Check out the amazing talks of TEDxBasel 2016!
I forget nature as a city dweller. Where would one find the natural world in canyons of concrete and steel, prowled by fume-spewing cars and trucks, lit by the harsh glow of artificial lights?
On some level, we all want to be normal. We all want to belong. Yet most of us feel that one or many parts of us are disastrously different.
James Cameron became the person he imagined when he was a kid. In his talk, "Before Avatar … a curious boy," he tells how he learned that curiosity is one's most powerful possession, that imagination is a force that can manifest a reality, and that respect from people around you is the most important thing in the world.
To be an educated black person whose default speech is not the kind that most would describe as "sounding black" is to be irritated, now and then, by being told that one is "articulate."
You're Steve Jobs. You don't do personal appearances. You don't even do interviews these days without a corresponding product release. Yet here you are, the famous college dropout, abhorrent of ceremony, donning a silly gown and hat to give a commencement address to college graduates. It must be important.
Art has the ability to change perceptions. It can show what is obvious yet not considered, and it can change the way we see the world because what we see changes who we are.
I was sobbing.
Ugly sobbing. Uncontrollable sobbing. Cathartic sobbing...
There is little consensus in America about how to balance the four roles prisons play.
Christine Sun Kim's art explores the similarities between American Sign Language and music. Once you watch her TED Talk, "The enchanting music of sign language," you'll never look at someone signing in the same way again.
I attended my first TED conference in 2012 and was among thousands in the packed audience when Bryan Stevenson took the main stage and gave a talk, "We need to talk about an injustice," that brought the audience of wealthy, connected, accomplished people to its feet.
About a week after the recent US election, I sent an email to our students at Girls Who Code asking them to share with me their fears, their concerns and their questions. I received countless responses that day. Girls from all across the nation sent me emails expressing their outrage, their sadness, their excitement, and their hope for the future.
This has been an exciting year for people who thrive on polarization and division -- and a disaster for the rest of us.