27 posts categorized "TED Talks"

TED on Sunday: Seth Godin on Leadership

June 07, 2009

We are at an inflection point with respect to the way ideas are created and spread, argues marketing guru Seth Godin in this fast-paced talk. Thanks to the Internet and "personalized" mass media, society has benefited from an explosion of "tribes" -- communities of like-minded, geographically separated people -- and the emergence of such tribes has in turn changed the nature of leadership. People "join" tribes not because they need to (the mass industrialization model) or are persuaded to (the advertising model), but because they want to. In such an environment, leadership is not about commanding others; it's about finding a group that has a yearning and motivating the group to follow. The days of the "sheepwalker" are over, says Godin. Today, every individual can lead and do his or her bit to change the world. So what are you waiting for? (Filmed: February 2009; Running time: 17:23)

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-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Barry Schwartz on the Paradox of Choice

May 17, 2009

In this wryly amusing talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz interrupts his morning jog to explain why more personal choice in almost every domain -- work, healthcare, entertainment, lifestyle decisions -- is making us less happy and more dissatisfied. It's a problem peculiar to affluent, industrialized societies, says Schwartz, but the consequences are global and increasingly destructive, psychologically as well as environmentally. So remember, when Mom or Dad tells you everything was better back when everything was worse, they just might be on to something. (Filmed: July 2005; Running time: 19:37)

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-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Alex Tabarrok on the Benefits of Globalization

May 10, 2009

In this upbeat talk, economist and blogger (Marginal Revolution) Alex Tabarrok argues that globalization and the lowering of barriers it has fostered are beginning to help us repair the horrific damage created by the political and economic storms of the first half of the twentieth century. But the best, says Tabarrok, is yet to come, as free trade spreads prosperity to all parts of the world and the globalization of the market for ideas creates powerful incentives for tackling -- and solving -- many of the world's most daunting problems. (Filmed: February 2009; Running time: 14:35)

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-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Majora Carter on Environmental Justice

May 03, 2009

In this dynamic, emotional talk, MacArthur Award-winning activist Majora Carter tells the story of the South Bronx, the New York City neighborhood that had long been a blighted, crime-ridden dumping ground for the city's waste and industrial eyesores. Thanks in large part to the visionary Carter and a handful of allies in government and the philanthropic commnity, the neighborhood has experienced a rebirth that has helped catalyze a grassroots environmental justice movement across the country. In her talk, Carter reminds us that economic degradation begets environmental degradation which begets social degradation; and that -- unlike the new Yankee Stadium -- all future development in urban areas must embrace a triple bottom line ("people, the planet, profits"). As Carter likes to say, It's time to put people first. (Filmed: February 2006; Running time: 18:36)

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TED on Sunday: Al Gore

April 26, 2009

Congressman, senator, 45th vice president of the United States, presidential candidate, award-winning author, husband and father -- Al Gore has filled his sixty-one years on earth with enough achievement and success to last three lifetimes. But it is as a tireless advocate for the environment that he is most likely to be remembered by future generations. In this TED talk from 2008 -- a followup to his June 2006 talk ("15 Ways to Avert a Climate Crisis") -- Gore argues that we are facing a planetary emergency that requires a new generation of heroes to rise above our culture of distraction and create a sense of urgency around the climate crisis. The science is indisputable; the time for talk is over. What we need now is decisive, coordinated action on a global scale. (Filmed: March 2008. Running Time: 27:54.)

-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Sylvia Earle on Saving the 'Blue Heart' of the Planet

April 12, 2009

Fifty years ago, as Rachel Carson was giving voice to a fledgling environmental movement, few people thought that humans could do irreparable harm to something as vast as the oceans. But, says famed deep-sea explorer and ocean researcher Sylvia Earle, that is precisely what we have done. Today, more than 90 percent of the big fish species have been eaten; more than half the planet's coral reefs have disappeared; hundreds of millions of tons of plastic are discarded in the sea every year, clogging the planet's circulatory system and poisoning our most important life support system. In this eloquent, beautifully filmed talk -- a TED Prize winner at this year's conference -- Earle reminds us that without healthy oceans, there can be no health, or, ultimately, survival for the human species. No water, no life; no blue, no green. (Filmed: February 2009. Running Time: 18:16.)

-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: James Howard Kunstler on the Death of Suburbia

April 05, 2009

April is Earth Month, and to celebrate we've lined up four Sunday morning "TEDs" related to the concept of sustainability. First up: author (The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape, The Long Emergency) and social critic James Howard Kunstler. In this funny and profane talk, Kunstler blasts the soulless suburban sprawl that has consumed huge swaths of the American landscape and warns that the end of cheap oil -- and the Happy Motoring culture it spawned -- will result in "epochal change." Forget hydrogen or alternatives as a replacement. In the twenty-first century, says Kunstler, life will be about living, eating, and working locally. (Filmed: February 2004. Running Time: 19:45)

--Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Clay Shirky on Epochal Change

March 29, 2009

In the debate currently raging over the future of newspapers, the man of the hour is Clay Shirky, consultant, author (Here Comes Everybody), and digital pioneer whose brilliant essay "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable" has generated more buzz and feedback than anything written on the subject in many moons.

In this TED talk from 2005, Shirky argues that emerging communications technologies enabling loosely coordinated groups pose a terminal threat to traditional institutions and will lead to a massive readjustment, one arena at a time, of the way society works. Indeed, says Shirky, we are in the beginning stages of a revolution that will lead not from Point A to Point B, but from Point A to...chaos. The good news, according to Shirky, is that it will only be fifty years of chaos. (Filmed: July 2005. Running time: 20:48)

-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Mark Bittman on How We Eat

March 22, 2009

How and what we eat was back in the news this week, as First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the importance of moving to a less processed, more nutritious and locally grown food supply by planting a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. In this talk from the 2007 EG (Entertainment Gathering) conference -- a TED offshoot launched in 2006 by TED founder Richard Saul Wurman -- New York Times food writer and cookbook author Mark Bittman traces the 20th-century transformation of food production from a healthy, largely local affair to an industrial-scale activity that is ruining our health and killing the planet. Your visits to the supermarket will never be the same. (Filmed: December 2007. Running time: 20:08.)

-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Hans Rosling on the Dimensions of Development

March 15, 2009

In this wildly compelling talk, Swedish researcher (and data visualization wiz) Hans Rosling argues that there many dimensions of development, that developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa have actually made dramatic progress over the last fifty years, and that the "seemingly impossible is possible." And then he does something truly amazing. Don't cut out before the end. (Filmed: March 2007, Monterey, California. Running time: 18:57.)

-- Mitch Nauffts

TED on Sunday: Sir Ken Robinson on Education and Creativity

March 01, 2009

In this funny and thought-provoking presentation, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we educate our children. Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources, is probably best known for leading a national commission in the United Kingdom on creativity, education, and the economy. The resulting report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (244 pages, PDF), was published to wide acclaim in 1999. His new book, The Element: Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, was published earlier this year by Penguin. Enjoy. (Filmed: February 2006. Running time: 19:24.)

-- Mitch Nauffts

Jacqueline Novogratz at TED: Ending Poverty in the Developing World

January 31, 2009

I only recently learned that the folks behind the long-running annual conference known as TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) are putting videos of some of the best talks from the conference online. (The challenge of a TED talk is that you have to say what you want to say in eighteen minutes or less.)

In the video below, Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund, argues for a new approach to ending poverty in the developing world.

I hear that TED has quite a following online, with devotees of the conference sharing their favorites talks (two hundred or so have been posted to date) with friends and colleagues. So what are your favorites? Inquiring minds want to know....

-- Mitch Nauffts

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