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Business Unusual: Notes from Session 4 of TEDSummit 2019

Business Unusual: Notes from Session 4 of TEDSummit 2019

To keep pace with our ever-changing world, we need out-of-the-box ideas that are bigger and more imaginative than ever. The speakers and performers from this session explore these possibilities, challenging us to think harder about the notions we’ve come to accept. The event: TEDSummit 2019, Session 4: Business Unusual, hosted by Whitney Pennington Rodgers and []

A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup

A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup

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With TEDSummit 2019 just two months away, it’s time to unveil the first group of speakers that will take to the stage in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 21-25. Three years ago, more than 1,000 members of the TED global community convened in Banff, Canada, for the first-ever TEDSummit. We talked about the fracturing state of []

Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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It’s a few months after graduation, which means the luckiest new college grads are knee-deep into internships and entry-level jobs. How to stand out? Business writer Margaret Heffernan suggests: Start by taking a coffee break with your coworkers. Companies grow best, she suggests, when workers are connected by social bonds. Heffernan’s TED Book, Beyond Measure: []

The TED Talks library, now 2,000 talks strong

The TED Talks library, now 2,000 talks strong

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As you read this, imagine balloons and confetti fluttering to the ground around you. Because we just posted the 2,000th TED Talk. On June 16, 2015, Margaret Heffernan’s “Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work” became the 2,000th TED Talk. It’s a talk we need now: a sharp reflection on our lives []

Favorites of 2012: On being wrong about business talks

Favorites of 2012: On being wrong about business talks

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Business talks are boring. Among all the things I was certain of when I started writing for TED, that one was near the top of the list, just under ‘ice is cold’ and ‘brains are gooey.’ I worked as a physicist for a few years before switching over to writing (with a short jaunt in []

5 rules for productive conflict

5 rules for productive conflict

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Rob Manning did everything in his power to screw up the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars last night. Manning not only cut radio signals to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s control room, but also simulated a hole being poked in the rover’s fuel system and solar flares flying toward the spacecraft. Why would he do this? []

Conflict as thinking: Margaret Heffernan at TEDGlobal 2012

Conflict as thinking: Margaret Heffernan at TEDGlobal 2012

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An epidemic hidden in plain view Margaret Heffernan begins her TEDGlobal talk by telling us a story: In Oxford in the 1950s, there was physician named Alice Stewart who was fascinated with the new science of epidemiology. She realized, as a scientist does, that the way to prove herself was to find a hard problem []