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  • Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

    For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison — and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from Brooklyn.

    CONKJune 22, 2017
    1,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 51,249 votes, average: 3.26 out of 5
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  • The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It’s not just a crisis; it’s a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it.

    CONKJune 21, 2017
    1,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 51,848 votes, average: 2.37 out of 5
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  • Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

    Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less).

    CONKJune 15, 2017
    619 votes, average: 4.59 out of 5619 votes, average: 4.59 out of 5619 votes, average: 4.59 out of 5619 votes, average: 4.59 out of 5619 votes, average: 4.59 out of 5
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  • Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

    “Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.

    CONKJune 14, 2017
    2,706 votes, average: 4.55 out of 52,706 votes, average: 4.55 out of 52,706 votes, average: 4.55 out of 52,706 votes, average: 4.55 out of 52,706 votes, average: 4.55 out of 5
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  • When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

    T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women — and build communities in the process.

    CONKJune 13, 2017
    2,283 votes, average: 1.40 out of 52,283 votes, average: 1.40 out of 52,283 votes, average: 1.40 out of 52,283 votes, average: 1.40 out of 52,283 votes, average: 1.40 out of 5
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  • Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel

    Teens don’t get enough sleep, and it’s not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones — it’s because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel discusses how early school start times deprive adolescents of sleep during the time of their lives when they need it most.

    CONKJune 10, 2017
    2,158 votes, average: 4.80 out of 52,158 votes, average: 4.80 out of 52,158 votes, average: 4.80 out of 52,158 votes, average: 4.80 out of 52,158 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5
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  • A summer school kids actually want to attend | Karim Abouelnaga

    In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This “summer slump” affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months.

    CONKMay 30, 2017
    1,009 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,009 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,009 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,009 votes, average: 4.76 out of 51,009 votes, average: 4.76 out of 5
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  • There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

    When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions.

    CONKMay 27, 2017
    1,476 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,476 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,476 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,476 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,476 votes, average: 4.91 out of 5
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  • This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero

    In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place — a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

    CONKMay 25, 2017
    1,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 51,155 votes, average: 3.63 out of 5
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  • A doctor’s case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

    Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.

    CONKMay 18, 2017
    924 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5924 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5924 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5924 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5924 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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  • In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks

    Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we’re told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry.

    CONKMay 9, 2017
    624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5
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  • 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

    We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains — an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term … Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

    CONKMay 8, 2017
    1,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,684 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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  • Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks

    How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today — and where we can find common ground.

    CONKApril 28, 2017
    399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5
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  • Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail.

    CONKApril 26, 2017
    2,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 52,998 votes, average: 4.35 out of 5
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  • Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one | Michael Botticelli

    Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness.

    CONKApril 22, 2017
    1,058 votes, average: 4.42 out of 51,058 votes, average: 4.42 out of 51,058 votes, average: 4.42 out of 51,058 votes, average: 4.42 out of 51,058 votes, average: 4.42 out of 5
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  • 3 ways to spot a bad statistic | Mona Chalabi

    Polls that predict political candidates’ chances to two decimal places are a problem. But we shouldn’t count out stats altogether … instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying.

    CONKApril 18, 2017
    2,475 votes, average: 4.65 out of 52,475 votes, average: 4.65 out of 52,475 votes, average: 4.65 out of 52,475 votes, average: 4.65 out of 52,475 votes, average: 4.65 out of 5
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  • Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness | Michele L. Sullivan

    We all go through challenges — some you can see, most you can’t, says Michele L. Sullivan. In a talk about perspective, Sullivan shares stories full of wit and wisdom and reminds us that we’re all part of each other’s support systems.

    CONKApril 13, 2017
    1,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 5
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  • Inside America’s dead shopping malls | Dan Bell

    What happens when a mall falls into ruin? Filmmaker Dan Bell guides us through abandoned monoliths of merchandise, providing a surprisingly funny and lyrical commentary on consumerism, youth culture and the inspiration we can find in decay.

    CONKApril 11, 2017
    2,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 5
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