Yes, the classic TEDTalk involves one speaker and a deck of slides. But when two speakers take the TED stage together, the effect is layered and dynamic. From playful banter to moments of shared struggle, two-speaker talks are never short on personality. Here are eight talks where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Sergey Brin and Larry Page: The genesis of Google
Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page reveal the heart and soul of the search engine that “makes the Internet work better,” in this two-man talk from TED2004 that’s as smart and unassuming as Google itself.
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Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats
Working through lightning storms and chest-high waters for their footage, Beverly and Dereck Joubert have learned: Big cats are clever, complicated and powerfully resonant with the human spirit, but their dwindling numbers could affect us all. Here, they share their work at TEDWomen.
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Mother and daughter doctor-heroes: Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed
For mother-daughter pair Hawa Abdi and Deqo Mohamed, a typical day means treating 300 patients, performing 20 surgeries and keeping the peace in a camp of thousands. At TEDWomen, they share the inspiration and values behind their incredible lifestyle.
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What we learned from 5 million books
Welcome to “culturomics,” Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel’s study of humanity’s textual DNA. Together with Google, they’ve turned 500 billion written words into some eerily profound statistics about human history. Here, they share at TEDxBoston 2011.
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Caitria and Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster
Massachusetts sisters Caitria and Morgan O’Neill weren’t sure what to do when a tornado ripped through their hometown — and they soon realized that no one else was, either. At TEDxBoston 2012, they describe Recovers.org, a tool to repair their town and get other communities prepared in advance of disaster.
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9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship
From two sides of the 9/11 tragedy, grief-stricken mothers Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi stand together at TEDWomen in strength and solace. Reaching across barriers of language and culture, they present their moving call to combat violence by embracing the “other.”
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Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht demo toys from the future
Keith Schacht and Zach Kaplan want to change our understanding of the way things work. In this fast-paced and entertaining talk from TED2005, they present a water-free squirt gun fight, a picnic blanket that won’t blow away and other adventures in surprising materials.
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Let’s talk parenting taboos: Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman
Traditional parenting lore doesn’t tell it all, say Alisa Volkman and Rufus Griscom, and the things left unsaid cause many parents to pack the wrong proverbial suitcase for the child-rearing journey. With wit and wisdom, they dare to share the forbidden at TEDWomen.