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The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations


Physicist Geoffrey West has found that wealth, crime rate, amount of pedestrians, pace, and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population.

The Shareable Future of Cities


How can cities help save the future? Futurist Alex Steffen shows how.

Memory Banda: A Warrior's Cry Against Child Marriage


Memory Banda on leading a global movement for girls' rights, and a revolution in Malawi against child marriage.

Social Media And The End of Gender


As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Johanna Blakley explains what changes are in store for media and gender.

How to Escape Education's Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson 06/18/15

Sir Ken Robinson outlines three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish—and how current education culture works against them.

A Critical Look at Geoengineering Against Climate Change


Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

How Schools Kill Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson 10/02/14

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

How I Brought a River, and My City, Back to Life

Aziza Chaouni 08/25/14

An architect in Fez, Morocco is converting a polluted and sewage-filled river in her hometown into a usable, public space.

Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist"

Joi Ito 07/21/14

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discusses how if we want to innovate, we need to act now on our ideas. In other words, we either deploy our ideas or they die.

Rwandan Cycling Rises from the Ashes of Genocide

Evan O'Neil 04/14/14

The film Rising from Ashes is an inspirational story of how Rwandan cyclists are working hard to compete on the highest international stages.

The Democracy of Urban Mobility

Enrique Penalosa 02/11/14

The former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital, and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.

A Drone's-Eye View of Conservation

Lian Pin Koh 12/18/13

We've all heard of Predator drones, but have you heard of conservation drones? Ecologist Lian Pin Koh makes a persuasive case for using UAVs to protect forests and wildlife.

DIY Inventions from Cuba's Isolation

Ernesto Oroza 09/27/13

Through decades of isolation and shortages, Cubans forged a DIY culture of invention and repair, repurposing motors and other objects to meet their needs.

Rewilding the World

George Monbiot 09/09/13

George Monbiot discusses rewilding: the reintroduction of megafauna, with beneficial effects on ecosystems and human culture alike.

Fear and Hoping under Global Warming

Hal Harvey 07/17/13

Energy Innovation CEO Hal Harvey lays out the motivation, and some of the policy methods, for tackling global warming before it worsens.

Jugaad: How Scarcity Drives Innovation

Simone Ahuja 07/11/13

If necessity is the mother of invention, then scarcity is its grandmother, says Simone Ahuja in this TED talk.

Three Myths about Corruption: Some Lessons from Trinidad

Afra Raymond 02/20/13

Afra Raymond says that any public expenditure without accountability and transparency is necessarily a form of corruption.

SHIFT CHANGE: Putting Democracy to Work

Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young 02/07/13

From Cleveland to the Basque Country, a new documentary shows how worker-owned enterprises have been a force for stability and equality during economic crisis.

How Iceland Solved Its Financial Crisis: Bankruptcy

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson 01/28/13

Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson says that only through letting banks fail was his country able to recover from its financial crisis.

Fighting the Resource Curse through Cash Transfers

Todd Moss 11/26/12

Through a system of transparency, dividends, and taxation called Oil to Cash, Todd Moss of the Center for Global Development proposes a democratic solution to the resource curse.

One Year Later: The World's Largest Shark Sanctuary

Evan O'Neil 10/23/12

The Marshall Islands are celebrating the first year of a shark conservation zone, but a broader strategy is needed to preserve these top predators throughout the Pacific.

Catapult: Crowdfunding for Girls and Women


A new crowdfunding platform called Catapult will launch later this month to finance projects for the advancement of women and girls around the world.

How the Internet Will Transform Government (Eventually)

Clay Shirky 09/25/12

Open-source programming will reform our political processes, but it won't happen automatically: The people experimenting with participation don't yet have legislative power, and the people with power are not experimenting with participation.

Demand a Fair Trade Mobile Phone

Bandi Mbubi 09/21/12

What if mobile phones were made without minerals from conflict zones? Bandi Mbubi of Congo Calling says you should demand a fair trade device.

The Geography of Progress

Richard Florida 07/16/12

Development and innovation are still very poorly distributed, but cities in the developing world are much more productive than their surrounding countrysides: allowing millions to migrate up the development ramp and tap the urban advantage.

Participatory Democracy and Porto Alegre

Carne Ross 06/29/12

Independent Diplomat founder Carne Ross points to the ongoing experiment in Porto Alegre, Brazil as evidence that participatory democracy is a viable alternative to the current political systems.

Guaranteed Employment and Basic Income

Robert Skidelsky 06/29/12

Robert Skidelsky, biographer of John Maynard Keynes, says that governments should guarantee employment and a base income for their citizens; two seemingly radical ideas with long histories.

We Need a New Fire


How can we tackle climate change, nuclear proliferation, energy insecurity, and energy poverty all at the same time? Simple, says Amory Lovins in this TED talk: We'll reinvent fire.

4 Commandments for Future Cities

Eduardo Paes 05/02/12

In this TED talk, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes lays out his four commandments for the future of cities: environment, mobility, social integration, technology.

The Rise of Benefit Corporations

Robert J. Shiller 04/18/12

Economist Robert J. Shiller explains the rise of benefit corporations, an innovative new type of organization that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Invention Is Easy, Deployment Is More Difficult

Dan Schnitzer 04/04/12

Dan Schnitzer of EarthSpark International works to deliver clean energy solutions such as solar LED lamps to developing countries such as Haiti. The trick, he says, lies in innovative deployment strategies.

Consent of the Networked

Rebecca MacKinnon, Christopher Avery 03/22/12

The Internet is not a force of nature, says Rebecca MacKinnon. It is an accumulation of human decisions, and thus civil society must ensure that the Internet develops in a way that is compatible with democracy and human rights.

Guatemalan Bicycle Machines Relieve Manual Labor


Maya Pedal Guatemala transforms donated bicycles into a range of labor-saving machines that would otherwise require electricity or manual labor, and they openly share their mechanical mashups with tinkerers around the world.

Capital Controls: Protectionism or Market Correction?

Kevin Gallagher 02/15/12

In the Myth of Financial Protectionism, Kevin Gallagher argues that capital controls tend to correct for market failures due to imperfect information, contagion, and uncertainty.

Solar Cells Built from Plant Waste


MIT researcher Andreas Mershin has a vision that within a few years, people in remote villages in the developing world may be able to make their own solar panels, at low cost, using otherwise worthless agricultural waste as their raw material.

Hedonistic Sustainability

Bjarke Ingels 01/30/12

Sustainability should not be about painful deprivation, says Bjarke Ingels in this TED talk. Instead, uplifting design principles can reduce CO2 while improving social cohesion.

Via RecreActiva: Transforming the Streets of Guadalajara


In the latest video from Streetfilms, Clarence Eckerson, Jr. documents how the Mexican city of Guadalajara has enlivened its roadways with a weekly cultural program that encourages healthy and active recreation in public spaces.

Reimagining Pharmaceutical Innovation

Thomas W. Pogge 01/05/12

How can we reconfigure incentives so that pharmaceutical companies will innovate new medicines that deliver better health outcomes for more and more people?

China's Data-driven Environmentalism

Ma Jun 12/19/11

Environmentalist Ma Jun discusses the data-driven advocacy he pioneered to hold China's government and businesses accountable for air and water pollution.

Oxytocin: The Moral Molecule

Paul Zak 11/02/11

What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin is responsible for trust, empathy, and other feelings that help build a stable society.

Will the Fledgling Occupations Molt into a Black Swan?

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Evan O'Neil 10/20/11

Going forward, bankers who have received bailout money, or could receive it in the future, should be banned from receiving bonuses. But will this solution satisfy the 99 Percent?

Consensus Is What Direct Democracy Looks Like

Evan O'Neil 10/19/11

We have seen some great preliminary progress in Government 2.0, but a larger (r)evolution in direct participation could potentially emerge from the Occupy phenomenon.

Australia Passes a Carbon Tax

Evan O'Neil 10/12/11

Australia made a necessary step in the right direction in its efforts to tackle climate change, passing a carbon tax through its lower house of parliament.

The Saltire Ocean Energy Prize

Evan O'Neil 10/06/11

The driving force behind Scotland's experiments with ocean energy is a £10 million innovation prize to see which team can generate the most electricity using only the power of the sea.

Yahoo! and YouTube: Balancing Human Rights and Business

Rachel Davis, Susan Morgan, Ebele Okobi-Harris, Abbi Tatton, Julia Taylor Kennedy 10/05/11

How do companies such as Yahoo! and YouTube decide on whether disturbing material should be banned from their sites? What are the free speech and human rights issues involved?

ETHICS MATTER: A Conversation with William Easterly

William Easterly, Devin T. Stewart 10/04/11

The best system for discovering new approaches is not to have one planner at the top, says Bill Easterly. It's to have lots of people at the bottom experimenting and finding their own innovations.

A Liter of Light

Evan O'Neil 09/26/11

An innovator in the Manila slums improvises skylights made out of plastic water bottles to illuminate dark housing interiors without electricity.

Are You More Peaceful Than a 4th Grader?

John Hunter 08/10/11

You're going to wish you had John Hunter as your 4th grade teacher when you see the international diplomacy lessons he coaxes out of his students with a World Peace Game.

Let's Take Back the Internet!

Rebecca MacKinnon 07/27/11

How can we ensure that the Internet evolves in a citizen-centric manner, free from government censorship and in service of people's needs?

German Pluralism: A Conversation with Cem Özdemir

Cem Özdemir, Michael Göring, Joel Rosenthal 06/22/11

Germany Green Party leader Cem Ozdemir explains the cultural dynamics of migration to Germany and what it means to assimilate or hyphenate.

Confronting Corruption in Emerging Markets

William O'Rourke, Jr., Joel Rosenthal, Julia Taylor Kennedy 06/21/11

Is it possible to grow a company to revenue of $1 billion in Russia without paying a bribe? Bill O'Rourke of Alcoa shares how he navigated the murky ethical conundrums of global business.

The Strategy to Eradicate Polio

Bruce Aylward 06/06/11

Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying, says Bruce Aylward. He lays out the plan to snuff out polio everywhere, forever.

