Want to be happy? Slow down. | ideas.ted.com

In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about how to spend time meaningfully.

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Just what kinds of things will we be using in the future? TED Fellow Chris Woebken and a host of contributors came up with a series of objects fit for a future pawn shop. Check them out.

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As Facebook’s director of product design, Margaret Gould Stewart has to keep a billion customers happy. See the design books and articles that guide her.

David Oyelowo in Selma. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. | ideas.ted.com

In the movie Selma, director Ava DuVernay chronicles the 1965 marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. She explained why Martin Luther King Jr. is so much more than a symbol or an annual holiday.

From a distance, "Letter to Peter Parker" may seem relatively simple. But when you get up close, things get interesting. "The text repeats over and over and essentially thanks Peter Parker for all the reasons I used to relate to him as a kid," says Hetain Patel. "He helped make me who I am today.”

Take a closer look at a new sculpture by artist Hetain Patel which involves a fiberglass Spider-Man suit and a very fervent thank you letter.

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Professional aphorist and all round word nerd James Geary shares his list of must-read books from authors covering literary life, proverbs, aphorisms, and the art of being quoted.

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David Moinina Sengeh argues that the 70% of the sub-Saharan African population who don’t have electricity shouldn’t have to put up with inferior solutions, and explains why he’s bullish about the microgrid.