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“After Hours” joins the TED Audio Collective


The podcast After Hours joins the TED Audio Collective’s growing roster of programming, alongside shows like Body Stuff with Jen Gunter, Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Worklife with Adam Grant, ZigZag and The TED Interview with Chris Anderson.  Hosted by acclaimed Harvard Business School professors Youngme Moon, Mihir A. Desai and Felix Oberholzer-Gee, After Hours discusses []
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Significance: The talks of TED Salon, 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 []
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TED’s floating foam microphone, rebooted


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 for nearly []
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Reinventing an iconic stage, from the ground up


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 []
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The TED Gift at TEDMonterey


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 their carbon footprint. For TEDMonterey, in addition to bags, bottles and the other usual suspects, the offerings included things like a gas-powered []
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Up, up and away: Notes from Session 8 of TEDMonterey


TEDMonterey’s final session brought with it a reflection of the magic and generosity of spirit that grew with each talk throughout the week. In a town hall-style discussion, gratitude flooded the stage as attendees took to the spotlight to share which ideas from the conference inspired them most and how they plan to bring a []
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Better. Smarter. Wiser. Notes from Session 7 of TEDMonterey


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 wisdom on educating, listening — and even twerking — their way towards a more inclusive world, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 7, hosted by []
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Urban possibility: Notes from Session 6 of TEDMonterey


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 of city dwelling and finding new, smarter ways to live together — from futuristic transportation to transformative early education and an ingenious plan to combat e-waste. The event: []
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Tech comeback?! Notes from Session 5 of TEDMonterey


Session 5 ushers in the astonishing, challenging and sometimes playful innovations that could mold the future. From genetic technology to NFTs, six speakers give insights on what’s to come, celebrate the fusion of tech and human creativity and make the case for rousing the techno-optimist in us all. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 5, hosted by []
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Climate hope: Notes from Session 4 of TEDMonterey


The scale of the climate crisis is so daunting that it can be easy to get dragged down into pessimism. But at Session 4, six speakers — call them unexpected heroes of the future — told a different story of how we might beat this thing. They speak on an exciting range of phenomena and []
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Shaping the future: Notes from the TED Fellows Session of TEDMonterey


The TED Fellows are known to be a range of multifaceted souls, making possible the impossible. The eight speakers and one performance on stage at TEDMonterey exemplified this year’s (and every year’s) cohort of amazing people shaping the future and rising to the challenge of making the world better than it’s been left. The event: []
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Well, well, well! Notes from Session 3 of TEDMonterey


The central topic of Session 3 is, surely, on many of our minds: health. From the technology powering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to new Alzheimer’s treatment possibilities, these amazing speakers give a glimpse at exciting new frontiers of medicine. Plus, an artist drawing live onstage! The event: TEDMonterey: Session 3, hosted by TED’s Chris Anderson []
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Mindset reset: Notes from Session 2 of TEDMonterey


Session 2 kicked off the first full day of TEDMonterey with six speakers and one performance ready with an invitation for you to think differently, wonder ceaselessly and transform the ways you interact with the world — big and small. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 2, hosted by TED’s Helen Walters on Monday, August 2, 2021 []
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The path forward: Notes from Session 1 of TEDMonterey


It’s time for TED! After the world was rocked by the worst health crisis in a century, we gather for TEDMonterey with a bold theme in mind: the case for optimism. It’s grounded in the stubborn belief that green shoots of hope and progress are sprouting throughout the world, if you just know where to []
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Notes from Session Zero(!) of TEDMonterey


What’s Session Zero? It’s the first-ever special teaser session of a TED Conference! Ten days from now, on August 1, TEDMonterey kicks off in Monterey, California. More than a year of planning for TED’s first in-person conference since 2019 resulted in some forward-thinking, including recording talks from amazing speakers around the world, just in case []
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Speakers revealed for TEDMonterey 2021: The Case for Optimism


Here it is. The speaker lineup (so far!) for TEDMonterey 2021: The Case for Optimism, which is just seven weeks away. At this very special TED event, we’ll celebrate the clear-eyed and the bold of heart, those who don’t shy away from the most intractable-seeming problems but rather step toward them to make the case that, []
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5 traits we look for in TED Fellows


Every year, TED opens applications for its new group of TED Fellows. We get thousands of applications from all corners of the world, representing every field under the sun — musical theater, electric aviation, landscape architecture, quantum computing. How do we select just 20 people to become part of the new class TED Fellows? It’s []
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Have an idea to share? Apply to our TED Idea Search: Latin America 2021


Do you have a TED Talk to share with the world? TED is hosting its second idea search of 2021 with a mission to hear big, bold ideas — this time specifically from Latin America.  TED Idea Search: Latin America 2021 is open to anyone living in or descended from South America, Mexico, Central America []
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How TED Fellows shape your future


Have you ever wondered what, or who, shapes your future? What we’ve noticed over the past decade of selecting TED Fellows is that the people who are actually shaping the future are the people doing the work, often at the local level. They’re the ones working on the ground to better their communities — and []
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“Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter,” a new podcast from the TED Audio Collective, premieres May 19


Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter, the newest podcast from the TED Audio Collective, launches on May 19. Body Stuff will bust the lies you’re told — and sold — about your personal health. Body Stuff is hosted by celebrated OB/GYN, pain medicine physician and TED speaker Dr. Jen Gunter, who has made it her []
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