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In Case You Missed It: Highlights from TED2019


Twelve mainstage sessions, two rocking sessions of talks from TED Fellows, a special session of TED Unplugged, a live podcast recording and much more amounted to an unforgettable week at TED2019.
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“Presence creates possibility”: America Ferrera at TED2019


“My identity is not an obstacle — it’s my superpower,” says America Ferrera onstage at TED2019. As an Emmy-award winning actor, director and producer, Ferrera crafts characters and stories that are multi-dimensional and deeply human. It hasn’t been easy — Hollywood wasn’t eager to cast her in full, genuine roles, instead giving her flimsy cliches []
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The TED2019 film festival: Conference shorts


At TED2019, as we explored concepts, research findings and insights bigger than us (you see what we did there?), these conference shorts cleansed our mental palettes between TED Talks and helped playfully introduce sessions throughout the week. Enjoy these hand-picked videos from curators CC Hutten and Jonathan Wells that capture the kaleidoscopic and often humorous []
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Meaning: Notes from Session 12 of TED2019


The final session of TED2019 was a spectacle. From powerful calls to civic engagement and ancestorship to stories of self and perseverance, the session wrapped an incredible week and soared through the end with an unforgettable, totally improvised wrap-up. The event: Talks and performances from TED2019, Session 12: Meaning, hosted by TED’s Chris Anderson, Helen []
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Bigger than us: The art on screen at TED2019


The TED2019 theme, Bigger Than Us, promises to be larger than life — big ideas, monumental insights, out-of-this-world discoveries, and more! — so naturally, the session art must deliver that sense of awe too, and does. Colours & Shapes, a Vancouver-based design firm, has created larger-than-life environments for TED since the conference moved to its []
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Anyone can be an underwater explorer: Trident underwater drone at TED2019


Throughout the week, attendees used Trident underwater drones throughout the world to explore kelp fields in Monterey Bay, meet reef fish in Indonesia and even glimpse a sea turtle in Oahu.
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In Case You Missed It: Highlights from day 4 of TED2019


Day 4 of TED2019 played on some of the more powerful forces in the world: mystery, play, connection, wonder and awe.
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Steelcase at TED2019: A colorful mural spreads an inspiring message of collaboration


Every day at every workplace around the world, employees engage in a ballet. Each of us has a role to play, and we alternate between solo moments and collaborative interludes, between scripted choreography and improv. While the members and the steps may change over time, as long as the business continues, the ballet goes on. []
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Wonder: Notes from Session 11 of TED2019


Session 11 of TED2019 amazed, enriched, inspired and dazzled — diving deep into the creative process, exploring what it’s like to be a living artwork and soaring into deep space. The event: Talks and performances from TED2019, Session 11: Wonder, hosted by TED’s Helen Walters and Kelly Stoetzel When and where: Thursday, April 18, 2019, []
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The key to creativity? Start paying attention: Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks at TED2019


“I’m an actor, so I’m a bit of an expert on … well, nothing really,” says Joseph Gordon-Levitt onstage at TED2019. Jokes aside, there’s one thing he does know really well: what it feels like to get attention. He’s gotten a lot of it — since he played Dougie on Family Ties in the late []
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Co-creating an “experiential experiment” to measure awe


“You have to start with an interesting question,” says neuroscientist Beau Lotto. We’re talking over Skype with collaborator Geneviève Laurendeau, the corporate PR manager at Cirque du Soleil, to discuss their year-long science project: an experiment to measure awe. When and how do we feel awe? And: Why does it matter? One great place to []
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Connection: Notes from Session 10 of TED2019


Sometimes it feels like the world is fraying. Like our long-hold truths turn out, in an instant, to be figments of the imagination. Amid this turmoil, how can we strengthen connection, create more fulfilling lives? Speakers from Session 10 offer a range of provocative answers. The event: Talks from TED2019, Session 10: Connection, hosted by []
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Connection is a superpower: Jon M. Chu speaks at TED2019


If you haven’t heard of the blockbuster megahit Crazy Rich Asians, then, well, it’s possible you’re living under a large rock. But whether or not you saw it, the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, has a TED Talk that goes far beyond the movie. Speaking onstage at TED2019, Chu reflects on the importance of representation []
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The secret life of plant music


Barreling through the high-visibility, high-tech exhibits on the TED2019 circuit, you’d be forgiven for mistaking The Data Garden for just another chillout zone, with its oasis of potted houseplants and people lying draped, spaced out, across bean bags. Yet an arresting sound beckons from this unassuming island – a soothing patter of gently percussive gongs, like []
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Play: Notes from Session 9 of TED2019


The more we look, the more our digital and analog worlds are blending. What is this future we are entering? In Session 9 of TED2019, we peer into the thrilling, sometimes frightening, often hilarious world of technology. The event: Talks and tech demos from TED2019, Session 9: Play, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson []
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Mystery: Notes from Session 8 of TED2019


To kick off day 4 of TED2019, we give you (many more) reasons to get a good night’s sleep, plunge into the massive microbiome in the Earth’s crust — and much, more more. The event: Talks from TED2019, Session 8: Mystery, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and TED’s science curator David Biello When []
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In Case You Missed It: Highlights from day 3 of TED2019


Day 3 of TED2019 featured three sessions of talks, a live podcast taping -- and some world-changing ideas.
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How Hannah Gadsby broke comedy


“I don’t think I’m qualified to speak my own mind,” says Australian comic Hannah Gadsby. “I’m not so good at turning the thinking into the talking. And you’re wondering how someone who’s so bad at the chat could be a stand-up comedian?” She starts off her TED Talk by promising the audience three ideas and []
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Possibility: Notes from Session 7 of TED2019


To close out day 3 of TED2019, we imagine different versions of the future — from the magical possibilities of deep-sea exploration to the dark future of humanity if something goes horribly wrong. Gulp. The event: Talks and performances from TED2019, Session 7: Possibility, hosted by TED’s Helen Walters and Kelly Stoetzel When and where: []
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“It was no one’s job to ask: What could go wrong?” Roger McNamee speaks at TED2019


Roger McNamee and Head of TED Chris Anderson discuss Silicon Valley's pursuit of attention and profit, monopolies, outrage, filter bubbles, surveillance and more during a live taping of the TED Interview podcast at TED2019.
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