Why you should always thank your barista

Writer A.J. Jacobs was going through life feeling more grumpy than grateful. To start cultivating a thankful attitude, he decided to show some appreciation to the people behind his daily cup of coffee. Here’s what he discovered when he met [...]

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 [...]

5 steps to help you figure out your passion

Need a new reason to get up in the morning? Enrich your life by finding and developing your next passion, with tips from psychology researcher Angela Duckworth. Ever watch The Great British Bake-off? It’s an addictive reality TV show about the [...]

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 [...]

5 TED-Ed Animations to watch this election season

The first US president was elected in 1789, and while some traditions remain, many voting laws have changed and evolved since then. So, who gets to vote? Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays? And, what’s even on the ballot? Let’s face [...]