Wireless Data From Every Light Bulb What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TEDGlobal, Harald Haas demonstrates, for the first time, a device that could do exactly that. (Fascinating!)
5 Ways to Listen Better In this short, fascinating talk, Julian Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.
Time to End the War in Afghanistan British MP Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan after 9/11, talking with citizens and warlords alike. Now, a decade later, he asks: Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting there?(Compelling)
How Nordstrom Built a Llegacy Based on Customer Service Earlier this year, Nordstrom opened the 43rd new department store to launch since the founding family took back control of the company in 2000, building on customer-service legacy that helped the luxury chain boost its market share as other upscale department stores saw sales slide during the downturn.
The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population.
How We'll Stop Polio for Good
Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying.
Making a Car for Blind Drivers
Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.
Listen, Learn ... then Lead
Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military.
The Greatest TED Talk Ever Sold
With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship.
Process Based Management Quick Assessment
Process Strategy Group in collaboration with Stevens Group, Inc. has developed the Process Based Management Quick Assessment to help organizations determine where they are on the journey to becoming process-based.
This FREE assessment will provide your organization a baseline to help gauge the appropriate next steps you should take.
The Future of Business is the "Mesh" Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries -- from music to cars -- show how close we are to this meshy future.
Social Media and the End of Gender As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media.
Death to the Resume Serial entrepreneur, columnist and Never Get a "Real" Job author Scott Gerber advises young people to quit their job search, dump their dead-end 9-to-5s and build their own small businesses to protect their financial futures.
The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.
Using our Practical Wisdom
Barry Schwartz shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
Our Mistaken Expectations
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments.
More from Less for More!
RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone.
Exploring the Oceans
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?
New Data on the Rise of Women
Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends signal the "end of men"?
Creative Houses From Reclaimed Stuff
In this funny and insightful talk builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways.
The Good News of the Decade
Hans Rosling reframes 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing piece of front-page-worthy good news: We're winning the war against child mortality.
The Brain in Your Gut
Heribert Watzke studies the brain in our gut -- and works to develop new kinds of food that will satisfy our bodies and minds.
Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?
Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment. Wow!
Apple’s Amazing Comeback
How Apple Catapulted Beyond Microsoft, Google, Dell, Sony, IBM, Amazon, and HP in the Hearts and Minds of Customers, from Outside Innovation
Our Buggy Moral Code
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes).
A 3D Atlas of the Universe
Carter Emmart uses astronomy and computational modeling to create scientifically accurate, three-dimensional tours of our universe.
How Social Networks Predict Epidemics
Nicholas Christakis explores how the large-scale, face-to-face social networks in which we are embedded affect our lives, and what we can do to take advantage of this.
Where Good Ideas Come From
People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.
The True Power of the Performing Arts
Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts -- asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? (This will inspire!)
Learning from Leadership's "Missing Manual"
Fields Wicker-Miurin wants to improve the quality and impact of leadership worldwide by discovering leaders in unique, local settings and connecting them with one another.
This is Broken Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.
Sugata Mitra's "Hole in the Wall" experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they're motivated by curiosity.
The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory
Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently.
Sex, Drugs and HIV - Let's Get Rational
Armed with bracing logic, wit and her "public-health nerd" glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV.
The Post-crisis Consumer
John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change.
Biomimicry in Action
Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first.
Are We in Control of our Own Decisions?
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Ueli Gegenschatz Soars in a Wingsuit
Ueli Gegenschatz took flight just about every way a human can: paragliding, skydiving, BASE jumping (from the Eiffel Tower), and most breathtakingly: by donning a wingsuit and soaring. (Wow!)
How to Listen
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums. (Brilliant!)
The Hidden Influence of Social Networks Nicholas Christakis explores how the large-scale, face-to-face social networks in which we are embedded affect our lives, and what we can do to take advantage of this fact.
How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?"
Toward a Science of Simplicity Simplicity: We know it when we see it -- but what is it, exactly? In this funny, philosophical talk, George Whitesides chisels out an answer.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (about TEDTalks) In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings.
Build a Tower, Build a Team
Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow.
Richard St. John's Eight Secrets of Success
Self-described average guy who found success doing what he loved, Richard St. John spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success -- and distilling them into 8 words, in 3 minutes.
How to Combat Modern Slavery
Kevin Bales is the co-founder of Free the Slaves, whose mission is to end all forms of human slavery within the next 25 years.
Deep on Design
Designer Philippe Starck spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.
The Simple Life
MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.
All Things are Moleeds
In a presentation that can only be described as epic, comedian Charles Fleischer delivers a hysterical send-up of a time-honored TED theme: the map.
We are the Stories We Tell Ourselves
At TEDIndia, Hollywood / Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.
Arthur Benjamin Does "Mathemagic"
Mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin combines his two passions in "Mathemagics," a mind-boggling presentation of lightning calculations and other feats of mathematical agility.
Hans Rosling: Debunking Third-world Myths You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."
Keith Barry Does Brain Magic Think of Keith Barry as a hacker of the human brain -- writing routines that exploit its bugs and loopholes, and offering a revealing look at the software between our ears.
