This Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, over 150 TEDx events will join the anchor TEDxWomen event in Washington D.C. in a global conversation about the state of women in the world today. Right now, influential and inspiring women are making great strides in the field of science, from the study of tiny microbes to the development of quantum computing. In the spirit of TEDxWomen, we present seven talks from women who are helping to expand our scientific horizons.
Click here for the TEDxWomen livestream, which will be broadcasting from Friday, November 30 at 6:00 pm to Saturday, December 1 at 7:45 pm EST.
When Larissa Oliveira arrived in Peru to study a new species of fur seal, she discovered that it was already threatened by the loss of its primary food source due to overfishing and the effects of climate change. She shares her story of taking action to convince governments and communities that the the little-known anchovita fish — and the creatures who depend on it — are worth saving. (Spanish, with English subtitles).
Flowers are astoundingly manipulative, and need to be if they are to defend themselves against predators, find food and reproduce. Heather Whitney sheds light on the invisible tactics flowers use to exploit their pollinators.
TEDxChange — themed “the Big Picture” — is asking communities all around the world to stop thinking small and start thinking big: How do you contribute to the world’s problems and how can you contribute to their solution?
Mauricio Curi — organizer of TEDxVilaMada — and the Brazilian TEDx community are directly answering that question: A network of 13 events throughout Brazil will jointly take part in the April 5th livestream of TEDxChange.
A few of the 13 events will have live speakers, who will be broadcast concurrently to the stage of the other events around the country.
Since 2011, TEDxVilaMada has been using a platform they call UxChange to make sure that good ideas are turned into better actions. They started with a C02 compensation initiative that had events handing out test tubes of tree seedlings to each attendee, along with instructions on how to plant the trees. The progress of these seedlings is tracked on the UxChange platform.
To date, eight different events have taken part, and Mauricio Curi has high hopes for this year, noting, “We intend to run UxChange again at TEDxVilaMadáChange, our first 2012 event, in cooperation with other Brazilian TEDx organizers…the idea is to compensate C02 emissions nationwide.”