Five Women-Led TED Talks To Inspire
Now more than ever it’s important to support women with amazing ideas. In the spirit of innovation and in honor of International Women’s Day (part of a larger observation of Women’s History Month), we put together a list of our five favorite TED talks, drawn from different topics, ranging from STEM to DIY. Watch our picks below!
Humble Plants That Hide Surprising Secrets
Good For: The Wellness Guru
If you pride yourself on always being up-to-date on the latest superfood trends, check out biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim’s 2014 talk on rare plant species from different regions throughout Africa and from various isolated island that may hold the secret to curing common ailments like asthma.
How Trees Talk To Each Other
Good For: The Inquisitive Scientist
Do you ever talk to your plants? (We’ve been known to play them some smooth jazz.) If you’ve been slacking on your end of the conversation, no fear– your plants may have been talking to each other this whole time. In her 2016 talk, Suzanne Simard presents her 30 years of research from the Canadian forests, which reveal the complex social relationships trees cultivate.
Grow Your Own Clothes
Good For: The Fashionista
Vintage and recycled fashion is an easy, earth-conscious way to up your personal style. But what about growing your very own line of textiles? Suzanne Lee’s textiles are made from a kombucha based material that can be used either as a standard fabric or as a vegan leather alternative.
Unseen Footage, Untamed Nature
Good For: The Photography Enthusiast
If you’ve spent any time glued to Netflix watching the mesmerizingly beautiful Planet Earth, then Karen Bass’s 2012 talk is a must-see. In her ten minute presentation, she curates footage from her work for the BBC and National Geographic, some of which is never-before-seen.
A Garden In My Apartment
Good For: The Crafty DIY-er
Do you love a good afternoon project? For those crafty-types out there, Britta Riley’s 2011 talk will leave you brimming with ideas. Though she lived in a tiny apartment (a familiar lament in New York), Riley grew her own edible garden entirely out of recycled plastic bottles.
The Flower Carpets of Antigua Presage Easter in Guatemala
Botanarchy’s Radical Feminist Healthcare Is Exactly What We Need Right Now
This Culver City Chocolate Apothecary Is Taking Cacao To The Next Level
Sakura-Inspired Eats: The Culinary Delights of Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Season
A New Class of Hunter Boots Captures The Spirit of the Jungle
How The Palm Tree Came To Southern California
Events We Love: Hike To Support Medicinal Plant Conservation
Ask Ella: How To Make A “Botanical Chandelier”