TEDTalks

Excellent examples of public speaking
I don't want children -- stop telling me I'll change my mind | Christen Reighter
I don't want children -- stop telling me I'll change my mind | Christen Reighter
One in five women in the United States will not have a biological child, and Christen Reighter is one of them. From a young age, she knew she didn't kids, in spite of the insistence of many people (in...
How my dad's dementia changed my idea of death (and life) | Beth Malone
How my dad's dementia changed my idea of death (and life) | Beth Malone
With warmth and grace, Beth Malone tells the deeply personal story of her dad's struggle with frontotemporal lobe dementia, and how it changed how she thinks about death (and life). A moving talk abou...
How the military fights climate change | David Titley
How the military fights climate change | David Titley
Military leaders have known for millennia that the time to prepare for a challenge is before it hits you, says scientist and retired US Navy officer David Titley. He takes us from the humanitarian cat...
The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton
The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton
What do you think would happen if you invited an individual with mental health issues who had been homeless for many years to move directly from the street into housing? Loyd Pendleton shares how he w...
How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird
How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird
Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thi...
What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njoroge
What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njoroge
In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn't commit -- the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home i...
How judges can show respect | Victoria Pratt
How judges can show respect | Victoria Pratt
In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect? A pioneering judge in New Jersey, Victoria Pratt shares her principles of "procedural justice" -- ...
The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah
The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah
With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics -- t...
We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers
We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers
Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. For Jon Bowers, who runs a training facility for professional delivery drivers, the stakes are high -- 1...
An interview with Mauritius's first female president | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
An interview with Mauritius's first female president | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been an academic, an entrepreneur and is now the president of Mauritius -- the first Muslim female head of state in Africa. In a wide-ranging conversation with journalist Steph...
Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it | Paul Hessburg
Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it | Paul Hessburg
Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States -- the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we've brought to the forests throu...
Why women stay silent after sexual assault (with English subtitles) | Inés Hercovich
Why women stay silent after sexual assault (with English subtitles) | Inés Hercovich
(Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) Why do women who experience sexual assault rarely speak up about i...
For the love of birds | Washington Wachira
For the love of birds | Washington Wachira
From the glorious crested guinea fowl to the adulterous African jacana to vultures that can pick a zebra carcass clean in 30 minutes, Washington Wachira wants us all to get to know the marvelous speci...
How we can end sexual harassment at work | Gretchen Carlson
How we can end sexual harassment at work | Gretchen Carlson
When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fi...
The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul
The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul
The most important infrastructure we have is educated minds, says former Tunisian government minister Amel Karboul. Yet too often large investments go to more visible initiatives such as bridges and r...
The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders
The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders
Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut -- the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens -- as doctor and author Giulia Enders takes us inside the complex, fascinating science behind ...
Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa | Nnedi Okorafor
Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa | Nnedi Okorafor
"My science fiction has different ancestors -- African ones," says writer Nnedi Okorafor. In between excerpts from her "Binti" series and her novel "Lagoon," Okorafor discusses the inspiration and roo...
How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction | Lauren Sallan
How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction | Lauren Sallan
Congratulations! By being here, alive, you are one of history's winners -- the culmination of a success story four billion years in the making. The other 99 percent of species who have ever lived on e...