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Step away from the internet, and other ways to fight tyranny: A conversation with Timothy Snyder and Rick Perlstein


Timothy Snyder grew up in America, but as a historian of 20th-century Europe at Yale, he’s spent much of his adult life in, or thinking deeply about, Central and Eastern Europe. And what he sees there — especially in looking at the Europe of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s — is a pattern that may []
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Where in the world has Humanae been?


Photographer Angélica Dass captures some of humanity’s truest colors through her portrait project Humanae, a catalogue of human skin color displayed as a simple, captivating collage of Pantone portraits that reflects the deepest shades of brown and black, to the lighter tones of white, pink and everything in between. For Dass, Humanae is more than []
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Watch now: What’s next for democracy? A live Facebook chat


Join us now on Facebook Live for another episode of TED Dialogues, our response to current events, adding insight, context and nuance to the conversations we’re having right now. Join us Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1–2pm on TED’s Facebook page. Our speakers are two historians who will try to help us make sense of []
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A night to talk about redemption: TEDNYC Rebirth


How do we make sense of the tumult around us? How can we grapple with the confusion and alarm so many of us are feeling? In a special session of talks curated and hosted by Jon Ronson at TED HQ on Wednesday night, six speakers looked not at the ruin that follows hardship but the []
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“Humanity can rise to the challenge”: Yuval Harari in conversation at TED Dialogues


How to explain the stunning political upheaval of 2016 — Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump’s election to the presidency in the US — as well as the current and ongoing atmosphere of division, discontent and disquiet that fills many people’s lives? One simple answer: “We’ve lost our story,” says Jerusalem University historian Yuval []
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TED and Star India greenlight “TED Talks India: Nayi Soch” TV series, hosted by Shah Rukh Khan


Today we confirmed some exciting news about TED’s most ambitious television project yet: a major network series in India hosted by megawatt Bollywood film star Shah Rukh Khan. The program will air on Star India, one of India’s largest media conglomerates and our partner in production. TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, which translates to “new thinking,” marks []
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Watch: Yuval Harari in conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson


Watch: Chris Anderson speaks with the historian Yuval Noah Harari on what’s happening now, and what’s to come during this extraordinary moment in time -- when nationalism is pitted against globalism, while the world is facing a job-loss crisis most of us are not even expecting. A rewarding hour of big ideas about humanity's future.
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‘Armchair archaeologists’ search 5 million tiles of Peru


GlobalXplorer, the citizen science platform for archaeology, launched two weeks ago. It’s the culmination of Sarah Parcak’s TED Prize wish and, already, more than 32,000 curious minds from around the world have started their training, learning to spot signs of ancient sites threatened by looters. Working together, the GlobalXplorer community has just finished searching the []
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A personal memory of Hans Rosling, from TED’s founding director of video


I was there when Hans Rosling first shook the room at TED, and transformed tiresome medical statistics into an action-packed, live performance about real people’s lives on the line. He’s since been namechecked by Bill Gates. And he outlasted Fidel Castro – twice. Not merely mortally. In an interview on the TED Blog, Hans recounts []
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“I cried as you told your story”: Comment of the week, Feb. 8, 2017


This week’s comment was posted on Sue Klebold’s talk, “My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story.” Many times, a comment section represents the worst of our collective thoughts, but in this instance, on this platform, there is so much compassion. I was impressed with the level of respect and understanding shown to Sue []
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Remembering Hans Rosling


Bounding up on stage with the energy of 1,000 suns and his special extra-long pointer, Swedish professor Hans Rosling became a data rock star, dedicated to giving his audience a truer picture of the world.
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A Q&A with Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger


In October 2016, a group gathered in San Francisco for the TEDWomen 2016 conference, this year themed around the idea of time. One talk was given by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger, who took the stage to share a story that took place in 1996, when Stranger raped Elva, then his girlfriend. The talk had []
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TED Dialogues: An urgent response to a dangerously divisive time


These are astonishing days. Amid rapid-fire policy changes, America has grown even more divided; similar divisions are spreading across the world. Vitriolic rhetoric roars from all sides, and battle lines are hardening. We aren’t listening to one another. Is there space left for dialogue? For reason? For thoughtful persuasion? We’re determined to find that space. This []
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“Could threat data be anonymized?”: Comment of the week, Feb. 1, 2017


This week’s comment comes from Joe, who has enough understanding of the topic of Caleb Barlow’s talk, “Where is cybercrime really coming from?” to pose a great question to the speaker. Particularly on topics I’m less familiar with, it’s great to come to the comments and hear from people who have much more experience with []
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TED and Audible debut “Sincerely, X” audio series: Sharing important ideas, anonymously


TED’s always on the hunt for new speakers with new ideas. But in our latest project, we’re offering speakers something unprecedented: anonymity. Our hunch? Inviting people to share ideas without having to reveal their identity might allow for an entirely new category of talks. Today TED and Audible announce the release of Sincerely, X, an original []
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GlobalXplorer invites you to find and protect archaeological sites


The power of the crowd has helped digitize the world’s books; it maintains the online encyclopedia many of us check by default. The crowd has fueled our understanding of the connections between neurons in the brain and contributed voice samples that will become a simple phone test for Parkinson’s. Incredible things happen when people around the world team up to []
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From shanty mega-towns to a cyborg uprising: Talks from TEDNYC Idea Search 2017


Here at TED headquarters, we are constantly looking for new voices, new ideas — and late last year, we opened a challenge to the world: Make a one-minute audition video that makes the case for your TED Talk. On Thursday night, January 26, at our New York office, co-hosts Kelly Stoetzel and Cloe Shasha presented us []
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A new museum 14 meters under the sea, a dance that draws on fiction, and other news from TED speakers


As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. An underwater museum. Off the south coast of Lanzarote, 12 to 14 meters beneath the sea, lies artist Jason DeCaires Taylor’s latest museum, Museo Atlántico, which opened on January 10. Three years in the making, the installation is not []
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Comment of the week, January 25, 2017: “Use your voices on our behalf”


The comment I’d like to highlight this week was left on Jen Brea’s TED Talk by Serena Morriss, who is currently suffering with ME. Although many community members have shared their personal experiences with the condition, Serena also asks those of us who are physically well to do more than listen. For anyone moved by []
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On Roxane Gay’s TED Book


Author Roxane Gay has asked to cancel her planned TED Book, titled How to Be Heard. We’re disappointed that we won’t get to put this important book out into the world, but we respect and accept her decision.
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