TED: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

There is much discussion about how to fix the problems we have in our country, but for Lawrence Lessig, there is one problem that trumps all the others — it’s how to correct the enormous influence the ultra-wealthy few have on the outcome of elections. The TED talk below unpacks the issue — from his

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Innovation: How the oceans can clean themselves

  There’s no questioning we as a culture and a species have a lot of problems to solve. But one of the reason’s our problems occasionally seem so overwhelming is because we haven’t yet imagined the right solution. One of those problems is the vast amount of plastic now floating in the ocean. The first

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Watch & Learn: Astroturf and the Manipulation of Media Messages

Does it ever seem like in the information age finding trustworthy news and information is really hard to find? You’re not alone. The reason you struggle — there’s a lot of politically motivated, corporately motivated, and just plain bad information on the airwaves today. In this TEDx Talk, Journalist Sharyl Attkisson walks you through the

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Watch: The Brain Benefits of Learning Multiple Languages

Here in North Dakota, we’re pretty insulated from the need to speak a second language, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t learn one. And the more we learn about languages, the more we discover the benefits of being a bilingual speaker. Watch and learn in the video below.

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Viewing The World Through a Good-Data Filter

The value of good data shall not be underestimated, but equally important is having the tools to make sense of it. This presentation by a Swedish statistician will alter your preconceptions about the world we live in, and leave you with a refreshingly hopeful take on the state of the world and the direction we’ve

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