After years of research on touch-driven computer displays, Jeff Han has created a simple, multi-touch, multi-user screen interface that just might herald the end of the point-and-click era.
Optical Illusions Show How We See Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.
Life Lessons From an Ad Man Rory Sutherland stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between ad and entertainment.
10 Tips from Happy People Are you happy? It's a simple question, but with numerous variables underlying it. What makes someone happy? Is there more than one route to happiness and more than one way to measure it?
Revealing the People Defining Social Networks Brian Solis has compiled these useful stats about the major social networking sites including 30-day traffic, gender, age, income, # of children, and education level. If you're doing any online marketing, you'll find what he's done extremely valuable. One thing you'll notice is that women are the majority users of most sites.
New Evidence that Bullet-points Don’t Work
At last, we have some scientifically rigorous evidence to show that slides full of bullet-points don’t work. The research is the work of Chris Atherton, a cognitive psychologist.
10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint A PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.
Why Women Have Sex According to a new book, there are 237 reasons why women have sex. And most of them have little to do with romance or pleasure.
The Web as Random Acts of Kindness Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.
Stand By Me Enjoy this composite audio/video of the classic standard originally released in 1955 by The Staple Singers, with contributions from musicians from every continent.
How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air
Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
The Next Web of Open, Linked Data
20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.
Unveiling the "Sixth Sense
Game-changing wearable tech - a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment.
The Three Ways that Good Design Makes You Happy
Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Capt. Charles Moore first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
Tracking the Habits of Elite Networkers from UpMo When you retrace the steps of highly successful people, you see a similar pattern. It’s not the path they follow, where they go, or the speed they travel. It’s that they’re not traveling alone. They make friends along the way that help them stay on track: They network. At UpMo, we decided to study the relationship between success and networking. We looked at what we can learn from professionals, particularly those earning $200,000 or more, in terms of how they build and leverage networks.
Beyond the Crisis Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs.
The Real Crisis? We Stopped Being Wise Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Ways of Seeing Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world.
What Do Consumers Really Want? Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.
An Inconvenient Genius The timeless legacy of an untimely man. How often has one person affected humanity to such a degree that were the fruits of his labor withdrawn immediately from our day-to-day existence, the world as we know it … would essentially stop? This story is about one such real-life person. Steve Kayser interviews the pre-eminent world authority on this person, Marc J. Seifer, who wrote his biography.
212movie This movie says
it all - it's all about one extra degree of effort that will take you from
hot to "boiling." (From JoAnna Brandi.)
Human Tetris The Japanese seem to have a knack of creating the most innovative game shows, among other things. Enjoy!
Vator.tv Vator.tv is a catalyst for innovation. It is a professional network and marketplace for ideas and businesses. Anyone, across all industries, at any stage, can share ideas, products, services and businesses with the rest of the world, mainly through video. The name came from "elevator," as in "elevator pitch," which is used to describe a brief overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. (From Kare Anderson's Say it Better Newsletter.)
Hydro Train This is quite an amazing short video of several budding young Norwegian engineers messing with a train. There are more videos in a series at http://www.youtube.com/user/123hydro to encourage kids to pursue interests in science, engineering and technology. Very creative and good fun. Check out Hydro Car as well and just hope your kids don't get as creative with you. (From Paul Sloane's Destination Innovation newsletter!)
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A JUNGLE OUT THERE! AUDIO SAFARI HAS BUSINESSES GOING WILD! What do wild animals have in common with difficult people? You would be surprised!
How can the same secrets of psychological survival help professionals handle
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CHALLENGE CONSULTING Founded in 1992 by Managing Director Elizabeth Varley, Challenge Consulting
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MiCOM Labs, Inc., is a
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focused on accelerating the integration of wireless technologies into many
products and industries. Committed to equipping wireless product developers
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at www.micomlabs.com that provides information about more than 200 radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic
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a Website that Trains, Consults and Speaks - www.trainingconsortium.com The foundation for the site exists in its extensive database. TrainingConsortium
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Transform People International Transform People International is a global management/training consultancy
specialising in behavioural /organisational change, leadership and team performance
improvement, conference facilitation, CRM, business & personal development.
at Work - How's Your Innovation IQ? Looking for a breakthrough? The Creativity at Work website is designed as
a resource for developing personal creativity and organizational innovation
in the workplace. Linda Naiman works with organizations to awaken genius level
thinking through the art and science of applying creativity, innovation, and
visionary thinking to business strategy.
Institute of Paris The Management Institute of Paris is a new business school striving to create
a new business attitude focusing on balanced, ethical leadership decision-making.
M.I.P. (Management Institute of Paris) was initiated by a group of successful
CEOs including Bruno Bich (CEO of BIC, France), Martin Bouygues (CEO of Bouygues,
France), Claude Bebear (Chairman of the Advisory Board of AXA, France), Charles
Burrus, (Former CEO of Burrus, Switzerland) and many others. The CEO Refresher
has given Management Institute of Paris permission to reprint selected articles
on their web site and in their newsletter.