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Comment(s) of the week, Jan. 4, 2017: Let’s talk about faith

Comment(s) of the week, Jan. 4, 2017: Let’s talk about faith

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This week’s comments were posted on Rabbi Sharon Brous’ talk, which has sparked quite the conversation. The first poster is Paul Watson, who is exactly the type of community member I’d hoped to highlight when we began this project. Paul’s comment is thoughtful, speaking from his particular area of interest/expertise, and looking at the larger []

In the lead-up to the presidential election, StoryCorps celebrates #WhoWeAre

In the lead-up to the presidential election, StoryCorps celebrates #WhoWeAre

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If you head to Google.com today, you might notice something interesting underneath the search bar: an invitation to watch a series of animations called #WhoWeAre. A collaboration between StoryCorps and Upworthy, with support from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and Delta Airlines, #WhoWeAre is designed to encourage people across the United States to reach out to others who’ve []

TED Talks Live: War and Peace, Nov. 3 and 4

TED Talks Live: War and Peace, Nov. 3 and 4

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Can we build a future without war? What does it take to bring peace? Join those who have experienced every aspect of war — fighters, journalists, psychologists, and more — for a look at the impact of war in the world. TED Talks Live: War and Peace brings a night of thought-provoking talks and performances to New []

First impressions: A TED salon on what we learn (and reveal) at first glance

First impressions: A TED salon on what we learn (and reveal) at first glance

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First impressions are full of promise — and anxiety. On Tuesday night, five speakers in TED’s New York office shared a salon that explored the hidden opportunities, truths and humor in these split-second assumptions. First up, NYU associate professor Adam Alter showed how exploiting a simple human trait could actually make us more generous. “We []

8 ideas for the future of cities

8 ideas for the future of cities

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In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves. On the relaunched TEDCity2.org, you’ll find great talks on topics like housing, education and food, and how []

Faith and doubt, last night in the TED office

Faith and doubt, last night in the TED office

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Beliefs run deep, influencing not just whether we follow a religion but also the choices we make about every aspect of our lives. Belief is something we at TED think a lot about, and last night we held a session in our office dedicated to exploring what we believe and why we believe it. The []

In the Skype Studio: The ever-changing finish line

In the Skype Studio: The ever-changing finish line

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In his TED Talk, published last week, Sports Illustrated reporter David Epstein asks, “Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?” The short answer is ‘yes,’ but it’s not just a matter of talent improving. He shows the nuance of how it’s also about changing technology that allow for faster speeds, rising expectations that enable athletes []