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TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TEDx program and the annual TED Prize.

The annual conferences in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Oxford bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

James H Kunstler dissects suburbia - (2004) (20 min) Some Language
http://www.ted.com/talks/james_howard_kunstler_dissects_suburbia.html  
In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability (2009) (16 min)
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ray_anderson_on_the_business_logic_of_sustainability.html  
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Jaime Lerner sings of the city ((2007) (16 min)
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jaime_lerner_sings_of_the_city.html  
Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.

Alex Steffen sees a sustainable future (2005) (18 min)
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/alex_steffen_sees_a_sustainable_future.html  
Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself? (2009) (8 minute)
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/rachel_armstrong_architecture_that_repairs_itself.html  
Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.

Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat (2007) (20 min)
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/mark_bittman_on_what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat.html  
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.