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Peter Singer: How Can We Be More Effective Altruists?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

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Larissa MacFarquhar: How Far Would You Go To Help Others?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

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Cheryl Steed: Can Altruism Be Learned?

Friday, May 26, 2017

At the prison where Cheryl Steed works, certain inmates are chosen to be caregivers for elderly inmates. The program has made her wonder — can altruism be learned?

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Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Friday, May 26, 2017

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

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Elizabeth Lesser: Why Is It So Hard To Ask For — And Offer — Forgiveness?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Before donating bone marrow to her sister — Elizabeth Lesser and her sister undertook a process of seeking forgiveness from each other. She says forgiveness is hard but necessary for our well-being.

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Thordis Elva And Tom Stranger: How Do You Move Forward After Sexual Violence?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tom Stranger raped Thordis Elva when they were dating in high school. Years later, they started a painful and painstaking dialogue about accountability and reconciliation.

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Sue Klebold: When Your Son Does The Unthinkable, Can You Forgive Him And Yourself?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sue Klebold's son Dylan was one of the two shooters at Columbine High School. Nearly 20 years later, she talks about her struggle to understand his actions, and to find forgiveness.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?

Friday, April 21, 2017

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.

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Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."

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Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Friday, April 21, 2017

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.

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Dalia Mogahed: How Does Speaking Up Change Minds?

Friday, April 07, 2017

After 9/11, Dalia Mogahed saw an increase in negative perceptions of Muslims in the media, so she made it her job to speak up for her faith and fight prejudice with better understanding.

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Clint Smith: What Do We Risk If We Don't Speak Up?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral candidate at Harvard. As a high school English teacher, he taught his students the dangers of staying quiet and the importance of finding their voice.

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Esra'a: Would You Speak Up ... Even If It's Dangerous?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Esra'a is an activist who lives in Bahrain and identifies as queer — which puts her at great risk. Despite that, she's speaking out to build community and empathy within the LGBTQ community.

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James Hansen: What Makes A Scientist Take A Stand?

Friday, April 07, 2017

When James Hansen spoke up about climate change in the 1980s, he risked the loss of his job and reputation. But, he says, it was worth it — because he could not be silent about something so important.

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Adam Galinsky: What Drives Us To Speak Up?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Social psychologist Adam Galinsky studies why it's so daunting to speak up — and what can help. He says the most powerful factor that compels us to take that risk is "moral conviction."

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Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

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Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Friday, March 24, 2017

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Friday, March 24, 2017

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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