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TED: Why we Shouldn't Trust Markets with Our Civic Life (14:37)
In the past three decades, says Michael Sandelthe US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale?

Do Good
My Journey Into Movies that Matter (15:31)                                                                       02/21/2017
Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.

Fact or Fiction
How to Seperate Fact and Fiction Online  (13:29)                                                         12/20/2016
By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram.  So how do we sort through the deluge?  At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.

Why 30 is NOT the new 20 (14:49)                                                                                           11/15/2016
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Gut Feelings
Go with your Gut Feeling (19:05)
Magnue Walker talks about his life journey of following his passion and going with his gut feeling which eventually led him to turning his dreams into his reality.

Sweat the Small Stuff 
It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers.  To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.

All Your Devices Can Be Hacked (16:56)                                                                             02/03/2017
Could someone hack your pacemaker? Avi Rubin shows how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.


Are You a Giver or a Taker? (13:28)                                                                                         11/00/2016    
In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness (11:55)                                            00/00/2016
We all go through challenges — some you can see, most you can't, says Michele L. Sullivan. In a talk about perspective, Sullivan shares stories full of wit and wisdom and reminds us that we're all part of each other's support systems. "The only shoes you can walk in are your own," she says. "With compassion, courage and understanding, we can walk together, side by side."

          Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! (17:09)                                                  09/00/2012
          When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go
          to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he
          proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their
          own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Where do ideas come from? (@3:40:00)                                                                                   2016-12-11
A TED Playlist consisting of 9 Talks that explores many areas such as how does the metaphorical lightbumb go off?  Is it a flash of genius?  The power of crowds?  These heady talks explore the nature of ideas themselves:  Where they come from, how they evolve, and how each of us can nuture them.  Good ideas bring attention and recognition which is all good.  Topics are:
-  Where good ideas come from by Steven Johnson (17:45)
-  Your elusive creative genius by Elizabeth Gilbert (19:09)
-  How to start a movement by Derek Sivers (3:09)
-  How to get your ideas to spread by Seth Godin (17:01)
-  Where does creativity hide? by Amy Tan (22:52)
-  The surprising habits of original thinkers by Adam Grant (15:25)
-  When ideas have sex by Matt Ridley (16:26)
-  Embrace the remix by Kirby Ferguson (9:42)
-  4 lessons in creativity by Julie Burstein (17:20)
Links for all of the above TED Talks are available through the link Where do ideas come from?

Before Avatar ... a curious boy (17:08)                                                                                  2016/11/15
James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

5 Days to Listen Better (7:50)
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening."
In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening - to other people and the world around you.
Feats of Memory Anyone Can Do (20:28)                                                                            2016/12/20
There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique — called the memory palace — and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

Nature, Beauty, Gratitude (9:39)
Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
What's Wrong with Your pa$$W0rd? (17:41)                                                         02/03/2017
Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of real passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users — and secured sites — make to compromise security. And how, you may ask, did she study thousands of real passwords without compromising the security of any users? That's a story in itself. It's secret data worth knowing, especially if your password is 12345
The Smelly Mystery of the Human Pheromone (14:53)
Do our smells make us sexy? Popular science suggests yes — pheromones send chemical signals about sex and attraction from our armpits to potential mates. But, despite what you might have heard, there is no conclusive research confirming that humans have these smell molecules. In this eye-opening talk, zoologist Tristram Wyatt explains the fundamental flaws in current pheromone research, and shares his hope for a future that unlocks the fascinating, potentially life-saving knowledge tied up in our scent.

3 ways to plan for the (very) long term (13:42)                                                               04/10/2017
We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains — an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term ... like, grandchildren-scale long term? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.
Play is More than Fun, it's Viral (26:30)
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun.  Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Tales of Creativity and Play 
(27:58)                                                                                           2016/10/28
At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
The Psychology of Your Future Self (6:49)                                                                        01/25/2017
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

Public Good
Science in service to the public good (14:33)                                                                 05/01/2017
We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.

What reality are you creating for yourself? (11:46)                                                     2016/10/08
Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality. 


       The Currency of the New Economy is Trust (19:39)    Good Lesson 
There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption — web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills.  Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls "reputation capital."     
Saving For Tomorrow, Tomorrow (17:45)                                                                          2016/10/09
It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?

        A little-told tale of sex and sensuality (16:10)                                                            06/00/2013   
          “If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El
          Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While
          those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that
          sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-
          emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?

How to Stay Calm when You Know You'll be Stressed (12:20)                       2016/12/20
You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. "We all are going to fail now and then," he says. "The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be."

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time (11:54)                                                            12/20/2016
There are 168 hours in each week.  How do we find time for what matters most?  Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves.  She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."

The Psychology of Time (6:34)                                                                                                    01/25/2017
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.

True Calling
Why Some of us Don't have One True Calling (12:26)                                              11/01/2016
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone.  In this illuminating talk, writer and artiest Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls "mulipotentialites" -- who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime.  Are you one?

       Wisdom from Great Writers on Every Year of Life (6:01)                                      01/25/2017
          As different as we humans are from one another, we all age along the same great sequence,
          and the shared patterns of our lives pass into the pages of the books we love. In this moving
          talk, journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotations from Norman
          Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor and other great writers, set to visualizations by
          graphic designer Milton Glaser. "Books tell us who we've been, who we are, who we will be,
          too," Prager says.

Women Entrepreneurs, Example Not Exception (13:16)
Women aren’t micro—so why do they only get micro-loans?  Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that women running all types of firms— from home businesses to major factories— are the overlooked key to economic development.
Know your worth, and then ask for it (8:22)                                                                   04/03/2017
Your boss probably isn't paying you what you're worth — instead, they're paying you what they think you're worth. Take the time to learn how to shape their thinking. Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares helpful stories and learnings that can help you better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence.

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