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3 TEDTalks for National Poetry Day


Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, and why not everywhere? We found out about it in the stateless world of Twitter trending topics. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, watch a few of these TEDTalks about, or featuring, poetry: “War child” Emmanuel Jal tells the story of his amazing life in words []

2,000 translations for TEDTalks


Late last night, TED volunteer translators Danye West and Tony Yet completed their work on Chris Abani’s 2008 TEDTalk in Simplified Chinese — and in the process, notched the 2,000th translation of a TEDTalk. Since we started TED’s Open Translation Project four months ago, we’ve been thrilled and humbled to see it grow. TEDTalks are []

The stories of Africa: Chris Abani on TED.com


As we end our first week of much needed vacation for the TED media team, we continue our archive highlights with a powerful and poetic talk from 2007. Nigerian author Chris Abani shares the power of the narrative in this TEDTalk. He knows that stories can change lives — the first story he wrote, at []

Telling stories of our shared humanity: Chris Abani on TED.com


Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It’s “ubuntu,” he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:14.)   Watch Chris Abani’s []

TED2008: What Stirs Us?


(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Session ten.) Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies romantic love — its evolution, its biochemical foundations, and its importance to human society. She gave a talk at TED2006 (watch the video). Her current research is on why we fall in love and how.In the jungle of Guatemala, []

Learning Africa’s stories: Chris Abani on TED.com


Novelist and poet Chris Abani believes the heart of a place can be best understood through its poems and narratives. He talks about African and Nigerian stories — including his own story of artistic and political awakening, which began with an inventive teacher who taught him the forbidden history of his own people. How, he []