Critical Regions in Crisis

Nikolas K. Gvosdev, David Speedie, Devin T. Stewart, Dov Waxman 06/01/11

Our fourth Rise of the Rest panel analyzes the challenges that rising and established powers must confront, from protests across the Middle East to the disasters in Japan, from high food prices to natural resources insecurity.

Biomimicry for Sustainability

Michael Pawlyn 04/07/11

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and solar energy.

Guangzhou Connects Bus Rapid Transit with Bike Share


The Guangzhou BRT system opened in February 2010 and now carries 800,000 passengers per day, seamlessly connecting them to the subway and the city's new bike-share network.

Who Wouldn't Want a Washing Machine?

Hans Rosling 03/31/11

Development economist Hans Rosling notes that most of world's laundry labor falls to women who wash by hand. Washing machines represent a major improvement in their lives, freeing up time for education.

The Net Delusion

Evgeny Morozov 02/18/11

Amid the euphoria over the power of social media, Evgeny Morozov notes that Internet tools can also serve to entrench dictators and threaten democracy movements.

Understanding the Rise of China

Martin Jacques 02/03/11

In this TED talk, Martin Jacques looks at some false assumptions that prevent the West from fully understanding the rise of China. Modernization does not necessarily imply Westernization.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2011

Daniel Altman, Ian Bremmer, Zachary Karabell, Art Kleiner 02/01/11

Our annual roundtable surveys the shape of things to come in 2011 and sees profound risk in a G-Zero leaderless world, while emerging markets will drive decades of growth.

Hometown Security

Majora Carter 01/10/11

The future of green is local, and entrepreneurial. In this TED talk, Majora Carter tells the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet.

Making Global Labor Fair

Auret van Heerden 12/14/10

Labor activist Auret van Heerden talks about the next frontier of workers' rights: globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected.

The U.S. Navy's New Energy Revolution

Ray Mabus 11/17/10

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is working to chart a new course for the Navy and Marine Corps to dramatically reduce consumption of fossil fuels by 2020.

What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly 10/29/10

In this Carnegie Council Public Affairs Program, author Kevin Kelly discusses how technology functions like an organism, with its own tendencies and urges.

The Geoengineering Dilemma

Evan O'Neil, William Vocke 10/13/10

Should geoengineering be regulated multilaterally before rogue countries experiment with our collective future?

Chance Favors the Connected Mind

Steven Johnson 10/08/10

Best-selling author Steven Johnson asks, Where do good ideas come from? What is the space of creativity and innovation?

Leading by Example

Colonel Bob "Brutus" Charette, Jr. (USMC), Rear Admiral Philip Cullom (USN), Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca, Jonathan Powers 10/07/10

Representatives from the Navy, the Marines, and the Army Corps of Engineers illustrate how the U.S. military is innovating to reduce its energy footprint for strategic and tactical reasons.

Eco Innovations

Shakeel Avadhany, Rick Cook, Peter Hartwell, Niko Canner 09/28/10

How do sustainable innovations make it to market? Three very different innovators talk about their creative process, how their projects have social impact, and what a more sustainable society might look like.

An Anti-Extinction Ethic

Evan O'Neil, William Vocke 09/27/10

Should there be a global ethic for protecting species? If so, how would you enforce it?

Deepwater Drilling

Evan O'Neil, William Vocke 09/27/10

Oil spills render visible the pollution we regularly release as automobile exhaust. Can innovations on land meet our energy demand without further deepwater drilling?

Crowd-Accelerated Innovation

Chris Anderson 09/16/10

We are teachers, trend-spotters, skeptics, and innovators who can learn from each other and develop new ideas and new solutions, says TED curator Chris Anderson.

Declining Fish Stocks

Evan O'Neil, William Vocke 09/10/10

Three-quarters of the world's fish stocks are in distress and many fisheries could collapse by midcentury. How can we regulate industrial fishing for sustainable output?

The Sustainability of Cities

Evan O'Neil, Julia Taylor Kennedy 09/08/10

Half the world now lives in cities, and they are growing. Do megacities present an opportunity for sustainability or a threat?

The Happy Planet Index

Nic Marks 08/31/10

In this TED talk, Nic Marks of the new economics foundation asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people.

Quetsol Lights Rural Guatemala


A start-up company called Quetsol is marketing small solar kits to rural Guatemalan villages to help families light their homes and charge their phones.

Xenophiles Combat Imaginary Cosmopolitanism

Ethan Zuckerman 07/19/10

As the world has become more global, average media consumption has become less so. The Global Voices network of editors is working to connect and translate between cultures that don't always penetrate Western news.

Activism in Turkmenistan

Alexander Cooley, Farid Tuhbatullin 07/08/10

Turkmenistan is one of the most closed societies, where media and education are propaganda tools and opposition is crushed. Meanwhile, countries compete for its vast petroleum reserves. What pressures can bring about change?

Future Leaders and Global Business Values

Christopher Adkins, Ragna Bell, Michael Holland, Jason Mangone, Ellen McGrath 06/28/10

How do the views of today's students and CEOs differ with regard to business on a shared planet? IBM engages with the Carnegie New Leaders to explore these perspectives.

