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“Presence creates possibility”: America Ferrera at TED2019

“Presence creates possibility”: America Ferrera at TED2019

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“My identity is not an obstacle — it’s my superpower,” says America Ferrera onstage at TED2019. As an Emmy-award winning actor, director and producer, Ferrara crafts characters and stories that are multi-dimensional and deeply human. It hasn’t been easy — Hollywood wasn’t eager to cast Ferrara in full, genuine roles, instead giving her flimsy cliches []

The TED2019 film festival: Conference shorts

The TED2019 film festival: Conference shorts

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At TED2019, as we explored concepts, research findings and insights bigger than us (you see what we did there?), these conference shorts cleansed our mental palettes between TED Talks and helped playfully introduce sessions throughout the week. Enjoy these hand-picked videos from curators CC Hutten and Jonathan Wells that capture the kaleidoscopic and often humorous []

Meaning: Notes from Session 12 of TED2019

Meaning: Notes from Session 12 of TED2019

The final session of TED2019 was a spectacle. From powerful calls to civic engagement and ancestorship to stories of self and perseverance, the session wrapped an incredible week and soared through the end with an unforgettable, totally improvised wrap-up. The event: Talks and performances from TED2019, Session 12: Meaning, hosted by TED’s Chris Anderson, Helen []

Bigger than us: The art on screen at TED2019

Bigger than us: The art on screen at TED2019

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The TED2019 theme, Bigger Than Us, promises to be larger than life — big ideas, monumental insights, out-of-this-world discoveries, and more! — so naturally, the session art must deliver that sense of awe too, and does. Colours & Shapes, a Vancouver-based design firm, has created larger-than-life environments for TED since the conference moved to its []

Co-creating an “experiential experiment” to measure awe

Co-creating an “experiential experiment” to measure awe

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“You have to start with an interesting question,” says neuroscientist Beau Lotto. We’re talking over Skype with collaborator Geneviève Laurendeau, the corporate PR manager at Cirque du Soleil, to discuss their year-long science project: an experiment to measure awe. When and how do we feel awe? And: Why does it matter? One great place to []

Connection is a superpower: Jon M. Chu speaks at TED2019

Connection is a superpower: Jon M. Chu speaks at TED2019

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If you haven’t heard of the blockbuster megahit Crazy Rich Asians, then, well, it’s possible you’re living under a large rock. But whether or not you saw it, the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, has a TED Talk that goes far beyond the movie. Speaking onstage at TED2019, Chu reflects on the importance of representation []

The secret life of plant music

The secret life of plant music

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Barreling through the high-visibility, high-tech exhibits on the TED2019 circuit, you’d be forgiven for mistaking The Data Garden for just another chillout zone, with its oasis of potted houseplants and people lying draped, spaced out, across bean bags. Yet an arresting sound beckons from this unassuming island – a soothing patter of gently percussive gongs, like []