously: Wired, MacWEEK, the SF Bay Guardian, magazines.

Stories by Emily McManus:

Insanity. Humanity. Notes from Session 8 at TED2018

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Insanity. Humanity. Notes from Session 8 at TED2018

The seven speakers lived up to the two words in the title of the session. Their talks showcased both our collective insanity — the algorithmically-assembled extremes of the Internet — and our humanity — the values and desires that extremists astutely tap into — along with some speakers combining the two into a glorious salad. []

Nerdish delight: Notes from Session 3 of TED2018

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Nerdish delight: Notes from Session 3 of TED2018

For the Session 3 of the conference, TED Head of Curation Helen Walters says, “We’re throwing off all pretense of cool.” Seven speakers are queued up to discuss the latest advances in their fields of technology. And while the gadgets do all different things, they share one crucial function: the power to make jaws drop. []

After the end of history … : Notes from Session 2 of TED2018

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After the end of history … : Notes from Session 2 of TED2018

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, says TED Curator Chris Anderson as he opens Session 2, “we used to think that democratically-powered capitalism was supposed to take over the world.” Political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously called it the “end of history.” So now what happens? Five TED speakers come to the stage to talk []

In Case You Missed It: Exploring the amazing (in every sense of the word) at day 1 of TED2018

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In Case You Missed It: Exploring the amazing (in every sense of the word) at day 1 of TED2018

TED2018, themed “The Age of Amazement,” kicked off Tuesday with two eye-opening sessions of talks from this year’s TED Fellows — with tech and science demos, music, dance and comedy — as well as the opening of exhibits and, of course, a memorable Session 1 full of bold ideas, tough truths and jaw-dropping creative visions. []

Exploring the boundaries of legacy at TED@Westpac

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Exploring the boundaries of legacy at TED@Westpac

Legacy is a delightfully complex concept, and it’s one that the TED@Westpac curators took on with gusto for the daylong event held in Sydney, Australia, on Monday December 11th. Themed around the idea of “The Future Legacy,” the day was packed with speakers who took on topics ranging from education to work-health balance to designer babies.

Why not? Pushing and prodding the possible, at TED@IBM

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Why not? Pushing and prodding the possible, at TED@IBM

We know that our world — our data, our lives, our countries — are becoming more and more connected. But what should we do with that? In two sessions of TED@IBM, the answer shaped up to be: Dream as big as you can. Speakers took the stage to pitch their ideas for using connected data []

Breathe and push: Notes from Session 6: Rebuild

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Breathe and push: Notes from Session 6: Rebuild

We’ve spent the past few days together thinking on big ideas, hard problems and new visions for what the world might be. What will tie it all together? This session on rebuilding — on facing tough questions and finding the inner (and exterior) resources we need to move forward. Embrace your emotional truth. How we deal []

Be fierce, claim power: Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen: Burn

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Be fierce, claim power: Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen: Burn

There’s a theme of Bridges that plays through this conference — and one of the things we sometimes need to do with bridges is burn them, to move forward with no option of going backward in time or space. In this session, hosted by documentary film aficionado Jess Search, we listen to hard truths about []

The power of partnership: Notes from Session 3 of TEDWomen … Connect

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The power of partnership: Notes from Session 3 of TEDWomen … Connect

Our hosts for this session, Jean Oelwang and Chris Waddell, are life partners who’ve both had to overcome their inclination to be a solo superhero — to be the best at business, school, sports. Jean spent her career climbing the corporate ladder, being tough, making her way to the top alone. Meanwhile, Chris was a []