Want to persuade a friend or family member to open up to your perspective on a hot-button issue? Former debate coach Julia Dhar tells you how.

Massive protests didn’t stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built, but we should try to measure their success in other ways — by the lessons learned and by all the people and communities empowered, suggests tribal attorney Tara Houska.

Writer A.J. Jacobs was going through life feeling more grumpy than grateful. To start cultivating a thankful attitude, he decided to show some appreciation to the people behind his daily cup of coffee. Here’s what he discovered when he met his barista.

Need a new reason to get up in the morning? Enrich your life by finding and developing your next passion, with tips from psychology researcher Angela Duckworth.

In this excerpt from the brand-new podcast The TED Interview, the beloved writer tells us how she is learning to live with loss.

Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor writes the kind of drop-everything, Africa-based fantasy and sci-fi that she never saw on bookshelves growing up. Here, she talks about the authors that shaped her, her inspirations (traffic! jellyfish!) and her collaboration with Marvel.

It’s that simple. Making sure that girls around the world can go to school helps them and their families, of course, but it also benefits the entire planet.