Can two countries at war dare to empathize with one another? Step by methodical step, sociologist Sam Richards gives his audience an extraordinary challenge: to allow a group of (mainly) Americans to understand — not approve of, but understand — … Continue reading TED Talks Lesson Plan: A Radical Experiment in Empathy
Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming — and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: How We’ll Earn Money in a Future Without Jobs
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is … the driver. In 2015, Chris Urmson was head of Google’s driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver’s seat. He shares fascinating footage that shows … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: How A Driverless Car Sees the Road
How do you pick up a malicious online virus, the kind of malware that snoops on your data and taps your bank account? Often, it’s through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: Everyday Cybercrime — and What You Can Do About It
The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient — but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its center. In an illuminating … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: How Protest Is Redefining Democracy Around the World
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four “origins” — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: Where is Home?
Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing. Useful Vocabulary MindsetPer capitathe world … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: New Insights on Poverty
Does collecting more data lead to better decision-making? Competitive, data-savvy companies like Amazon, Google, and Netflix have learned that data analysis alone doesn’t always produce optimum results. In this talk, data scientist Sebastian Wernicke breaks down what goes wrong when … Continue reading TED Talk Discussion: How to Use Data to Make a Hit TV Show
Reuters health editor Ivan Oransky warns that we’re suffering from an epidemic of preposterous preconditions — pre-diabetes, pre-cancer, and many more. In this engaging talk from … Continue reading Ted Talk Discussion: Are We Over-medicalized?
This Ted Talk is all about the world of work and how companies should better manage the education of their staff, recruitment, and training choices. Matt makes a passionate case for the use of apprenticeships to find and retain the … Continue reading TED IELTS: Young People and the World of Work, Includes IELTS Essay Plan
Introduction This lesson incorporates a TED Talk (on housing) along with IELTS vocab and writing help. Sarah Murray’s 2018 Talk on the world’s housing crisis, where many are increasingly being priced out of the market, could not have come at … Continue reading TED Talk with IELTS Vocab and Writing Task 2: Housing Crisis