The second photo from the right is actually by one of our TEDxUTIHP speakers, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, who has travelled the world to document both powerful and everyday moments of humanity with his camera. Aaron is also a member of Photosensitive and a founding member of the Boreal Collective, whose photos don’t just tell 1000 words but entire life stories. You can view the rest of his astonishing work on his personal website.
The rest of the photos have been taken by friends who have gone abroad and seen incredible, touching, and sometimes funny moments through their lenses. The second on the left, of the widely smiling kids, was taken by Sahar Alamgir during a summer in Kenya. It’s one of my absolute favourite photos and if you’ve been following TEDxUTIHP, you can spot it in plenty more places!
The photo on the very right is by Christian Maxwell, and he took that photo in Cambodia when a group of school children passed by and just happened to love posing for the camera. You can see why I’ve asked him to be our event photographer on several occasions since then.
And last but not least, the blue-tinted photo was actually taken by me, also in Cambodia (Christian and I were there at the same time). I remember the moment clearly because a massive thunderstorm had suddenly materialized during an otherwise sunny day. A friend and I were at a café when we saw the storm approaching and we rushed to the nearest tuk tuk to get home before the storm hit. Unfortunately (or fortunately, should I say) we didn’t make it and the rain came pouring down in waves and tides. You’d think that’d keep most people from stepping outside, but on the contrary, a group of kids decided this was an opportune time to bring out the soccer ball and go playing in the rain.
I think photography is such an incredible medium to communicate feelings and thoughts that you simply can’t put into words — pure, unfiltered human experiences.
The day began early on May 28th on that Saturday in São Paulo. There were 25 TEDxters from various parts of Brazil. We were there to meet other Organizers, to think of new growth strategies for TEDx events in our country and to exchange information and strengthen the community.
Seven of us spoke in five minutes. It was timed, of course, good to remember! We addressed major challenges (resources, cohesive team, speakers), solutions of problems (like good team, good partnerships) and learnings (like the importance of communication, interesting speakers, a needed time to improve post-event relationships).
Just as in our TEDx events, the breaks existed and were positive. As a result, we came out with new friends and community connections strengthened. We also learned a lot about helpful tips on topics such as fundraising, financial management, post-TEDx actions, team management, curation of speakers and production.
The results are already showing, as the group is exchanging ideas and following up on the agreed tasks to create a more cohesive TEDx team in Brazil. The discussions are going around creating a collective TEDx proposal to sponsors, setting up a database to better understand the audience in demographic terms and, not less important, to use the group as a source of sharing problems and solutions to each event.
Needless to say, the day passed by quickly. And it was great to meet personally people who, like you, is involved until the soul in the commitment of making a great TEDx to happen. And yes, of course: we are already thinking about the next Productive Gathering – not “meeting”, as we of TEDxVer-o-Peso avoid saying cause the setting up of a TEDx is far from being a boring thing.
Written by Karina Miotto, TEDxVer-o-Peso Organizer
TEDx at TEDGlobal Experiences #10: United by passion
Marian Spier is a member of the TEDxAmsterdam team, this is her experience from TEDGlobal 2011.
There’s something quite special about taking a step out of your day-to-day to attend an event like TEDGlobal. Although this is my 3rd time, I never cease to be amazed by the possibilities that present themselves, and the new frontiers that are explored. Ultimate brain spa indeed!
Although I could be considered an old hat at TED, this was my first year attending as a TEDx Organizer. I’ve been privileged to meet people from 70 inspiring countries, all collaborating and sharing their ideas worth spreading. Who’d have thought, for instance, that there could be a TEDxAmazonia held in the Amazon forest? Thanks to the vision of Rodrigo, it has been possible. Caroline Philips from TEDxBasqueCountry also wowed me with her vibrant energy. In fact, it’s the committed women organisers who have impressed me most this year. Ama from TEDxDoha, and Melek and Ozge from TEDxIstanbul have been bold and strong in their mission. Of course, the list goes on.