The Rise of State Capitalism

Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart 05/26/10

In a discussion about his latest book, Ian Bremmer analyzes the troubled relationship between the United States and China, and the rise of what he calls "state capitalism," where politics is the principal driver and rule of law is absent.

The Great Brain Race


In this Public Affairs program, Ben Wildavsky explains how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education and why this revolution should be welcomed, not feared.

Marine Preserves to Save Ocean Life


Marine biologist Enric Sala relays some of the surprising science of pristine coral reefs. Sala also explores the economics of marine preserves, finding that the gains made from ecotourism and fisheries productivity far outweigh any losses related to rezoning.

The Plundered Planet

Paul Collier, Joanne Myers 05/10/10

In this Public Affairs program, development economist Paul Collier explores realistic and sustainable solutions to correcting human mismanagement of the natural world.

How to Combat Modern Slavery

Kevin Bales 04/14/10

The average price of a slave today is $90 and some 27 million people work in forced labor worldwide, says Kevin Bales of Free the Slaves. The cost of sustainable liberation for all of them amounts to less than $11 billion.

Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Steven Solomon 04/14/10

Everything hinges on water; it is essential for life and civilization. Will there be enough fresh water for 9 billion humans by 2050? Steven Solomon explores international water politics in this Public Affairs program.

Rise of the Rest III

Craig Charney, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Parag Khanna, David Speedie, Devin T. Stewart, Stephen B. Young 03/24/10

This panel focuses on global governance since the financial crisis (specifically reserve currency, G8, UN reform, and IMF quotas), as well as climate change and energy security.

Press Freedom in the Arab World

Khaled Dawoud 03/10/10

Al Jazeera correspondent Khaled Dawoud reviews the history behind Al Jazeera and discusses some of the issues he has confronted regarding the channel's coverage of the Middle East.

Global Jobs Update

David Arkless, David Denoon, Maria Jepsen, Raymond Torres, Devin T. Stewart 03/02/10

A panel of experts from the International Labour Organization, business, academia, and the European Union discuss the actions taken to address the financial crisis and the impact on job generation.

Innovating to Zero

Bill Gates 02/18/10

Why is Bill Gates talking about nuclear power and renewable energy? And did he really just say we need to hit zero carbon emissions? Gates explains his new innovation paradigm.

How to Expose Corruption

Peter Eigen 02/11/10

In this TED talk, Peter Eigen explains how some of the world's most baffling social problems can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies.

Obama's Foreign Policy: What Matters and What Doesn't for America

George Friedman 02/01/10

Elections and campaigns are about options. Governing is about constraints. For Obama, and every president, what happens when foreign policy options meet foreign policy constraints?

Greening the Desert with Permaculture

Geoff Lawton 01/07/10

Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute explains his use of landscape techniques to rehabilitate salty soils and create an oasis of sustainable agriculture in the Jordanian desert. Watch the sequel to find out what happened when the funding ran out and the project went to seed.

World-class Eye Care


India's revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a rethink of all human services.

Indian Desert Water Innovations


In this TED talk, Anupam Mishra describes the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago to harvest water in India's Golden Desert. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

Can We Reconcile Patriotism with Global Ethics?

Gordon Brown 12/03/09

Gordon Brown walks the political tightrope between patriotism and a global ethic, concluding that national identity remains important but not at the expense of people accepting their global responsibilities.

Civil Resistance and Power Politics

Adam Roberts 12/02/09

Should civil resistance be seen as potentially replacing violence completely, or as a phenomenon that operates in conjunction with, and as a modification of, power politics?

Web 2.0 and Corporate Accountability

Bill Baue, Marcy Murninghan, Jane Nelson, Devin T. Stewart 11/25/09

This expert panel discusses preliminary findings from Harvard's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative on Web 2.0 and Corporate Accountability.

The Idea of Justice

Amartya Sen 10/14/09

The traditional theory of social justice is out of touch with practical realities, says Amartya Sen in this Public Affairs Program. Instead he proposes a theory of comparative justice that is applicable to the real world.

Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System

Joseph Stiglitz, Bert Koenders, Jose Antonio Ocampo 10/14/09

The spread of the financial crisis from a few developed countries to the entire global economy provides tangible evidence that the international trade and financial system needs to be profoundly reformed.

Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil

Peter Maass 10/08/09

From Ecuador to Nigeria, oil has not brought any benefits to the poor in most oil-producing countries and has often damaged people's health and ruined the environment, says Peter Maass.

LeapFrog Investments Launches Microinsurance

Andrew Kuper 10/02/09

Andrew Kuper, founder and president of LeapFrog Investments, explains the social and business rationales for bringing microinsurance to poor countries.

Solving Border Conflicts

Parag Khanna 10/01/09

Many people claim that globalization has led us into an era "beyond borders," but Parag Khanna argues to the contrary in this TED talk. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.

