11 TED Talks By Experts & Thinkers On Global Culture

Countries and communities around the world are becoming increasingly connected, but the concept of globalization is still not as progressive as some would think. How can we learn to adjust and learn more about ourselves  and others in the complex, multicultural world we live in? We have curated eleven TED talks featuring thought leaders who inspire us all to think differently about the world we live in, and share their views on exactly how to do so.


A global culture to fight extremism: Maajid Nawaz, a former British Islamist extremist and now activist, calls for a new narrative and global social activism to spread democracy in the face of nationalism and xenophobia. Nawaz is the founder of Quilliam, a London based counter-extremism think tank that seeks to challenge the narratives of Islamist extremists.


Pop culture in the Arab world: Arab sexuality expert, Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture — music videos, comics, even Barbie — and adding a culturally appropriate twist.


3 ways to speak English: Jamila Lyiscott  celebrates and challenges the three distinct flavors of the English language she speaks socially and around her friends and family. She brings a new insight into what it means to speak ‘articulately’.


My road trip through the whitest towns in America: Rich Benjamin noticed that as  the United States is becoming increasingly multicultural, communities are actually getting less diverse. He shares stories of what he earned as a black man  living in a ‘white’ world.


What I learned from Nelson Mandela: Wild life activist Boyd Varty dedicates his talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, who embodied the Ubuntu spirit.


For more tolerance, we need more…tourism?: Aziz Abu Sarah shows how simple interactions with people in different cultures can erode decades of hate and encourage peace keeping. His approach is simple — just be a tourist.


What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?: Hugh Evans mobilizes “global citizens,” people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race.


What does my headscarf mean to you?: Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting others.


Globalizing the local, localizing the global: Sheikha Al Mayassa talks about how art and culture create a country’s identity — and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world.


A taboo free way to talk about periods: Growing up with this taboo herself, Aditi Gupta knew she wanted to help girls, parents and teachers talk about periods comfortably and without shame. She shares how she did it.


A tour of Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry: Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi tours us through Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry (the world’s 3rd largest).

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