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3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow [Video]3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow

What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn't be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work..

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Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner [Video]Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner

Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science..

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8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCord [Video]8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCord

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at..

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The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg [Video]The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing..

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How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar [Video]How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar

Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could redesign the system to serve the poor and still have doctors make money? In an eye-opening (and..

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How we can help the How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping..

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This is the side hustle revolution | Nicaila Matthews Okome [Video]This is the side hustle revolution | Nicaila Matthews Okome

Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don't rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to..

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The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak [Video]The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak

Is women's sexuality actually more complicated than men's? The answer is no, says author Sarah Barmak. In an eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped our culture for centuries, debunking some age-old myths..

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How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane [Video]How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane

The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we're handling AI in a way that blocks that path -- and..

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How to make applying for jobs less painful | Priyanka Jain [Video]How to make applying for jobs less painful | Priyanka Jain

Finding a job used to start with submitting your résumé to a million listings and never hearing back from most of them. But more and more companies are using tech-forward methods to identify candidates. If AI is the future of hiring, what does that..

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An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin [Video]An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin

What job is best for a young man who's been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about ... astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he's accepted and the opportunities he's seized -- and..

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Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials | Débora Mesa Molina [Video]Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials | Débora Mesa Molina

What would it take to reimagine the limits of architecture? Débora Mesa Molina offers some answers in this breathtaking, visual tour of her work, showing how structures can be made with overlooked materials and unconventional methods -- or even..

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What sticky sea creatures can teach us about making glue | Jonathan Wilker [Video]What sticky sea creatures can teach us about making glue | Jonathan Wilker

What if we could harness the sticking powers of sea creatures like mussels, oysters and barnacles, which refuse to budge even on wet, stormy coastlines? Dive into the wonderful world of animals that make their own glue and cement with scientist..

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The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn [Video]The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex -- with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? (That's as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in..

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Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman [Video]Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman

What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children's Defense Fund in 1973 -- from the early influence of growing up in..

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What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka [Video]What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka

There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That's the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there's one medium with overlooked potential for..

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How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum [Video]How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum

Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan..

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The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly [Video]The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly

Anger is a powerful emotion -- it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this..

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A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford [Video]A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford

What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes -- without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators..

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"Autopilote" / "Pumper" | Mai Lan

Singing in French and English, Mai Lan brings her cool charisma to the TED stage in a performance of her songs "Autopilote" and "Pumper."

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How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom [Video]How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink -- and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design..

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Embrace the strange magic of your true self | Casey Gerald [Video]Embrace the strange magic of your true self | Casey Gerald

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to..

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How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson [Video]How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down..

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Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris [Video]Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted..

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A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj [Video]A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor..

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A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia | Tony Luciani [Video]A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia | Tony Luciani

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 93-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The spontaneous images that resulted sparked a years-long collaboration, with Luciani documenting his mom's life and spirit as..

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3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West [Video]3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it's clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an..

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Why working from home is good for business | Matt Mullenweg [Video]Why working from home is good for business | Matt Mullenweg

As the popularity of remote working continues to spread, workers today can collaborate across cities, countries and even multiple time zones. How does this change office dynamics? And how can we make sure that all employees, both at headquarters and..

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This is what makes employees happy at work | Michael C. Bush [Video]This is what makes employees happy at work | Michael C. Bush

There are three billion working people on this planet, and only 40 percent of them report being happy at work. Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy -- and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering..

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What should electric cars sound like?  | Renzo Vitale [Video]What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale

Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. What kind of sounds should they make to keep people safe? Get a preview of..

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3 psychological tricks to help you save money | Wendy De La Rosa [Video]3 psychological tricks to help you save money | Wendy De La Rosa

We all want to save more money -- but overall, people today are doing less and less of it. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa studies how everyday people make decisions to improve their financial well-being. What she's found can help you painlessly..

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The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams [Video]The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams

Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonathan..

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The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards [Video]The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards

Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there's still a long way to go, says activist Cecile..

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Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | Shohini Ghose [Video]Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | Shohini Ghose

A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding -- and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini..

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"Night Traveler" / "Porro Maracatu" | LADAMA

Singing in Spanish, Portuguese and English, LADAMA brings a vibrant, energizing and utterly danceable musical set to the TED stage, performing their songs "Night Traveler" and "Porro Maracatu."

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Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis [Video]Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis

The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world's most successful environmental treaty was signed, atmospheric scientist Sean Davis examines the world we avoided when we..

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How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar [Video]How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar

India has the second largest population of any country in the world -- yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she asked herself: How do we get more people reading books? Find out how Sarkar is tapping into India's..

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The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts | Alex Rosenthal [Video]The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts | Alex Rosenthal

Welcome to the strange, deviously difficult and incredibly joyful world of puzzle hunts. Follow along as Alex Rosenthal lifts the veil on one of the world's most complex puzzle hunts, the MIT Mystery Hunt -- and reveals how puzzles can be found in the..

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The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze [Video]The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze

Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What's causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked when..

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The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe [Video]The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe

How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having..

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How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales [Video]How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales

"Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she's learned,..

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Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis [Video]Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis

Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been "the extraordinary" -- those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she..

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In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader [Video]In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader

As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed to take a brand-new approach to life-saving. In this powerful, hopeful talk, Rader shows what it's..

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The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne | Li Wei Tan [Video]The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne | Li Wei Tan

In this whimsical talk and live demo, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles -- from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping, where designers are creating more efficient vessels by..

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How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris [Video]How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris

The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a..

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What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson [Video]What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson

The American election system is complicated, to say the least -- but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civil engagement champion Tiana..

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How to break the cycle of toxic masculinity | Eldra Jackson [Video]How to break the cycle of toxic masculinity | Eldra Jackson

In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he's helping others heal by creating a new image of..

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Ink made out of air pollution | Anirudh Sharma [Video]Ink made out of air pollution | Anirudh Sharma

Air pollution is one of the world's most intractable problems, accounting for almost five million deaths each year. What if we could capture pollution in the air around us and turn into something useful? Tech inventor Anirudh Sharma shows how he..

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The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová [Video]The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple..

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The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu [Video]The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu

How exactly does gender work? It's not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social..

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