The power of introverts | Susan Cain

When I was nine years old, I went off to summer camp for the first time. And my mother packed me a suitcase full of books, which to me seemed like a perfectly natural thing to do. Because in my family, reading was the primary group activity. And this might sound antisocial to you, but […]

Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

Namaskar. I’m a movie star, I’m 51 years of age, and I don’t use Botox as yet. (Laughter) So I’m clean, but I do behave like you saw like a 21-year-old in my movies. Yeah, I do that. I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people back home in India who assume […]

What Islam really says about women | Alaa Murabit

So on my way here, the passenger next to me and I had a very interesting conversation during my flight. He told me, “It seems like the United States has run out of jobs, because they’re just making some up: cat psychologist, dog whisperer, tornado chaser.” A couple of seconds later, he asked me, “So […]

David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?

So I’ve been thinking about the difference between the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you put on your résumé, which are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that get mentioned in the eulogy, which are deeper: who are you, in your […]

Teach every child about food | Jamie Oliver

Sadly, in the next 18 minutes when I do our chat, four Americans that are alive will be dead through the food that they eat. My name’s Jamie Oliver. I’m 34 years old. I’m from Essex in England and for the last seven years I’ve worked fairly tirelessly to save lives in my own way. […]

How to make applying for jobs less painful | The Way We Work, a TED series

Applying for jobs online is one of the worst digital experiences of our time. And applying for jobs in person really isn’t much better. [The Way We Work] Hiring as we know it is broken on many fronts. It’s a terrible experience for people. About 75 percent of people who applied to jobs using various […]

Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

Steve Ramirez: My first year of grad school, I found myself in my bedroom eating lots of Ben & Jerry’s watching some trashy TV and maybe, maybe listening to Taylor Swift. I had just gone through a breakup. (Laughter) So for the longest time, all I would do is recall the memory of this person […]

The freakonomics of McDonalds vs. drugs | Steven Levitt

You’ll be happy to know that I’ll be talking not about my own tragedy, but other people’s tragedy. It’s a lot easier to be lighthearted about other people’s tragedy than your own, and I want to keep it in the spirit of the conference. So, if you believe the media accounts, being a drug dealer […]

How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. My patient Kathy planned her wedding when she was in middle school. She would meet her future husband by age 27, get engaged a year later and get married a year after that. But when Kathy turned 27, she […]