TEDTalks

Excellent examples of public speaking
How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier
How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier
When you're feeling burned out as an activist, what's the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of "playtivism" -- the incorporation of play and creativity...
Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu
Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu
In a story of scientific discovery, chemical biologist David R. Liu shares a breakthrough: his lab's development of base editors that can rewrite DNA. This crucial step in genome editing takes the pro...
Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby
Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby
Hannah Gadsby's groundbreaking special "Nanette" broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not. Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Lear...
Helping others makes us happier -- but it matters how we do it | Elizabeth Dunn
Helping others makes us happier -- but it matters how we do it | Elizabeth Dunn
Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there's a catch: it matters how we help. Learn ...
The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens
The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens
Here's a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general public, that number is less than five percent. Neurop...
How generational stereotypes hold us back at work | Leah Georges
How generational stereotypes hold us back at work | Leah Georges
The Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, Gen Z -- we're all in the workforce together. How are our assumptions about each other holding us back from working and communicating be...
A personal air-quality tracker that lets you know what you're breathing | Romain Lacombe
A personal air-quality tracker that lets you know what you're breathing | Romain Lacombe
How often do you think about the air you're breathing? Probably not enough, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Romain Lacombe. He introduces Flow: a personal air-quality tracker that fits in your hand a...
How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee
How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee
In the early 1990s, a scandal rocked evolutionary biology: scientists discovered that songbirds -- once thought to be strictly monogamous -- engaged in what's politely called "extra-pair copulation." ...
Inside the black hole image that made history | Sheperd Doeleman
Inside the black hole image that made history | Sheperd Doeleman
At the center of a galaxy more than 55 million light-years away, there's a supermassive black hole with the mass of several billion suns. And now, for the first time ever, we can see it. Astrophysicis...
How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey
How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey
Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform -- acknowledging problems wi...
Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr
Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr
In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a ba...
The artificial muscles that will power robots of the future | Christoph Keplinger
The artificial muscles that will power robots of the future | Christoph Keplinger
Robot brains are getting smarter and smarter, but their bodies are often still clunky and unwieldy. Mechanical engineer Christoph Keplinger is designing a new generation of soft, agile robot inspired ...
Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya
Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya
Kakenya Ntaiya turned her dream of getting an education into a movement to empower vulnerable girls and bring an end to harmful traditional practices in Kenya. Meet two students at the Kakenya Center ...
3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid
3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid
At 16, Rana Abdelhamid started teaching self-defense to women and girls in her neighborhood. Almost 10 years later, these community classes have grown into Malikah: a global grassroots network creatin...
How risk-taking changes a teenager's brain | Kashfia Rahman
How risk-taking changes a teenager's brain | Kashfia Rahman
Why do teenagers sometimes make outrageous, risky choices? Do they suddenly become reckless, or are they just going through a natural phase? To find out, Kashfia Rahman -- winner of the Intel Internat...
Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland
Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland
Keith Kirkland is developing wearable tech that communicates information using only the sense of touch. He's trying to figure out: What gestures and vibration patterns could intuitively communicate id...
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We don't "move on" from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny
In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it,...
How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman
How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman
In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces "dialogue journalism": a project where journalists go to the hear...