Monday, December 31, 2007

TED Talks!!!

I made a selection of five TED Talks that I liked a lot. They add up to about a feature-length film, and cover a diverse range of topics.

I hope you find them interesting, I most certainly have!


1. World Demographic Economics: Hans Rosling (2006) 20:36
2. Breakdancing etc.: Kenichi Ebina (2007) 5:29
3. Journalistic theatre: Anna Deavere-Smith (2005) 23:50
4. War Photography : James Nachtwey (2007) 23:42
5. TEDTalks : Vusi Mahlasela (2007) 12:03


1. TEDTalks : Hans Rosling (2006) video 20:36
You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world" using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation.

The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop.

Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten.

In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful.

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2. TEDTalks : Kenichi Ebina (2007) 5:29
From inside a deceptively floppy red tracksuit, Kenichi Ebina serves a dazzling blend of hip-hop and contemporary dance. And he has a few tricks up his sleeve.

3. TEDTalks : Anna Deavere-Smith (2005) 23:50
Anna Deavere-Smith brings the TED audience to their feet as she brings to life a series of quintessential Americans. The chameleon-like Deveare-Smith transforms herself in and out of character, as she embodies legendary author Studs Terkel, followed by convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean merchant in Los Angeles after the ’92 Riots, and finally a rodeo bull rider. The monologues - adapted verbatim from tape recordings - are drawn from interviews she conducted for “On the Road: A Search for American Character.” Each is a response to a probing question, such as, “What is a defining moment in history?”

4. TEDTalks : James Nachtwey (2007) video 23:42
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, James Nachtwey shows his searing, powerful photographs of war, and makes his wish: to help him cover a not-yet-named story that must be brought to the world's attention.

5. TEDTalks : Vusi Mahlasela (2007) 12:03
South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela dedicates his song, "Thula Mama," to all women -- with a special mention for his grandmother, who showed spine-tingling bravery in the face of apartheid-era police oppression.

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