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Impact investing: influence the change. | Rosa Sangiorgio | TEDxRovigo

As an old Chinese saying goes: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” This is the distance between volunteering and education, between almsgiving and impact investing. Rosa teaches us that impact investing means investing in something that produces an impact, that helps build a more prosperous future: thinking about social return along with economic return. Rosa Sangiorgio is interested in finance thanks to the legendary film “Wall Street”. She graduated from LUISS and then worked for various international banking institutions in Rome, Luxembourg and currently in Zurich. Passionate on investments, she became interested in sustainability and impact investing a few years ago, thanks to some collaborations with NGOs and Microfinance Organizations in Brazil and Uganda. As a good investor, Rosa also diversifies her leisure time: she is a volleyball coach and player, a sailboat skipper, an amateur theatre actress. “If you have the opportunity to do amazing things in your life, I strongly encourage you to invite someone to join you.” - Simon Sinek
( 2018-03-18 , Translator: Cecilia Secco , Reviewer: Muriel de Meo )

Towards a plant-based diet | Benjamín Sigurgeirsson | TEDxReykjavik

Benjamín Sigurgeirsson has a PhD in Biotechnology from KTH, Stockholm. He is currently working as a teacher and researcher at the Faculty of Life- and Environmental Sciences at University of Iceland. In his talk at TEDxReykjavík, Benjamín says that through little fault of our own, we are now consuming a diet that exploits animals and is destructive to the environment and life on our planet. He is confident that we have what it takes to make changes for the better and challenges us all to re-imagine our diet and explore the tremendous benefits we can achieve by doing so. It’s easy if we try. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
( 2018-03-17 , Transcriber: Benjamín Sigurgeirsson , Reviewer: Peter Van de Ven , Grade: 9.7 )

Amishi Jha: How to tame your wandering mind

Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention's power, Jha says -- but some simple techniques can boost it. "Pay attention to your attention," Jha says.
( 2018-03-16 , Grade: 7.5 )

Vittorio Loreto: Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known

"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the math that drives it could explain how we create new ideas.
( 2018-03-16 , Grade: 7.7 )

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( 2018-03-16 , Grade: 7.5 )

Sally Kohn: What we can do about the culture of hate

We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.
( 2018-03-16 , Grade: 6.9 )

The story of the Via della Barbiera | Elisabetta Salvatori | TEDxBolognaSalon

Elisabetta Salvatori weaves together the story of the origins of a local road called "Via della Barbiera," the "Road of the Barber." Elisabetta Salvatori was born in Versilia. After her artistic studies, she discovered the charm of theatre and then became a storyteller. At first, she narrated fairy tales. Each story was enclosed in a suitcase, like a small traveling theatre. She then began to tell stories for adults. In some of her stories, only her voice remains on the stage, a voice capable of intertwining with the local dialect of Versilia in a delicate and masterly way. She chooses real stories collected from people, places and traditions. She is curious to discover the origins of tales that remain hidden. She revives the stories in order to return them to her audience, just like a real restorer. She tells stories of real life, powerful feelings, small actions, suffering and passion, courage and love. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
( 2018-03-16 , Translator: Simone De Biase , Reviewer: Tanya Cushman , Approver: Peter Van de Ven )

The beguiling power of the well-told tale | Sue Bolton | TEDxSWPS

Turning our experiences into stories to tell others can be a powerful way of making sense of what happens to us, as well as being one of life’s great pleasures. However, Sue Bolton asks us to consider whether our need to give narrative shape to our lives is sometimes just a comfortable excuse for lazy thinking. Beyond that, what happens when cultural stories lead to bloodshed and bigotry? English teacher Sue Bolton has spent nearly thirty years reading, telling and writing stories with generations of students. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
( 2018-03-16 , Transcriber: Tanya Cushman , Reviewer: Peter Van de Ven , Grade: 7.5 )

Liz Ogbu: What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them?

Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she's questioning the all too familiar story of gentrification: that poor people will be pushed out by development and progress. "Why is it that we treat culture erasure and economic displacement as inevitable?" she asks, calling on developers, architects and policymakers to instead "make a commitment to build people's capacity to stay in their homes, to stay in their communities, to stay where they feel whole."
( 2018-03-15 , Grade: 7.7 )

Chris Nowinski: Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE

Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes -- a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It's called CTE, and it's the medical mystery that Chris Nowinski wants to solve by analyzing brains after death -- and it's why, when Nowinski meets a pro athlete, his first question is: "Can I have your brain?" Hear more from this ground-breaking effort to protect athletes' brains -- and yours, too.
( 2018-03-15 , Grade: 5.3 )

Are "smart cities" really smart? Let's ask nature/Biomimicry! | Prashant Dhawan | TEDxVNRVJIET

With the smart cities revolution on the brink in our country, a time when our future with a better and sustainable lifestyle seems dubious, it is reassuring to look up to a resolute vision of nature integrated solutions to human problems. Prashant Dhawan is the face who has brought about a commendable change in the field of Biomimicry in India. He is the co-founder of Biomimicry India Network. He holds his MS degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University, USA and was awarded Biomimicry Professional Certification by Biomimicry 3.8, USA. He completed his graduation in architecture from Delhi SPA and MBA from ISB Hyderabad. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
( 2018-03-15 , Transcriber: lisa thompson , Reviewer: Peter Van de Ven , Grade: 6.7 )

Rei: "my mama" / "BLACK BANANA"

Singer-songwriter Rei brings her mix of indie rock and blues to the TED stage in a performance of two songs, "my mama" and "BLACK BANANA."
( 2018-03-15 , Grade: 15.1 )

Hadi Eldebek: How artists contribute to the economy -- and how we can support them

The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture -- so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities -- so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.
( 2018-03-15 , Grade: 7.3 )

WorkLife with Adam Grant: The problem with all-stars

The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans during the NCAA tournament by beating top teams with far bigger stars. How do they do it? Adam Grant talks to Butler players as well as to Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis and the "No-Stats All-Star" Shane Battier to reveal how a culture of humility can propel a team (of any kind) to greater heights.
( 2018-03-15 , Grade: 6.3 )

Soul music is like secularized gospel | Rashod Ollison | TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas

Rashod has a way with words. He also has an astute understanding of the impact music has on culture. This is his story: rhythm, soul, coming of age through vinyl. Rashod Ollison is an award-winning music and culture critic and native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been a staff critic at The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
( 2018-03-14 , Transcriber: Tanya Cushman , Reviewer: Peter Van de Ven , Grade: 8.5 )

Adong Judith: How I use art to bridge misunderstanding

Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work -- including the play "Silent Voices," which brought victims of the Northern Ugandan war against Joseph Kony's rebel group together with political, religious and cultural leaders for transformative talks. "Listening to one another will not magically solve all problems," Judith says. "But it will give a chance to create avenues to start to work together to solve many of humanity's problems."
( 2018-03-14 , Grade: 9.9 )

How to see like an artist | Scott Mallory | TEDxAbbotsford

In this talk, artist Scott Mallory shows how rhythm can enrich our understanding of who we are. He argues that it is through rhythmic gestures that people can identify with an artist in a deeper way that cannot just be explained with words. Additionally, he explains how everything has rhythm, not just art. But also the way we walk, talk, breathe, think, blink, move, etc. Engaging with these rhythms helps him relate to the world around him. Scott Mallory works with virtual reality, visual effects and 3D animation, video and sound art, filmmaking, sound design, and live instrumentation to create artwork that explores quantum physics and perception, and experimental music with jazz, electronic and rock. He participates in research for Leaning Out of Windows, a project designing models of “hybrid research” between artists and physicists at TRIUMF, Canada’s national particle physics lab, towards understanding the nature of reality. His video work showed at the TED2016 “Dream” Conference, the Biennial Foundation Annual Reception for the Venice Biennale 57 Opening/Press Week, and his sound work accompanies a Mercury Space Capsule sculpture made of wood from Barack Obama’s inauguration platform in Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He is the Founder and Lead Organizer of TEDxECUAD, a TED Conferences attendee, and media arts faculty at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
( 2018-03-14 , Transcriber: Mizuki Deguchi , Reviewer: Riaki Poništ , Grade: 8.6 )

Margaret Gould Stewart: How the hyperlink changed everything

The hyperlink is the LEGO block of the internet. Here's the bizarre history of how it came to be, as told by user experience master Margaret Gould Stewart.
( 2018-03-13 , Grade: 8.6 )

David Rockwell: The hidden ways stairs shape your life

Stairs don't just get you from point A to point B. Architect David Rockwell explains how they shape your movement -- and your feelings.
( 2018-03-13 , Grade: 6.2 )

Isaac Mizrahi: How the button changed fashion

How the simple button changed the world, according to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
( 2018-03-13 , Grade: 5.4 )