Guide: 7 Enlightening TED Talks

25. Aug 2015 is an endless and free source of useful and peculiar knowledge. You can find short lectures about global development and human rights - or lack thereof. Danwatch has picked seven surprising and entertaining TED Talks that makes you a little bit wiser about the state of the world.



Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

According to the AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta we have learned that charity is only valuable if the cost for administration is kept at a minimum. But what if administration and investments are what makes the money grow and thus raising even more money for the good cause?

Charmian Gooch: Meet the global corruption’s hidden players

The former Turkmen all-powerful leader Niyazov had a 40-foot-high gold-plated statue of himself build, which rotated to follow the sun. This is the kind of cliché we know from the world of corruption but we rarely hear how the large international banks and shell companies enables these interesting buys. Global Witness found Charmian Gooch elaborates.

Hans og Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world

Guess along when Hans Rosling quizzes the audience about the state of the planet. With wit and data, the Swedish professor of international health Hans Rosling and his son Ola display how the media provides us with an overly pessimistic world view. Moreover, he makes a lot of jokes about Swedes.


Dame Ellen McArthur: The Surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world

Dame Ellen McArthur tells her captivating story about her she set sails around the world and how it suddenly made her aware of the limited resources of nature. The talk is both entertaining and informative.

Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery

Did you know that in 2010 there were 27 million slaves in the world? And that the price of a human goes all the way down to five dollars? Kevin Bales is the co-founder of the organisation Free the slaves and here presents a proposal for how we fight modern slavery.

Leslie T. Chang: The voices of China’s workers

Do you also feel a Western guilt when you glance at your iPhone that a hard working Chinese built but does not have the money to buy? Stop and listen to what the workers have to say.

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

Any self-help book will tell you that you cannot buy happiness. But that is only because they do not know what to buy. Michael Norton is a professor of business administration and marketing at Harvard Business School and unfolds his research that shows how people who spend money on charity are happier than those who do not.

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