Six Words At TEDx: Marion Correctional Institution

“Bold introvert who hides on stage.” —Dan Royston

“Spiritual leader who likes Grumpy Cat.” —Chaplin Tim Smith

“Wanted mohawk, got a bald spot.” —Clifford Dale Rose, Jr.

“Progressive, I’ve come a long way.” —Deonta Bell

“Finding sunrise reflected in your eyes.” —Adam Wetterhan

“Freer, fairer, and less corrupt, please.” —Iggy

“Proper education always corrects errors emphatically.” —Demale Rogers-Bey

“I’m knee deep in the hoopla.” —Lee Seibenick-Schwartz

“Why doesn’t anyone else smell that?” —Rusty Tarbet


The amazing problem-solving skills of crows — measured by science!

Here, one of these smarty-pants birds is being put to the ultimate test: get a basket of food out of an upright cylinder with a single straight wire. And get it she does, in a feat of intuitive problem solving.

Want to know why crows are so smart? Check out this talk from TEDxRainier by bird researcher John Marzluff, on the wildly fascinating intricacies of the bird brain. (Take that one out of your insult bucket.)

Watch the talk here » 

P.S. Do not skip 14:38, when you get to hear a crow speak English.


Photographer Timm Suess is passionate about capturing decay in our world. He travels to abandoned factories, clinics, and military installations to photograph the places people leave behind.

In a talk at TEDxGundeldingen, Suess details his Chernobyl Journal: a project that led him to the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.

Above, photos from the project, which documents places lost to the disaster.

11 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life


These are some of my favorite TED talks of all-time, guaranteed to inspire. If you have some favorites of your own that are not listed here, you may add them in the comments below.

John Hunter - The World Peace Game

Marcin Jakubowski - Open Sourced Blueprints for Civilization

Hyenseo Lee - My Escape from North Korea

Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Brene Brown - The Power of Vulnerability

Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking

Derek Sivers - How to Start a Movement

William Kamkwamba - How I Harnessed the Wind

Elizabeth Gilbert - Your Elusive Creative Genius

Myshkin Ingawale - A Blood Test Without Bleeding

Hans Rosling - Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset

This new book represents over six years’ worth of my life experiences, insights, and ideas on creating a better way of living for all of us: 

It’s All My Fault: How I Messed Up the World, and Why I Need Your Help to Fix It


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Perspectives from Dark Space: A TEDx Talk by Tamara Davis

This talk by Tamara Davis is super interesting. She talks about how studying physics influences our everyday lives and the wonder that we get from looking up to space.


Rafflesia arnoldii and Rafflesia arnoldii: close up by Tamara van Molken

Everyone sees plants as passive and benign. But, actually, plants are hugely manipulative. Plants have to do everything animals do. They have to cope with predators; they have to find food; they have to find a mate. They have to do all of that sitting still.

One of the largest flowers in the world, Rafflesia, tricks its pollinator by pretending to be a slab of rotting meat. So this flower is large, sort of red, with sort of lumps and bumps on it that look like rotting pustules. It also releases the most awful stench, like a rotting corpse, and heats itself up to the same temperature as a corpse. Flies are tricked, very successfully, by this flower’s impersonation, so they lay their eggs on the flower and get covered in pollen as they do.

—from “The Secret Language of Flowers,” a talk by molecular biologist Dr. Heather Whitney at TEDxSalford.


All too familiar with all the things he had done or not done in his life, novelist Keiichiro Hirano had trouble accepting himself as a “good” or a “bad” person, until he realized that maybe he was a bit more complicated than that.

Above, moments from his beautiful TEDxKyoto talk, “Love others to love yourself.” (In Japanese with English subtitles)

Watch the whole talk here»

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George Takei’s TEDx Talk on patriotism and internment is a must-see

For most people, George Takei is most closely associated with Mr. Sulu from the famous Star Trek series. But the 77-year-old actor has worn many hats since then, especially as an outpoken advocate for the LGBT community and as a human rights activist. In an inspiring and emotional TED Talk he gave last month in Kyoto, Japan, Takei poignantly used his personal story to explain his own complicated, powerful definition of patriotism.

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Megan Washington gave a TEDx talk about her lifelong struggles with a serious speech impediment and it’s impacts on her life 

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The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy: Josh Stanley at TEDxBoulder

How to use just one paper towel -- and save a ton of trees

Americans use 13 billion pounds of paper towels every single year.

If each of us used only one paper towel per day, we would save 571,230,000 pounds of paper. That’s a lot of trees. 

So, think we can do that? Watch and learn, folks. 

Step one: Wet your hands. 


Step two: Shake your hands a bunch of times. (Joe says 12 times, but it’s not an exact science here, so pick your lucky number.)


Step three: Fold one paper towel in half — the fold allows for interstitial suspension if you want to get nerdy about it — and use it to dry your hands.


BOOM. Dry hands. 


Want to see the full demonstration? Check it out here » 

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Of the 25,000 genes in our human genome, only .1% of them vary from person to person. Surprisingly, the genes that vary the most between people do not dictate our physical appearance. They instead shape our health and our relationships. At TEDxYouth@Manchester, Dan Davis, author of The Compatibility Gene: How Our Bodies Fight Disease, Attract Others, and Define Our Selves, shares the story of this unique set of genes.

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Talent is an Illusion: TEDxAthens talk by Olivia Bee 


3 new-school ways to support cool science research

In Ye Olden Days, moneyed arts and science enthusiasts patronized their favorite thinkers. But these days, you don’t have to be rich to support the search for rare ants, new particles, or innovative drug therapies.

In a recent talk, Reddit’s superstar scientist Ben “Unidan" Eisenkop explains how to support new science online. He recommends: 

  • #SciFund Challenge, a month-long crowdfunding extravaganza. You’ll find research projects to better understand what sharks eat; a hunt for wild seahorses; a study into technology and memory; and more.

  •, which is like Kickstarter for science. They have some cool features, like curated collections from research institutions and sections highlighting different branches of science.

  • Petridish, another rad crowdfunding site. One recent project explored ways to sustainably grow coffee beans AND provide habitats for migratory birds.  

Give it a try and watch his talk at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity »