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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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    The radical, revolutionary resilience of Black joy | Miracle Jones

    The radical, revolutionary resilience of Black joy | Miracle Jones

    In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community organizer and activist Miracle Jones offers a heart-to-heart meditation on the role of joy as a form of radical resistance, survival and protection for Black folks in the US and across the world. A warm reminder to embrace the guiding light of hope in the presence of darkness.

    • 11 min
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    3 myths about racism that keep the US from progress | Candis Watts Smith

    3 myths about racism that keep the US from progress | Candis Watts Smith

    Racism morphs, spreading and hiding behind numerous half-truths and full-blown falsities about where it lives and who embodies it. In this actionable talk, political scientist Candis Watts Smith debunks three widely accepted myths about racism in the US and calls for a nuanced, more expansive definition to support this new era of anti-racist action.

    • 10 min
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    Why aren't there more Native American restaurants? | Sean Sherman

    Why aren't there more Native American restaurants? | Sean Sherman

    When you think of North American cuisine, do Indigenous foods come to mind? Chef Sean Sherman serves up an essential history lesson that explains the absence of Native American culinary traditions across the continent, highlighting why revitalizing Indigenous education sits at the center of a better diet and healthier relationship with the planet.

    • 18 min
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    The anxiety that comes from being treated like an outsider | Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

    The anxiety that comes from being treated like an outsider | Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

    The stress you may feel being otherized or stereotyped can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. In this thoughtful conversation, social psychologist Valerie Purdie-Greenaway reveals the true source of this anxiety (hint: it isn't the individual) and shares strategies on building resilient systems of support for ourselves and others -- so that we can build a more inclusive, empathic and just world. (This conversation, hosted by TED curator Cloe Shasha Brooks, is part of TED's "How to Deal with Difficult Feelings" series.)

    • 11 min
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    The infinite alchemy of storytelling | Zahra Al-Mahdi

    The infinite alchemy of storytelling | Zahra Al-Mahdi

    TED Fellow Zahra Al-Mahdi was raised by screens -- "storytelling machines" like TV and the internet that shaped her sense of self and reality. Now a multimedia artist and filmmaker, she challenges common historical narratives and brings a multiplicity of perspectives to the surface. In this dynamic talk, Al-Mahdi traces her development as a storyteller using satire, dark humor and tactile collage techniques to expand what we think we know about ourselves.

    • 4 min
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    The real-life superheroes helping Syrian refugees | Feras Fayyad

    The real-life superheroes helping Syrian refugees | Feras Fayyad

    Society has a set of stories it tells itself about who refugees are and what they look like, says documentarian and TED Fellow Feras Fayyad. With his films, he's on a mission to separate the facts about refugees from fiction, as a form of resistance -- for himself, his daughter and the millions of other Syrian refugees across the world. A harrowing account, a quest to end injustice and a testament to the power of storytelling.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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656 Ratings

656 Ratings

Opps1000 ,

Powerful Stuff

After listening to a few discussions. I was thoroughly hooked. But, the "Call to Men" is the taping that moved me the most. Every male (young & old) should view that discussion.

Hunter_abraham ,

Content is based on pure personal opinions

I’m not sure if Ted Talk just means an opinion of someone ‘qualified’ but the content here is not researched and based on opinions and insufficient material to the title itself. I listened to a talk on why there’s no Native American restaurants, his speech covered: because the government ‘white-washed’ the Indians. I’m sure there have been processes like this in the past to convert Natives to their colonizers standard of life but this doesn’t answer the question. There are still lots of Native American culture still alive, the govt didn’t completely destroy everything as the claim is. It was motivating the listeners to use the nature in a respectful way, which is nice and then stole all the applause for politically trendy words about “The Wall” and use of profanity. Very interesting as to what type of crowd is attracted by such an event.

Gambit825 ,

Leftist junk

Ideolog diatribe

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