TED Business Podcast

Every Monday, Bernstein Faculty Director and Associate Professor of Management Modupe Akinola hosts the TED Business podcast where she presents the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. At the end of each episode, Professor Akinola shares a mini-lesson on the talk's real-world applications, helping listeners set and achieve career goals, leverage their power to support others, and become inspiring leaders—because business evolves every day, and our ideas about it should, too. Learn more about the podcast and Professor Akinola

Year 2, Season 2 Episodes:

MY SECRET TO CREATING REAL MAGIC—WITH CHRISTINA TOSI

May 9, 2022

In an infectiously joyous talk, Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi shares the sugary jolt of her first food memory and behind-the-scenes stories of her bakery's famously inventive cakes, cookies and treats. This talk may make you hungry -- but it'll also leave you a resonant message about how breaking the rules and challenging your assumptions can make for a sweet life. Stay tuned to hear from our host Modupe Akinola on how we can all be inspired to make our workplaces a bit more magical.


YOU DESERVE THE RIGHT TO REPAIR YOUR STUFF—WITH GAY GORDON-BYRNE

May 2, 2022

A self-declared "repair geek," Gay Gordon-Byrne is a driving force behind the right-to-repair movement, which aims to empower people to fix their stuff. She describes how the movement is gaining legislative momentum and breaks down how the global shift away from "throwaway society" can literally turn trash into treasure in a circular economy -- so we can all experience that "Yes! I fixed it!" feeling.


WHY BEING RESPECTFUL TO YOUR COWORKERS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS—WITH CHRISTINE PORATH

April 25, 2022

Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success—and your company's bottom line.


WHAT MAKES A JOB "GOOD"—AND THE CASE FOR INVESTING IN PEOPLE—WITH WARREN VALDMANIS

April 18, 2022

Businesses need to stop cutting labor costs and start investing in people, says social impact investor Warren Valdmanis. In this perspective-shifting talk, he breaks down the essential ingredients of a "good" job—which is more than just the size of a paycheck—and shares why they're key to building great companies.


GOT MILLET? HOW MARKETING COULD IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AFRICAN FARMERS—WITH ZOE KARL-WAITHAKA

April 4, 2022

From "got milk?" to "avocados from Mexico," marketing influences what you eat more than you may realize. But despite the known power of food marketing, farmers in Africa are more likely to receive funding for seed and fertilizer than they are for advertising geniuses. Agricultural development expert Zoë Karl-Waithaka outlines three ways industry, governments, NGOs and others can help African farmers improve their livelihoods -- and positively impact society, the economy and the environment.


HOW TO PROVIDE COOLING FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT WARMING THE PLANET—WITH RACHEL KYTE

March 28, 2022

"The way we cool things down is heating the planet even more," says sustainable development expert Rachel Kyte -- and the solutions go well beyond just fixing air-conditioning. She identifies four major areas with transformative solutions -- from roofs painted with bright white paint to solar control glass to more efficient cold chains for vaccines -- that can be implemented in fair and sustainable ways. Learn more about what a community designed for cool could look like.


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