Category: Interviews

Activism isn’t just for adults and teens. We need to teach younger kids to be activists, too.

If we want our children to grow up to be thoughtful and engaged citizens, we should help them be part of social change now. I grew up petrified of acid rain. The name itself was terrifying, and it haunted my [...]

Quiz: Are you an extrovert, introvert or ambivert?

You probably have a hunch about which one you are, but why not take this quiz — from organizational psychologist Adam Grant — and double-check? Knowing your traits will help you figure out how you can best fit and function [...]

Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day

By not giving ourselves the minutes — or hours — free of devices and distractions, we risk losing our ability to know who we are and what’s important to us, says physicist and writer Alan Lightman. In 2016, the Harvard [...]

What if you could get WiFi and school tuition in exchange for your plastic trash?

You can — at a visionary social enterprise called Plastic Bank, which is not only improving people’s lives but keeping junk from going into the ocean. Imagine a store where you could buy what you need using your plastic garbage. [...]

4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility

Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we can cultivate the ability to focus on what really matters. “I think, therefore I am distracted.” [...]

What advice do you wish you’d gotten when you graduated from college? 25 TED speakers answer

Whether you put on your cap and gown last week — or last century — these honest answers can give you some insight and guidance. “If you don’t know what you want to do with the rest of your life, [...]

Why video games shouldn’t freak parents out

An advocate for educational video games realizes that our kids might actually learn more from Civilization, Minecraft, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. Everything changed at a lunch with the legendary game designer Sid Meier. For years, I’d been [...]