We've all had that moment. The moment where you might see or hear something and you wonder: Am I going crazy? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences straddling that line between madness and sanity — and question if we're all in the gray area between the two.
There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it's a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it's a single place rather than a continent of 54 distinct countries. We'll engage with thinkers and doers who are constructing new realities for their respective countries — and for the African continent a whole.
Getting a good education is important, but does the current model nurture real learning? Here, we look at powerful ideas on how to change education: flipping classrooms, rethinking lesson plans and re-imagining the role of teacher and student.
For the first time in history, more than half the world's population lives in cities. What draws people to them? What changes when people live closer together? Investigating the future of our urban zones, and what cities offer toward a sustainable future.
Understanding where ideas come from can help us harness the power of our thoughts. In this hour, we look at what happens when ideas interact and procreate, then at how to broaden our approach to cultivating ideas from the quieter voices in the room.
How are we inspired? Describing the creative process can be a real challenge. In this hour we'll hear from TED speakers — a poet, a novelist and a singer/songwriter — who explore how the initial inkling of idea becomes a fully formed work of art.
We depend on rules, guidelines and laws to provide structure, order and function, but too often these systems fail us. Here's a look at how trust and practical wisdom could mend education, medicine and the law. Plus, can games solve real world problems?
Technology-enabled collaboration draws us closer, makes us smarter and allows us to innovate using the wisdom of a crowd. A new wave of collaborative consumption is transforming consumerism and the rules of engagement. What's the true potential of crowdsourcing?
A cornucopia of TEDTalks about food: growing it, cooking it, consuming it — and making sure there's enough for everyone. Feast on stories about saving seeds to protect the future of food, the daily miracle of feeding a city, and what's in kids' lunches. For dessert, hear a chef's tale of the best fish he ever ate.
Being happy is a universal human yearning, but this simple goal often eludes us. If we're truly able to attain happiness, then how do we find it? Three TED speakers offer some big ideas for achieving happiness.