At TEDxNewYork, leaders from disparate industries come together into one space to introduce new ideas about crucial questions facing the city and the globe. Talks from 2014 have been viewed 10 million times.

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TEDxNewYork 2014 talks:

Ben Wellington

Data nerd

Ben Wellington teaches city planning at Pratt and is the brains behind I Quant NY, a blog that tells the story of New York City through data.

Emily Balcetis


Psychologist Emily Balcetis explores differences in perception and decision-making from conscious and nonconscious levels.

Ismael Nazario

Prison reform advocate

As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to Riker’s Island and into solitary confinement for a total of 300 days before he was ever convicted of a crime.

Will Stephen

Funny person

Will Stephen has written for New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and CollegeHumor, where he also worked as a staff writer and editor. He is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.


Media and storytelling

Lam Thuy Vo

Multimedia reporter

Lam Thuy Vo is the interactive editor at Al Jazeera America, bringing stories to life through multimedia.

Starlee Kine


Starlee Kine is a writer and a contributor to This American Life. She finds self-help rather unhelpful.

Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs

Master of style

Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs are Street Etiquette, a creative duo making dandy cool again.


Technology and science

Albert Wenger


Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures whose portfolio includes game-changing companies like Etsy and Tumblr.

Azra Raza


Oncologist Azra Raza is the director of the MDS Center at Columbia where she moves the latest therapies from theory to practice.

Michelle Bradbury


Radiologist Michelle Bradbury collaborates with nanotechnologists to bring innovative imaging techniques into the operating room.

Ben Lillie


Ben Lillie is a former particle physicist and the director of The Story Collider, a live series that features true stories about science.


Celebrating New York

Sree Sreenivasan

Digital immigrant

Sree Sreenivasan is the first Chief Digital Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously he taught at the Columbia Journalism School for two decades.

Stacey Sutton

Urban planner

Stacey Sutton teaches urban planning at Columbia University. She thinks deeply about our common misconceptions around gentrification.

Alyssa Loorya


Alyssa Loorya is an archaeologist digging beneath the grid of New York, uncovering the most unlikely of artifacts.


Politics and philosophy

Sue Mi Terry

Foreign policy expert

Sue Mi Terry is a North Korean scholar who served in the CIA for seven years. She makes the case for a shift in foreign policy: from reactive and scrambling to strategic and forward-thinking.

Kit Fine


Philosopher Kit Fine explores the boundaries of what we think is real. He asks questions about the nature of math, language, and abstraction.

Sheri Berman

Political scientist

Political scientist Sheri Berman studies the history of democracy – why it works, and why more often than not, it fails.



Safia Elhillo


Spoken word poet Safia Elhillo draws on the universal themes of love, culture, and the Wu-Tang Clan.



Musician Jared Crawford, aka Choclattjared, got his start bucket drumming as a New York subway busker at the age of thirteen.



Singer Somi merges jazz and musical legacies from across Africa to create a unique and soulful sound.