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VIDEO: Blogger, Model, TED Talk Expert Brittany Gibbons on Her New Book,’The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?’

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Blogger, model, TED Talk expert and author Brittany Gibbons talks with BookTrib about the follow up to her bestselling memoir Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It (Dey Street Books). Calling her latest book, The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?: Adventures and Agonies in Fashion (Dey Street Books), an “overdue love letter to her body,” Gibbons takes on the industries that use clothing size as a barometer for measuring how good women should feel about their bodies and fashion choices. Enjoy this light-hearted and informative talk between two women that sounds more like a conversation between two girlfriends than your standard interview! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brittany Gibbons writes the blog Brittanyherself.com and is the curator…

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Inspirational Presentations: Celebrating 10 Years of TED Talks with a Reading List!

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On June 27, 2006, the first six TED videos were posted to TED.com. Ten years of great ideas, inspirational talks and mind-bending presentations are definitely worth celebrating. In the spirit of celebrating, here’s a reading list from some of our favorite TED speakers! Think of it as recommended reading for your every element of your various TED Talk bingeing. For Life Advice: Find a Way, Diana Nyad (Knopf, 2015) One of the best things about TED Talks is their ability to inspire. One of the most inspirational trailblazers to ever take the TED stage is Diana Nyad, the long-distance swimmer who finally achieved her goal, a 100 mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at the age of 64. Her startling story…

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Lidia Yuknavitch’s TED Talk and Telling the Stories Only You Can Tell

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Being a misfit isn’t easy. Author Lidia Yuknavitch, however, insists that the people who don’t quite “fit” into society are the ones whose stories we most desperately need to hear. In this moving talk from TED2016, Yuknavitch tells the story of her initial foray into “being a writer” after winning a prize for one of her early short stories. Part of the prize won her the opportunity to meet with fabulous authors and well-to-do publishing executives – but, as Yuknavitch describes, she was so busy being frozen with indecision that she failed to get the book deals that were lining up right in front of her. Unpacking this experience in the context of her tumultuous life, Yuknavitch relates that some…

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Visual Thinking: Temple Grandin’s TED Talk and a Book List to Give You Perspective

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and it’s worth it to take a minute to celebrate the innumerable ways people are unique. Animal behavior pioneer Temple Grandin has been an Autism advocate and activist for years, and in her talk from TED2010, she shares her distinctive outlook on the world. She breaks down the main ways people on the “continuum” of Autism can develop as thinkers, and expands on her own experience as a visual thinker. For Grandin, her visual thinking allowed her insights into detail-oriented problem solving that the people around her missed – and in this talk, she makes it clear that young people today on the Autism spectrum have just as much potential as she did. In…

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Curb Procrastination: Tim Urban’s TED Talk Inspires a Motivational Book List

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Procrastination plagues the best of us. In this TED talk from TED 2016 in February, Wait But Why blogger and sorta-kinda professional procrastinator Tim Urban takes us inside the minds of serial procrastinators. He breaks down three distinct voices in our brains related to procrastination: the “rational decision-maker,” the “instant gratification monkey,” and the all-powerful “panic monster” that leaps into action as soon as a catastrophic deadline creeps up on us. However, what starts out as a comical breakdown of what’s perceived as a goofy, bad habit becomes an examination of what happens when we procrastinate the big-picture life stuff that doesn’t have deadlines, like reconnecting with family, working on relationships or getting fit. Urban pushes viewers to tackle those challenges without…

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TED Talks: How Does Theaster Gates Revitalize Crumbling Neighborhoods?

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How to you rebuild a crumbling neighborhood? For Theaster Gates, the answer can be found in art and community building. Gates, who is a potter by trade and a social activist artist by vocation, discusses his inspiring method for reviving his Chicago neighborhood in this talk from TED2015. By teaming up with community members and rebuilding old and abandoned buildings into artistic hubs, like museums and movie theaters, Gates discovered his neighborhood changing for the better. This passionate talk shows that using what you’ve got to create culture and beauty can be an amazing catalyst for social change. Recommended reading: Theaster Gates (Contemporary Artists), Carol Becker, Achim Borchardt-Hume and Lisa Yun Lee (Phaidon Press, October 2015) This is the first…

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TED Talks: Oscar Schwartz’s Computer Can Write Poetry

