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Talks: 2016

Suzanne Simard

Nature’s internet: how trees talk to each other in a healthy forest

This fascinating talk presents the scientific research that shows the interconnectedness of life in the forest ecosystem. It takes us beneath the forest floor where we learn how trees are communicating and exchanging resources. Going beyond the simple view of a forest as a resource to be exploited, it presents the forest as a complex […]

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver

Through spoken word and images, Nikkita Oliver urges a reexamination of both history and the stories we tell. From the 1968 Summer Olympics to Colin Kaepernick, from Timothy McVeigh to the Blank Panther movement, she reveals fragments of truth often hidden within the bigger story. Holding a light to these distinctions, Oliver urges us to […]

Tim Dawes

Empathy is Power

When we think of power, we think of force. But is force always the best option? Negotiator and trainer Tim Dawes demonstrates the power of compassion to influence, lead, and create better outcomes in business and everyday life. Using three remarkable and true stories, Tim shows how re-imagining compassion as a practical set of skills […]

Publish the Quest

Music that breaks down walls

Publish the Quest is a band from Washington State that brought down the house at TEDxSeattle 2016 with infectious energy and a message about the power of music. Flanked by a great horn section, lead singer Jacob Bain took a moment  to share the  band’s mission to use music and collaboration to break down cultural […]

Oren Etzioni

Artificial Intelligence will empower us, not exterminate us

Artificial Intelligence advocate Oren Etzioni makes a case for the life-saving benefits of AI used wisely to improve our way of life. Acknowledging growing fears about AI’s potential for abuse of power, he asks us to consider how to responsibly balance our desire for greater intelligence and autonomy with the risks inherent in this new […]

Nathan Kundtz

Let’s make connectivity mobile — by heading to space

Access to the internet has changed the world, but with expectations in the next 15 year of 30 billion connected devices, we are facing a connectivity crisis. The ONLY option for meeting the increased demand for bandwidth is to go to space and we have the technology to get us there.

Eliaichi Kimaro

Why the world needs your story

A filmmaker by accident, Eliaichi came to her story while exploring her Tanzanian roots. Her journey as a first-generation Asian-African American led her to ask questions never asked before.

Alexis Kaushansky

Our best hope in fighting global disease is open collaboration

Alexis is a research biologist, but her experience in engineering school and social justice issues has made her a scientist who looks at social and economic constraints as a path to creativity.

Andrew Russell

The life-changing power of live theater

For thousands of years, live theater has captivated the human mind. In this funny and revealing talk, Andrew shows why we respond so strongly to the stage and why recognizing its superpower is more important now than ever.

Dr. Jerry Radich

Surviving Cancer: The Biology of Luck

Why are some people “cured” of cancer while others deal with relapses? Answering that question may mean changing the way we think about the disease.

Judge Wesley Saint Clair

This judge wants to stop sending kids to jail: how we can help

As a Chief Justice in the juvenile court system, Wesley has come to believe the system is better at sentencing people than reducing crime. He asks that we rely less on the power of the justice system, and more on human connection.

Lesley Hazleton

What’s wrong with dying?

The answer might seem simple, but in the hands of Lesley Hazleton, the question takes us on a surprisingly humorous and thought-provoking journey into what it would actually mean to live forever.

Elizabeth Arnold

What’s happening in the arctic and why it matters to you

Elizabeth creates a soundscape as she tells of her two trips to the North Pole. The moving experience motivated her capture the stories of those living in the Arctic Circle, bringing this incredibly remote place to life and showing it’s relevance to us all.

Scott Wyatt

Cubicles don’t work. How architectural design affects your brain.

Scott explains how architectural design can solve–or make—problems. With shapes, materials, and plants as design elements that make a workspace work, his architecture firm’s designs projects with employees and the neighborhood in mind.

Celeste Headlee 15:21

Help make America talk again

This engaging talk shows how to have conversations with people you disagree with politically or otherwise.