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  • Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

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    S 201310 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy whose design had absolutely nothing to do with Africa. In this charming talk, Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community.moreless
  • Charles Robertson: Africa's next boom

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa's about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators -- from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) -- that lead him to predict rapid growth for a billion people, sooner than you may think.moreless
  • Mariana Mazzucato: Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    Why doesn’t the government just get out of the way and let the private sector -- the “real revolutionaries” -- innovate? It’s rhetoric you hear everywhere, and Mariana Mazzucato wants to dispel it. In an energetic talk, she shows how the state -- which many see as a slow, hunkering behemoth -- is really one of our most exciting risk-takers and market-shapers.moreless
  • Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why? Because as Steve Howard puts it: “Sustainability has gone from a nice-to-do to a must-do.” Howard, the chief sustainability officer at the furniture megastore, talks about his quest to sell eco-friendly materials and practices -- both internally and to worldwide customers -- and lays a challenge for other global giants.moreless
  • Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent -- and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee.moreless
  • Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.moreless
  • Fabian Oefner: Psychedelic science

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    Swiss artist and photographer Fabian Oefner is on a mission to make eye-catching art from everyday science. In this charming talk, he shows off some recent psychedelic images, including photographs of crystals as they interact with soundwaves. And, in a live demo, he shows what really happens when you mix paint with magnetic liquid--or when you set fire to whiskey.moreless
  • Trita Parsi: Iran and Israel: Peace is possible

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    Iran and Israel: two nations with tense relations that seem existentially at odds. But for all their antagonistic rhetoric, there is a recent hidden history of collaboration, even friendship. In an informative talk, Trita Parsi shows how an unlikely strategic alliance in the past could mean peace in the future for these two feuding countries.moreless
  • Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society's biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he's biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit -- which lets that solution grow.moreless
  • Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life

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    S 201306 : Ep 10.01.13 - 10/1/13

    In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale?moreless
  • Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.moreless
  • Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.moreless
  • Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it--literally. She covers everything in a scene--people, chairs, food, you name it--in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.moreless
  • George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Wolves were once native to the US' Yellowstone National Park -- until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot imagines a wilder world in which humans work to restore the complex, lost natural food chains that once surrounded us.moreless
  • Sonia Shah: 3 reasons we still havent gotten rid of malaria

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to its eradication.moreless
  • Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.moreless
  • Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way? In this eye-opening talk, tissue engineering advocate Andras Forgacs argues that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags.moreless
  • Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?moreless
  • Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.moreless
  • Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory

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    S 201306 : Ep 09.01.13 - 9/1/13

    Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.moreless
  • Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?

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    S 201306 : Ep 08.01.13 - 8/1/13

    Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages -- and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.moreless
  • May El-Khalil: Making peace is a marathon

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    S 201306 : Ep 08.01.13 - 8/1/13

    In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.moreless
  • Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    It's a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there's more than one way to run a succesful modern nation.moreless
  • Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sportscars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (and through several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money -- to some surprisingly familiar faces.moreless
  • Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.moreless
  • Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature's finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.moreless
  • Pico Iyer: Where is home?

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.moreless
  • Roberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby's illness, a life lesson

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    Roberto D'Angelo and Francesca Fedeli thought their baby boy Mario was healthy -- until at 10 days old, they discovered he'd had a perinatal stroke. With Mario unable to control the left side of his body, they grappled with tough questions: Would he be "normal?” Could he live a full life? The poignant story of parents facing their fears -- and how they turned them around.moreless
  • Bastian Schaefer: A 3D-printed jumbo jet?

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world's, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that's full of light and space -- and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer.moreless
  • Paul Kemp-Robertson: Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency.

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    S 201306 : Ep 07.01.13 - 7/1/13

    Currency -- the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account -- is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy. Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a private brand. From Nike Sweat Points to bottles of Tide (which are finding an unexpected use in illegal markets), meet the non-bank future of currencies.moreless
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