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The unpaid work that GDP ignores -- and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring [Video]The unpaid work that GDP ignores -- and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring

If you: do laundry, are (or have been) pregnant, tidy up, shop for your household -- or do similar labor -- then by GDP standards, you're unproductive. In this visionary talk, economist Marilyn Waring seeks to correct the failures of this..

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Why are drug prices so high? Investigating the outdated US patent system | Priti Krishtel [Video]Why are drug prices so high? Investigating the outdated US patent system | Priti Krishtel

Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled -- but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, accumulating patents not for new medicines..

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Climate change will displace millions. Here's how we prepare | Colette Pichon Battle [Video]Climate change will displace millions. Here's how we prepare | Colette Pichon Battle

Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 -- a crisis of "climate migration" the world isn't ready for, says disaster recovery lawyer and Louisiana native Colette Pichon Battle. In this passionate, lyrical..

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What ocean microbes reveal about the changing climate | Angelicque White [Video]What ocean microbes reveal about the changing climate | Angelicque White

When the ocean changes, the planet changes -- and it all starts with microbes, says biological oceanographer Angelicque White. Backed by decades of data, White shares how scientists use these ancient microorganisms as a crucial barometer of ocean..

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Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda [Video]Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda

By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment...

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A path to security for the world's deadliest countries | Rachel Kleinfeld [Video]A path to security for the world's deadliest countries | Rachel Kleinfeld

You are more likely to die violently if you live in a middle-income democracy with high levels of inequality and political polarization than if you live in a country at war, says democracy advisor Rachel Kleinfeld. This historical shift in the nature..

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The secret weapon that let dinosaurs take over the planet | Emma Schachner [Video]The secret weapon that let dinosaurs take over the planet | Emma Schachner

We've all heard the theories on how the dinosaurs died -- but why did they come to dominate the earth for so long in the first place? (Hint: it has nothing to do with their size, speed, spikes or fantastic feathers.) Travel back in time to 200 million..

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Why can't we talk about periods? | Jen Gunter [Video]Why can't we talk about periods? | Jen Gunter

"It shouldn't be an act of feminism to know how your body works," says gynecologist and author Jen Gunter. In this revelatory talk, she explains how menstrual shame silences and represses -- and leads to the spread of harmful misinformation and the..

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Dangerous times call for dangerous women | Pat Mitchell [Video]Dangerous times call for dangerous women | Pat Mitchell

Pat Mitchell has nothing left to prove and much less to lose -- she's become a "dangerous woman." Not dangerous as in feared, she says, but fearless: a force to be reckoned with. In this powerful call to action, Mitchell invites all women, men and..

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The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | Mitch Zeller [Video]The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | Mitch Zeller

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murder and suicide combined. Follow health policy expert Mitch Zeller into the..

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The beautiful balance between courage and fear | Cara E. Yar Khan [Video]The beautiful balance between courage and fear | Cara E. Yar Khan

After being diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that deteriorates muscle, Cara E. Yar Khan was told she'd have to limit her career ambitions and dial down her dreams. She ignored that advice and instead continued to pursue her biggest ambitions...

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What we're getting wrong in the fight to end hunger | Jasmine Crowe [Video]What we're getting wrong in the fight to end hunger | Jasmine Crowe

In a world that's wasting more food than ever before, why does one in nine people still go to bed hungry each night? Social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe calls for a radical transformation to our fight to end global hunger -- challenging us to rethink..

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Why winning doesn't always equal success | Valorie Kondos Field [Video]Why winning doesn't always equal success | Valorie Kondos Field

Valorie Kondos Field knows a lot about winning. As the longtime coach of the UCLA women's gymnastics team, she won championship after championship and has been widely acclaimed for her leadership. In this inspiring, brutally honest and, at times,..

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Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard [Video]Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected -- leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard. In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers..

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Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda [Video]Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda

At age 81, actor and activist Jane Fonda is putting herself on the line for the planet -- literally. In a video interview with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Fonda speaks about getting arrested multiple times during Fire Drill Fridays, the weekly..

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Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you? | Erin Sullivan [Video]Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you? | Erin Sullivan

When we witness something amazing, many of us instinctively pull out our phones and snap pictures. Is this obsession with photographing everything impacting our experiences? In a meditative talk, Erin Sullivan reflects on how being more intentional..

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The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler [Video]The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler

Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent -- and offers a..

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How guest worker visas could transform the US immigration system | David J. Bier [Video]How guest worker visas could transform the US immigration system | David J. Bier

The United States can create a more humane immigration system; in fact, it's been done before, says policy analyst David J. Bier. Pointing to the historical success of the US guest worker program, which allows foreign workers to legally enter and work..