Global Ethics Corner Explores Sustainability

Evan O'Neil, William Vocke 09/30/09

Global Ethics Corner explores who should pay to stop global warming, ocean pollution and our food supply, climate change and trade competitiveness, and how to preserve the Earth's forests.

Adjustable Liquid Lenses Improve Poor Vision


Professor Josh Silver of the Oxford Centre for Vision in the Developing World demonstrates how glasses with adjustable liquid lenses can improve life prospects for people who can't afford corrected vision.

Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset

Hans Rosling 08/27/09

In this TED talk at the State Department, Gapminder data master Hans Rosling debunks the question of whether social development comes before wealth generation.

Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose

Daniel Pink 08/24/09

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most business managers ignore: For some tasks, high financial incentives produce worse overall performance.

Constructive Capitalism

Umair Haque 08/06/09

Umair Haque analyzes the habits of companies that challenge themselves to innovate, and predicts that the old ideals of destructive capitalism -- exploitation, tyranny, war -- will cede ground to renewal, democracy, and peace.

Lifesaver Water Filter


Inventor Michael Pritchard drinks water filtered from a pestiferous cocktail of pond scum, sewage, and rabbit feces to prove the viability of his new Lifesaver water bottle, with obvious applications for disease control in developing countries and disaster relief zones.

Changing the Rules with Charter Cities

Paul Romer 08/06/09

How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? In this TED talk, economist Paul Romer unveils the bold idea of "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations.

Acumen Invests in Ending Poverty

Jacqueline Novogratz 07/29/09

Jacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach in this TED talk.

Wiring a Web for Global Good


We're at a unique moment in history, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in this TED talk. We can use today's interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic -- and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change, and the economy.

Four Environmental Heresies

Stewart Brand 07/13/09

In this TED@State talk, Stewart Brand discusses the environmental implications of growth in the developing world. He talks about the rapid urbanization of the world, the future of nuclear energy, biotech, and geo-engineering.

What Stops Population Growth?

Hans Rosling 07/13/09

In this Gapminder video, Hans Rosling presents the statistics on past, present, and future world population growth. Small families are key, he says.

Rules for Rebuilding a Broken Nation

Paul Collier 06/29/09

Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what is the right way to help rebuild war-torn countries? Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests three ideas for a better approach.

Digital Diplomacy and Cultural Collaboration

Joshua S. Fouts, Michael Friedman, Rita J. King, Andrew Kneale, Evan O'Neil 06/23/09

Representatives of the Carnegie Council, the British Council, Dancing Ink Productions, and the State Department discuss open government and new social media technologies as they pertain to public diplomacy. This panel took place at the 140 Characters Conference.

Cross-Cultural Understanding through Virtual Worlds

Joshua S. Fouts, Rita J. King 06/23/09

In an interview for The Autograph, a program on Iran's PressTV hosted by Susan Modaress, Carnegie Council Senior Fellows Joshua Fouts and Rita King discuss the potential of virtual worlds for cultural dialogue between the West and Islamic communities worldwide.

How Twitter Can Make History

Clay Shirky 06/19/09

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging help citizens in repressive regimes report real news and bypass censors (however briefly). The end of top-down news control is changing the nature of politics.

New Facts on HIV

Hans Rosling 06/01/09

In this TED talk, Hans Rosling unveils new data visualizations that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world's deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. He argues that preventing transmission -- not drug treatments -- is the key to ending the epidemic.

Predictably Irrational

Dan Ariely 05/29/09

In this TED talk, Dan Ariely uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research to show how our decisions are not as rational as we think they are.

Tribal Leadership

Seth Godin 05/22/09

In this TED talk, Seth Godin argues that the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.

Forced to Labor: The Cost of Coercion

Robert Moossy, Roger Plant, Maria Suarez 05/19/09

The Carnegie Council and the International Labour Organization (ILO) present a unique look at modern slavery from the personal, policy, and enforcement perspectives, to shed light on an insidious practice that has become part of today's labor markets.

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World

Michelle Goldberg 05/19/09

Michelle Goldberg exposes the global war on women's reproductive rights and its disastrous and unreported consequences for the future of global development.

Healthy Living Harlem: Green Mapping for Eco-Justice


Faith leaders and community activists of Harlem have joined forces to fight for environmental justice through a green mapping project. Green mapping identifies both green places, such as parks, and environmental hazards, such as places with high emissions.

The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity

Nicholas Stern 05/08/09

In this Public Affairs Program, Nicholas Stern estimates that it will cost 2 percent of global GDP to control global warming this century -- the cost of inaction is far greater and more perilous. What are the essential steps we must take to create a new era of growth and prosperity while managing climate change? How can we inspire our political leaders to drive a new global strategy?

Restoring Trust in the Global Financial System

Neal Flieger, Stephen Jordan, Seamus McMahon, Christian Menegatti, Tom Donaldson 04/24/09

This Workshop for Ethics in Business panel analyzes the growing lack of trust in the financial system and how it threatens to keep the global economy in the doldrums. What are the ways to best restore that trust? [Video plus transcript]

Scalable Switch to Electric Cars


In this TED talk, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi details his plan to implement fully electric cars powered by renewable energy and linked via charging stations and battery-swap depots.

