TEDTalks

Excellent examples of public speaking
How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty
How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty
There's no greater freedom than finding your purpose, says education advocate Ashweetha Shetty. Born to a poor family in rural India, Shetty didn't let the social norms of her community stifle her dre...
How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock
How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock
When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Klei...
What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder
What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder
In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away -- and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinde...
How do we find dignity at work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman
How do we find dignity at work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman
Roy Bahat was worried. His company invests in new technology like AI to make businesses more efficient -- but, he wondered, what was AI doing to the people whose jobs might change, go away or become l...
The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez
The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez
Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Shou...
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew
In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they've learned about the powerful connection betw...
3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow
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 correctnes...
How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar
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...
Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner
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 noi...
How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum
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...
Ink made of air pollution | Anirudh Sharma
Ink made of air pollution | Anirudh Sharma
What if we could capture pollution in the air around us and turn into something useful? Inventor Anirudh Sharma shares how he created AIR-INK, a useable black ink that's made from PM 2.5 pollution. Le...
What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka
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 ther...
The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg
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, prote...
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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 rea...
The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak
The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak
Is women's sexuality more complicated than men's? Well, not really, no, says author Sarah Barmak. In this frank, eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped th...
How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane
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 handli...
How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales
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 m...
An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin
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 a...