Ted Radio Hour

We depend on rules, guidelines, and laws to provide structure, order, and function. But too often these systems fail us. These TED speakers propose how to fix our broken systems, by looking to trust and practical wisdom as ways to mend education, medicine, and the law. Plus, how games might be our best hope to solve real world problems.

HOST: Alison Stewart

The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. The answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law.

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

Guests: 

Philip Howard, Jane McGonigal and Barry Schwartz

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