Philip K. Howard: Four Ways to Fix a Broken System

Philip K. Howard: Four Ways to Fix a Broken System


The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at . Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at

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Philip Howard, a civic leader, former special advisor to the SEC, American law expert, and noted commentator on the effects of modern law and bureaucracy on human behavior, society, and business. One of America’s most prominent thinkers and called “one of America’s finest public minds” by former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley, he is the author of best-selling The Death of Common Sense, and an expert on managing America's growing infrastructure crisis.