TEDTalks

Excellent examples of public speaking
The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne | Li Wei Tan
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 ...
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How to be "Team Human" in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff
Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff u...
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe
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, ...
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris
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 ...
Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif
Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif
Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all th...
3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd
3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd
What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive disso...
How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore
How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore
When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children -- without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a ...
The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo
The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo
Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives -- they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible...
A lesson on looking | Amy Herman
A lesson on looking | Amy Herman
Are you looking closely? Visual educator Amy Herman explains how to use art to enhance your powers of perception and find connections where they may not be apparent. Learn the techniques Herman uses t...
How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli
How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli
How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist ...
3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams
3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams
How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor -- she lost tha...
Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang
Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang
Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watchi...
Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke
Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke
In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action p...
The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera
The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera
With Marvel's "America Chavez," Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero -- one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal ta...
100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann
100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann
What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischma...
When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany
When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany
Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense ...
The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg
The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg
Every cell that's ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G -- the basic units of DNA. But now that's changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E....
How my mom inspired my approach to the cello | Paul Rucker
How my mom inspired my approach to the cello | Paul Rucker
Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker has developed his own style of cello; he puts chopsticks between his strings, uses the instrument as a drum and experiments with electronics like lo...