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TED: Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' - Jill Shargaa (2014)

Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.

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TED: Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click - Sally Kohn (2014)

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.

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TED: Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence - Meera Vijayann (2014)

This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India -- and calls on others to speak out too.

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TED: Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding - Rose Goslinga (2014)

Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga, a citizen of Kenya, and her team pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.

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