Dead Aid

Dambisa Moyo, Joanne Myers 04/13/09

Africa has received more than $1 trillion in development-related aid over the past 50 years. Has it improved Africans' lives? No, says Dambisa Moyo in this Public Affairs Program. In fact, aid has made the situation much worse.

The Life You Can Save

Peter Singer 03/19/09

It wouldn't take much to rescue those living in extreme poverty, says Peter Singer in this Public Affairs Program. If the top 90 percent of Americans gave at least one percent of their income we could reach the Millennium Development Goals.

The Flexible Influences of Cheating

Dan Ariely 03/17/09

In this TED talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. In cases such as the financial crisis, was the problem a few bad apples or something more endemic? Ariely finds that in most situations a lot of people cheat a little, and that there are predictable ways to influence honesty.

How We Regrew a Rainforest


By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to regrow clear-cut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans -- and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems and local economies.

How to Protect the Blue Heart of the Planet

Sylvia Earle 02/26/09

In this TED talk, renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle expresses her desire for a global ocean policy: "I wish that you would use all means at your disposal to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet." We currently protect less than 1 percent of the ocean, and 90 percent of large sea life has disappeared in the last century.

Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


In this TED talk, Captain Charles Moore describes the global journey of plastic pollution as it circulates via the North Pacific Gyre to a floating garbage patch twice the size of Texas. We'll never trawl the ocean clean of plastic, says Moore, but one thing we can do is discard the "throwaway lifestyle" that became popular in the 1950s.

Wired for War


Once the stuff of science fiction, battlefield robots are already changing the way we fight wars, says P. W. Singer. How will they affect the politics, economics, and laws of warfare? (Public Affairs Program)

Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds

Joshua S. Fouts, Rita J. King 02/04/09

After a year of exploring digital Islamic communities, Carnegie Council Senior Fellows Joshua S. Fouts and Rita J. King present their findings, along with video of their virtual explorations on the diplomatic frontier, and a few songs from Iranian hip hop artist YAS.

Collaboration, Culture, and Community

Joshua S. Fouts, Rita J. King 02/02/09

This machinima documentary from the Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds project shows some of the trends of collaboration, culture, and community in Second Life.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2009

Ian Bremmer, Art Kleiner, Michele Wucker, Thomas Stewart 01/28/09

What dangers lurk in 2009? Taking Eurasia Group's list of Top Risks as a starting point, this lively discussion examines the ethical aspects of these issues and gives organizational managers strategies for facing tough decisions.

The Ascent of Money


Does the symbiotic relationship between China and America--"Chimerica" as Niall Ferguson calls it--give reason to hope that America's present economic situation will turn out to be not a crash, but a correction? (Carnegie Council Public Affairs Program)

Sex Slavery

Siddharth Kara 01/15/09

Globalization has increased the supply of trafficked sex slaves, driving down prices and feeding "consumer" demand. Siddharth Kara uses a unique business analysis of the problem to show how the profitability of the supply chain can be disrupted by raising the risks and penalties for traffickers.

Health as a Human Right

Christian Barry, Meg Boulware, Laura Herman, Maggie Kohn, Rohit Malpani, Lisa Oldring 01/05/09

The international community has begun to consider the "highest attainable standard of health" as a fundamental component of the human rights agenda. Representatives from industry, activism, and academia debate the best methods to secure access to essential medicines in the developing world.

Network Power

David Singh Grewal, Christian Barry 01/05/09

The world isn't flat, it's networked, says David Singh Grewal. Dominant international standards can be both helpful and exclusionary, as evidenced by the emergence of English as a global second language and the difficulty of achieving consensus at the WTO.

The Measure of America

Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis 01/05/09

Based on the UNDP Human Development Index model, Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis examine American well-being, revealing huge disparities in the health, education, and living standards of different groups across the nation.

Beijing Delegation

Joshua Eisenman, Jonathan Gage, Harry Harding, Devin T. Stewart 12/18/08

Reflections on the ethical issues that were explored during the Carnegie Council delegation to Beijing in September 2008 with Devin Stewart, Joshua Eisenman, Jonathan Gage, and Harry Harding.

Public Diplomacy 2.0

James K. Glassman 12/04/08

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James K. Glassman discusses how the State Department is taking advantage of social networking technology to tell America's story and to encourage young people with political grievances to find outlets for their protests other than violent extremism.

Ethical Issues in U.S.-Asia Policy

Chong-Pin Lin, Devin T. Stewart 11/25/08

Devin Stewart interviews former Taiwanese Deputy Minister of National Defense Chong-pin Lin about the state of China-Taiwan relations and the role of ethics in international issues like finance, energy, and the environment.

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

Lawrence Lessig 11/24/08

In this Carnegie Council Public Affairs Program, Lawrence Lessig explains how a restrictive copyright system driven by corporate interests harms our children—and almost anyone who creates, enjoys, or sells any art form. Lessig offers solutions to this impasse through a collaborative yet profitable "hybrid economy."

