Kathy Zhou never considered herself the type of woman who would enter a beauty pageant. But this May, the Pinterest engineer found herself among a cluster of young professionals in a San Francisco co-working space, ready to be converted to the gospel of pageantry. They had gathered for an Imagine Talks forum, one of the TED-style leadership panels organized by the Miss Asian Global and Miss Asian America pageant—a competition that hopes to remake the rules of pageantry into a culturally rewarding, even feminist, event. By offering workshops on subjects like women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, MAG, as the pageant is often called, aims to transform the beauty pageant into a useful platform for its participants; by including only Asian women, the organizers say, it’s helping contestants think about their ethnicity as something to be celebrated. This talk, for instance, was themed around the subject “girl boss” and included an all-Asian panel of women: … [Read more...] about Bikinis and TED Talks: Can This All-Asian Competition Truly Disrupt Beauty Pageants?
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caption Aimee Mullins keeps her knees and body relaxed when she’s on stage. source Okta Aimee Mullins is a double-amputee athlete, model and actor known for her role on Stranger Things. She’s also known as for her popular Ted Talks. Mullins has spent her life on stage sharing her personal story and inspiring people to believe in themselves. She says that all of us can be powerful public speakers, by following a few simple tips. You may know Aimee Mullins as No. 11’s mother on Stranger Things. Or maybe you know her as the woman who designs her own legs. Or the double amputee collegiate runner who made the “Cheetah” carbon-fibre sprinting legs world famous. Or the model who walked the runway for British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Perhaps you are one of the millions of people who have seen her on YouTube over the past decade. She has given hugely … [Read more...] about Stranger Things star Aimee Mullins has done a decade of inspiring Ted Talks — her tips will help anyone be a better public speaker
Kanye West was spotted watching a video from Google exec Ray Kurzweil, the company’s chief futurist and director of engineering. The specific video was Kurzweil’s TED Talk “The Accelerating Power of Technology.” Musician and fashion designer Kanye West sparked a million tweets on Monday when he shared short videos of him listening to right-wing personalities like Scott Adams. But a small clue hidden on his Apple laptop screen shows he’s been mainlining other controversial opinions – some from Google’s chief futurist and director of engineering Ray Kurzweil. In his latest video posted on Monday, Kanye has a tab open pointing to a TED Talk by Kurzweil called “The Accelerating Power of Technology.” Here’s the footage from Kanye’s tweet: ðx”Rðx”Rðx”R pic.twitter.com/m5JGp9zKyM — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 23, 2018 Zoom in on the … [Read more...] about Kanye West is watching a TED Talk from the Google exec who predicted that computers will become super-intelligent by 2030 and humans will live forever by 2045
Somewhere between my eighth and eighteenth turmeric lattes, I realized I was dangerously close to falling for TED. The annual conference, which gathers elite technologists, thought leaders, scientists, economists, futurists, visionaries, activists, physicists, poets, enthusiasts, academics, entertainers and billionaires has a binary reputation: For anyone who hasn’t been, it’s an object of easy mockery. For anyone who has, it’s a religion. After five days in the garden of TED, downing blueberry mint kombucha, champagne gummy bears and green juice described as “good for when you feel like you’re being chased by a cheetah,” I had seen the light. The ideas felt exciting (flying cars! fluid democracies! arousal non-concordance!). The speakers elicited gasps of wonder, un-self-conscious giggles, or heavy sighs of righteous indignation. A workshop on the concept of awe actually inspired awe. At least four talks brought me to tears. TED has a way of … [Read more...] about I Feel Everything: Soul-Searching at TED’s Inspiration Assembly Line
What's the quickest way to harness the knowledge of the world's pre-eminent experts in every subject under the sun? Tough one. But for a growing army of in-the-know enthusiasts, the answer is simple: Switch on the latest TED Talk and all will be revealed. TED Talks have rapidly become the go-to resource for anyone interested in peering into the minds of the world's most powerful thinkers. According to the official history: "TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages." With a mission statement to "spread ideas," TED Talks bring together the "world's most inspired thinkers" with "a community of curious souls." They are nothing short of a phenomenon. There are more than 2,700 talks in the TED archive, with more being added every week. At least 12 of … [Read more...] about In Pictures: Top 50 Most Popular TED Talks