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TEDWomen Update: Memory Banda and a warrior’s cry against child marriage
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Over the years, we’ve had so many wonderful and moving talks at the TEDWomen conference, but perhaps one of the most striking was Malawi activist Memory Banda. The amazing 18-year-old presented at last year’s event – and inspired us all with her story. Memory began her talk by reciting a poem written by another young […]

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Meet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents
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TED Residents Susan Bird, Torin Perez and Che Grayson from our first cohort of TED Residents. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED On September 12, TED welcomed its latest class of the TED Residency program, an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas. Residents spend four months in the TED office with fellow brilliant minds who are creatively taking on […]

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“What if?” The talks of TED@UPS
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What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and powerfully as blood flowed through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj speaks at TED@UPS, September 15, 2016, in Atlanta. Photo: Jason Hales / TED At the foundation of every significant transformation is a question: “What if?” These two words unlock the imagination and invite us to explore […]

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A 3D printed dress for the Paralympics, biodiversity in the heart of the city, and a camera that can read a closed book
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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. Man vs. machine? It took Danit Peleg just 100 hours to print the dress worn by fellow TEDster Amy Purdy in the opening ceremony of the Paralympics in Rio (if that sounds slow, consider that it took her 300 […]

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TEDWomen 2016 speaker lineup announced!
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Curator and host Pat Mitchell introduces a session of TEDWomen. This year’s speaker lineup features 40+ women and men from many fields, all speaking to the theme: It’s About Time. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Many people ask, “How are speakers selected for TEDWomen? The answer is that speakers, like ideas, come from many different sources. TED has an open […]

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Experiences: Notes from Session 6 of TEDSummit
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Bodacious beats: Kenyan musician, producer and DJ, “Blinky Bill” Sellanga simultaneously brought the house down and the TED audience to their feet with a lively, genre-bending musical performance. “My, oh my,” he sings: “What a wonderful feeling.” Ione Wells sparked a social media campaign that gives assault survivors a voice. Photo by Bret Hartman/TED. Sexual assault, social […]

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Self-organized learners around the world team up to raise money
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SOLE Colombia teaches digital literacy to kids in rural communities across the country, giving them big questions to research in groups. Photo: Courtesy of SOLE Colombia In Kingston, Jamaica, 4- to 6-year-olds in early education programs think about questions like, “What does it mean to be selfish?” In a school on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, fifth […]

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7 times TED Talks anticipated history
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TED’s river of ideas is a constant flow — and sometimes vital topics make their way onto our site far before they head into the mainstream. As part of the 10th birthday of TED Talks, we highlight seven Talks that foresaw big trends when they were only ripples in the pond. Wikipedia: Is it really a thing? At […]

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“We are going to make things happen”: Notes from a TED-Ed Innovative Educator
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At TEDSummit, this gorgeous group of TED-Ed Innovative Educators got together to swap ideas, support each other and learn from fellow teachers all around the world.   Wendy Morales is one of a group of TED-Ed Innovative Educators who got together at our recent TEDSummit conference. She files this report, which we’re cross-posting from her own blog, The Risk-Taking […]

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A gorgeous new digital book celebrates the TED Fellows
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Tokyo-based Cameroonian artist and designer Serge Mouangue blends African and Japanese design for visually arresting and useful objects – such as kimonos using traditional African prints. From the digital book Swimming Against the Tide: Adventures with the TED Fellows. It’s never easy to push against the current, to experiment with what’s never been done before, […]

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How Jane Chen built a better baby warmer — and a thriving business
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In her 2013 TEDWomen Talk, entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Jane Chen noted that “there are 15 million pre-term and underweight babies born every year around the world, and one of the biggest problems they face is staying warm.” Premature babies can’t properly regulate their body temperatures and need an incubator in order for their organs […]

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