Tag Archives: Ted Talk

(VIDEO) Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems

October 7, 2013

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Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? In this Ted Talk, Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business […]

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VIDEO — Why bees are important to your business

September 17, 2013

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Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? In this Ted Talk, Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of […]

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BIZ VIDEO — Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

September 4, 2013

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Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and […]

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(VIDEO) Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of “willful blindness” — which Mississippians know nothing about

August 12, 2013

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Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a […]

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Bastian Schaefer: A 3D-printed jumbo jet?

July 29, 2013

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In this Ted Talk, Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world’s, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that’s full of light and space — and built up from generative parts in a […]

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(VIDEO) Paul Kemp-Robertson: Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency

July 25, 2013

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Currency — the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account — is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy. Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson, in this TedTalk, walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a […]

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one …

July 12, 2013

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For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio in this Ted Talk, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that’s more […]

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Dan Pallotta: Why our investing in charity is dead wrong

July 11, 2013

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In this Ted Talk, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their […]

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots for our jobs

June 28, 2013

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Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. In this Ted Talk, Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and […]

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) This one never gets old — Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

June 14, 2013

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At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself. As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs spearheaded a few of the most iconic products in technology, entertainment and design.

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