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  • No Picture - The 48 Laws of Power VIDEO
    "The 48 Laws of Power"
  • Alberto Almarza Alberto Almarza
    Associate Professor of Flute and
    Head of the Flute Dept, CMU
  • Barry Ames Barry Ames
    Chair, Department of Political Science, Pitt
  • Brian Anderson Brian Anderson
    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, WVU
  • Greg Babe Greg Babe
    President and CEO, Bayer Corporation
  • Don CarterDon Carter
    Director, Remaking Cities Institute, CMU
  • Justine Cassell Justine Cassell
    Director, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, CMU
  • No Picture - Coal Country VIDEO
    "Coal Country"
  • Terry Collins Terry Collins
    Professor, Green Chemistry
    Director, Institute for Green Science, CMU
  • Midge Crickett Midge Crickett
    Nerdy and Verbose Cellist
  • Mark Dixon Mark Dixon
    Director/Producer, "50 in 500"
  • Ben Evans Ben Evans
    Director/Producer, "50 in 500"
  • Robert Ferry Robert Ferry
    Architect, Founder, Land Art Generator Initiative
  • Jerry Fletcher Jerry Fletcher
    Professor of agricultural economics and Director of
    US-China Energy Center at WVU
  • Vanessa German Vanessa German
    Interdisciplinary artist
  • Jonny Goldstein Jonny Goldstein
    Visual Storyteller
  • Kelvin Gregory Kelvin Gregory
    Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental
    Engineering, CMU
  • Harald Haas Harald Haas
    Professor of Engineering, Edinburgh University
  • Mk Haley Mk Haley
    Associate Executive Producer,
    Entertainment Technology Center, CMU
  • David Houle David Houle
    Futurist, Author
  • Tom Hurley Tom Hurley
    President, Oxford Leadership Academy
  • Jason Kush Jason Kush
    Instructor of music Slippery Rock University
  • Laughs VIDEO
  • Jeremy Levy Jeremy Levy
    Professor of Physics, Pitt
  • Ron Lindblom Ron Lindblom
    Associate VP, Point Park
  • Arun Majumdar Arun Majumdar
    Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Maura McLaughlin Maura McLaughlin
    Assistant Professor of Astrophysics WVU
  • Robert Miller Robert Miller
    Producer, Director, Screenwriter
  • Elizabeth Monoian Elizabeth Monoian
    Architect, Founder, Land Art Generator Initiative
  • Kent Moors Kent Moors
    Professor of Political Science and Director,
    Energy Policy Research Group, Duquesne University
  • Ted Newman Ted Newman
    Professor, Physics, Pitt
  • Joseph Nye Joseph Nye
    Former Assistant Secretary of Defense and Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
  • Grant Oliphant Grant Oliphant
    President, The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Andy Ostrowski Point Park Conservancy of
    Performing Arts Dance Department

    Andy Ostrowski
  • Krishna Pendyala Krishna Pendyala
    Non-traditional life coach, speaker, and author
  • Kiesha Lalama-White Point Park Conservancy of
    Performing Arts Dance Department

    Kiesha Lalama-White
  • Greg Reed Greg Reed
    Director, Pitt Power and Energy Initiative
  • Jeremy Rifkin Jeremy Rifkin
    Founder and president, Foundation on Economic Trends
  • Daniel Schnitzer Daniel Schnitzer
    Founder and Executive Director, Earth Spark International
  • Eric Shiner Eric Shiner
    Director, Andy Warhol Museum
  • Kiron Skinner Kiron Skinner
    Associate Professor of International Relations and Politics, Dept. of Social and Decision Sciences, CMU
  • Michael Tarr Michael Tarr
    Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, CMU Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Katie Salen Emmanuel Taylor
    Electrical Engineering Graduate Student
  • Mr. W VIDEO
    Mr. W
  • David Waldeck  David Waldeck
    Professor of Chemistry, Pitt
  • Jeannette Wing Jeannette Wing
    Professor of Computer Science and Head,
    NSF Computer Science Center, CMU
  • Dennis Yablonsky Dennis Yablonsky
    CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

The viewpoints and data shared during the TEDxPittsburgh presentations are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the TEDxPittsburgh organizers. Viewers are encouraged to think critically about the perspectives and information delivered by each presenter and to continue to discuss and debate these issues within their own social and professional networks.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPittsburgh, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPittsburgh event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TEDx

About TEDxPittsburgh


Power is a word without boundaries. In a practical sense, it is the business of hundreds of thousands of people dedicated to bringing energy, convenience, and comfort to our daily lives. In a broader sense, it encompasses all of humanity as the measure of peoples' ability to control and influence their environment and destiny.

In November a group of regional leaders took a journey from the cosmic implications of power to the subatomic; from the philosophical to the practical; from work in Brazil, China, Haiti, and the UAE to the power that resides inside each of us. The presentations are captured through forty-five or so videos featured here. As you peruse these videos you will find illuminating perspectives on:

  • Nanocrystal-based dyads for solar voltaic conversion
  • Measurement of gravitational waves in the universe
  • Applying microbiology to bring power to challenging environments
  • Future interactions between humans and computers
  • Perspectives on the use and limitations of international political power
  • As well as the power of belief, art, inspiration, words, countdowns, hallucinations, and questions - and more than 20 others

TEDxPittsburgh is dedicated to placing intriguing ideas and perspectives before the receptive minds of intellectually curious people who have both the ability to see possibilities and the capability to nurture those possibilities into new and better realities. If you are reading this, you are probably one of those people.

We invite you to view these videos and join us on our continuous exploration. Just roll your cursor over the image and click to launch the video.


Aradhna Malhotra Dhanda
President and CEO
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.