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  • Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

    We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole — and even keep us even from seeing others as human.

    CONKSeptember 16, 2017
  • When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk

    Another economic reality is possible — one that values community, sustainability and resiliency instead of profit by any means necessary. Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and a vision for how working-class people can organize and own the businesses they work for, making decisions for themselves and enjoying the fruits of their labor.

    CONKSeptember 12, 2017
  • The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

    The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it’s not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders alive so long — it’s their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions.

    CONKSeptember 5, 2017
  • A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | Richard J. Berry

    When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read “Want a job,” he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it.

    CONKSeptember 2, 2017
  • Courage is contagious | Damon Davis

    When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community.

    CONKAugust 29, 2017
  • How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim

    Loneliness doesn’t always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us — and it’s often the result of the homes we live in.

    CONKAugust 8, 2017
  • How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

    CONKJuly 27, 2017
  • Why glass towers are bad for city life — and what we need instead | Justin Davidson

    There’s a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. Rethink your city’s anatomy as Davidson explains how the exteriors of building shape the urban experience — and what we lose when architects stop using the full range of available materials.

    CONKJuly 12, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • How do you build a sacred space? | Siamak Hariri

    To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it.

    CONKMay 13, 2017
  • 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
  • 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