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Is overpopulation real? Is Earth filling up with too many humans? How many people can Earth hold, anyway? As our species approaches 8 billion, human overpopulation is a major concern for many people. How can we reduce poverty and our impact on the environment? Do we need a forced one-child policy or something? Maybe not, because when we look at the science and history, populations seem to control themselves. This week we look at all these questions and more.
It’s Okay To Be Smart is hosted by Joe Hanson, Ph.D.
Director: Joe Nicolosi
Writer: Joe Hanson, Ph.D.
Creative Director: David Schulte
Editor/animator: Karl Boettcher
Producer: Stephanie Noone and Amanda Fox
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Casey is the CEO of Geia Ltd, a social enterprise dedicated to accelerating New Zealand’s transition toward sustainable practice through enterprise and consumer behavior. He leads a team of sustainability, marketing, and development experts. Casey is the CEO of Geia Ltd, a social enterprise dedicated to accelerating New Zealand’s transition toward sustainable practice through enterprise and consumer behavior. I lead an inspired a team of sustainability, marketing, and development experts. He believes in 360 degree wins – helping business’ increase their margins and revenue, at the same time empowering consumers. Technology and the emerging future excites and energizes him – he is driven by the belief that enterprise can be a powerful vehicle for positive change. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
John Grant has a potent message for every current and future business: ethically designing your business is the secret to expanding it. If all else fails, never forget: “Bee the change you want to see.” After all, taking care of your clients will always be more beneficial to you in the long run than the short-term exploitation of a wasp. John’s new book: Better (The Wellbeing Revolution and Human Friendly Business) comes out later in 2017. John is also the author of Made With (2013), Co-opportunity (2010), the award winning Green Marketing Manifesto (2007) and three other books. His first book the New Marketing Manifesto (1999) was named one of the 10 Best Business Books of 1999 by Books Online. John started his communications strategy career at agencies JWT and then BMP-DDB where he won the coveted IPA Effectiveness Grand Prix. He went on to become co-founder and head of strategy at creative agency St Luke’s (as featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company Magazine and Campaign Agency of the Year) in the mid 1990s. Since then John has advised clients on brands, marketing, behaviour change, strategy and innovation. John’s past clients have included the BBC, Cisco, Ernst & Young, IBM, IKEA, ING, innocent, LEGO, Microsoft, Unilever, various departments of the UK and Swedish governments, and many more. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
As his flight came in to land, Greg Ingleton was struck by how simple it could be to turn the dry, flat areas of Adelaide Airport into green space. What he then designed turned into something much more powerful, creating new business models in irrigation, agriculture, food service, carbon trading and, best of all, a way to cool airports in the driest parts of our warming world.
Greg Ingleton is an environmental scientist who challenges the way we think about and use water, especially in Australia, one of the driest places on our planet. Part of Greg’s work for a large water utility is to identify and develop opportunities to use ‘wastewater’ in ways that provide social, environmental and economic benefits. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Living dinosaurs—or, ostriches—walk the earth as some of the healthiest, most sustainable and valuable resources producing animal on earth. Ostriches compete for the greatest immune system on earth, best steak producing animal, best plumage, best leather — the list goes on. They also produce the largest egg on earth, are the largest bird on earth, never digs its head in the sand, has an eyeball bigger than its brain, are the fastest bipedal runner on earth, and so much more. We’re welcoming these incredible animals presence to New Mexico to showcase their endless potential and are bringing their products to market through Tall Foods. Why raise anything else when you can raise ostrich? Andrea Romero has an obsession for fundamentals, looking to dinosaurs—ahem, ostriches—to help bring sustainable meat proteins to the market by raising desert birds in the high desert of New Mexico to fight climate change from factory farmed meat and find a food secure future in delicious ostrich meats. A business consultant during the standard workweek, this weekend ranchera loves to get amongst it, working with entrepreneurs, community leaders, policy-makers, dreamers, and go-getters. A Santa Fe native, she traveled the world, living in California (Stanford alumni), Mozambique, and Washington, DC. She’s back in NM to build businesses and make as much positive social impact as possible. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
What is the problem in this world now?
There are many problems to be solved on a global scale.
How should we face about it? Japan International Cooperation Agency
Director of Kansai branch This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Simone encountered raptors while paragliding in the skies above New Zealand, and it has been love ever since. Assisted by Janice, his Harris Hawk, Simone explains the importance of balancing nature and life through working with falcons.
Simone Cilluffo was born near Torino. He has traveled New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Laos, and France. He now lives in Italy, in the Tuscan countryside.
His hobbies are paragliding, cooking and walking in the forest with his dog, Django. He is an experienced Falconer, working with falcons to control bird problems and doing falconry shows in markets and fairs around Italy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
We are the generation that was inculcated with terms like “climate change,” “enhanced greenhouse effect,” “high carbon dioxide levels,” but wasn’t given the appropriate tools to solve this environmental crisis. Ginevra explains how she created her own mechanism to use less electricity in her home. She strongly highlights that if she can combat climate change in her own way, she knows that each and every one of us can too. Ginevra was born in Florence to Italian parents and has studied at the International School of Florence since 2011. She is planning on pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences at university. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx