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The Genesis Of Writing

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 04.21.2014 | TED Weekends
Lillie Leonardi

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat I came to learn was that the limits I set were of my own making. In expanding my consciousness, I learned that the limitation had become the ultimate liberation. With the added support of loved ones and a positive outlook, I was able to flip the negative situation in my favor.

Make Your Own Rules

Clara Lieu | Posted 04.21.2014 | TED Weekends
Clara Lieu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMany students are pleasantly surprised by the way that these requirements can stimulate creativity and ideas. I give one assignment called "Routine", in which students are asked to create a drawing based on one of their routines. Hopelessly addicted to chocolate pudding, one student depicted an exaggerated tower of empty pudding cups while another student visually represented flashbacks of his mother's death from cancer.

Why You Should Embrace Your Creative Blocks

Melissa Dinwiddie | Posted 04.18.2014 | TED Weekends
Melissa Dinwiddie

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiving yourself permission to create crap may not be comfortable, but creating isn't always comfortable! In fact, the most important thing that any would-be creator can do is learn to get comfortable with discomfort.

How A Bewildering Literary Phrase Taught Me To Love My Flaws And Limitations

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 04.17.2014 | TED Weekends
Henriette Lazaridis

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThese days, we can consume our art in conditions of perfection: CD's with no crackle or static, photographs with no scratches. But I think we all find something intriguing in the idea of the disturbance. We love the Easter egg in the video game, the intentional flaw of a Navajo rug or a quilt. More and more of us have tired of the digital clarity of a CD, and film is still being produced for those who want the imperfections of a negative in the darkroom.

Four Things We Can Learn from Embracing Our Limitations

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 04.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Juli Fraga

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur pain is often our greatest teacher. When we become more intimate with emotionally painful circumstances, we open ourselves up to what these struggles can teach us.

Left-Handed Miracles

Sandi Bachom | Posted 04.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Sandi Bachom

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI realized we are so limited in our thinking and the universe is so abundant, it's our fears that block it. When I set out on the streets of New York with my camera, there is that moment of doubt that all artists feel. "I can't do this. This time it won't work. I'm a fraud." And then, like learning to play the harmonica, or getting up on skates for the first time, you're flying, and the hair on the back of your neck stands on end and you lose all track of time. That's it, for me anyway.

How My 'Shake' Opened My Eyes To The True Meaning Of Life

MeiMei Fox | Posted 04.16.2014 | TED Weekends
MeiMei Fox

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf my identity had been destroyed, then I had no choice but to build a new one. Rather than viewing my ego annihilation as a tragedy, I began to view it as a gift--perhaps the greatest gift of my life. I could re-invent myself in any way that I desired.

Blurred Lines And The Right To Privacy

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.08.2014 | TED Weekends
Debbie Hines

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOnce more people come to better understand what their online identity means and also connect on an emotional level, many more people will speak out about their right to privacy and against government intrusion.

Privacy vs. Security: A False Dichotomy

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Robin Koerner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOf course, it's not just our privacy that has been sacrificed: our freedom of speech and our right to due process have been sacrificed by the same laws, and with the same justification, that paved the way to systematic and secret violation of privacy. So what the likes of Feinstein are really saying is that the American way of life has less value than 2996 innocent lives.

You're Not a Terrorist? Are You Sure?

Bea Edwards | Posted 04.03.2014 | TED Weekends
Bea Edwards

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf you haven't committed a crime, you assume that your comings and goings are innocent. But if the assumption is that you're a threat, then your everyday routine may not look so harmless.

LISTEN: 5 Ideas That May Change How You Think About Privacy

Posted 01.31.2014 | Technology

In a very special collaboration, TED, NPR and The Huffington Post are teaming up to explore the state of privacy today. Should we accept that shar...