Business & Human Rights: Achievements and Prospects

John Ruggie 11/10/08

UN Special Representative John Ruggie outlines why businesses must respect human rights, why states must protect them, and why victims must have access to remedies. His future work will focus on how these various stakeholders can bridge the governance gaps in the international system.

Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations

Raymond Fisman 11/10/08

From the scapegoating of "witches" in Africa, to the pitfalls of speed dating, to the cultures that foster corruption, Raymond Fisman explores the economic incentives and psychology behind the choices we make.

The Shape of the World to Come

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi, Devin T. Stewart 11/04/08

French author Laurent Cohen-Tanugi argues that economic globalization exists in a complex dialectic with the traditional geopolitics that it has, ironically, helped to revive.

Can Web 2.0 Revolutionize Corporate Responsibility?

James Farrar, Gerhard Pohl, Emily Polk, Steve A. Rochlin, Devin T. Stewart, Andrew Zolli 10/28/08

This Workshop for Ethics in Business panel analyzes how corporate exposure to and use of new media technologies can influence responsible business practices.

Green Jobs

Heather Grady, Norine Kennedy, Jill Kubit, Peter Poschen, Michael Renner, Devin T. Stewart, Sean Sweeney 10/07/08

The authors of a new ILO-UNEP report are hopeful that the labor intensity of green occupations across a diversity of sectors will create a net gain of jobs as workers transition from dirtier industries, thus helping to solve employment and poverty problems along with climate change.

Voluntary Standards and the Resource Curse

Paul Collier 08/26/08

In this TED talk, economist Paul Collier explains how the alliance of compassion and enlightened self-interest can help change the divergent course of the world's bottom billion poorest people, drawing lessons from postwar Europe, democracy and the resource curse, and voluntary international standards.

Debunking Third World Myths

Hans Rosling 08/19/08

In this TED talk, educator Hans Rosling debunks myths about health and wealth in the so-called Third World, using dramatic statistics to show that it is preconceived ideas, not ignorance, that prevent us from making accurate and targeted development interventions.

The Pentagon's New Map for War and Peace

Thomas Barnett 08/08/08

In this TED talk, strategic planner Thomas Barnett outlines his vision for a Pentagon bifurcated into war functions and a "Department of Everything Else" that uses more of a systems administration approach to solve the complex transitional problems of winning the peace.

How Cooperation (Eventually) Trumps Conflict

Robert Wright 07/23/08

In this TED talk, author Robert Wright explains "non-zero-sumness"--the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided our evolution to this point--and how we can use it to help save humanity today.

The Rise of the Rest

Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Harry Harding, Flynt Leverett, David Speedie, Devin T. Stewart 07/09/08

This Workshops for Ethics in Business panel looks at how the ascent of China and Russia affects global business and security norms, with discussion of the potential threats and foreign policy innovations that could direct the "rise of the rest."

Reverse Brain Drain for the Middle East

Marcus Noland, Michele Wucker 06/20/08

One strategy to improve the economies of the Middle East would be to reverse the brain drain, a development that contributed to the blossoming of the high tech sector in economies such as Taiwan and India. Can public policies contribute to this process?

The Economic and Strategic Rise of China and India

David Denoon, Devin T. Stewart 06/16/08

Although China's rise has received much attention, much less has been given to the relative decline of the Pacific Rim states or the rapid rise of India's economic and strategic position.

Olympic Mettle

Ian Buruma, Bob Corcoran, Thomas Crampton, Qi Qianjin, Minky Worden, Devin T. Stewart 05/30/08

An expert panel discusses the ethics of international and corporate engagement with China in the context of the Olympics. What lasting positive or negative effects, if any, will the Games have on China?

When Principles Pay

Geoffrey Heal 05/28/08

Geoffrey Heal presents a comprehensive examination of how social and environmental performance affects a corporation's profitability and how the stock market reacts.

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Michael T. Klare, Joanne Myers 05/27/08

Michael Klare warns that the world's diminishing sources of energy may create a new arms race between the United States and China. Instead of competing, it is essential that the two nations cooperate to find viable alternative fuels, he says.

New Media and Chinese Nationalism

Thomas Crampton 05/16/08

Journalist Thomas Crampton looks at how Chinese nationalism is being expressed in new digital media, including user-generated propaganda on YouTube and anti-foreigner protest in online video games.

Ethical Blogger at the Korea Society

Devin T. Stewart 05/09/08

Devin Stewart presents his thoughts on the Ethical Blogger Project and its ongoing discussion of how new media technology is influencing politics, business, journalism, and identity formation.

The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

Parag Khanna, Joanne Myers 05/05/08

Parag Khanna describes the complex forces at play as emerging-market countries strive for development and strategic alliances in the "geopolitical marketplace."

Climate Change and New Security Issues

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson 05/01/08

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, discusses how Iceland has successfully reduced its use of oil and coal, and how the fate of nations large and small is being affected by climate change.

Global Policy Innovations Video


Learn more about Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program and how it features innovative ideas for a fairer globalization through online media and agenda-setting events.

