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Costa Rica: A Country (Almost) Free of Fossil Fuels

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In 2017, Costa Rica went 300 days without using fossil fuels to generate their electricity! How did they pull this off? Monica Araya, the co-founder of Costa Rica Limpia gives us a look into how a decision in the 1940s set them up for success.

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20 minutes

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Here’s How to Talk to Strangers

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There are a lot of great people out there that you don’t know! If you’d like to change that, or at least make your introductions easier, here are a few tips.

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9 minutes

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Turning Pollution into Paint: Update on the Toxic Art Project!

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Here’s an update on a project we featured two years ago when it was still a primordial concept. Now it’s an inspirational story with all the elements of the best kind of progress!

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14 minutes

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The Best Way to Improve the World Around Us

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Here is a TED Talk that could be a prescription for solving many of the world’s most vexing problems! What if we emulated some of the quirkier characteristics of the most original thinkers and idea people?

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9 minutes

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This Artist Shows Our Messy Side

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How much of yourself do you actually like to reveal to others?
This artist is able to uncover another side to the subjects of her portraits by using an unassuming material that we all have an experience with. This makes us ask, can these “messy” sides of ourselves actually be beautiful?

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A World More Beautiful Through the Lens of Physics

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What if there is an almost magical world of symmetry behind a curtain of knowledge that only some people decide to pull back? Here’s a small window into a world full of wonder and precious imperfections!

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9 minutes

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The Power of Giving People a “Lollipop Moment”

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Heard anything about “Lollipop Moments”? Here’s an amazing metaphor to remember how easy it is to fundamentally improve someone’s life with just a simple turn of a phrase!

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24 minutes

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Grab Your Hat! You’re About to Become a Space Archaeologist.

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Ever wished that you could be the one to discover an amazing ancient site? Well, what if we told you that you can be, by connecting to a satellite, yourself!?

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12 minutes

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Embracing a Language that Brings Us Closer 🙂

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You’ve probably shared a few of these in your messages if you’ve communicated through technology in the past decade, but could emotion depicting icons have an even longer history than we assume? And where could these emojis bring the human race in the future? Jenna Schilstra discusses this on the TED stage.

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19 minutes

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Celebrate the New Year with a Tour of the Future!

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There is no better way to ring in the New Year than celebrating all the potential in the future! Here are some great reasons to go into 2018 with a whole new mindset!

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15 minutes

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Omniprocessor: Tap Water from Our Toilets?

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Have you heard about a brilliant innovation – the Omniprocessor – that may change the lives of billions of people, in fact all of us eventually? This is “the challenge of progress” at it’s messy best!

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15 minutes

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Flipping Perceptions

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How do you react when someone tells you you’re incapable of doing something? For a lot of us, there are usually two routes we take: agree and shrink, or prove those words wrong. WCMX athlete, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, chose the latter and has spent years creating history and crushing stereotypes. Here’s his story…

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7 minutes

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Are We Missing Our Connections?

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Do we have the power to improve our day through our small interactions with others? Today we meet one man who is doing his part by helping people feel welcome in a place most of us don’t really want to be!

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Stories Behind the Faces of Power

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What if we removed the veil of power and could see people at “the top” for who they really are? Here’s a photographer whose stories do just that!

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14 minutes

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Discovering Hope When Things Seem Hopeless

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How can we change our mindsets and find hope when all seems hopeless? This amazing TED Talk from Peta Murchinson might open your eyes to see the light once again.

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8 minutes

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Litterati: Connecting Us All and Changing Paradigms!

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Have you heard of the amazing social media project that can eliminate litter from our planet? It’s bringing together ordinary people, brands, governments and the power of big data–all with a novel artistic magnetism!

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20 minutes

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Earth Your While: Climate Change for Everybody

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Where do you start with tough but important conversations? Here’s a fresh perspective from the comedian Zach Anner that gives us some great tips through the lens of climate change!

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15 minutes

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Living Beyond Expectations: Daniel Kish

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Despite not having eyes, Daniel Kish has taught himself to “see” with a human “eco-location” and he is teaching others. His story is a remarkable testament to what happens when we never get the memo about things that are “impossible” and instead make what we have work for us!

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A Village Made of Plastic

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What might happen if we placed more focus on the idea of inventing ever more creative and practical uses for what’s already been made? Why keep making more “stuff”? There’s something popping up in Panama that can inspire us all!

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19 minutes

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DARPA: Removing the Fear of Failure

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What would our lives look like if we could shake our fear of failure? What would you try tomorrow if failure wasn’t a bad thing? Enter: DARPA, a place we might find a new mindset! Take a look at the TED Talk by Regina Dugan and become a better you!

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14 minutes

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Is Happiness Truly Our End Goal?

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Most of us are running around looking to hold on to this thing called happiness, but these seem to be fleeting moments. Should we be focusing on something else instead? Listen to writer Emily Esfahani Smith’s eye opening insight in her TED Talk!

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20 minutes

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PopTech: People and Possibility Rising

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When it feels like the only new knowledge that comes our way is bad news, it’s time to find some new corners of the web that are always positive and insightful. Today we point you to one we know personally!

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18 minutes

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Big Data Might Help Us All Come Together!

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What if our starting point in problem-solving could be without conflict? Here’s what the future holds for addressing everything from litter to child mortality, from crime to math literacy! We have two wonderful TED Talks today to brighten up your day. Enjoy!

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23 minutes

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Navigating the Most Effective Way to Give

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Ready for a transforming experience? Today’s article will up-end your old notions about charity, and then totally empower you to evaluate the charities you give to! Dan Pallota’s insightful TED Talk shows us the end of charities that we never would have guessed. Enjoy!

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13 minutes

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Why Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength

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Why do we feel embarrassed to ask for help? The wonderful (and hilarious) TED Talk Speaker Michele L. Sullivan helps us re-frame our perspective on asking for help, and how it all starts with having a little more compassion!

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31 minutes

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Amazing Founders’ Stories: Instagram and Airbnb

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The founders of some of our favorite innovations -Instagram, Airbnb, Tom’s Shoes, Zumba – have stories of catastrophic failures followed by “ah-ha” moments. Now here’s a place for some optimism!

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Ask Yourself, Why Not Now?

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Sometimes it seems that fate is pushing against us. But, thankfully there are some amazing people out there pushing right back, diving in, saying yes I can. Today, we learn the story of one more of these stunning individuals.

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15 minutes

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The Gift in 100 Days of Rejection

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If you love TED Talks, you don’t want to miss this one! We can all connect with Jia Jiang’s story as he turns the topic of rejection into terrific humor and great insight!

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How to Suddenly Thrive from Listening Better

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What if one day we all woke up and recognized the potential of listening better? What would dinner conversation, the news, science, and politics look like if we listened to understand, not to get ready to make our next point?

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