An invention, a poem and a homemade animation: Meet some of this year’s TEDYouth attendees


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TEDYouth-mainThe speakers at TEDYouth 2014 are a fascinating group, ranging from a paleontologistto a teenage chef. But the middle and high school students who’ll attend are just as interesting.

To apply for this annual conference — which brings togetherstudents for a no-cost day of mind-blowing TED Talks — attendees are asked to share a piece of creative writing, to make a video, to snap some photographs or to showcase another skill of their choosing. Every year, we?re amazed by the wildly imaginative applications we receive.

TEDYouth 2014, themed ?Worlds Imagined,? took placeon Saturday, November 15, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Below, just a few of the submissions from this year?s attendees.

In this video, the “Fed Heads” ? a group composedof high schoolersAlexis Cirrotti, Julia MacDonald, Julia Vallone, Jugdip Khokher and Jessica Heine ? adorably share why they want to go to TEDYouth, based on what they?ve learned…

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The ebola vaccine, public speaking tips from our 3rd most-watched speaker, and a J.J. Abrams mystery


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JJ-Abrams-card-sculpture A playing card becomes a sculpture. And it has something to do with TED speaker J.J. Abrams. Image: @theory11

The members of the TED community have been very busy this week. Below, news briefs on what a few have been up to:

Who’ll pay for the ebola vaccine? To end the ebola epidemic, we need a vaccine — and a lot of it, fast. The challenge for drugmakers? That’s not a profitable business. Seth Berkley is in talks with GlaxoSmithKline and others to talk about who might foot the bill. Berkley heads the GAVI Alliance, a consortium backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Watch Seth’s TED Talk, “The vaccine strategy,” and see the most recent talk from the Gates, “Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done.”)

Simon Sinek shares his public speaking advice. Simon Sinek gave the…

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Kermit the Frog gives a TEDx Talk, and Twitter loves it


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Kermit surprised the audience at TEDxJackson. Photo: Twitter/@kaotate Kermit surprised the audience at TEDxJackson. Photo: @kaotate

Twitter was ablaze yesterday with some interesting news: Kermit the Frog had just become the first frog (albeit puppet) to give a TEDx Talk. On Thursday afternoon, the green superstar hopped on over to Jackson, Mississippi, to give a standing-ovation-grabbing talk at TEDxJackson. Kermit was a natural fit for the event, as The Muppets creator Jim Henson is a Mississippi native. So, by proxy, is Kermit.

Kermit talked about creativity and the power of “ridiculous optimism,” a mantra treasured by Henson, and still valued by Kermit and friends today. The incomparable Sir Ken Robinson introduced Kermit via video message and Kermit took it from there, perched atop a red ottoman with an iPhone in hand and sweet tea close by.

The Twitter coverage of the event brightened our day, and while we wait for the talk to post online, a few choice tweets…

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Mattel: Pictionary Mall Surprise


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Just a bit of happiness to brighten up your Tuesday!

“See what happens when you take the time to play! Shoppers in Canada were in for a surprise: Mattel Games transformed what looked like a regular poster into a live game that offered surprise Pictionary challenges – and even more unexpected prizes. Get ready because games can happen at any time!”

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STHLM Panda: Abused in Elevator


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There are some ads, or social experiments as this one is, that you see that shock you into sharing. This is one of them. Created by STHLM Panda in Sweden using an elevator, a “couple” engages in a heated argument, leading to the man placing his hands on his partner, sometimes pushing her head to the wall or down towards the floor. But how many people would react to this happening in the elevator while they’re there? Would they step in and stop the harassment or look out for themselves and ignore the suffering of the poor woman? Ridiculously, out of 53 people who got in the elevator, only one, yes you read that right, ONE reacted. I am disgusted in the people who didn’t help, especially the woman who stated “at least let me get off first”. If this wasn’t a social experiment I think I’d be even more…

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Amanda Palmer on expanding her TED Talk into a book and getting a lesson in vulnerability from Brené Brown

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Amanda Palmer’s new book grew out of a simple fact: that she couldn’t cram every relevant story into her 14-minute TED Talk. So she has expanded her talk, “The art of asking,” which focuses on how artists can (and should) ask those who love their work for help, into the book The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, about the need to ask for help more generally. And in another interesting twist for TED fans, the foreword to the book was written by one Brené Brown, who gave the fourth most-watched talk of all time, “The power of vulnerability.”

We asked Palmer a few questions about the process of turning her talk into a book and about the experience of working with Brown. Below, an edited transcript.

Would you rather have give your TED Talk 10 times in a row to…

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TED gets the SNL treatment, a 3-D printed exoskeleton, and a look at the meaning of ‘yep’ versus ‘yup’


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The members of the TED community have been very busy over the past two weeks. Below, news briefs on what a few have been up to. We’ll start with a few funny bits, and work our way down from there.

Talks, courtesy of SNL. We were highly amused to see the sketch “DEF TED Talks Jam” on Saturday Night Live last weekend, featuring “ideas from downtown.” Check it out — but beware, it’s not quite safe for work. (Also, take a look at 11 of the funniest TED spoofs and what speakers can learn from them.)

Net neutrality: a guide for dummies. John Hodgman — a smart, funny man — deposits a plain-spoken defense of net neutrality on his Tumblr. (Watch John’s TED Talk, “Design, explained.”)

‘Yep’ versus ‘yup.’ Anne Curzan weighs in on when different variations of the word “yes” appeared in the English language in a…

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