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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 676 Ratings

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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    A new understanding of human history and the roots of inequality | David Wengrow

    A new understanding of human history and the roots of inequality | David Wengrow

    What if the commonly accepted narratives about the foundation of civilization are all wrong? Drawing on groundbreaking research, archaeologist David Wengrow challenges traditional thinking about the social evolution of humanity -- from the invention of agriculture to the formation of cities and class systems -- and explains how rethinking history can radically change our perspective on inequality and modern life.

    • 17 min
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    An invitation to reexamine your familiar world | Gillian Tett

    An invitation to reexamine your familiar world | Gillian Tett

    Before entering the world of financial journalism, Gillian Tett was a cultural anthropologist who studied how the past influences our present thoughts and behaviors. In an entertaining talk, she shows how you can use an anthropological outlook to see the world with fresh eyes -- and welcome new and different cultural truths into your life.

    • 12 min
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    A creator-led internet, built on blockchain | Adam Mosseri

    A creator-led internet, built on blockchain | Adam Mosseri

    As digital assets like cryptocurrency and NFTs become more mainstream, design thinker and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri believes that creators are uniquely positioned to benefit. These blockchain-enabled technologies could remove the need for a "middleman" in the form of large social media platforms, allowing creators to more freely distribute their work and connect with their audiences. He explains how this new age of the internet will give way to "the greatest transfer of power from institutions to individuals in all time."

    • 13 min
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    How to heal a divided world | Michèle Lamont

    How to heal a divided world | Michèle Lamont

    How do we define worth in society, and who gets status? Sociologist Michele Lamont studies these questions and investigates ways to broaden the circle of recognition and fight the harm of social stigmatization. She lays out the steps needed to make more inclusive societies -- and it all starts by expanding our idea of who matters.

    • 15 min
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    What my gender transition taught me about womanhood | Paula Stone Williams

    What my gender transition taught me about womanhood | Paula Stone Williams

    After leading a well-established life as a pastor, father and husband, Paula Stone Williams could no longer deny her truth and transitioned. In this conversational and at times humorous reflection, Williams offers her perspective on the everyday experiences lost, gained and once taken for granted in her journey of trans womanhood.

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    The future will be shaped by optimists | Kevin Kelly

    The future will be shaped by optimists | Kevin Kelly

    "Every great and difficult thing has required a strong sense of optimism," says editor and author Kevin Kelly, who believes that we have a moral obligation to be optimistic. Tracing humanity's progress throughout history, he's observed that a positive outlook helps us solve problems and empowers us to forge a path forward. In this illuminating talk, he shares three reasons for optimism during challenging times, explaining how it can help us become better ancestors and create the world we want to see for ourselves and future generations.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
676 Ratings

676 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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