Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it—literally. She covers everything in a scene—people, chairs, food, you name it—in a mask of paint that mimics what’s below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.




We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.




It’s common knowledge that clear communication is crucial to successful professional and personal relationships. It’s not such common knowledge though how to make your messages as clear as possible. Here are five tips on how to communicate better.




It can happpen anywhere. On a bus, in the shower, in a queue to the checkout, in bed – you name it. Brilliant ideas tend to catch us off guard regardless of where we are or what we do. The thing is we need to decide if they’re trully brilliant or downright stupid and whether or not we should act on them.




We all have our favorite ways of learning new stuff. Some of us take notes, others draw things, still others doodle something on the margin of a page.

However, few know that your success as a learner also depends on what you actually know about the learning process itself.