How To Buy Happiness – Michael Norton

Michael Norton’s research shows you can buy happiness, by spending money on other people. “The specific way that you spend on other people isn’t nearly as important as the fact that you spend on other people.” Whether in big or small ways, this video will change your life and someone else’s too.

Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change – James Hansen

Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
James Hansen has made key insights into our global climate and inspired a generation of activists and scientists.
Find resources on climate change recommended by top scientists here.

Poetry Animated – Billy Collins

“Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk — and don’t miss the hilarious final poem! A two-term U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins captures readers with his understated wit, profound insight — and a sense of being ‘hospitable.'”
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20 Questions With Photographer Phil Borges

Phil Borges provides quick candid answers to 20 questions.
What’s the best thing about photography?
Photography has been the key that has let me enter cultural worlds very different from my own.
How do you know when an image is great?
You can feel it. It moves you emotionally.
What’s the most useful photographic mantra?
‘Get closer’.
What failure did you learn the most from?
Losing my cool with difficult people. It always fails.
What’s the best thing about influence?
You can bring about change.
What’s the worst thing about influence?
Change isn’t always good.
What’s the best thing about our times?
What’s the worst thing about our times is?
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Humor, authenticity.
Read the rest of Phil’s answers here.
Learn more about Phil Borges here.
Find Phil’s books here.
Find out about Phil’s latest project / book Tibet : Culture On the Edge here.
Watch Phil’s TED presentation here.
Read answers to the same questions by other photographers here.
Read my series Photographers On Photography here.

The Web's Secret Stories – Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we’re all feeling and looking for.

At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers’, and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing “We Feel Fine.”
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Artfully Visualizing Our Humanity – Aaron Koblin

“Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data — and at times vast numbers of people — and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the “Wilderness Downtown” video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human.”
View more of my favorite TED talks here.