TED Business


Every Monday, host Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world.

  • 10 minutes 6 seconds
    A comedian's take on how to save democracy | Jordan Klepper

    Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose.

    20 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 13 minutes 38 seconds
    How to live with economic doomsaying | Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak

    Economic crises can and do happen. But for every true crisis, there are many false alarms, says economist Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak. He explains how to live with the media's pervasive economic doomsaying, why we should stop treating financial forecasts like a precise science — and what we should embrace instead. After the talk, Modupe shares why she’s a “rational optimist” about economic narratives — and what "rational optimism" means to her. 

    13 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 17 minutes 4 seconds
    Why are women still taken less seriously than men? | Mary Ann Sieghart

    Women are routinely underestimated, overlooked, interrupted, talked over or mistaken for someone more junior at the workplace. Author Mary Ann Sieghart calls this the "authority gap" — all the ways women are (still) taken less seriously than men, despite proven competence and expertise. She explains how we can close this pernicious gap and why everyone wins when we do so. After the talk, Modupe shares another tool to help close the gap.

    6 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 15 minutes 14 seconds
    How business can improve the world, not just the bottom line | Esha Chhabra

    "Sustainability has become more marketing than action," says environmental business journalist Esha Chhabra. Challenging conventional business models solely focused on profit, she shares how regenerative companies that embed purpose into every facet of their operations can drive real change — and make things better for people and the planet. After the talk, Modupe reflects on what it means to run a regenerative business.

    29 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 17 minutes 12 seconds
    Climate action's hidden opportunities for women | Zineb Sqalli

    Climate action has historically had a gender-neutral lens, but this lack of intentionality has actually negatively impacted women, says gender and climate researcher Zineb Sqalli. Using real-world, gender-equal programs as examples Sqalli offers solutions for advancing both sustainability and gender equality – at the same time. After the talk, Modupe shares ways organizations can increase gender diversity and promote inclusion.

    22 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 23 minutes 13 seconds
    How business leaders can renew democracy | Daniella Ballou-Aares

    How much should business leaders speak out about threats to democracy? It's a question many corporations are wrestling with these days. Business and democracy leader Daniella Ballou-Aares shows why companies have both the ability and the responsibility to engage in protecting elections and the rule of law — and why their bottom lines may depend on doing so. After the talk, Daniella joins Modupe for a conversation on business, politics and the year ahead.

    15 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 15 minutes 51 seconds
    3 steps to better connect with your fellow humans | Amber Cabral

    How can you effectively support people at work and in your community, especially when they're different from you? Inclusion strategist Amber Cabral shares three steps you can take to build connection — emphasizing that even small, everyday actions can make a big difference to those around you. After the talk, Modupe shares questions we can ask to help bridge divides.

    8 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 18 minutes 41 seconds
    6 tips on being a successful entrepreneur | John Mullins

    Sometimes, you need to break the rules to innovate — but which ones? Entrepreneurship professor John Mullins shares six counter-conventional mindsets for entrepreneurs looking to think strategically, navigate challenges and change the world. After the talk, Modupe expands on the value of stepping out of your comfort zone – thoughtfully.

    1 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 50 minutes 16 seconds
    How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year - The TED Interview

    This is an episode of the latest season of The TED Interview, focused on Infectious Generosity.

    To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity

    Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the top ten richest people in the world. But since 2008, he has traded his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus full-time on his foundation's work to expand opportunity around the world. Chris interviews Bill about his philanthropy philosophy and digs into the opportunities and challenges that face one of the largest private charitable foundations in the world. The two also discuss The Giving Pledge, the movement Bill co-founded with Warren Buffet, which encourages wealthy individuals to commit the majority of their wealth to charitable causes within their lifetimes. Chris and Bill examine the importance of solving the world’s most pressing problems efficiently, talk about why meaningful change requires scale, and compare notes on how to best encourage collective excitement about giving back.

    If you enjoy this, listen to The TED Interview wherever you’re getting this.

    30 March 2024, 4:00 am
  • 12 minutes 18 seconds
    The one question every aspiring leader needs to ask | Constance Hockaday

    Artist and TED Fellow Constance Hockaday shares how the captain of a trans-Atlantic community raft taught her how to voice her hopes and desires, inspiring a vision of possibility for the future. The question from the trip that stuck with her changed everything: What does inclusive leadership look like? Hockaday calls for mentors and aspiring leaders everywhere to answer that crucial question to unlock their agency and power. After the talk, Modupe shares a framework for achieving goals – both at work and in your personal life.

    28 March 2024, 4:00 am
  • 13 minutes 48 seconds
    When you inform women, you transform lives | Paige Alexander

    Access to information is the key to unlocking human rights for all, says equality champion Paige Alexander. From educating female entrepreneurs on how to launch life-sustaining businesses to murals, billboards and other creative ways of sharing vital resources, Alexander shares how she and her team at the Carter Center connect people to the information they need — when they need it the most. After the talk, Modupe unveils a surprising and often overlooked source of useful information.

    25 March 2024, 4:00 am
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