Cyberethics: The Emerging Codes of Online Conduct

Steven C. Clemons, Michael Getler, Rita J. King, Alex Koppelman, Jay Rosen 04/10/08

Video from the Workshop for Ethics and Business series and the Ethical Blogger project discussing the emergent codes of online conduct as new media gains more influence in political and business affairs.

Winners without Losers

Edward J. Lincoln, Sam Natapoff 04/07/08

Video of Edward Lincoln, Sam Natapoff, and Devin Stewart discussing foreign trade policy as an agent for political change, and how policymakers, businesses, and citizens can find a path to increased stability by forging stronger international economic ties.

Ethics and Debt

Barry Herman, Jonathan Shafter, Lydia Tomitova 04/07/08

Video of Barry Herman, Lydia Tomitova, and Jonathan Shafter presenting their new book on Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt. Is debt a political or technical problem? What are the ethical obligations surrounding debts incurred by dictators or other illegitimate representatives of developing countries?

The New American Story


America can solve such problems as health insurance and oil addiction, says Bill Bradley. But politicians must first tell the American people some hard truths.

The Bottom Billion

Paul Collier 02/12/08

Global poverty is falling, but a minority of developing countries are stagnant and diverging from the rest of mankind, says Oxford University economist Paul Collier, which is a danger to global stability.

Lessons from the Montreal Protocol

Steve Dorst 10/31/07

What lessons were learned from the Montreal Protocol's success in curbing ozone depletion? How can we apply these lessons to global climate change? In this video short, EPA officials and industry leaders discuss the need for sound science, a flexible international agreement, and business innovation.

Climate Change and the Precautionary Principle

Steve Dorst 08/09/07

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discuss the success of the Montreal Protocol in limiting ozone depletion. They also reflect on scientific certainty, public policy, and the relevance of the precautionary principle for remedying climate change.

New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance


Journalist (and South Africa resident) Hunter-Gault gives a surprisingly optimistic assessment of modern Africa, revealing that there is more to the continent than the bad news of disease, disaster, and despair.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault Interviewed by Jere Van Dyk


Veteran correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault counters what she calls "the four D's of the African apocalypse: death, disease, disaster, and despair," with news about the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which is working towards "African solutions to African problems."

The United Nations: Still Relevant After All these Years?

Shashi Tharoor, Joanne Myers 06/12/06

Is the UN "I" for irrelevant, or "I" for indispensable, as Shashi Tharoor would have it? While conceding that the UN is relevant, Ruth Wedgwood argues that "competing multilaterals" should also play a role in solving the world's problems. This witty but always deeply serious debate will give both sides of the argument food for thought.

Are We Misreading Iran's Nuclear Politics?


In a conversation with Professor Vali Nasr and moderator John Tirman, leading Iranian human rights advocate Fatemeh Haghighatjoo remarked that Iranian political parties and individuals—including some conservatives—are mobilizing to criticize the Iranian government’s handling of the nuclear issue. In her opinion, "the various parties that have joined the debate believe that the ultimate pressure that can change Iran’s nuclear policy will come from within, not from without."

Vali Nasr Interviewed by Jere Van Dyk


"For the Iranians, the Taliban and Saddam were a problem, and the United States removed both of them," says Nasr. "So, actually, if there is an opportunity for Iran to become a regional power, it came because of the 2001 attack on Afghanistan and the 2003 fall of Saddam. So they benefited from what the United States did."

Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West

Joanne Myers 05/09/06

In order to understand the Arab mistrust of the United States and of the West in general, we must study the turbulent history of the relations between the Christian and Muslim world, particularly the clashes and betrayals since World War I.

Milton Viorst Interviewed by Jere Van Dyk


"This is not a new war," says Viorst. "It’s the latest chapter in a war that has been going on between two great cultures, Islamic Eastern and the Christian West, for 1,400 years."

Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development

Joseph Stiglitz 04/03/06

In his new book, Joseph Stiglitz (and co-author Andrew Charlton) elaborate on the details of what a truly ideal development round would look like for the world economy, with specific attention to how less developed countries have been disadvantaged in the negotiating process.

Joseph Stiglitz Interviewed by Jere Van Dyk

Joseph Stiglitz 04/03/06

"I firmly believe that aid and trade have to work together," says Dr. Stiglitz. "If we provide assistance to help people to take advantage of the new opportunities, we can get real growth, and they won’t need the handouts as much as in the past."

Speaking on Global Islam


Olivier Roy looks at how Islam is becoming a globalized religion, less linked to culture than many in the West presume. This shift in identity is important to understand if governments are to be effective and just in setting immigration and integration policies, and in combatting terrorists.

Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa


Stephen Lewis offers his personal, often searing, insider's account of Africa's plight and the wealthy world's betrayal.

Cousins and Strangers: America, Britain, and Europe in a New Century


According to Chris Patten, Europe wants to be a partner to the United States rather than a rival. Meanwhile, America and Europe both need to recognize that they no longer set the global agenda, and that they must work with and through China and India.

The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth


Benjamin Friedman argues that economic growth is a prerequisite for the creation of a liberal, open society. He contends that periods of robust economic growth encourage tolerance, democracy and generous public support for the poor, while economic stagnation and insecurity result in the very opposite.

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