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Humanity is more important than money — it’s time for capitalism to get an upgrade

14/07/2018

What capitalism prioritizes, the world does more of. So how can we change capitalism so that it focuses on what humans really want and need? Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has a surprising proposal. Think of the activities on the list below: Parenting or caring for loved ones Teaching or nurturing children Creating art, music, dance Working […]

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How food — yes, food — can be a tool for social change

12/07/2018

Chef David Hertz is trying to build a movement that uses food to create jobs, increase empathy, and even address inequality. Everything changed for Brazilian chef David Hertz when he visited a favela for the first time. It was 2004, and he’d just quit his job as a chef at an upscale restaurant on the […]

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How a snot-collecting marine drone is giving us an exciting new view of whale life

10/07/2018

How a flying device combined with some nifty software is serving up invaluable information about the health of whales — and our oceans Back in 2011, researcher Iain Kerr was having a frustrating day chasing sperm whales on the Gulf of Mexico. Kerr, CEO of the nonprofit Ocean Alliance, would wait to spot a whale […]

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What I learned from crossing Antarctica on skis, alone

05/07/2018

In attempting the first solo crossing of Antarctica, Ben Saunders battled white-out landscapes, shifting snows and mind-altering monotony — all while pulling hundreds of pounds of supplies. Here’s what he discovered on his incredible journey. In 2004, 27-year-old polar explorer Ben Saunders (TED Talk: To the South Pole and back, the hardest 105 days of […]

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Activism isn’t just for adults and teens. We need to teach younger kids to be activists, too.

03/07/2018

If we want our children to grow up to be thoughtful and engaged citizens, we should help them be part of social change now. I grew up petrified of acid rain. The name itself was terrifying, and it haunted my waking hours. Did it eat people’s faces? Would wild animals survive it? My parents were […]

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How to build closer relationships

29/06/2018

Advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections. “Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?” It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more connected to the real VIPs in our life: that is, the people we care about, […]

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How on earth do you discover a brand-new blue pigment? By accident.

29/06/2018

When the last blue pigment was discovered, Thomas Jefferson was in the White House. The recent creation of YInMn blue is a thrilling tale complete with expletives, accidents and invisible abilities. Just ask chemist and materials scientist Mas Subramanian. There are no new colors in the world to be discovered — at least that’s what […]

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Arenas and zoos can be overwhelming for children with autism. Here’s how one kid’s parents are trying to help.

29/06/2018

Julian Maha and Michele Kong have been grabbed, yelled at, and criticized in public places when their son had a meltdown. So they started an organization that helps families like theirs feel welcome wherever they go. Like many kids his age, six-year-old Abram Maha was fascinated by mummies. So one summer day in 2014, his […]

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How can we save more lives during a refugee crisis? See it coming before it hits.

29/06/2018

Refugee advocate Rana Novack is using AI to help predict new waves of migration — so the world can help before disaster strikes. Mass migrations are part of our modern reality: The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes, by war or persecution, ballooned to 68.5 million people in 2017, according to the UN. […]

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Try these two smart techniques to help you master your emotions

29/06/2018

By more clearly identifying our feelings or by recategorizing them, we can reduce suffering (yes!) and increase well-being, says neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. “He’s an angry person”; “I’m a very anxious person.” We’ve all made statements like these. They point towards the belief that emotions are hardwired in our brains or automatically triggered by events. […]

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