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TED’s floating foam microphone, rebooted

TED’s floating foam microphone, rebooted

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Dead set on a new headset The TED headset mic, with its variable skin-tone foam windscreen hovering over the speaker’s face like a foundation-caked blemish (or, as Bloomberg suggested in 2015, “a foam ball hanging like a distracting crumb at the corner of their mouths”), has been a little-commented-on part of TED’s branding for nearly []

Reinventing an iconic stage, from the ground up

Reinventing an iconic stage, from the ground up

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COVID and climate change have shaken the global promise of the 21st century to the core. But despite our need to face the threats that pandemic and disaster pose to human survival, humanity faces a unique opportunity to rebuild an interconnected world, and to reaffirm our core ideals: among them, the belief that in the []

The TED Gift at TEDMonterey

The TED Gift at TEDMonterey

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The TED gift process has evolved over the years, from every attendee receiving the same (amazing) gifts to a bespoke process that gives attendees the chance to personalize their gifts while also reducing their carbon footprint. For TEDMonterey, in addition to bags, bottles and the other usual suspects, the offerings included things like a gas-powered []

Better. Smarter. Wiser. Notes from Session 7 of TEDMonterey

Better. Smarter. Wiser. Notes from Session 7 of TEDMonterey

We’re all looking for ways to become better, smarter and wiser versions of ourselves. In a spectacularly eclectic Session 7, six speakers share their hard-won wisdom on educating, listening — and even twerking — their way towards a more inclusive world, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 7, hosted by []

Tech comeback?! Notes from Session 5 of TEDMonterey

Tech comeback?! Notes from Session 5 of TEDMonterey

Session 5 ushers in the astonishing, challenging and sometimes playful innovations that could mold the future. From genetic technology to NFTs, six speakers give insights on what’s to come, celebrate the fusion of tech and human creativity and make the case for rousing the techno-optimist in us all. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 5, hosted by []

Shaping the future: Notes from the TED Fellows Session of TEDMonterey

Shaping the future: Notes from the TED Fellows Session of TEDMonterey

The TED Fellows are known to be a range of multifaceted souls, making possible the impossible. The eight speakers and one performance on stage at TEDMonterey exemplified this year’s (and every year’s) cohort of amazing people shaping the future and rising to the challenge of making the world better than it’s been left. The event: []

Well, well, well! Notes from Session 3 of TEDMonterey

Well, well, well! Notes from Session 3 of TEDMonterey

The central topic of Session 3 is, surely, on many of our minds: health. From the technology powering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to new Alzheimer’s treatment possibilities, these amazing speakers give a glimpse at exciting new frontiers of medicine. Plus, an artist drawing live onstage! The event: TEDMonterey: Session 3, hosted by TED’s Chris Anderson []

Speakers revealed for TEDMonterey 2021: The Case for Optimism

Speakers revealed for TEDMonterey 2021: The Case for Optimism

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Here it is. The speaker lineup (so far!) for TEDMonterey 2021: The Case for Optimism, which is just seven weeks away. At this very special TED event, we’ll celebrate the clear-eyed and the bold of heart, those who don’t shy away from the most intractable-seeming problems but rather step toward them to make the case that, []