The unexpected challenges of a country’s first election | Philippa Neave

How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It’s a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world — and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can’t describe something, you probably can’t understand it. In this eye-opening talk, election expert Philippa Neave shares her experiences from the front lines of democracy — and her solution to this unique language gap.

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Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist | Manwar Ali

“For a long time, I lived for death,” says Manwar Ali, a former radical jihadist who participated in violent, armed campaigns in the Middle East and Asia in the 1980s. In this moving talk, he reflects on his experience with radicalization and makes a powerful, direct appeal to anyone drawn to Islamist groups claiming that violence and brutality are noble and virtuous: let go of anger and hatred, he says, and instead cultivate your heart to see goodness, beauty and truth in others.

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We can’t control what our intelligent machines are learning | Zeynep Tufekci

Machine intelligence is here, and we’re already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don’t fit human error patterns — and in ways we won’t expect or be prepared for. “We cannot outsource our responsibilities to machines,” she says. “We must hold on ever tighter to human values and human ethics.”

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A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home | Todd Coleman

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they’d get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive.

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We’ve stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers | Rachel Botsman

Something profound is changing in the way we trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly trust others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive and accountable society — if we get it right. Who do you trust?

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Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles | Trevor Copp / Jeff Fox

Tango, waltz, foxtrot … these classic ballroom dances quietly perpetuate an outdated idea: that the man always leads and the woman always follows. That’s an idea worth changing, say Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox, as they demonstrate their new “Liquid Lead” dance technique, along with fellow dancer Alida Esmail. Watch as Copp and Fox captivate and command the stage, while boldly deconstructing and transforming the art of ballroom dance.

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5 ways to lead in an era of constant change | Jim Hemerling

Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

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Art can heal PTSD’s invisible wounds | Melissa Walker

Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts them — and, finally, start to let it go.

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The beauty of what we’ll never know | Pico Iyer

Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that now he feels he knows far less about Japan — or, indeed, about anything — than what he thought he knew three decades ago. In this lyrical meditation on wisdom, Iyer expands on this curious insight about knowledge gained with age: that the more we know, the more we see how little we know.

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How we talk about sexual assault online | Ione Wells

We need a more considered approach to using social media for social justice, says writer and activist Ione Wells. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes how sharing her personal story gave hope to others and delivers a powerful message against the culture online shaming.

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