Monthly Archives: July 2010

TEDGlobal: Johan Rockstrm and resilience

Ecologist Johan Rockstrm begins by reminding us modern humans have just experienced “10,000 years of grace,” an interglacial period capable of supporting human development. He tells us we’re currently putting the planet into a “quadruple squeeze” through pressures of human … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Sugata Mitra, beyond Hole in the Wall

Sugata Mitra tells us that there are places on Earth, in every country where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go. And those places, as it turns out, is … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Sebastian Seung mapping the connectome

Sebastian Seung asks the room at TEDGlobal whether they are more than their genes. After all, genes seem like they have awesome power. They control our appearance and our vulnerability to diseases. But we think we’re more than our genes. … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Stefano Mancuso and plant intelligence

Botanist Stefano Mancuso sees something moving from the biblical story of the ark. “Where are the plants?” There’s a deep bias in human history that tells us that plants aren’t living creatures. We tend to say that the blue whale … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Heribert Watzke – We cook therefore we are

Heribert Watzke isn’t a real popular guy with the raw foods crowd, I suspect. He theorizes that humans aren’t omnivores, but coctivors – we are the animals that eat cooked food. He asks us to smile at each other, and … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Gero Miessenbck wants to control our brains

Gero Miessenbck tells us he has a dopplegander – Dr. Gero from Dragonball Z. This sinister character has his skull removed and can control things with his brain. And Miessenbck believes we can control the brain through light. But that’s … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Peter Eigen and global transparency

Peter Eigen, the founder of Transparency International, warns us that our governance systems are failing us in the face of a globalized economy. We can see evidence of this failing governance: billions of poor, hungry, people without access to sanitation. … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Auret Van Heerden and bringing human rights into the global supply chain

Auret Van Heerden of the Fair Labor Association holds up a cellphone and tells us that the phone started its life with artisinal mines, run by gangs and staffed by slaves in the Congo. It was built in a factory … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Jessica Jackley’s new project, Profounder

Apologies for missing much of the morning. I gave a lecture in my friend Munro Price’s program at the Annenberg Summer program in Oxford. I’ll be missing some more talks this afternoon as well, getting ready for my afternoon talk… … Continue reading

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TEDGlobal: Transforming voting, and education

David Bismark has a very clever idea for making elections more transparent and verifiable. He explains that elections are incredibly hard to carry out – “running a country wide election is messy and bad things happen.” To make sure as … Continue reading

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