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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 resources to solve real-world problems.

Attorney Philip K. Howard says the Land of the Free has become a legal minefield, especially for teachers and doctors. He has four propositions for simplifying US law. Game designer Jane McGonigal says reality is broken, and explains that we need to make it work more like a game. She muses on harnessing gamer power to solve real-world problems. Psychologist Barry Schwartz, who studies the link between economics and psychology, makes a passionate call for practical wisdom as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy.

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