Why NSA Snooping Is About a Lot More Than Just Our Privacy

Joe Lauria | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Joe Lauria

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiven the long history of government surveillance against activists in this country, and new facts revealed by Snowden, it is clear one reason for NSA surveillance is to potentially disrupt social protest against inequality in the U.S.

Beyond Orwell's Worst Nightmare

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Marjorie Cohn

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOrwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.

The Benefits From Government Surveillance Are Not Relevant!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo we test constitutionality by determining whether or not there is some benefit derived from its violation? The present system searches the innocent in order to find the guilty, something our Constitution has never tolerated.

Navigating The Awkward Side Of Parenting

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgArguably, the most important thing to remember is what has long-term implications. Trust is a fragile commodity and is easily damaged. Always assume that they will "fact check" you in some way. It may not be right away, but inevitably, the topic -- whatever it is -- will come up at some point with their siblings, cousins, friends or teachers.

'How Did The Tooth Fairy Find Me In New Delhi?'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Susan Stiffelman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgChildhood is brief; as the ubiquitous presence of media exposes our little ones to more and more "realities", they are being pushed to grow up at accelerated rates. Despite the arguments one can make about the importance of telling children the true truth, there are times when I believe it is okay to blur the edges of reality, as long as no one is being hurt.

Six Tips For 'The Talk'

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNobody wants to talk to their kids about sex. Nobody wants to think about their kids having sex--the same way nobody likes to think about their parents having sex. As biologically unlikely as it might be, we'd prefer to think that ours is the only generation that has ever or will ever have sex.

Protecting Vs. Overprotecting Our Children: Where's The Line?

Jan Cloninger | Posted 03.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Jan Cloninger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThrough the years, I've come to realize that fear is often a normal part of the parenting experience. If we don't learn to acknowledge and address it, our tendency to overprotect can actually hinder (and sometimes cripple) our children's development.

Are Our Fears Crippling Our Children?

Rosemary Strembicki | Posted 03.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Rosemary Strembicki

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiving in to our own fears and taking over difficult or dangerous tasks sends them the message that they're incapable of accomplishing these things on their own. Children pick up on these messages when they're very young.

Teen Brains, Danger, And Dopamine: Mindsight And Our Internal Compass

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | TED Weekends
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe can offer an internal experience that can teach teens "mindsight skills"--ways of knowing their own inner sense of what is a good choice, that can also help them learn without shattering a leg.

Finding The Balance Between Being A 'Yes' Mom And A 'No' Mom

Caren Chesler | Posted 03.15.2014 | TED Weekends
Caren Chesler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn any given day, I can find a thousand reasons to say, "Don't do that," from telling my child to stop playing with the jam packets in a restaurant to telling my husband not to use the last piece of toilet paper without replacing the roll. But I don't. I pick my battles. Because to dole out "No's" like playing cards can't be good for the soul.

Should We Encourage Kids To Play With Dangerous Things?

Beth Kuhel | Posted 03.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Beth Kuhel

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNot all kids are mature enough to handle power tools at eight years old but they may be able to when they're fifteen. Parents need to use their discretion and recognize the limits and abilities of their own children. While tinkering could be great for some kids it could be catastrophic for others.

5 'Dangerous' Things Parents Should Do To Their Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jim Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgParadoxically, in parents' well-intentioned attempts at protecting their children from harm, they actually leave them less prepared for the real dangers that your kids will face later in life. Exposure to what are for them risky experiences can build confidence, resilience, competence, respect, and responsibility.

I Was Completely Unsupervised As A Child - And I'm Grateful

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere were lots of moments when I wished someone were there to help me. But because there wasn't, I learned resourcefulness. I learned self-reliance. I learned that if I stayed calm and used my head, I could find my way through just about anything. These are lessons I carry with me to this day--and that have served me very well.

4 'Dangerous' Yet Crucial Things Every Parent Should Encourage

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThen comes what for most parents is the hard part - letting go and trusting that they will learn from their own mistakes, passions, uniqueness and psychological growing pains.