We all have a story to tell. And in my work as a curator of the TEDWomen conference, I had the pleasure of providing a platform for some of the best stories and storytellers out there. Beyond the TED Talk, of course, many TEDWomen speakers are also established authors – and if you like them on the TED stage, chances are you like spending more time with them on the pages of their books.
All the women and men listed here have held speeches at TEDWomen, although some speeches are related to their books and others are not. See what binds you and enjoy your summer!
The talk TEDWomen 2017 by Luvvie Ajayi has already collected over 2.2 million views online! In it, he talks about how he wants to leave this world better than he has found it and, to do so, he says that we must all feel more at ease in saying the sometimes inconvenient things that must be said. The great thing about Luvvie is that she delivers her comment with a sly side that teases everyone, including herself.
In your book, I'm judging you: The Do-Better Manual – written in the form of an Emily Post guide for modern manners – Luvvie distributes critiques and tips with the same amount of wit, charm and humor that often laughs aloud funny. As Shonda Rhimes noted in her review, "This truth-riot of a book gives us everything from exhilarating lessons on bad behavior all around us to sharp essays on media and culture." With I'm Judging You, Luvvie brightly highlights the world that is not here for your nonsense – or mine. "
At the first TED Women in 2010, Madeleine Albright told me about what a woman and a diplomat would be like. In his new book, entitled Fascism: A Warning, the former secretary of state writes about the history of fascism and the clash that took place between two ideologies of the government: fascism and democracy. He argues that "fascism not only endured the twentieth century, but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of the Second World War".
"At a time when the question" Is that how it starts? "Obsesses Western democracies", observes the Economist in his review, "[Albright] writes with rare authority".
Sometimes a speech perfectly captures the spirit of the time, and this happened with Gretchen Carlson last November at TEDWomen. At that time, the #MeToo movement founded in 2007 by Tarana Burke was witnessing a huge wave online, thanks to the signal strength of Alyssa Milano and other women with stories to share.
Carlson took the stage to talk about his personal experience of sexual harassment with Fox News, his historical cause and the lessons learned and learned in his recently released book, Be Fierce. In his speech, he identifies three specific things that we can all do to create safer workplaces. "We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or backward," says Carlson. "We'll stand up and talk and hear our voices, we'll be the women we needed to be." In his book, he writes in detail about how we can stop harassment and regain power.
John Cary is an architect who profoundly reflects on diversity in design and how the lack of diversity in the field leads to carefree and compassionate spaces in the modern world. As he said in his TEDWomen 2017 speech, "well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a question of aesthetics, they literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve".
For years, as Executive Director of Public Architecture, John has supported the term "designing public interest" to become part of the architect's vocabulary, in much the same way as it is in fields such as law and health care. In his new book, Design for Good, John presents 20 construction projects from around the world that exemplify how good design can improve communities, the environment and the lives of people living with it.
In her stimulating 2016 TEDWomen speech, Professor Brittney Cooper examined racism through the lens of time – showing how moments of joy, connection and well-being were lost to people of color due to delays in social progress.
Last summer, I recommended Brittney's book about the lives and thoughts of black intellectual women in history who had been left out of textbooks. And this year, Brittney is back with another book, one more personal and also very topical in this election year when women are finding out what a truly intersectional feminist movement looks like.
As my friend Jane Fonda wrote in a recent blog post, in order to build truly multiracial coalitions, whites need to do the work to truly understand race and racism. For white feminists in particular, work begins by listening to the prospects of black women. Brittney's book, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist discovers his superpower, offers this opportunity. Brittney's acute observations from high school (in a predominantly white school), from the university (at the University of Howard) and a thirty-year-old professional make the personal politician. As he told the Washington Post, "When we think of politics on a personal level, perhaps it would not be so difficult to understand it on a more structural level."
Susan David is a psychologist at Harvard Medical School who studies how we process our emotions. In a very touching speech at TEDWomen 2017, Susan suggested that the way we approach our emotions shapes all that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. "I'm not anti-happiness, I like being happy, I'm a pretty happy person," he says. "But when we put aside normal emotions to embrace false positivity, we lose our ability to develop skills to face the world as it is, not as we would like it to be."
