With over 6,000 events (in over 100 countries and over 1,000 cities) having taken place since the TEDx program’s start in 2009, the TEDx community is truly global. And with a community like this, we at the TEDx blog have decided to try something new — language playlists!
Do you speak Italian? Want to speak Italian? Curious about the language? Then you might enjoy this — our very first playlist of TEDx Talks in Italian.
Siete stanchi di guardare Talks in inglese? Buone Notizie - ora potete guardare Talks in italiano! Con TEDx, la vita è bella.
TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx Talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini’s talk and find out more about how to make your own TED-Ed lessons.
L’ottimismo come forma di lotta: Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini at TEDxFirenze
Well-known musician Lorenzo Jovanotti has been using TED talks to practice his English for years. However, in his own talk at TEDxFirenze, he steps away from the language learning to explore how different forms of optimism, like the mysterious “Bruce Lee effect” can motivate people to reach their goals.
Il noto musicista Lorenzo Jovanotti ha utilizzato per anni i TEDTalks per esercitare il suo inglese. Tuttavia, nel suo discorso a TEDxFirenze, passa dallo studio dell’apprendimento delle lingue allo studio delle diverse forme di ottimismo, come il misterioso “effetto Bruce Lee” che può motivare le persone a raggiungere i loro obiettivi.
Matematica: che forza, che bellezza!: Piergiorgio Odifreddi at TEDxPordenone
How beautiful can math be? According to Galileo, nature is a great book written in mathematical language. With this in mind, scholar and journalist Piergiorgio Odifreddi tells us three stories about how mathematics explains reality at TEDxPordenone.
Quanto può essere bella la matematica? Secondo Galileo, la natura è un grande libro scritto in linguaggio matematico. Con questo approccio, il giornalista Piergiorgio Odifreddi, racconta tre storie su come la matematica spiega la realtà in TEDxPordenone.
Una moneta a misura d’uomo: Lisa Bortolotti at TEDxBologna
At TEDxBologna, Lisa Bortolotti argues that the best way to improve Italy’s economy is to start rebuilding communities. (Filmed in Italian with subtitles in Italian, English and Dutch.)
A TEDxBologna, Lisa Bortolotti sostiene che il modo migliore per migliorare l’economia in Italia è quello di iniziare a ricostruire le comunità. (Video in italiano con sottotitoli in italiano, inglese e olandese.)
Tutto quel che sapete sul cibo è falso: Sara Farnetti at TEDxReggioEmilia
In this provocative talk at TEDxReggioEmilia, nutritionist Sara Farnetti dispels some deeply-rooted misconceptions about food.
In questo discorso provocatorio, la nutrizionista Sara Farnetti sfata alcuni malintesi profondamente radicati sul cibo.
E-cat e la fusione nucleare fredda con il Nichel e l’Idrogeno: Sergio Focardi at TEDxBologna
At TEDxBologna, Sergio Focardi, professor emeritus in physics at the University of Bologna, takes us on a journey towards the creation of the E-Cat, the first machine that produces electricity using cold fusion. (Filmed in Italian with subtitles in English, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.)
A TEDxBologna, Sergio Focardi, professore emerito di fisica presso l’Università di Bologna, ci accompagna in un viaggio verso la creazione della E-Cat, la prima macchina che produce energia elettrica utilizzando la fusione fredda. (Video in italiano con sottotitoli in inglese, italiano e cinese mandarino.)
May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week in the United States (and education week at TED — with TED’s first-ever television special, TED Talks Education premiering on PBS this week.) However, the TEDx program, with its global reach, is privileged to have a unique perspective on education across the world — and we’d like to celebrate teachers and schools the world over. Below, 5 TEDx Talks that explore some of the social, economic and political implications of guaranteeing good schools.
The impact desegregation had on schools: Rucker Johnson at TEDxMiamiUniversity
As schools were desegregated in the 1950s and 1960s, opponents feared that embracing students from low-performing, all-black schools would lower standards and unfairly disrupt white students’ performances. It’s been 60 years — were they right? No. As Rucker Johnson shows with his extensive research, desegregation had virtually no effect on white students, but propelled minority students to unprecedented levels of success.
No more easy answers: Adrián Paenza at TEDxJoven@RiodelaPlata
All too often, school lessons set concrete problems with clean answers. Which, suggests Adrián Paenza, can limit students’ creative problem-solving abilities. But perhaps more importantly, it can engender arrogance — setting classist expectations for the answers everyone ought to know. With humor and a few touching stories, he looks at some of the effects that unequal educational opportunities have on society. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)
Don’t mistake a dialect for a disorder: Sade Wilson at TEDxEMU
African American Vernacular English is a common dialect in the US. It’s not bad English, yet kids who grow up speaking it at home are too often misdiagnosed with speech and learning disabilities by teachers who either don’t recognize the dialect or give tests in their own dialect of English. At TEDxEMU, speech pathologist Sade Wilson sheds light on the issue and makes six recommendations to improve how teachers work with students who speak a dialect.
