Ted at UPS

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A Better Way to Make Returns

What if we streamlined returns to reduce costs and our carbon footprint?

Retailers have made it easier and cheaper than ever before to purchase and return products online. While this is great for consumers, it’s bad for business – and even worse for the environment. UPS’s Aparna Mehta asks: What if we streamlined returns to reduce costs and our carbon footprint?

How Nationalism and Globalism Can Coexist

It's time to ditch a false binary choice.

Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In a talk with lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking – and simultaneously become proud citizens of our countries and the world.

The Dark Side of Charitable Donations

Ask yourself these three questions before sending another package into the chaos following a humanitarian disaster.

In the bleak winter days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, a town in shock after losing 20 children and six adults faced down intrusive reporters, political opportunists – and an outpouring of stuff. Thousands of boxes of Christmas toys, school supplies, gifts and clothing were sent to Newtown, Connecticut, along with more […]

A Solution to Gun Violence Found in US History

By returning to our roots, we can solve today's most contentious problems.

Guns weren’t always the contentious issue they are today in the U.S. Forty years ago, guns were primarily used for sport and recreation, and mass shootings were a rarity. Much has changed since then, and while there’s a lot of debate about how to put an end to gun violence, we’ve yet to put effective […]

What Happened When Thousands of Abandoned Rape Kits Were Tested

A national logistics effort can solve the problem of stockpiled rape kits.

In 2009, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and her team discovered more than 11,000 untested rape kits – some dating back to the 1980s – in an old Detroit Police Department storage facility. As soon as they were unearthed, Kym worked immediately to raise millions of dollars to process the kits and seek justice for the thousands of […]

How Machine Learning Can Teach Us To Build More Effective Teams

Here are three team-building lessons that can help any manager.

Former Marine Corps Lt. Drew Humphreys knows a thing or two about leadership. Before joining the business world, as a platoon commander in Afghanistan, he was in charge of 37 Marines who fought the Taliban and maintained a vital supply route through Helmand Province. He had to reconsider everything he knew about leadership when he […]

A Makerspace for Everyone

Imagine a place where inventors and hobbyists alike can collaborate, accelerate innovation and build community with magical results.

Growing up tinkering in his father’s workshop, Robin Hooker always had a space to reimagine the world – to modulate, mashup, remix and repair things. As an adult, he realized not everyone has access to a space where they can safely experiment. Hooker argues for democratizing access to public, shared workshops, commonly called “makerspaces,” which provide room […]

What If Our Data Could Be Protected Online?

In the age of e-commerce, must we sacrifice privacy in the name of convenience?

In today’s interconnected world, keeping our personal data private can seem nearly impossible. We’re often forced to give away our personal information to get the services we desire, especially when it comes to e-commerce. “We make the trade of online privacy for convenience,” says data privacy enthusiast, Derek Banta. Instead, he wants us to look […]

How Small Business Can Benefit from Village Banking

Here's a community-based solution with lessons for every small business – no matter where they operate.

Small businesses in the United States fail at an alarming rate. Half close their doors by year five, and 70 percent by year 10. The No. 1 reason? They run out of money. Compare that to small businesses in Ecuador and Guatemala, which are diligent about managing finances and have a nearly 100 percent loan […]

Bringing Healthcare to the Home

Why the best treatment isn't always at the hospital.

Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it’s because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But what if we could get the lifesaving care provided by hospitals in our own homes? Healthcare futurist Niels van Namen shows how advances in […]

3 Ways Business Can Fight Sex Trafficking

From setting clear policies to hiring survivors, the private sector can play a major role in combating a global crisis.

Sex buying doesn’t just happen late at night on street corners in the shady part of town – it also happens online, in the middle of the workday, using company equipment and resources. With this problem comes an opportunity, says attorney Nikki Clifton, because it means the business community is in a unique position to educate […]

How to Get Serious About Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Here's a three-part plan for achieving real equality where it matters most.

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder – and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall […]

TED@UPS 2018: A First Look

What if? That simple question could change the future of e-commerce, healthcare, disaster relief and corporate leadership as we know it.

UPSers recently took to the stage to ask the simple, yet bold question: What if? That’s because in a time of transformation, we must ask daring questions and share unexpected answers. This year, the TED@UPS speakers did just that by asking questions like: What if companies get serious about diversity in the workplace? What if the best […]