TED people are amazing in that they organize TEDx events in their country next to their day-to-day; the job, social and often a family life too. They are united in their passion for ideas, and the belief that the world – and their communities - truly are a richer place when ideas are given voice. Many of the questions I was asked concerned finding the right speakers, and our Ideas Worth Doing project at TEDxAmsterdam. How do you get all this creative content? they asked. Well, just like they do, we do it all with passion. We work with like-minded volunteers from a variety of organisations like universities, agencies, corporates and not-for-profits. It’s true to say that without our volunteers we wouldn’t have an event. But ultimately, it’s about providing the space for an idea to really hatch and take hold – not just on stage, but in the minds of the audience too. Everybody’s thrilled at that proposition – and it’s not everyday that this kind of inspiration can happen.
Shelda Alni is the Organizer of TEDxKemang, a TEDx event in Indonesia, this is her experience from TEDGlobal 2011.
Attending TEDGlobal is one of the best experiences in my life. I’m not exaggerating it; everybody I met here said exactly the same thing. The idea about me attending this conference, meeting a lot of wonderful people from around the world, watch all these talks live, even get to catch up with all the brilliant speakers are just too fascinating.
As one of the TEDx organizers, we arrived a few days earlier than other attendees and get the chance to see more about TED. There was a TEDx workshop, which acknowledges me on how to organize an even better TEDx event. We went hiking to Arthur’s Seat and had a picnic on the top of the hill, took a tour around The Holyrood Palace and had another great lunch with the whole group. Later that day we even had a backstage tour and joined the speakers briefing.
I don’t know what I did before, but the universe have been very nice to me for giving me the chance to attend TEDGlobal, and it didn’t stop there. I keep on bumping into incredible people, with incredible works and visions from everywhere. I met the brilliant TEDFellows, TED U presenters and all the attendees. To me, they are all hilarious.
For me, the 3rd day of the conference had the best talk. Out of all those great speakers, I’ll share two of my most favorite of the day. The first session of the day started with Thandie Newton. In order to be able to embrace others, we have to embrace ourselves first. That was pretty much the point of her talk. And I must say, I couldn’t agree more with her. After the session I am very delighted I bumped into her and told her I got mesmerized with her talk. She is a very humble person.
Later that day I bumped into Bunker Roy. His talk about the solar collage inspires me to bring that idea to my country, Indonesia. So my friend and I talked to him about the idea and ask wether he has any plan to visit Indonesia. Surprisingly he actually will visit Indonesia next month for a conference with the UNESCO. I’d say it was a serendipity. We are planning to link him to someone back in Indonesia who has concern on education in Indonesia. Who knows we could create a better education system as well.
Again, I’d say the universe has been too nice to me.
Besides the speakers, I bumped into John Hardy too.. I told him “Batiknya bagus!” (Nice Batik) and he was really happy to meet an Indonesian in TEDGlobal and the next thing we know we had a nice conversation in Bahasa Indonesia. It was really really hilarious.
Again, I can’t thank the universe enough for such incredible experience. And thanks everyone in TEDGlobal for being very good to me.
Steve Frazee is the Organizer of TEDxGrandRapids in Michigan, this is his experience from his 17,262 day of life, and on Wednesday, July 13th at TEDGlobal 2011.
Wednesday was the 17,262nd day of my life, and it was stellar. Next to the birth of my daughter or granddaughter, or the day I married my beautiful Crystal, or the few other iconic days of my life, nothing compares to my day at TEDGlobal and the dinner on Wednesday with one hundred TEDx organizers.
It was the dinner party of my dreams. I offer a bow of gratitude to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and TEDxChange for sponsoring the experience.
Imagine the scene. It’s a tapas restaurant with long dark tables hosting a menagerie of wine glasses and small plates of Spanish bites. The room was slightly too small for the crowd and the hard walls reverberated with a din peppered with accents from around the world. These people are world changers. They are innovators taking action to serve their local communities as a means to serve humanity as a whole. This is my tribe.
Around the room the conversations ranged from the TEDTalks of the day about aging, internet crime, global economics and the brain, to other topics including the complexities of managing self-organizing communities. The ongoing parade of tapas plates mirrored the enormous buffet of conversation in the room. I nibbled on a few delicious interactions, but found the topic of managing self-organizing groups to pair the best with my second glass of Rioja.