In her book, Emotional Agility, Susan shares strategies for the radical acceptance of all our emotions. How can we not let our doubts, our failures, our shame, our fear or our anger hold us back?
"We own our emotions," he says. "They do not own us".
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is president and CEO of Global Fund for Women, one of the main public support foundations for gender equality. In his speech TEDWomen last year, he presented the Maragoli concept of "isirika" – a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility of caring for one another – something that sees women practicing all over the world .
In all the women in my family sings, Musimbi is one of the 69 black women who have contributed with prose and poetry to this "moving anthology" that "illuminates the struggles, traditions and visions of the life of women at dawn. of the 21st century The authors are confronted with identity, belonging, self-esteem and sexuality, among other topics. "Contributors range from 16 to 77 years and represent African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Muslims, Cameroonian, Kenyan , Liberians, Mexicans – American, Korean, Chinese-American and LGBTQI experiences.
In her TEDWomen 2017 speech, author Anjali Kumar shared some of what she learned in her new book, Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In. A few years ago, Anjali – a pragmatic lawyer for Google that, as more than 56 million of its compatriots, defines itself as non-religious – has embarked on a mission to find God.
Spoiler warning: has failed. But along the way, he learned a lot about spirituality, humanity and what binds us all together as human beings.
In his humorous and thoughtful book, Anjali writes about his search for answers to the most fundamental questions of life and the search for a path to spirituality in our fragmented world. The good news is that we have much more in common than we think.
Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestseller author, comes out with a new collection of essays entitled Do not Call Me Princess: Girls, Women, Sex and Life. Peggy combines a unique blend of investigative relationships, personal revelation and unexpected humor in her numerous books, including Studentes and the book that was the subject of her WomenWomen 2016 talk, Girls & Sex.
Do not Call Me Princess "offers a crucial assessment of where we are today as women – in our working lives, in sex life, as mothers, as partners – illuminating both the distance we have arrived and how far we have yet to go." do not lose.
Caroline Paul began her extraordinary career as the first female fire fighter in San Francisco. He wrote about this in his first book, Fighting Fires. In the next 20 years, he has written many more books, including his most recent, You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World.
This timely book offers advice and inspiration to young activists. He writes about the experiences of young people – from famous children like Malala Yousafzai and Claudette Colvin to everyday children – who defended what they thought was right and made the difference in their communities. Paul offers a lot of tactics for young people to use in their activism and shows that you're never too young to change the world.
For the first time I met Cleo Wade's delicious words of wisdom, like most people, on Instagram. Cleo has over 350,000 followers on her popular feed that features short poems, pieces of wisdom and photos. Cleo has been called the poet of her generation, the best friend of all and the millenarian Oprah. In his new collection of poems, the poet, artist and activist shares some of the notes from Instagram that he wrote "while sitting in his apartment, love poems, love stories, poetry, and love. Being and healing "and" the kind of good-hearted advice I would like to share with you if we were sitting at my kitchen table at my house. "
In 1994, the Rwandan civil war forced the six-year-old Clemantine Wamariya and her 15-year-old sister from their home in Kigali, leaving their parents and all they knew behind. In his TEDWomen 2017 speech, Clemantine shared some of his experiences over the next six years while growing up while living in refugee camps and migrating through seven African countries.
In his new memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A War Story and What Comes Next, Clemantine tells her story of excruciating hunger, imprisonment and not knowing if her parents were alive or dead. At the age of 12 she moved to Chicago and was raised in part by an American family. It is an incredible and moving story, and it is so important in this period when many deny the humanity of the victims of war and civil unrest. For her part, Clemantine remains confident. "There are a lot of fantastic people all over the world," he told the Washington Post. "And there are a lot of people who are not so big, it's all over the world, but when we came out of the plane, we had people waiting for us – smiling, saying," Welcome to America. "People were happy. Many countries were not happy to have them. "Right now there are people at the airport who still hold those banners."
I also want to mention that the registration for TEDWomen 2018 opens today: space is limited and I do not want you to lose yourself. This year, TEDWomen will be held November 28-30 in Palm Springs, California. The theme is Show.
Time for the silent acceptance of the status quo is over. Women all over the world are taking matters into their own hands, showing each other and shaping the future we all want to see. We will explore the many aspects of this year's theme through TED talks, dinners and community activities.