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Every Child Has A Story To Tell

Joanna Breitstein | Posted 12.07.2014 | TED Weekends
Joanna Breitstein

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEducation gives children voice, and it is through that voice that they have the power to tell their story. To hear more stories, we need more education.

We Need A Media That Tells All Of Our Stories

Josh Stearns | Posted 12.07.2014 | TED Weekends
Josh Stearns

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHaving just one story is as dangerous to our community as having just one kind of corn is to our crops.

Storytelling And Its Discontents

Jessica Clark | Posted 12.06.2014 | TED Weekends
Jessica Clark

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpg There's no straight line between a listener learning about the diverse experiences of others and that listener's mind being opened. For some, it slams the door even tighter. Instead of just reducing the teller to a single story, they diminish her even further, into a body subject to harm.

Our Story Is Our Choice

Christa Avampato | Posted 12.01.2014 | TED Weekends
Christa Avampato

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf my childhood had been blissful, if my father had been more interested in raising me than in reading the New York Times, and again, if I had been enough of something to hold his attention, then I might have never found my love for travel, for dreaming, and yes, for stories. And that, too, is part of my childhood story just as much as his neglect and disinterest.

WATCH: This Talk Will Make You Question How Much You Really Know About Everything

TEDTalks | Posted 11.26.2014 | TED Weekends

Stories make us who we are. In this inspiring talk, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beautifully conveys the importance of seeking out many stories from different points of view to form our understanding of the world.

WATCH: Calling All Introverts! It's Okay If You're Not A Social Butterfly. In Fact It Could Be A Good Thing

TEDTalks | Posted 06.23.2015 | TED Weekends

Why does the world seem to celebrate schmoozers, and what might we be missing when we assume quieter people have nothing worth saying? This persuasive talk from author (and self-proclaimed introvert) Susan Cain will leave you questioning your assumptions about what makes a good leader, and you may see the people in your life a bit differently - yourself included.

"I'm Tired of Hating People" -- A Growing Movement Based In Love

Matthew Albracht | Posted 11.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Matthew Albracht

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgFor every person that turns to terrorism or bullying or violence of any kind, there are millions more who don't feel the hate or prejudice as deeply, who can be encouraged and uplifted.

Bullying and Bigotry: Being Judged For Something Out Of Your Control

Sue Scheff | Posted 11.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Sue Scheff

Being able to accept others without judgment requires so much less energy and effort than hatred does.

WATCH: Meet The Terrorist's Son Who Refused To Follow In His Father's Footsteps

Zak Ebrahim | Posted 11.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Zak Ebrahim

Abused as a child. Bullied. Raised by a terrorist. These are true facts about the life of Zak Ebrahim. Here's another one: Today, Zak tours the world as an advocate for tolerance and peace. Watch his remarkable story, and ask yourself: What does it take to choose nonviolence?

How My Son's Differences Are Extraordinary

Christie Taylor | Posted 11.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs geneticists, if they truly wish to serve their clients in the best way possible, it will be to always remember the human component. Tests are essential but so are the countless things that can't be measured.

WATCH: This Sister's Tribute To Her Autistic Brothers Will Make You Rethink What It Means To Be Different

TEDTalks | Posted 11.05.2014 | TED Weekends

Faith Jegede speaks passionately about the beauty of being different in this short, inspiring ode to her two autistic brothers. Forget being normal, she says: Be extraordinary.

WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

TEDTalks | Posted 10.29.2014 | TED Weekends

How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?

The One Minute Blog. Middle East Truce.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.06.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Is it possible to create a long-lasting peace in the Middle East on the heels of the 72-hour truce? With Israeli and Palestinian delegates in Cairo...

The One Minute Blog: Kids Grieve, Too.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.05.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Listening to Christopher's story made me realize how hard it must be to grieve as a child. One day love feels permanent, and the next, it's completely uprooted.

The One Minute Blog: Ebola Cure?

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.04.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa set off a panic. It's not surprising. The symptoms are alarming, with internal and external bleeding the most horrific. And yet, amid the panic, there is hope.

Counting Sheep? Here's a Better Ritual for Insomniacs

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.03.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

I began experimenting with this ritual, and I found that it forced me to banish complaint. It cleansed me of grievances and life's upsets. More importantly, it encouraged me to embrace the magic in my life -- the benefits.

The Boat People

Peg Melnik | Posted 09.30.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

My friend, Susan, has a great philosophy of life. On a morning walk, she explained her boat metaphor to me. Susan waved her hands slightly to imita...

Autism, Empathy And The Sally-Anne Test

Hannah Brown | Posted 05.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Hannah Brown

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI asked if he had brushed his teeth, knowing he hadn't gone into the bathroom, and he grinned at me, saying, "Yeah!" In the parallel universe of autism parenthood, I jumped for joy and called his therapist to share the good news.

Are We Thinking of Art All Wrong?

Laura Cococcia | Posted 06.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

Think of how physically taxing painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel must have been; think of how many assistants and workmen must have been needed to complete it. Someone, surely, had to get the ceiling there to be painted on in the first place.

Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?

My Life In Comets

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 02.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Zoe P. Strassfield

I'm lucky to live at a time when my species is doing such incredible things, and there are surely plenty of historic moments still to come. And I'm hopeful about Comet ISON next November...

WATCH: Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking

Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living

For many of us, multitasking is part of everyday life: Tweeting, evaluating a revolutionary business startup and preparing a sandwich all in the same ...

Chevy and the Argonne: The Quest to Create the Volt Battery

Kate Silver | Posted 02.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Silver

Like Jason's quest to find the Golden Fleece with the help of the Argonauts, GM enlisted the Argonne (National Laboratory) to help them produce the revolutionary battery for Chevrolet's Volt.

The Good Doctor

Jesse Dylan | Posted 01.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Jesse Dylan

We must acknowledge that our health care system is composed of people -- it doesn't just take care of people. Those people -- our cardiologists, nurse practitioners, X-ray technicians, and surgeons -- work better when they work together.

Making Great Ideas Even Greater: Introducing TEDWeekends

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Arianna Huffington

TED and HuffPost are planning an exciting experiment in the weeks ahead. We want to highlight some of today's most intriguing ideas. But to do so in a way that sees those ideas morph and develop in real time, in response to input from thousands of contributors, perhaps including you. Every weekend for the next year, we'll introduce a theme, anchored to a TEDTalk we think has at its core a powerful and timely concept. But rather than simply offering it up as is, we're opening it up to you to write your own post about it, leave a comment behind, and help refine it. Because that's the thing about ideas. They're not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, each of whom may bring an additional insight, they're capable of adaptation until they find their most potent form. A form that can truly go viral and perhaps impact millions of minds.