TED at UPS 2017

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The Quest for Perfection

What if “good enough” isn't good enough?

In his role as a driving instructor, Jon has a well-earned reputation for being strict. He wants his drivers to be obsessively perfect in every detail, large and small, because the cost of imperfection is massive for someone behind the wheel. With his TED@UPS talk, Jon says we don’t seek perfection because we’re too often […]

Profound Lessons From a Pro Wrestler

We should all find what makes us different and turn it up for the world to see.

Mike started wrestling professionally in high school, and his dad was his biggest fan. But after the sudden passing of his father, Mike felt lost and unsure of what to do. In his TED@UPS talk, Mike shares how a fellow wrestler gave him a life-changing lesson. His friend explained that the best wrestlers take their […]

Counterintuitive Innovation

Here are some lessons from a former Air Force pilot on outside-the-box thinking.

Former Air Force Col. Jeff Kozak recently joined UPS’s fuel team to launch a new fuel efficiency application. In that role, Jeff must often expect the unexpected and trust his intuition. The pursuit of constant improvement has taught Jeff that even the slightest of tweaks can have massive results. Jeff takes the stage at TED@UPS […]

Making Work More Human

Can an automated world help us rediscover what it means to be human?

It’s near certain that some, if not all, of your work will be done by a robot or software in the next few years. David Lee believes that if humans don’t take an active role in responding to this change, we’re almost certain to be living a future that is robotic, largely unemployed and … […]

Healing Art

A life without art is a life without awe, which is no life at all.

To Jennifer Allison, art isn’t just a hobby or career. It really isn’t even a choice. To her, art is like air: She needs it to survive. Jennifer has sensory processing disorder. That means sounds, textures and visual details are over-amplified, with equal levels of intensity. This disorder used to make her feel out of […]

Shining a Light on Human Trafficking

How a truck driver learned to see and save people on America's highways.

As a small-town police officer, John McKown dealt with his share of prostitution cases. But after he left the force and became a truck driver, he faced prostitution in a new light – at truck stops. In his TED@UPS talk, John describes how he encountered a young, tattered-looking girl forced to work as a prostitute at the truck […]

How Collectivism Can Benefit Capitalism

Refugees can teach us all something about the power of community.

Christine Thach grew up in a refugee community after her mother resettled from Cambodia to the United States. That experience opened her eyes to the power of shared value – the benefits created when a community bands together to support each other and pool resources to overcome obstacles. To outsiders, these communities of refugees can appear insular and […]

Rural Is the New Urban

Do you really need to live in the city?

Centuries ago, the Industrial Revolution sent people flocking to the world’s cities in search of jobs, culture and connectivity – and the trend has only mushroomed. By 2050, up to three-fourths of the global population will live in cities. And with this density comes many problems, including congestion, poor air quality and a lack of […]

The Hidden Message in Multiplication

As kids, we're asked to solve math problems. But can basic math solve our grown-up problems?

Uma Adwani grew up in a small town in India that discouraged girls from pursuing higher education. But that didn’t stop Uma from pursuing her dreams. Uma moved to a completely unknown city to become a primary school teacher. The problem? She would be teaching her most hated subject: math. As Uma prepared her lesson […]

Why We Need to Pay Attention to Chinese Millennials

Does your company have a talent gap? Chinese millennials could be the answer.

Sebastian Guo says companies aren’t looking far enough for millennial talent – more specifically, far enough east. Chinese millennials, Guo argues, are going overlooked at a time when businesses need an infusion of specialized skills. Guo’s Chinese counterparts are well-poised and ready to take on today’s most vexing business challenges. Sebastian takes the stage at TED@UPS to […]

Can We Design Cities for Happiness?

Quality of life depends on how much we engage in it.

Tom Madrecki understands the importance of shifting our focus from building codes and road engineering guidelines to figuring out what people want in their city. For city planners concerned about quality of life, the link between well-being and engagement is paramount. If we want to make our community a better place to live, we need the […]

What If Protectionism Spreads?

With protectionism at the center of today’s debate, a logistics expert says we can't turn back the clock on global progress.

We make every product – from golf clubs to laptops, internet servers, automobiles and even airplanes – with parts from all around the world. Augie Picado knows this because he’s seen it first-hand. Lately, there’s been talk about countries looking to limit imports in the name of protecting domestic businesses. Augie takes the stage at TED@UPS […]

TED@UPS 2017: Meet the Speakers

Take a closer look at those who dare to ask: What if?

In July, 12 UPSers took to the stage to ask a simple – but far-reaching – question: What if? In a time of lightning-fast transformation, one reminder is more important than ever: Daring innovation can still solve our most complicated problems. That’s why we examined the potential of global connectivity and what it means to evolve […]