We spent the rest of the dinner talking about the best practices for being a leader to the inspired volunteers and sponsors that step forward in our communities to help produce our TEDx events. We talked about the delight of working with people who invest their cognitive surplus to fuel the TEDx movement and the challenges as well. We acknowledged that whatever challenges we face as individual TEDx organizers, Lara Stein, the global Director of the TEDx community, must be experiencing as an order of magnitude in intensity. There was unanimous agreement that we are blessed that Lara, Chris Anderson, and the rest of the TED team have created a platform that enables each of us to enact our desire to serve the world.
After dinner we strolled through Edinburgh to the pub Ghillie-Dhu where we joined the rest of the TEDGlobal community in drinks and music. One of my new TEDx friends described the candle lit pub with long wooden tables as a mini Hogwarts. There I sat, surrounded by some of the brightest minds and biggest hearts on the planet. I was exactly where I wanted to be.
I attend TEDGlobal to learn the best practices for being human. I do not expect to learn those lessons from the talks on stage, although I often do; I seek that wisdom from the people in the seats next to me. Last night I was honored to drink a perfect whisky (scotch) in a room filled with hundreds of my favorite teachers. It could have only been better if Aristotle would have been sitting next to me. As Chris Anderson mused from stage, I too wonder what Aristotle would have thought of TED.
Too much noise overwhelms my sensory system, so I took leave of my teachers early and walked back to my hotel under a nearly full moon. On the path back I reflected on my teacher’s wisdom and also their humanity. They face the same challenges I face in life. Their intellects and compassion do not except them from tribulations and temptations of the human experience…and somehow that makes what I learn from them all the more meaningful.
I ended my night sitting on a set of hard stone steps with a view of the bright rising moon and offered a Tonglen meditation to the TED community. With each breath in I absorbed their pain arising from the challenges of being human and with each breath out I sent them loving kindness and support for their work in the world. I bowed to the moon and gave undirected thanks to be part of the oneness of humanity and the TED community.
TEDx at TEDGlobal Experiences #7: Different/Similar
Ahmad Coucha is the Organizer of TEDxCairo in Egypt, this is an over of his experience from TEDGlobal 2011.
The first day I arrived at TEDGlobal, I attended this amazing TEDx Workshop, there were more than 100 TEDx Organizers from more than 50 different countries all over the world.
For the first instant, I couldn’t help but noticing how “different” we are from each other. We all speak different languages, we have different beliefs, we are different races and we all come from different cultures and backgrounds.
But as the day went on, and we talked to each other, and I got the chance to know more about them, I found out that I do share values, dreams and passions with these “different” people more than I share with most of others who are “similar” to me. We all share this unbelievable passion for ideas, learning and knowledge, and most important, we are all so full of hope of what we can together achieve.
So if there’s one experience that I’ll take from TED for the rest of my life, it would be that I learned that in fact “different” can be more “similar” than I could have ever imagined.
Few events of my life rival the exhilaration I am experiencing joining the TEDGlobal community here in Edinburgh. As a dreamer, long driven by the power of ideas, TED has been integral to my journey. Since viewing my first TED talks online to the formation of TEDxDirigo in 2010, it is the interplay between my own inspirations and new ones introduced to me through TED (or the sex of these ideas, as Matt Ridley says) that comprise my worldview today. And so coming to TED is like coming home, a home I have been separated from geographically and longing for all my life. Fortunately, on my journey I have met others who come from this homeland of imagination and possibility.
Perhaps neurotically, due to my long absence from this homeland of imagination, support, and creativity, I am already anticipating my hunger for more. Luckily there are many full days remaining to feed me and more importantly the connections I am making will ensure that we all continue to have hearts and minds full of inspiration.
Having longed for this home, upon first seeing it and those who have been here for some time, I could not stop the rise of the emotion of envy. Envy that others had been able to attend the TEDx Workshop and I had not, envy that others had been “home” before and knew its sweet support for their dreams, and as a TEDx organizer, envy for the impressive infrastructure present. I want 6 cameras at my events! I want innovative social spaces at my events! I want to offer incredible swag in my gift bags! While a bit embarrassed at first for this feeling arising, it soon changed to pride.
