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  • No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

    Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way.

    CONKJune 23, 2017
    548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5548 votes, average: 4.82 out of 5
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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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  • A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

    Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika’s origins and how it spread, proposing a controversial way to stop the virus — and other deadly diseases — by preventing infected mosquitoes from multiplying.

    CONKJune 16, 2017
    543 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5543 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5543 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5543 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5543 votes, average: 4.70 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 climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead

    Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited government.

    CONKJune 9, 2017
    1,342 votes, average: 4.50 out of 51,342 votes, average: 4.50 out of 51,342 votes, average: 4.50 out of 51,342 votes, average: 4.50 out of 51,342 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5
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  • The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky

    How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred.

    CONKJune 1, 2017
    1,451 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,451 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,451 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,451 votes, average: 4.77 out of 51,451 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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  • A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones

    Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.

    CONKMay 31, 2017
    682 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5682 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5682 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5682 votes, average: 4.88 out of 5682 votes, average: 4.88 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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  • How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante

    Hacking, fake news, information bubbles … all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.

    CONKMay 26, 2017
    1,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 out of 51,175 votes, average: 2.76 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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  • Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt

    “There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies,” says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers — and their deliberate distortion of history.

    CONKMay 24, 2017
    2,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5
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  • Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

    We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we’re not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it.

    CONKMay 23, 2017
    389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5
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  • How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari

    On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls — but in Nigeria, government officials called the crime a hoax, confusing and delaying any efforts to rescue the girls.

    CONKMay 19, 2017
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