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TED Fellows in the Field: Exploring Nairobi with “Blinky” Bill Sellanga
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Nairobi, Kenya is one of the undisputed hubs of creativity on the African continent — and TED Fellows are at the center of the action. They’re building global technology companies like Ushahidi and BRCK, making genre-busting music that draws on wide-ranging cultural influences and working with marginalized communities in Kenya to make sure their voices are […]

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TEDWomen update: Diana Nyad and EverWalk Nation
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At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to make the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage. The swim took her 52 hours and 54 minutes to complete, a lifetime goal she had begun dreaming of in the late 1970s. She made her first attempt in 1978 at the age of 28. Then after […]

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One TED speaker becomes a college president, another designs a beautiful new perfume bottle …
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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. Wellesley has a new president. Dr. Paula Johnson, a longtime champion of women’s health and health policy, is Wellesley College’s 14th president. The celebrations surrounding her inauguration focused on the theme of Intersections; in her inauguration address, she reflected […]

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Larry Brilliant’s new book shows how pandemics can be eradicated
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In 1996, a potential pandemic could stay hidden for 167 days before being detected — but by 2009, that number was down to 23 days. Our pandemic detection technology has gotten much more sophisticated, as Larry Brilliant told us at TED2013, but there is still work to do. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant remembers […]

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TEDWomen update: Wellesley inaugurates Dr. Paula Johnson
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Congratulations to TEDWomen 2013 speaker Dr. Paula Johnson who, earlier this month, was sworn in as the 14th president of Wellesley College. She is the first African-American president of the institution. President Paula Johnson received the charter, seal, and keys to the College. Photo: Richard Howard Dr. Johnson is a pioneer in looking at health […]

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Exploring our curiosity at TEDNYC: What Drives Us
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TED’s Science Curator David Biello hosts TEDNYC: What Drives Us, a night of talks in our New York City offices. (Photo: Ryan Lash / TED) We’re creatures of curiosity. Our impulse to explore and investigate has led us to incredible discoveries about the world around us and about ourselves. Despite our amazing advances, questions still abound: […]

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The TEDGlobal 2017 Fellowship application is open. Apply now
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Are you an inventor or filmmaker? A scientist or entrepreneur? Do you have a unique approach to your work that is worth sharing with the world? Could you benefit from the TED platform and the support of a dynamic global community of innovators? If yes, you should apply to be a TED Fellow. This year, […]

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Just announced: TEDGlobal 2017 heads back to Africa
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Ten years on, TEDGlobal returns to Africa, and applications are open now to attend. TEDGlobal 2017: Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts. happens August 27–30, 2017, in Arusha, Tanzania. Our conference in Arusha ten years ago felt like history in the making. The ideas and connections forged then have had untold impact. As curator Emeka Okafor says: “At the end of TEDGlobal 2007, we talked about […]

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The state of women in the workforce, loopholes in London’s alternative stock market, and Mission 2020
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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. Why there are still so few women at the top. Leanin.org, the organization created by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to help empower women, released its second annual Women in the Workplace report. The news is not good: Women have […]

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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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