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

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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 []

Up, up and away: Notes from Session 8 of TEDMonterey

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TEDMonterey’s final session brought with it a reflection of the magic and generosity of spirit that grew with each talk throughout the week. In a town hall-style discussion, gratitude flooded the stage as attendees took to the spotlight to share which ideas from the conference inspired them most and how they plan to bring a []

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 []

Urban possibility: Notes from Session 6 of TEDMonterey

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With much of the world’s population living in large, congested cities, urban life can get messy. Session 6 brings together six speakers who are solving the inefficiencies of city dwelling and finding new, smarter ways to live together — from futuristic transportation to transformative early education and an ingenious plan to combat e-waste. The event: []

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 []

Climate hope: Notes from Session 4 of TEDMonterey

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The scale of the climate crisis is so daunting that it can be easy to get dragged down into pessimism. But at Session 4, six speakers — call them unexpected heroes of the future — told a different story of how we might beat this thing. They speak on an exciting range of phenomena and []

Mindset reset: Notes from Session 2 of TEDMonterey

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Session 2 kicked off the first full day of TEDMonterey with six speakers and one performance ready with an invitation for you to think differently, wonder ceaselessly and transform the ways you interact with the world — big and small. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 2, hosted by TED’s Helen Walters on Monday, August 2, 2021 []

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 []

Tech comeback?! Notes from Session 5 of TEDMonterey

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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 []

Notes from Session Zero(!) of TEDMonterey

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What’s Session Zero? It’s the first-ever special teaser session of a TED Conference! Ten days from now, on August 1, TEDMonterey kicks off in Monterey, California. More than a year of planning for TED’s first in-person conference since 2019 resulted in some forward-thinking, including recording talks from amazing speakers around the world, just in case []

An update on allegations about a TED speaker

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It has come to TED’s attention that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is investigating sexual assault allegations against TED2016 speaker Adam Foss. Foss denies the allegations. [Details at WBUR] Sexual assault is a criminal matter, and we know that it is hard for survivors to speak out and to be believed. That said, TED []

The path forward: Notes from Session 1 of TEDMonterey

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It’s time for TED! After the world was rocked by the worst health crisis in a century, we gather for TEDMonterey with a bold theme in mind: the case for optimism. It’s grounded in the stubborn belief that green shoots of hope and progress are sprouting throughout the world, if you just know where to []