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This TED Talk on Spectacularly Awful City Flags is Here to Inspire the Inner Design Geek in All of Us: VIDEO


100-percent of people care about flags, even if they don't think that they do.

So says radio host Roman Mars, the producer of 99% Invisible (the highest-funded journalism Kickstarter project ever), who appeared at this year's TED conference in Vancouver and dropped a design-centric talk on vexillology that will make you look at the banners waving on your local police stations and city halls in a new way.

In a brief 18 minutes you'll realize why the flags of Chicago and Amsterdam are so wonderful, and the flags of San Francisco, Milwaukee, and many other municipalities around the nation are so tragic.

City flags need a better rap, Mars argues, and it's time to do something about it.



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If You Think Your Job is Stressful, Listen to the Man Who Landed a Spacecraft on a Comet: VIDEO


Back in August the world watched in wonder as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft made the first-ever rendezvous with a comet after an extraordinary mission which saw the probe go into and be taken out of hibernation.

At this year's TED conference Rosetta mission manager Fred Jansen, who was responsible for the landing, revealed some of the harrowing moments and the intricacies and the funny moments involved in landing on a an object 500 km from Earth moving at 135,000 km per hour after a ten year trip through deep space.

Watch his story and description of the incredible day the craft landed, AFTER THE JUMP...

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His Gay Dad and The Stonewall Riots Led This Man to a Calling and a $1 Million TED Prize: VIDEO


What are the things you'd like to say to an important person in your life before they, or you, die? Thank you? I love you? Forgive me? I forgive you?

IsayEvery year the $1 million TED Prize is awarded to a leader with a bold vision for sparking global change. This year's winner was Dave Isay, a radio producer with a vision of capturing the world's stories which was prompted by an experience he had after his father came out to him as gay, and told him the story of the Stonewall Riots.

This experience sparked an idea: StoryCorps. Isay opened a booth in New York's Grand Central Station in which people could listen to each other's stories, and record them for posterity. The idea became a mobile booth which traveled the country and helped StoryCorps grow into the largest collection of human voices ever recorded.

Says Isay in this incredibly moving TED Talk: "It takes some courage to have these conversations. StoryCorps speaks to our mortality. Participants know this recording will be heard long after they are gone."

Also in the talk, Isay reveals the stories (and plays some of them) that have touched him over the past few years and the vision he has going forward. That vision includes an app which was launched at the TED conference which people can use to easily record interviews and submit them to StoryCorps.

Watch the TED talk, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Monica Lewinsky Offers Powerful TED Talk on Her Public Humiliation and Fight Against Cyberbullying: VIDEO


Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with President Bill Clinton made her internationally famous overnight when its salacious details hit the internet in 1998, stepped into the spotlight at the annual TED Conference on Thursday in Vancouver.

Ted_mlI spent the week at TED and was in the room when Lewinsky stepped up in front of the receptive and curious audience to lead off a segment of the conference called 'Just and Unjust'. Lewinsky has spoken about her experiences only a few times to date (she spoke at Forbes '30 Under 30' summit in October 2014).

Lewinsky talked of the mistake she made by "falling in love with [her] boss" and its "devastating consequences."

“I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo and, of course, ‘that woman.’ I was known by many, but actually known by few. I get it. It was easy to forget ‘that woman’ was dimensional and had a soul.”

She added: "Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my mistake, and I regret that mistake deeply."

Lewinsky said that she was finally able to put some perspective on the public shaming she had endured 12 years later after her mother called her to discuss the death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who took his own life after being secretly filmed by his roommate have an intimate encounter with another man and then humiliated when the video was posted to the internet.

Said Lewinsky:

"Tyler's tragic senseless death was a turning point for me. It served to re-contextualize my experiences and I then began to look at the world of humiliation and bullying around me and see something different."

She added: "There is a very personal price to public humiliation and the growth of the internet has jacked up that price."

Lewinsky, who also cited recent hackings of Snapchat, iCloud, and SONY pictures and the intent behind them to publicly embarrass celebrities and executives, said she has since been motivated to battle cyberbullying and encouraged people to be "upstanders" rather than "bystanders" on the internet, and battle trolling with positive comments.

Finally, she addressed accusations that her decision to step back into the spotlight might be politically motivated:

"In the past nine months the question I've been asked the most is 'why?' Why now? Why was I sticking my head above the parapet?' You can read between the lines in those questions. And the answer has nothing to do with politics. The top note answer was, and is, because it's time. Time to stop tiptoeing around my past. Time to stop living a life of opprobrium. And time to take back my narrative. And it's also not just about saving myself. Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing. You can survive it. I know it's hard. It may not be painless, quick, or easy, but you can insist on a different ending to your story."


I'll be sharing more videos from the TED 2015 conference on a variety of topics over the next few days and weeks.

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Musician Jennifer Knapp's Powerful TEDx Talk on Coming Out as a LGBT Person of Faith: WATCH


Religion and the LGBT community have a..."contentious" relationship, to put it mildly. Musician Jennifer Knapp hosted at TEDx Talk at the University of Nevada to discuss this very issue through the medium she does it best: acoustic guitar. Knapp previously had a career as a contemporary Christian musician, but transitioned to mainstream folk rock after coming out as a lesbian. Having been so involved in the faith community in such a visible way, Knapp has some particularly insightful views on the conflicts with faith and religion - and the religious - one can have upon coming out.

You can watch her speak and sing about her experiences AFTER THE JUMP...

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Woman Surprises Co-Workers, Comes Out In Emotional TED Talk: VIDEO


Morgana Bailey, a Human Resources professional, recently came out at TED@State Street London's talk, surprising her colleagues at the event who did not know she was a lesbian. Bailey even hid the truth from the TED organizers about why she wanted to speak and what her talk would be about. But hiding was something that had become all too routine for Bailey. "Hiding is a progressive habit," she says. For 16 years, Bailey hid her sexual orientation. The ripple effect of living a life dictated by hiding and secrecy was profound. A girl who was once unconventional and vivacious instead sought to conform to avoid being found out. 

However, emboldened by what she saw as a larger moral and social imperative, Bailey finally decided to come out. Said Bailey:

I am a lesbian. I’ve struggled to say those words because I didn’t want to be defined by them. Every time I would think about coming out in the past I would think to myself, but I just want to be known as Morgana, uniquely Morgana but not my lesbian friend Morgana or my gay co-worker Morgana. Just Morgana. For those of you from large metropolitan areas this may not seem like a big deal to you. It may seem strange that I have supressed the truth and hidden this for so long. But I was paralyzed by my fear of not being accepted. And I’m not alone of of course.

Bailey cites statistics that show that 83% of LGBT employees admitted changing some aspect of themselves at work so they would not appear too gay. "Employees struggled to be themselves at work because they believe conformity is critical to their long-term career advancement," Bailey said. 

Bailey was also alarmed by an article she read in The Advocate that found that LGBT people living in anti-gay communities have a life expectancy 12 years lower than their heterosexual peers. This statistic combined with the others underscored for Bailey the danger in not being who you are:

“The article made me realize that my silence had personal, professional and economic consequences. I’m not saying that everyone has to be an activist. But if we let our true selves be known at every opportunity for education and awareness, we will help enrich our own lives and help advance our rights within society.”

Watch Bailey's inspiring TED Talk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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