7 posts tagged TED Talks
Jarreth Merz: Filming democracy in Ghana
Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Ghanaian filmmaker, came to Ghana in 2008 to film the national elections. What he saw there taught him new lessons about democracy — and about himself.
Watch Jerreth Merz’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 1000+ TEDTalks.
Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School
Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, “for real.”
Watch Geoff Mulgan’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 1000+ TEDTalks.
Lauren Zalaznick: The conscience of television
TV executive Lauren Zalaznick thinks deeply about pop television. Sharing results of a bold study that tracks attitudes against TV ratings over five decades, she makes a case that television reflects who we truly are — in ways we might not have expected.
Watch Lauren Zalaznick’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 1000+ TEDTalks.
Richard Resnick: Welcome to the genomic revolution
In this accessible talk from TEDxBoston, Richard Resnick shows how cheap and fast genome sequencing is about to turn health care (and insurance, and politics) upside down.
Watch Richard Resnick’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 1000+ TEDTalks.
The wonderful thing about the universe is not just how big it is, but how every time we look into it we find something new and extraordinary. Here are four talks about the vastness of space, and the things that may or may not be found in it.
1) Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.
2) Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe — How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? — and discusses how we might go about answering them.
3) Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race — and jump-started science and math education around the world.
4) Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.
Playlist by Becca McClain
It ain’t easy being a guy. The stoic and monosyllabic John Wayne/Clint Eastwood/Gary Cooper cliché that was once regarded as the apex of male emotional development can hobble our understanding of how men can develop more richly, researchers say. Philip Zimbardo explored the many challenges facing young men in his recent brief TED Talk and survey entitled “The Demise of Guys?” It’s also the topic of his upcoming TED Book. Smart men and women have been exploring the elusive needs and possibilities of the male from the TED stage for a while.
1) Philip Zimbardo, The Demise of Guys?
2) Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”
3) At TEDxPSU, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.
4) Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the “end of men”? Probably not — but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussion.
Playlist by Jim Daly, Editor, TED Books