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Silk, the ancient material of the future: Fiorenzo Omenetto on


Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature’s most elegant materials — in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. On stage, he shows a few intriguing items made of the versatile stuff. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 9:41) [ted id=1142] []


The World Peace Game: John Hunter on


John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can. (Recorded at TED2011, March []


Big history: David Christian on


Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, []

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WEF announces 2011 Young Global Leaders


The World Economic Forum has announced the selections of their 2011 Young Global Leaders. Young Global Leaders “represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts and culture, academia and media, as well as social enterpreneurs.” Among them, you’ll find several TED speakers and TED []


Listen to the TEDActive 2011 “Entry Mix”


DJs frosty and Turquoise Widsom of put together the mix of tunes that played before and after each speaker session at TEDActive 2011. They called it the Entry Mix, and it’s well worth a listen. (It’s available in streaming audio or for download.) Listen here »

TED2011 Report – Session 9: Threads of Discovery


Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces. Daniel Tammet is a high-functioning autistic savant, has synesthesia, and has an astonishing brain. “Personal perceptions are at the heart of how we acquire knowledge.” Fiorenzo Omenetto has found game-changing uses for silk: “The answer to whatever you want to do []

TED2011 Report – Session 8: Invention and Consequence


Edward Tenner, historian of technology and culture, shares the intrigue of unintended consequences: “I didn’t always love unintended consequences, but I have learned to appreciate them.” Eythor Bender brings out Amanda Boxtel, a wheelchair user wearing an astonishing new exoskeleton. She is walking. Eli Pariser reveals some frightening data about our online identities: “I call it []

TED2011 Report – Session 7: Radical Collaboration


JR made his inspired TED wish: I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating a global art project. And together we’ll turn the world INSIDE OUT. Antony, musician and artist, played gorgeous songs of yearning to close out Session 7. (Photo: Robert Leslie / TED) Chris Anderson makes a []


Join the TED-ED Brain Trust


Every minute, 300 new learners are born into this world. How can TED play a role in enriching their education? We need your help to answer this question. In a few weeks, TED will be launching an online forum. We’re calling it the TED-ED Brain Trust. We’re seeking the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, []