Category: Interviews

Want to be happy? Slow down

In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness [...]

“Write your story, and don’t be afraid to write it” — a sci-fi writer talks about finding her voice and being a superhero

Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor writes the kind of drop-everything, Africa-based fantasy and sci-fi that she never saw on bookshelves growing up. Here, she talks about the authors that shaped her, her inspirations (traffic! jellyfish!) and her collaboration with Marvel. Nnedi Okorafor is [...]

Ideas into Action: 2 student inventors share how you can solve real-world problems at any age

On November 17, 2018 students from all over the world are convening at TED Headquarters for the annual TED-Ed Weekend event. This year the event celebrates students who “show up and speak up” and acts as a reminder that every [...]

Ideas into action: Shark Tank winner Carson Kropfl discusses what to do when you have an awesome idea

On November 17, 2018 students from all over the world are convening at TED Headquarters for the annual TED-Ed Weekend event. This year the event celebrates students who “show up and speak up” and acts as a reminder that every [...]

Bringing history to life: A Q&A with animator and children’s book illustrator Els Decaluwe

In honor of our lesson on Anna Komnene —a Byzantine princess, scholar, physician and historian — we asked animator Els Decaluwe a few questions about the process of working on this piece.   What are the challenges of designing a [...]

From inspiration to action: how you can turn an idea into a reality

On November 17, 2018 students from all over the world are convening at TED Headquarters for the annual TED-Ed Weekend event. This year the event celebrates students who “show up and speak up” and acts as a reminder that every [...]

How to draw your own selfie — using your personal data

Designer Giorgia Lupi wants to change the way we think about data — far from being cold facts and numbers, it can be warm and often flawed. Follow her step-by-step instructions to generate a data-driven perspective on the person you [...]