TED Talks To Start Your Week On A Positive Note

Print pagePDF pageEmail page

Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

  • Women are facing a deficit in bravery. The bravery deficit is why women are underrepresented in STEM, in C-suites, in boardrooms, and in Congress.
  • Men will apply for a job if they meet only 60 percent of the qualifications, but women, women will apply only if they meet 100 percent of the qualifications.
  • For the American economy, for any economy to grow, to truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half our population. We have to socialize our girls to be comfortable with imperfection, and we’ve got to do it now.


Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation

Celeste Headlee hosts a daily news/talk show, On Second Thought, on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Headlee has worked in public radio since 1999, as a reporter, host and correspondent. She was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR before becoming the co-host of the PRI show “The Takeaway.” After that, she guest hosted a number of NPR shows including “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition”. Headlee also anchored election coverage for PBS World in 2012 and was a regular guest on CNN.

  • American adults, at this moment, are more polarized, are more divided, than ever have been in history. They are less likely to compromise, which means they are not listening to each other. And they make decisions about where to live, who to marry and even who our friends are going to be, based on what they already believe.
  • Use open-ended questions. Start your questions with who, what, when, where, why or how. Try asking them things like, “What was that like?” “How did that feel?” Because then they might have to stop for a moment and think about it, and you’re going to get a much more interesting response.
  • Try not to repeat yourself. It’s condescending, and it’s really boring, and we tend to do it a lot. Especially in work conversations or in conversations with our kids, we have a point to make, so we just keep rephrasing it over and over. Don’t do that.
  • Listening is perhaps the most, the number one most important skill that you could develop.


Travis Kalanick: Uber’s plan to get more people into fewer cars

In 2010, entrepreneur and angel investor Travis Kalanick, with his co-­founder Garrett Camp, took a niche product — Uber — and turned it into a global platform that has transformed the way we move around the world. In 68 countries and 360 cities, riders can push a button and get a ride, and drivers have a flexible, independent way to make money. With big investments in China, India, carpooling, self-driving cars and logistics,­ Uber’s future promises to be as headline-­grabbing as its past, continuing to reinvent urban transportation as we know it.

  • In the US, we spend 7 billion hours a year,wasted, sitting in traffic. 160 billion dollars in lost productivity, of course also sitting in traffic, and one-fifth of all of our carbon footprint is spewed out in the air by those cars that we’re sitting in.
  • If you have to own a car then that means 96 percent of the time your car is sitting idle. And so, up to 30 percent of our land and our space is used storing our cars.
  • You can pick up anybody in the United States and take them wherever they want to go at a moment’s notice, for 54 cents a mile or less. But if you charge 60 cents a mile, you’re a criminal. But what if for 60 cents a mile we could get 50 million people carpooling in the United States? If we could, it’s obviously something we should do.