2013

Poetry Collections: Anis Mojgani

When Anis Mojgani challenges his audience to “come closer, come into this,” he’s not asking them to move closer to the stage; he’s asking them to move more resolutely into their own lives. “Your smiles are simply signs of how sacred your life actually is, so step into it.”

Tools for Young Changemakers: Charles Orgbon III

Charles Orgbon is 17, and he says he and his fellow teenagers know how to save the world if only the adults would give them the room to do it. He’s got results to back up his words. He founded Greening Forward, a national organization of young people that has already diverted 60 tons of waste from landfills.

Industry's Role in Solving Water: Joe Rozza

The world faces a water crisis, and most of the discussion centers on dire possibilities. But Joe Rozza is more optimistic. He not only envisions business, government and civil society coming together to create an integrated global strategy, he's also helping make it a reality.

 

Eradicating the Guinea Worm: Kelly Callahan

The Carter Center's Kelly Callahan shares how the simplest solutions, applied at huge scale, have almost achieved humankind's second complete eradication of a disease that once plagued millions of people.

 

Atlanta A Cappella: The Graduates

The Graduates prove that the most versatile musical instrument is also the easiest to carry around: the human voice.

Pain, empathy and public health: Amy Baxter

Auto intervention: Jim Hackler

Connecting beats: Marshall Seese Jr.

The triangle of truth: Lisa Earle McLeod

What if We Could Lead a Life of Excessive Generosity: Jeff Shinabarger

Do we care about us? Daphne Greenberg

A Game that Maps the Human Brain: Claire O'Connell

Claire O’Connell and her colleagues at MIT have accelerated neurological research to map the human brain — painstaking work that involves mapping the connections between neurons — by turning it into a massive, online game now played by people all over the world.


Reasons to Believe: Marcel Benoit III

Budding teenage entrepreneur Marcel Benoit explains how he finds reasons to believe in the smallest actions, even in buying a song for 99 cents.

 


I'd Bike to Work if Only...: Rob Cotter

Rob Cotter started with the most fundamental problem of cycling to work: How could the cyclist arrive at work minus the sweat and the smells? To solve that problem, Cotter created a vehicle that relies on solar power to get you to work in the morning and pedal power for the trip home.

 

The Power of Solar in Georgia: Jessica Moore

The state of Georgia gets enough sunshine to have the third highest solar-power output of any state in the nation. Jessica Moore points out that her home state's actual solar output is far lower than it could be — and she explains how she plans to change that.

Trash + love: Aurora Robson

 

Life, Art, and a Square Dog Named Boxer: Nathan Sawaya

The art of living: Rossin

Michelle Malone

Why TED talks don't change your life much: Neale Martin

Street legal: David Green

The Future of Journalism: Tom Rosenstiel

When Tom Rosenstiel is asked, "Has digital technology made journalism worse or better?" he has a quick answer: "Yes." In this talk, he explores a key question: In a world where the audience dictates what "news" is, what new roles must responsible journalists learn to play?

How to Spark Creativity: Brendan O'Connell

Painter Brendan O'Connell cofounded Everyartist.me, an organization with a simple but daunting purpose: "to spark human creativity." What's the approach? It involves turning the work of a million young artists nationwide into "the most massive community art event in history."

Slaying the "zombies" of climate science: Dr. Marshall Shepherd

One of the nation's leading climate scientists explains how he goes about knocking down the "zombie theories" that plague our discussions about climate change. What is a zombie theory? Says Shepherd: "It's one of those theories that scientists have refuted or disproven time and time again, but they live on like zombies in the blogs and on the radio stations."

American Folk Lovers: Jared & Amber Humphries

Partners in life and music, Jared and Amber Humphries blend the simplicity of the American folk song with the grandeur of the greatest musical theater.

 
 

Salvation in the soil: Rashid Nuri

 

On the brink: Mary Frances Bowley

Unlocking human creativity: Mark Riedl

Rachel Pendegrass

Measure anything, anywhere: George Yu

Re-imagining the teacher: Wanda Hopkins-McClure