At what I thought was a routine appointment in 2004, I met my little white blob face-to-face for the first time: A golf ball-sized brain tumor had lodged itself behind my right inner ear, intertwined with the delicate, wet-tissue-paper strands of my hearing, balance and facial nerves for what the doctors guessed was five years before it was found.
He tweeted from the International Space Station. Now astronaut Chris Hadfield tells the amazing story of going blind in space. Then he covers David Bowie, just because.
We often mistake the artificial chemical and psychological thrill of fake edges for the real. In fact we often seek them out as a substitute for the reality of change, growth and exploration. Our minds and bodies help us in this, as they react much the same to this simulations as to the real world. Thus we scream in horror movies or amusement park rides and get a rush from blowing up the bad guys in video games.
I'd spent 12 years building a career as a model in NYC. Prior to that, I'd immigrated to the US from the Philippines. In between, I'd gone to Thailand for 2 major surgical procedures that transformed my body physically into what emotionally I'd known since I was 5 years old -- that I am a woman.
That's the funny thing about finding your courage, going after your dreams, and living your truth. It not only allows you to live your life from a fulfilling, authentic, on-purpose place but it lets others know that they can do the same for themselves.
You can inspire people to want to change, learn, evolve, grow, try new solutions, gently test the borders of their comfort zones, and transform.
Launching a successful business could be used as a blueprint for the identification and pursuit of a successful relationship. So, before your next "relationship venture," you may want to think like an entrepreneur and consider the four following concepts.
She's a model and a beauty pageant queen now. But she reveals that her life started out in a very different place. Don't miss Geena Rocero's powerful story about identity, gender and finding the courage to be your true self.
What could we do with a billion dollars invested in a "Deploy or Die" campaign aimed at the world's poorest communities? Would it be a better and more powerful way to address inequality?
It can strike when we consider looking for a new job, debate starting our own company, are faced with multiple job offers, or when we're confronted by the dreaded question, "Is this really what I want to be doing?"
Philanthropy has long been associated with non-profits, but the indelible mark private companies have made on the world should make us wonder where our donations really have the most impact.
Once you start to understand what motivates people to engage with your content - whether that's a video, a blog post or some other experience - you can begin to build vibrant communities of participation. And today, since almost everything we do involves technology, it's getting easier and easier to determine what those motivators are.
Rebecca Black. Double rainbows. Nyan cat. Why do some videos made by ordinary people become internet sensations? And what do the videos we love say about who we are? YouTube's Kevin Allocca breaks it down in this nostalgic viral video tour.
I believe that TED Youth and YouTube together have great potential -- to inspire youth to use these powerful platforms to change the world and tell great stories. Moreover, as a psychologist who studies how these simple and easily accessible online tools shape youth values, I thought he missed an opportunity to inspire the youth who were so eagerly listening to his speech.
Don't forget that unexpectedness can also have more to do with showing that you are human. Being authentic. Not being afraid to show your vulnerable side. Whether it's a video, or real life, these moments demonstrate something in human nature that we can all relate to.
This crowd wisdom from social communities is not a new phenomenon. However, it's certainly gaining traction and acceptance.