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Getting Organized

Even the most seemingly chaotic systems have some order to them. This episode, TED speakers explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements.

"We could learn a lot from ants about how effective a noisy, messy system could be." — Deborah Gordon James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?
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I Believe in Your Victory This Will Destroy You
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"It was just crazy to us that we showed up and spontaneously decided to give orders ... and that was fine." — Morgan O'Neill Sheryl Lanzel/TED hide caption

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How Do You Help Your Town Dig Out From A Disaster?
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"Today's protests have become a bit like climbing Mt. Everest with the help of 60 Sherpas, and the Internet is our Sherpa." — Zeynep Tufekci James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?
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Organized Chaos 21/3

"Why does everyone have to be here at the same time? Why do we need to know how many hours a week people work?" — Ricardo Semler James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?
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"[The family is] like a startup — where basically everybody has to contribute, you have to adapt all the time, you need some order, but you've got to keep moving forward." — Bruce Feiler Courtesy Of TED hide caption

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How Can Kids Help Parents Manage Their Family?
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Get Your House In Order Dottie Peoples, The Peoples Choice Chorale