TED Talk Tuesday


Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy wants to change how we think about body language. While most of us accept the idea that our body language can affect how others think of us, Cuddy has conducted research showing that it also can affect how we feel about ourselves. Body language is not only a mirror of our feelings, it can also be used to change our own self image...

Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

The global response to this 2010 TED Talk inspired Sheryl Sandberg to write her bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. As chief operating officer of Facebook, Sandberg is one of a handful of women to reach the upper ranks of corporate executives...

Toni Griffin: A New Vision for Rebuilding Detroit

Chicago, Newark, and Detroit are all cities in crisis that architect and urban planner Toni Griffin has been asked to help. In this TED Talk, she describes her role in formulating the Detroit Future City (DFC) strategic framework and highlights the work of urban planners. Although they don’t have the power to save cities, urban planners can play an important role in determining their future...

Andreas Raptopoulos: No Roads? There’s a Drone for That

In early December, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos scored what many saw as a publicity coup by announcing that his company is working on a plan to transport merchandise with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—more commonly referred to as drones. Although Bezos isn’t ready to say when customers can expect to see their books delivered by drones, entrepreneur Andreas Raptopoulos is actively working with UAVs as the foundation for a new kind of transportation system for communities in developing countries that lack all-weather roads...

Rory Stewart: How To Build Democracy

In the past, democracy was hailed for the autonomy it gave citizens and the power it gave communities. Today, many citizens are skeptical of politicians and have lost faith in democracy. Rory Stewart, a member of the British Parliament, makes a case for changing the ways politicians address the public in order to regain the trust of their constituents...

Michael Sandel: The Lost Art of Democratic Debate

Political debates can often devolve into unproductive and emotionally charged cable news battles. The effectiveness of discussion is lost on presentation and wooing the audience over with style. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel poses the question of how we can restore the practice of civil debate that once made democracy so powerful and effective...