Category: Video Gallery

  • Jonathan Trent: Energy from floating algae pods

    Jonathan Trent: Energy from floating algae pods

      Call it “fuel without fossils”: Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. Hear his team’s bold vision for Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) and how it might power the future.  

  • Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government

    Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government

      What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness — connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the “writable society” …  

  • Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

    Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

      Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on […]

  • Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters

    Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters

      The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important — not as […]

  • Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts

    Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts

      Civil wars and ethnic conflicts have brought the world incredible suffering, but Stefan Wolff’s figures show that, in the last 20 years, their number has steadily decreased. He extracts critical lessons from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor and more to show that leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are our three most effective weapons in waging […]

  • Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

    Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

      Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women’s issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a “soft” issue, she says, women’s issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny […]

  • Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution

    Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution

      Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt’s democratic revolution … with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime’s violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that “the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.” […]

  • David Brooks: The social animal

    David Brooks: The social animal

      Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences — insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can’t hope to understand humans as separate […]

  • Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

    Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

      Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.  

  • Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

    Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

      Peter Diamandis runs the X Prize Foundation, which offers large cash incentive prizes to inventors who can solve grand challenges like space flight, low-cost mobile medical diagnostics and oil spill cleanup. He is the chair of Singularity University, which teaches executives and grad students about exponentially growing technologies