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It seems like a silly question: Can a computer write poetry? But then, after writing a poem, will that computer then take over the world? Oscar Schwartz is less concerned with the speculative danger surrounding artificial intelligence – instead, he’s using algorithms to help us figure out what it means to be human. In this intriguing talk from [email protected] from May 2015, Schwartz (who by the way is hilarious on Twitter) discusses his Bot or Not project. The project was started as a website he and his colleague Benjamin Laird created that tests users by having them guess whether or not a poem was written by a human or a computer algorithm. Running these tests, he’s encountered some unique results, and some…

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TED Talks: Bryan Stevenson on Identity and Injustice

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Black History Month ends in just a few days, so this week’s installment of TED Talks Tuesday is one of the most elegant examinations of race in America ever given on the TED stage. Human Rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s moving talk from TED 2012 paints a hard picture of America’s criminal justice framework – but he does more than illustrate the obvious problems with our current system. Stevenson urges people to become more aware of what he calls “the dark and difficult things” in today’s society, and argues that history judges societies by how they treat their most disenfranchised populations. It goes beyond the political, and moves into the realms of morality and cultural self-awareness with a grace, courage and…

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TED Talks: Chip Kidd on Literally Judging Books by Their Covers

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What do stories look like? That’s the question book designer Chip Kidd answers on a daily basis. In his hilarious and passionate talk from TED 2012, Kidd discusses the magic that goes into the book covers we judge regularly. Kidd has designed some of the most famous book covers ever, and his delightful talk focuses on the ways first impressions impact the way you perceive a story. Along with a plea against impersonal e-readers, which lose the “comfort of thingyness – a little bit of humanity,” Kidd tells the story of some of his most recognizable book covers to illustrate a greater point about the importance of imagery. If you want to see some of your favorite books in a…

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TED Talks: Amy Webb Hacks Online Dating!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up. Either you’re a romantic who loves all the hearts everywhere, or you’re not looking forward to your loneliness-induced hangover. Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day lover or hater, Amy Webb’s talk from TEDSalon NY 2013 will put a smile on your face. Webb, who specializes in big data, tells the story of the way she used her knowledge of algorithms to hack the online dating scene – with surprising results. This talk is undeniably hilarious, heartwarming and uplifting – the perfect way to greet one of the most dreamy and polarizing holidays. Recommended Reading: Data, A Love Story: How I Cracked The Online Dating Code To Meet My Match (Plume, 2014) Webb’s book tells largely the same story…

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TED Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Knocks Down Stereotyping

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Stories are everywhere – our perspectives on culture and our own lives depend on the stories we hear, create and share. In her amazing talk from TEDGlobal 2009, Nigerian novelist and Beyoncé collaborator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of stories in the ways we build our perspectives about other people – and the critical disconnects that can occur by only listening to one story. Drawing from personal experiences with judging others and being judged for being Nigerian, she draws the parallels between single stories and stereotypes. In her words, “The single story creates stereotypes. And, the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” This…

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TED Talks: How Past Failures Inspire Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity

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What’s the secret to continued success? For author Elizabeth Gilbert, the answer came from remembering times of failure, which she discusses in this talk from TED2014. After her big break, the internationally bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, she had no idea how to maintain the high level of creativity that brought her renown. As time went by, she started identifying more with the feelings she had before her success—when her life was punctuated by rejection letters in her quest to become published. As she describes in this inspiring and heartfelt talk, she discovered that, whether nervous about continuing success or overcoming failure, the answer to continued creativity is to power through negativity and continue working hard. Recommended Reading: Big Magic: Creative…

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TED Talks: Why Raghava KK Has a 200-Year Plan

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What is the single most important force defining your identity? For artist Raghava KK, it’s your creative legacy. In this engaging and insightful talk, from TEDxSummit 2012, Raghava describes the 200-year plans he and his wife design in order to put their unique stamp on the digital legacies they leave for their family in the future. Raghava also explores the ways the internet allows us to export our memories, and our ability to pick and choose what about our pasts we choose to remember and forget. As Raghava puts it, “Creativity is the most important tool we have. It lets us create who we are and curate what is to come,” as we look back and as we look forward.…

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TED Talk: Do Soul Mates Hold the Key to Human Happiness?

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What makes people happy? We have been searching for answers to this age-old question for millennia. In his talk at TEDxBeaconStreet from November 2015, Dr. Robert Waldinger details the findings of a 75-year Harvard study tracking the lives of two disparate groups of men and their levels of happiness. The study, which evolved to include more than 2,000 people during its run, found that the most substantial factor determining someone’s happiness is relationships with other people. Having happy, healthy relationships leads to a happy, healthy life — and while this may seem too romantic to be true (Could your soul mate actually exist?), decades worth of data supports the notion that people are fundamentally social animals and having friends does…

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