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TED Salon: Significance, presented in partnership with Novo Nordisk

Our bodies are where we live, where we dream, how we move and how we survive. They are in so many ways the essence of our existence, but also the map for our future — the challenges and possibilities of our bodies today shaping the world of tomorrow. In an afternoon of talks, four speakers and a performer explore the nexus between our health and well-being...

TED’s floating foam microphone, rebooted

Photo: Ryan Lash / TED Dead set on a new headset The TED headset mic, with its variable skin-tone foam windscreen hovering over the speaker’s face like a foundation-caked blemish (or, as Bloomberg suggested in 2015, “a foam ball hanging like a distracting crumb at the corner of their mouths”), has been a little-commented-on part of TED’s branding...

Reinventing an iconic stage, from the ground up

Photo: Bret Hartman / TED COVID and climate change have shaken the global promise of the 21st century to the core. But despite our need to face the threats that pandemic and disaster pose to human survival, humanity faces a unique opportunity to rebuild an interconnected world, and to reaffirm our core ideals: among them, the belief that in the face...

The TED Gift at TEDMonterey

For TEDMonterey, the redesigned TED gift program embraces personalization, prioritizes sustainability and mitigates waste. (Photo: Ryan Lash / TED) The TED gift process has evolved over the years, from every attendee receiving the same (amazing) gifts to a bespoke process that gives attendees the chance to personalize their gifts while also reducing...

Up, up and away: Notes from Session 8 of TEDMonterey

“Life makes our planet an incredibly exotic place compared to the rest of the known universe,” says Betül Kaçar. She speaks at TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism on August 4, 2021. (Photo: Bret Hartman / TED) TEDMonterey’s final session brought with it a reflection of the magic and generosity of spirit that grew with each talk throughout the week....

Better. Smarter. Wiser. Notes from Session 7 of TEDMonterey

“I twerk to own my power, to reclaim my Blackness, my culture,” says Lizzo in a powerful, delightful talk at TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism on August 3, 2021. (Photo: Bret Hartman / TED) We’re all looking for ways to become better, smarter and wiser versions of ourselves. In a spectacularly eclectic Session 7, six speakers share their hard-won...

Urban possibility: Notes from Session 6 of TEDMonterey

The solution to accessible childcare is closer to home than we think, says Chris Bennett. He speaks at TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism on August 3, 2021 (Photo: Gilberto Tadday / TED) With much of the world’s population living in large, congested cities, urban life can get messy. Session 6 brings together six speakers who are solving the inefficiencies...

Tech comeback?! Notes from Session 5 of TEDMonterey

Some of the most thoughtful, careful innovation is happening in rural areas — not in big cities, says Xiaowei R. Wang. She speaks at TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism on August 3, 2021. (Photo: Bret Hartman / TED) Session 5 ushers in the astonishing, challenging and sometimes playful innovations that could mold the future. From genetic technology...

Climate hope: Notes from Session 4 of TEDMonterey

Maria Gallucci comes ferrying good news: there’s a way to clean up the shipping industry that’s green, economically lean and can be made with planet-friendly machines. She speaks at TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism on August 2, 2021. (Photo: Bret Hartman / TED) The scale of the climate crisis is so daunting that it can be easy to get dragged down...

Shaping the future: Notes from the TED Fellows Session of TEDMonterey

“Sensor data can change the game by providing a common source of truth that enables coordinated action required to maintain life-saving equipment,” says Nithya Ramanathan during the Fellows Session at TEDMonterey: The Case for Optimism on August 2, 2021. (Photo: Ryan Lash / TED) The TED Fellows are known to be a range of multifaceted souls, making...

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