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A personal memory of Hans Rosling, from TED’s founding director of video
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I was there when Hans Rosling first shook the room at TED, and transformed tiresome medical statistics into an action-packed, live performance about real people’s lives on the line. He’s since been namechecked by Bill Gates. And he outlasted Fidel Castro – twice. Not merely mortally. In an interview on the TED Blog, Hans recounts […]

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A Q&A with Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger
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In October 2016, a group gathered in San Francisco for the TEDWomen 2016 conference, this year themed around the idea of time. One talk was given by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger, who took the stage to share a story that took place in 1996, when Stranger raped Elva, then his girlfriend. The talk had […]

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Remembering Hans Rosling
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Bounding up on stage with the energy of 1,000 suns and his special extra-long pointer, Swedish professor Hans Rosling became a data rock star, dedicated to giving his audience a truer picture of the world. Photo: Asa Mathat Is the world getting worse every day in every way, as some news media would have you believe? No. […]

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TED Dialogues: An urgent response to a dangerously divisive time
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These are astonishing days. Amid rapid-fire policy changes, America has grown even more divided; similar divisions are spreading across the world. Vitriolic rhetoric roars from all sides, and battle lines are hardening. We aren’t listening to one another. Is there space left for dialogue? For reason? For thoughtful persuasion? We’re determined to find that space. This […]

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TED and Audible debut “Sincerely, X” audio series: Sharing important ideas, anonymously
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TED’s always on the hunt for new speakers with new ideas. But in our latest project, we’re offering speakers something unprecedented: anonymity. Our hunch? Inviting people to share ideas without having to reveal their identity might allow for an entirely new category of talks. Today TED and Audible announce the release of Sincerely, X, an original […]

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GlobalXplorer invites you to find and protect archaeological sites
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On GlobalXplorer, people around the world will team up to map satellite imagery of Peru. Image: GlobalXplorer The power of the crowd has helped digitize the world’s books; it maintains the online encyclopedia many of us check by default. The crowd has fueled our understanding of the connections between neurons in the brain and contributed voice samples that will become […]

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A new museum 14 meters under the sea, a dance that draws on fiction, and other news from TED speakers
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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. An underwater museum. Off the south coast of Lanzarote, 12 to 14 meters beneath the sea, lies artist Jason DeCaires Taylor’s latest museum, Museo Atlántico, which opened on January 10. Three years in the making, the installation is not […]

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From shanty mega-towns to a cyborg uprising: Talks from TEDNYC Idea Search 2017
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Artist Olalekan Jeyifous kicks off the night at TEDNYC Idea Search 2017 with a gallery of his hyper-detailed and gloriously complex imaginary cities. The event took place January 26, 2017, at TED’s New York headquarters. Photo: Anyssa Samari / TED Here at TED headquarters, we are constantly looking for new voices, new ideas — and late last year, […]

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Comment of the week, January 25, 2017: “Use your voices on our behalf”
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The comment I’d like to highlight this week was left on Jen Brea’s TED Talk by Serena Morriss, who is currently suffering with ME. Although many community members have shared their personal experiences with the condition, Serena also asks those of us who are physically well to do more than listen. For anyone moved by […]

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On Roxane Gay’s TED Book
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Author Roxane Gay has asked to cancel her planned TED Book, titled How to Be Heard. We’re disappointed that we won’t get to put this important book out into the world, but we respect and accept her decision.

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This billion-dollar fund wants to prevent the next epidemic
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A powerhouse coalition will change the way vaccines are made — and help us prep for the next global outbreak. (Because it’s not if but when.) One of the cruelest ironies of the recent Ebola outbreak: There was a promising Ebola vaccine already, sitting in a Canadian lab, awaiting human trials — the last step away from being […]

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