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 healthcare is at home? What if machine learning can teach us to build more effective teams?

Over the next few weeks on Longitudes, we’ll answer these questions – and many more. But first, get a taste for what’s in store by watching the trailer below:

Here is a preview of the 13 talks we’ll bring you over the coming weeks:

When it comes to business, diversity is not simply a “nice to have,” it’s an essential ingredient for long-term success. In her talk, Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating more meaningful diversity and inclusion programs.

In 2009, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and her team discovered thousands of untested rape kits in an old Detroit Police Department storage facility. In her talk, Kym explains how she raised millions of dollars and established national procedures to protect future victims by testing all rape kits.

There are a staggering 4.8 million people worldwide in forced sexual exploitation today. Nikki Clifton‘s solution to ending this epidemic comes from a surprising place: businesses.

Combining his military experience with his passion for machine learning, Drew Humphreys offers three surprising lessons on being a boss that every manager can tap into.

 We live in a divisive time, where people are torn between being globalists and nationalists. In his talk, Wanis Kabbaj argues that rather than opposing forces, globalism and nationalism are complementary.

Small businesses in the U.S. are failing at an alarming rate. Conversely, businesses in Ecuador and Guatemala are on the rise. What’s the secret to their success? Ruchi Shah shares a community-based solution that every small business can learn from.

Can a viable e-commerce business model be built with privacy at its core? Derek Banta says it can.

Niels van Namen says we have the technology to heal healthcare – by taking it out of the hospital and bringing it into the home.

 In his talk, Robin Hooker imagines a world where everyone has access to tools, technology and other passionate makers with various tools, skills and backgrounds.

A staggering 795 million people in the world do not have access to enough food. For those living in remote areas, it can take weeks – even months – to get them the nutrition they need. For Dan Canale, that delay is unacceptable.

After a disaster strikes, donated “gifts” can create a logistical nightmare for victims and volunteer workers alike, taking up enormous space in warehouses and landfills, which disrupts ongoing relief efforts. Dale Herzog wants everyone to know what real help looks like.

David Farrell believes that when it comes to guns, we can find common-sense solutions – by returning to our roots.

TED@UPS If there’s one thing every UPSer has in common, it’s that we have an irresistible desire to figure it out and get it done. And that leads to some amazing ideas. TED@UPS explores both the destination and the journey of ideas – big and small – that inspire us, challenge how we think or feel and even change the world.

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