TED Talks Society and Culture


  • 7 minutes 21 seconds
    Is remote work better than being in the office? It's complicated | Mark Mortensen
    Opinions about remote work are plentiful and conflicting -- but what does the research say? Organizational design expert Mark Mortensen identifies the challenges of navigating the hybrid work debate and shares three conversation topics every workplace should explore as people change the way they show up on the job.
    18 July 2023, 2:44 pm
  • 4 minutes 11 seconds
    4 ways to make hybrid work better for everyone | Tsedal Neeley
    How can we rethink hybrid work so it brings out the best in both in-person and distributed employees? Leadership expert Tsedal Neeley shares the changes that we need to make in order to create workplaces that actually work -- no matter where you're located.
    12 April 2023, 2:24 pm
  • 10 minutes 29 seconds
    The surprising psychology behind your urge to break the rules | Paul Bloom
    We all experience it: that desire to do something wrong just for the sake of it. Whether it's walking on manicured grass or sticking your finger in a friend's ice cream, psychologist Paul Bloom invites us to see the clever, creative and beautiful side of these minor impulses to do bad. He dives into the psychology behind this all-too-human condition -- and proposes that it helps make our world a little more unpredictable and fun.
    16 March 2023, 2:57 pm
  • 56 minutes 25 seconds
    Demystifying the wild world of crypto | Laura Shin
    Is crypto truly the next big thing, or is it just a money-sucking flash in the pan? In a wide-ranging interview, journalist Laura Shin explains what crypto is (and what it definitely isn't), taking us through the most recent turns in its constantly evolving story -- including the recent meltdown caused by the bankruptcy of FTX. (This conversation, hosted by TED tech curator Simone Ross, was part of an exclusive TED Membership event on November 30, 2022. Visit ted.com/membership to become a TED Member.)
    5 December 2022, 4:02 pm
  • 10 minutes 27 seconds
    How to tackle the stigma of living with HIV | Gareth Thomas
    After his HIV diagnosis, former pro rugby player Gareth Thomas set out on a mission to tackle the stigma and shame that prevent people from getting the testing and care they need. In this empowering talk, Thomas shares his mission to demystify and redefine what it means to live with HIV -- and shares how each of us can normalize conversations around all vilified conditions.
    1 December 2022, 3:38 pm
  • 11 minutes 35 seconds
    The truth about faking orgasms | Karen Gurney
    Whose pleasure is prioritized during sex, and why? Psychosexologist Karen Gurney explains how a lack of equal pleasure in the bedroom actually reflects broader gender inequality in society -- and asks you to reconsider what dynamics are at play, even behind closed doors.
    17 October 2022, 3:28 pm
  • 5 minutes 33 seconds
    I'm terrified of wanting to be a billionaire | Pardis Parker
    Comedian Pardis Parker presents an unfortunate truth: being rich won't make you a legend. In this rollicking comedy set, he roasts society's obsession with billionaires -- and offers an alternative way to leave a legacy.
    14 October 2022, 2:48 pm
  • 9 minutes
    4 ways to design a disability-friendly future | Meghan Hussey
    Nearly fifteen percent of the world's population lives with a disability, yet this massive chunk of humanity is still routinely excluded from opportunities. Sharing her experience growing up with an autistic sister, disability inclusion advocate Meghan Hussey illuminates the path towards an inclusive future in four steps, and it starts with an attitude check on assumptions and stereotypes. Designing a world built for everyone is not a "nice to have," Hussey says -- it's critical to the fabric of society.
    11 October 2022, 2:49 pm
  • 8 minutes 38 seconds
    The online community supporting queer Africans | Okong'o Kinyanjui
    Feeling safe is a human right -- but in many African countries, colonial-era laws make it dangerous for LGBTQIA+ people to gather and share their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Creating a space that leaves no room for discrimination, pan-African LGBTQIA+ advocate Okong'o Kinyanjui cofounded an online platform that gives queer people access to opportunities, mentorship and support, providing the visibility and community every person needs to thrive.
    29 September 2022, 4:01 pm
  • 11 minutes 12 seconds
    How to build an equitable and just climate future | Peggy Shepard
    Everyone has the right to a clean environment -- but major disparities exist when it comes to who faces the consequences of pollution. Environmental justice leader Peggy Shepard points to the disproportionate impact that hazardous environmental conditions have on Black, brown and Indigenous communities and challenges us to build a truly equitable future that turns "sacrifice zones" -- where community health is sacrificed for the sake of development -- into "green zones" that redress the legacy of pollution and harmful policies.
    18 August 2022, 2:39 pm
  • 17 minutes 24 seconds
    A new understanding of human history and the roots of inequality | David Wengrow
    What if the commonly accepted narratives about the foundation of civilization are all wrong? Drawing on groundbreaking research, archaeologist David Wengrow challenges traditional thinking about the social evolution of humanity -- from the invention of agriculture to the formation of cities and class systems -- and explains how rethinking history can radically change our perspective on inequality and modern life.
    22 July 2022, 2:36 pm
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