Crop insurance?

Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather is unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at low cost. Rose Goslinga, a citizen of Kenya, and her team found a new way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a…

Don’t like clickbait?

Doesn’t it seem like a lot of online news channels have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don’t engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you…

Can we prevent?

06:52 minutes · TED2014 A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks:…

A Magna Carta for the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is,…

Who’s the newest superhero?

05:24 minutes · Filmed Jul 2014 · Posted Aug 2014 · TED@NYC These superheroes serve lunch … and justice! Children’s book writer Jarrett Krosoczka shares his Lunch Lady series, full of undercover school-day heroes. And hear about his new project, School Lunch Hero Day, which reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide so much more than…

Own your body’s data

There’s a simple thing you could be doing every day, says Talithia Williams, to know your body better and help your doctor: Take your temperature. A professor of statistics, Williams makes a compelling case for measuring and recording simple data about our bodies every day — to reveal much more than even our doctors may…

Fellow plutocrats: the pitchforks are coming

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ……

People need to understand power

Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it and others don’t. As a result, those who do understand power have a huge influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it…

The danger of silence

04:22 minutes · Filmed Jul 2014 · Posted Aug 2014 · TED@NYC “We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says teacher and poet Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to listen and speak…