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The Most Inspiring TED Talks By Speakers From Illinois
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The Most Inspiring TED Talks By Speakers From Illinois

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Updated: 9 January 2017
A TED might spark new interests, sharpen curiosities, or motivations. Below, we invite you to enjoy inspiring TED talks from Illinoisans.

Theaster Gates

Gates looked at the sad state his neighborhood in the Chicago South Side looked, and the potter decided to transform it. His goal is to build a ‘miniature Versailles’ in Chicago, but his dream is for culture to become a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.

Homaro Cantu & Ben Roche

Two chefs from the same restaurant, Moto in Chicago, come together to discuss the future of food technology. Ever heard of edible paper that will taste like a maki roll? It’s out there, and these chefs can do it.

Roger Elbert

In this inspiring video, movie critic Roger Elbert shared his story. He might not have been able to eat and speak again after he lost his lower jaw to cancer, but he still had opinions, feelings and a voice that he beautifully shared with us.

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Casting light upon an often unseen world, LaToya Ruby Frazier uses her photographs to share the view of a world ridden with inequality.

Michelle Obama

Watch Michelle Obama, soon after her husband was elected president, passionately speak out about the importance of education and hard work. The talk took place in London, England, and was Michelle Obama’s first trip as a First Lady.

Mellody Hobson

Finance Executive Mellody Hobson argues that talking openly about race, especially diversity in hiring, leads to better businesses and a better society.

Andrew Bird

One man, a violin, a xylophone, and some electronic looping. Doesn’t sound impressive until you hear it, and then you realize that he’s a one-man orchestra.

Malcolm London

Watch this young poet recite his lyrical poem about the reality of high school and the lives lived in it.