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The TED Interview

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity Sit down with Head of TED Chris Anderson as he interviews leading thinkers and creators from around the world. The TED Interview is a space for guests to further delve into their groundbreaking work, give us a peek into how they discover and explore fascinating ideas, and, in some cases, even defend their thinking. This season, we’re looking at Infectious Generosity. Generosity is at the heart of being human. It's how we've co-operated, innovated and grown as a civilization. Following Chris’s book of the same...

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Recent Episodes of The TED Interview


How much happiness can 2 million USD buy? with Elizabeth Dunn

How much happiness can 2 million USD buy? with Elizabeth Dunn

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity   

How much happiness could be gained if more people had access to wealth? Does the relationship between spending money and happiness change when people are in different economic classes? And if chosen randomly, what would YOU do with $10,000? These are questions that Elizabeth Dunn, a social psychologist and professor, posed in a recent study. She researches how people can optimize time, money and technology to maximize their own happiness. In December 2020, TED teamped up with Elizabeth’s researchers to distribute $10,000 to each of 200 rand...

Episode 16 May 2024 51m and 52s


Exercising your generosity like a muscle with John M. Sweeney

Exercising your generosity like a muscle with John M. Sweeney

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity   

When John M. Sweeney first read about the old Italian tradition of “café sospeso”, he didn’t know he’d create a viral movement. The simple and powerful idea originates in the working-class cafés of Naples, where generous Neapolitans who could afford to do so would buy two coffees — but consume only one, leaving the other for a less fortunate person to claim. Chris chats with John about why he took this concept from an exploratory Facebook page to the Suspended Coffees movement that...

Episode 9 May 2024 30m and 21s


Why true success goes beyond profit with Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya

Why true success goes beyond profit with Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity

Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani (a company with expected valuation in the billions of USD) claims to be an “anti-CEO” of sorts. That’s because he cares about one thing more than profit — people. Chris asks Hamdi about how he uses his business to make the world better for both employees and customers, the difference between profit and true wealth, and what we can do, in and outside of business, to combat global inequality.

Transcripts for The TED Interview are availabl...

Episode 2 May 2024 38m and 8s


How to use your time and money for good — as effectively as possible — with Will MacAskill

How to use your time and money for good — as effectively as possible — with Will MacAskill

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity 

William MacAskill is a moral philosopher and the cofounder of the Effective Altruism Movement, a school of thought that tries to answer the question: How can we do as much good as possible? Chris and Will talk about how to use evidence to figure out how to help solve the world’s most pressing problems efficiently. Then, they discuss why focusing our efforts on some issues over others is both a compelling philosophical question — and a complex project to scale up.

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Episode 25 April 2024 46m and 24s


The healing power of art with Lily Yeh

The healing power of art with Lily Yeh

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity.

From Taiwan to Rwanda, artist Lily Yeh has traveled all over the world in pursuit of more than just aesthetic pleasure — and she’s activating local communities on this journey. Chris and Lily chat about Lily’s artistic evolution, discuss how art encourages growth and healing, and examine the positive effect that art can have on individuals long, even long after a work has been completed.

Transcripts for The TED Interview are available at: go.ted.com/TTIscripts.

Episode 18 April 2024 47m and


How to fight hatred with curiosity with Daryl Davis

How to fight hatred with curiosity with Daryl Davis

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity.

Daryl Davis is a Black musician and actor who regularly enters white nationalist spaces. That’s because Daryl is determined to understand the source of bigotry – by actually talking to the humans he disagrees with. Chris interviews Daryl about his unique approach, from attending KKK rallies to joining all-white country bands. Then, Daryl shares why he chooses curiosity over fear and why he still believes, despite our current divisions, humanity is in a bright spot.

Transcripts for The TED Interview are avai...

Episode 11 April 2024 37m and 26s


How empathy gets in the way of a better world with Paul Bloom

How empathy gets in the way of a better world with Paul Bloom

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity.

It may feel like the world is running low on a seemingly crucial human trait: empathy. But Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, thinks that empathy is not the best measure of goodness. Paul’s work focuses on exploring some of the most puzzling aspects of human nature, including pleasure, religion and morality. He argues that empathy can actually lead to inequality because it muddles our judgment and narrows our prejudices. Chris and Paul talk about the biological ev...

Episode 4 April 2024 37m and 45s


How kindness went viral with Catherine Barrett

How kindness went viral with Catherine Barrett

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when misinformation and fear was spreading rampantly, one optimistic community was forming... on Facebook. Catherine Barrett started "The Kindness Pandemic" Facebook group as a way to combat the negativity and aggression she was seeing online. Members participated in campaigns where they engaged in kind acts — and then they posted about it. The group went from dozens of members in its first day to more than 50,000 members joining every day. In this episode, Chris and Catherine chat ab...

Episode 28 March 2024 39m and 8s


How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year

How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the top 10 richest people in the world. But since 2008, he has traded his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus full-time on his foundation's work to expand opportunity around the world. Chris interviews Bill about his philanthropy philosophy and digs into the opportunities and challenges that face one of the largest private charitable foundations in the world. The two also discuss The Giving Pledge, the movement...

Episode 21 March 2024 50m and 16s


New season coming March 21: Infectious Generosity

New season coming March 21: Infectious Generosity

The TED Interview is back for a special season. Chris Anderson, Head of TED, returns as host to investigate the ultimate idea worth spreading: Infectious Generosity. Inspired by Chris’s book of the same name, this season will explore how even small acts of kindness have the potential to spread and impact millions – and ultimately build a more hopeful future for all. Listen in as amazing people and great thinkers share how they aim to change lives at a scale never experienced before.

And in the spirit of infectious generosity, listeners can receive a free copy of Chri...

Episode 14 March 2024 5m and 38s

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