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The urgent case for antibiotic-free animals | Leon Marchal [Video]The urgent case for antibiotic-free animals | Leon Marchal

The UN predicts that antimicrobial resistance will be our biggest killer by 2050. "That should really scare the hell out of all of us," says bioprocess engineer Leon Marchal. He's working on an urgently needed solution: transforming the massive,..

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How to turn off work thoughts during your free time | Guy Winch [Video]How to turn off work thoughts during your free time | Guy Winch

Feeling burned out? You may be spending too much time ruminating about your job, says psychologist Guy Winch. Learn how to stop worrying about tomorrow's tasks or stewing over office tensions with three simple techniques aimed at helping you truly..

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An honest look at price, innovation and who powers the economy | Mariana Mazzucato [Video]An honest look at price, innovation and who powers the economy | Mariana Mazzucato

Where does wealth come from, who creates it and what destroys it? In this deep dive into global economics, Mariana Mazzucato explains how we lost sight of what value means and why we need to rethink our current financial systems -- so capitalism can..

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A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert [Video]A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert

Step into artist Cornelia Geppert's visually stunning video game "Sea of Solitude," which explores how battling the "monsters" of loneliness and self-doubt can help us better grapple with the complexity and struggles of mental health.

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The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash [Video]The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash

In this deeply charming and humorous talk, DJ and self-professed pirate Tom Nash meditates on how facing adversity due to disability invited patience, ambition and pragmatism into his life in enlightening, unexpected ways. "We all have unique..

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What a digital government looks like | Anna Piperal [Video]What a digital government looks like | Anna Piperal

What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation's ambitious post-Soviet digital..

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How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral [Video]How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral

Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly -- citing one of the largest studies on misinformation -- and identifies five strategies to help us..

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To help solve global problems, look to developing countries | Bright Simons [Video]To help solve global problems, look to developing countries | Bright Simons

To address the problem of counterfeit goods, African entrepreneurs like Bright Simons have come up with innovative and effective ways to confirm products are genuine. Now he asks: Why aren't these solutions everywhere? From password-protected..

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Your body was forged in the spectacular death of stars | Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz [Video]Your body was forged in the spectacular death of stars | Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

We are all connected by the spectacular birth, death and rebirth of stars, says astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Journey through the cosmic history of the universe as Ramirez-Ruiz explains how supernovas forged the elements of life to create..

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The search for dark matter -- and what we've found so far | Risa Wechsler [Video]The search for dark matter -- and what we've found so far | Risa Wechsler

Roughly 85 percent of mass in the universe is "dark matter" -- mysterious material that can't be directly observed but has an immense influence on the cosmos. What exactly is this strange stuff, and what does it have to do with our existence?..

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The problem of light pollution -- and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson [Video]The problem of light pollution -- and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson

Ever gaze up at the starry night sky? This stunning view is at risk of disappearing -- unless we act now, says astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson. In this fascinating, unexpectedly funny talk, she explains how light pollution affects almost every species..

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The increasing pace of modern life -- and how we can adapt | Kathryn Bouskill [Video]The increasing pace of modern life -- and how we can adapt | Kathryn Bouskill

Why does modern technology promise efficiency, but leave us constantly feeling pressed for time? Anthropologist Kathryn Bouskill explores the paradoxes of living in a fast-paced society and explains why we need to reconsider the importance of slowing..

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7 beliefs that can silence women -- and how to unlearn them | Deepa Narayan [Video]7 beliefs that can silence women -- and how to unlearn them | Deepa Narayan

In India (and many other countries), girls and women still find themselves silenced by traditional rules of politeness and restraint, says social scientist Deepa Narayan. In this frank talk, she identifies seven deeply entrenched norms that reinforce..

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5 steps for clean air in India | Arunabha Ghosh [Video]5 steps for clean air in India | Arunabha Ghosh

India's big cities have some of the worst air quality in the world. How can we fix this public health crisis? In an actionable talk, social entrepreneur Arunabha Ghosh lays out a five-step plan to put India on the path to cleaner, safer air -- and..

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The search for our solar system's ninth planet | Mike Brown [Video]The search for our solar system's ninth planet | Mike Brown

Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the existence of a new, giant planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system -- and shows us how traces..

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How civilization could destroy itself -- and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom [Video]How civilization could destroy itself -- and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom

Humanity is on its way to creating a "black ball": a technological breakthrough that could destroy us all, says philosopher Nick Bostrom. In this incisive, surprisingly light-hearted conversation with Head of TED Chris Anderson, Bostrom outlines the..

