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  • Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye

    Underneath every shiny new megacity, there’s often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a “new Dubai.” She compels us to hold our governments and ourselves accountable for keeping our cities safe for everyone.

    CONKSeptember 23, 2017
  • 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
  • Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler

    Could it be wrong to help children in need by starting an orphanage? In this eye-opening talk about the bad consequences of good intentions, Tara Winkler speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused in part by foreign donors, and details the harm done to children when they are separated from their families and left to grow up in institutions.

    CONKSeptember 13, 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
  • 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
  • Let’s end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

    It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It’s ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves — and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice.

    CONKAugust 24, 2017
  • Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power (with English subtitles) | Jorge Ramos

    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk — click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him.

    CONKJuly 28, 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
  • Don’t feel sorry for refugees — believe in them | Luma Mufleh

    “We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives — except our humanity,” says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States.

    CONKJuly 26, 2017
  • Why we need to imagine different futures | Anab Jain

    Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we’re creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care?

    CONKJuly 21, 2017
  • How to see past your own perspective and find truth | Michael Patrick Lynch

    The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake. It’s as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch.

    CONKJuly 11, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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