The best way to prepare for a future of unknown complexity? Build on the strength of our differences, explain MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito and writer Jeff Howe.

Indigenous biomedical researcher Keolu Fox makes the case for studying Indigenous people’s DNA, something that could yield benefits for all of humanity.

For photographer Mac Stone, there’s no place like a swamp. The native Floridian has spent countless hours squelching around in mud or diving into lakes in the Everglades National Park, all in the name of getting the shot. Here, he shares some of his favorite photographs from across the years, with a few details on how exactly he nailed each one.

Aspen Baker explains why the key to dealing with sensitive issues like abortion is to allow those with direct experience to feel heard.

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.

The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have rocked the world with questions of systemic racism and injustice. But beyond policy reform, what can ordinary people do to combat racism?