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September 24, 2016

David Burkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid

07:29 minutes · Filmed Jan 2016 · Posted Sep 2016 · TEDxUniversityofNevada

How much do you get paid? How does it compare to the people you work with? You should know, and so should they, says management researcher David Burkus. In this talk, Burkus questions why most of us keep our salaries secret -- and makes a compelling case for why sharing them could benefit employees, organizations and society.

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You already know it's important to vote -- so why, in many countries, do so few people actually bother to do it? Eric Liu thinks it's time to make voting fun again. In this stirring talk, he celebrates the surprising power that individual voices can have when we come together at the ballot box. Watch »


Our kids are our future, and it's crucial they believe it themselves. That's why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in all of New York City -- because she believes in every child's brilliance and abilities. In this short, energizing talk, she shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future. Watch »

From improving vaccines to modifying crops to solving crimes, DNA technology has transformed our world. Now, for the first time in history, anyone can experiment with DNA at home, in their kitchen, using a device smaller than a shoebox. We are living in a personal DNA revolution, says biotech entrepreneur Sebastian Kraves, where the secrets buried in DNA are yours to find. Watch »

Can we fight terror without destroying democracy? Internet freedom activist Rebecca MacKinnon thinks that we'll lose the battle against extremism and demagoguery if we censor the internet and press. In this critical talk, she calls for a doubling-down on strong encryption and appeals to governments to better protect, not silence, the journalists and activists fighting against extremists. Watch »

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Quote of the Week

Why bother voting? Because there is no such thing as not voting. Not voting is voting, for everything that you may detest and oppose. Not voting can be dressed up as an act of principled, passive resistance, but in fact not voting is actively handing power over to those whose interests are counter to your own, and those who would be very glad to take advantage of your absence. Not voting is for suckers."

Eric Liu
Let's make voting fun again