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.

“How weird will the future be?” we asked. And how else could writer and performer Ben Burke respond but with a poem penned and recorded especially for the occasion? Behold: THE TRANSHUMANIST’S LAMENT or TOO MANY RIVERS, NOT ENOUGH LAKES or OH, FUTURE- YOU SO CRAZY.

Illustration by Andrea Turvey for TED.

Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures. But what feeds your soul?

Ayse Birsel: What I can't live without | ideas.ted.com

Designer Ayse Birsel shares the everyday objects she loves.

The founder of Zimbabwe’s first graphic design college shares some teaching resources he loves.

Design icon John Maeda shares the everyday objects (well, non-objects) he can’t live without.

Meat, deconstructed |ideas.ted.com

In the future, how will we define meat?