Where’s the R&D for better schools? Jim Shelton at TEDxMidAtlantic
If education is an essential social good, shouldn’t we make a bigger effort to figure out what’s worth investing in and what’s not? Governments invest in education, and governments invest in research, but according to Jim Shelton, many countries don’t invest much in education research. In this talk from TEDxMidAtlantic, he calls for expanding public investment into the research and development of new education practices and platforms.
A girl who demanded school: Kakenya Ntaiya at TEDxMidAtlantic
Kakenya Ntaiya made an unusual deal with her father in order to go to high school – something unheard-of for girls in her Maasai village. After continuing on to college in the US., Ntaiya returned to her village and set up a school for girls. In this talk, she shows how the school is changing the local culture by creating an alternative path for girls uninterested in marriage in their early teens.
(Photo credit: Flickr user Saynine)
The world recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the complex cellular instructions known as DNA. Currently, scientists across the globe are doing a lot more than showing off computer-generated spinning double helix models — they are using DNA to do almost unbelievable things — like create tailor-made microbes and resurrected mammoths.
Below, 5 talks on the wonder of deoxyribonucleic acid.
Sex, evolution, and innovation: Frances Arnold at TEDxUSC
We all know that organisms combine genes to create offspring. But what if we could harness those self-replicating processes and make them work for us, asks scientist Frances Arnold. At TEDxUSC, Arnold takes us through a world of possibilities, from testing drugs on microbes to aiding cancer drugs with engineered cells.
What does your genome reveal about you?: Gilean McVean at TEDxWarwick
The first sequenced human genome took years of work and billions of dollars to complete. Today, a person’s genome can be sequenced overnight for a just few thousand dollars. At TEDxWarwick, geneticist Gilean McVean examines the consequences of this technological advance and what it means for our understanding of disease.
How to bring a mammoth back to life: Beth Shapiro at TEDxDeExtinction
Bringing ancient mammoths back to life is assuredly a daunting task, but a major roadblock has been the lack of a complete mammoth genetic sequence due to deterioration over time. Scientist Beth Shaprio reveals the novel approaches that she and her colleagues are taking to revive ancient mammoths.
Creating algae factories for sustainable fuel: Michiel Mathijs at TEDxGhent
In this short and sweet talk from TEDxGhent, Michiel Mathijs elaborates on his plan to take species of algae, one of the most common life forms on the planet, and biologically engineer them to produce oil for fuel. Along the way, Mathijs addresses concerns over bioengineering, describing scientists as not composers, but the “DJs of life,” mixing and matching genetic material.
Genetically evolved technology: Luke Bawazer at TEDxWarwick
Inspired by evolution in the natural world, Luke Bawazer’s work incorporates a type of “synthetic DNA” to test and improve materials like computer chips. According to Bawazer, this type of man-made evolution might one day lead to products that naturally adapt to suit the needs of consumers.
(Video: IBM’s YouTube channel)
Scientists at IBM have beautifully blended science and art by making a film out of carbon atoms. The film, titled “A Boy and His Atom,” took two painstaking weeks to put together, but the effort was worth it: Guinness World Records has officially proclaimed it the “smallest stop-motion film” in the world.
To celebrate, 5 TEDx Talks that show that good things come in small packages.
Nuclear musicians: Radioactive Orchestra at TEDxGöteborg
Why stop at making films out of atoms? At TEDxGöteborg, the Radioactive Orchestra makes a musical connection to the world of atoms by measuring the gamma radiation coming from electrons to produce sounds of varying pitches.
The performativity of matter: Zoe Laughlin at TEDxBrussels
At TEDxBrussels, Zoe Laughlin uses exciting materials such as aerogel — one of the lightest solid materials on Earth — invented by NASA to collect space dust to take art and nanotechnology even further.
Nanomaterials — the science of the small: Stefan Bon at TEDxWarwick
Stefan Bon explores the hype around all things “nano,” with some cool experiments thrown in for good measure at TEDxWarwick.
Material innovation now: Andrew Dent at TEDxGrandRapids
At TEDxGrandRapids, Andrew Dent sexes up material science and product design, explaining how tinkering with materials and their properties can create innovative material solutions.
Tools smaller than cells: Jennifer Campbell at TEDxQueensU
At TEDxQueensU, Jennifer Campbell brings us to the world of the nanoscale, looking at products smaller than a fraction of a millimeter and showcasing tools so small they are sensitive to individual molecules.