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How I use art to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans | Alejandro Durán [Video]How I use art to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans | Alejandro Durán

Alejandro Durán uses art to spotlight the ongoing destruction of our oceans' ecosystems. In this breathtaking talk, he shows how he meticulously organizes and reuses plastic waste from around the world that washes up on shores -- everything from..

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How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes [Video]How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes

Have you ever doubted your abilities, feared you were going to be discovered as a "fraud"? That's called "impostor syndrome," and you're definitely not alone in feeling it, says entrepreneur and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. In this funny, relatable talk,..

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How designing brand-new enzymes could change the world | Adam Garske [Video]How designing brand-new enzymes could change the world | Adam Garske

"If DNA is the blueprint of life, enzymes are the laborers that carry out its instructions,' says chemical biologist Adam Garske. In this fun talk and demo, he shows how scientists can now edit and design enzymes for specific functions -- to help..

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How the gut microbes you're born with affect your lifelong health | Henna-Maria Uusitupa [Video]How the gut microbes you're born with affect your lifelong health | Henna-Maria Uusitupa

Your lifelong health may have been decided the day you were born, says microbiome researcher Henna-Maria Uusitupa. In this fascinating talk, she shows how the gut microbes you acquire during birth and as an infant impact your health into adulthood --..

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How supply chain transparency can help the planet | Markus Mutz [Video]How supply chain transparency can help the planet | Markus Mutz

Given the option, few would choose to buy products that harm the earth -- yet it's nearly impossible to know how most consumer goods are made or where they're sourced from. That's about to change, says supply chain innovator Markus Mutz. He shares how..

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Want to change the world? Learn the art of fundraising | Kara Logan Berlin [Video]Want to change the world? Learn the art of fundraising | Kara Logan Berlin

How do you raise money to get an idea off the ground, support a community, help change the world? Take a crash course on the secret art of successful fundraising with development strategist Kara Logan Berlin as she shares how anyone can learn to ask..

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3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher [Video]3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher

There are more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence today, each one capable of causing immense destruction. Why don't we talk about this threat as much as some other major issues? In this practical talk, nuclear security expert Emma Belcher shares..

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To challenge the status quo, find a "co-conspirator" | Ipsita Dasgupta [Video]To challenge the status quo, find a "co-conspirator" | Ipsita Dasgupta

In a complex and changing world, how can we make sure unconventional people and their ideas thrive? Business executive Ipsita Dasgupta introduces the concept of "co-conspirators" -- people willing to bend or break the rules to challenge the status quo..

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Why I draw with robots | Sougwen Chung [Video]Why I draw with robots | Sougwen Chung

What happens when humans and robots make art together? In this awe-inspiring talk, artist Sougwen Chung shows how she "taught" her artistic style to a machine -- and shares the results of their collaboration after making an unexpected discovery:..

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How India's local recyclers could solve plastic pollution | Mani Vajipey [Video]How India's local recyclers could solve plastic pollution | Mani Vajipey

India has one of the world's highest rates of plastic recycling, thanks largely to an extensive network of informal recyclers known as "kabadiwalas." Entrepreneur Mani Vajipey discusses his work to organize their massive efforts into a collection..

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Why "biofabrication" is the next industrial revolution   | Suzanne Lee [Video]Why "biofabrication" is the next industrial revolution | Suzanne Lee

What if we could "grow" clothes from microbes, furniture from living organisms and buildings with exteriors like tree bark? TED Fellow Suzanne Lee shares exciting developments from the field of biofabrication and shows how it could help us replace..

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A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis [Video]A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis

What's the difference between heroes and leaders? In this insightful talk, Lorna Davis explains how our idolization of heroes is holding us back from solving big problems -- and shows why we need "radical interdependence" to make real change happen.

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How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen [Video]How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen

Teachers emotionally support our kids -- but who's supporting our teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of "secondary trauma" -- the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their students'..

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A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier [Video]A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier

Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five months living in Flint, Michigan, documenting the lives of those affected by the city's water crisis for her photo essay "Flint is Family." As the crisis dragged on, she realized it was going to take more than a..

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Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios [Video]Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios

Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn't just perpetuate outdated stereotypes -- it's also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why..

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What's really happening at the US-Mexico border -- and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro [Video]What's really happening at the US-Mexico border -- and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro

At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. In this raw and heartfelt talk, immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro offers a glimpse into her daily..

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