TEDxDirigo has been in existence for less than two years, is on track to deliver its second annual event on September 10, 2011, and it has all been done by volunteers on a shoestring budget. And quite honestly, we’ve done quite an impressive job. While we don’t have tower cameras or a media cave that was perhaps financed by Bruce Wayne and doubles as the Bat Cave, I am extremely proud of all that we have done and all that we will do. We have given incredible Mainers a powerful stage to spread their ideas. We have catalyzed a community for innovative action.
Quickly my pride met the profound brilliance of the TED Fellows, TED U presenters, Day 1 presenters, other TEDx organizers and attendees. While no one poked me in the chest to promote its deflation, I was humbled. Humbled by the brilliance of these folks, and by the opportunity to speak with them as an equal during the week’s events.
Inspiration arose from this fertile ground of opportunity for direct interaction. New imaginations of the world, of our place in it, of actions for impact and for beauty arose from these conversations. Speaking with Serge Mouangue about the possibilities for nanotechnology, I saw for the first time a world uncluttered with things such as keys and cellphones. Rachel Armstrong helped me see a world where every “thing” operates in systems instead of independent units of production. Hairy buildings gathering energy from the wind while packing excess energy in fat (building insulation) to be expended later when external energy sources are unavailable. We dreamed a world where imagination is promoted in schools instead of numbness and expertise in bubble-shading for standardized tests. Raghava KK and I discussed children gaining multiple perspectives as the foundation not only for tolerance, but ultimately for wisdom.
What but joy could come next? This uplifted feeling was created not only by the dreams of these worlds to come, but also by real time experiences with my new friends from all over the world. The opportunity to learn what the world actually looks like from their perspective, not just what I imagine it to be, and to dream together caused a ceaseless smile. Not only has my perspective been shattered and forever altered, but so has my heart in the most beautiful of ways.
And it is here where hope has taken deeper root. In one of the darkest times of humanity, some of the brightest souls are coming together to take action every day. And these actions are gaining the attention they deserve, as Julia Bacha reminded us, as well as the resources necessary to continue actualizing their potential. Hope is perhaps the biggest gift I will return home with, and luckily it weighs nothing so I do not have to pay extra baggage fees.
TEDx at TEDGlobal Experiences #6: Evolving Perspectives
Ramy Nassar is the Organizer of TEDxWaterloo in Canada. This is his experience from the first few days at TEDGlobal 2011.
I thought I had problems. You see, as the Organizer of TEDxWaterloo in Canada, we put on a pretty big show. We’ve had budget restrictions, a speaker who wouldn’t return our calls and even serious disagreements amongst members of our team. I thought I had problems. Then I arrived at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh and realized just how small my problems really were. Over the last three days, I’ve had the unique opportunity and absolute pleasure to meet close to 100 TEDx organizers from around the world. Amongst them, I’ve had incredible conversations with organizers of programs in Cairo, Baghdad, Rio de Janeiro, Tunisia and Palestine. These leaders and visionaries have overcome and are continuing to tackle roadblocks that make my problems feel like nothing more than speed bumps. I’ve never met such a group of inspirational and dedicated individuals before. They have helped me look not only at my own event but at TEDx events in general through a new lens. The TEDx workshops and conversations at TEDGlobal have helped reenergize me to continue to build our own program. Seeing first hand the impact that TEDx can have in cities around the world is a movement that is almost unstoppable and I am honored to contribute just a small part to this momentum. Going forward I’m excited to watch what TEDx organizers around the world continue to deliver an the impacts that they have. TEDGlobal has been an inspiring and humbling experience that I won’t soon forget. Thank you to the entire TED team and TEDx community for making this such a memorable event.
TEDxAmsterdamLive: Edinburgh! (from Amsterdam, via Chicago)
At this very moment, Edinburgh is the place to be — an entire week of inspirational talks, activating sessions and grand parties.
TEDGlobal 2011 is hosting 50-plus speakers and performers, set in the energizing city of Edinburgh. Count me in, I dare say!
Alas, I’m stuck in Amsterdam. I can’t make it to the other side of the Channel… or can I? There are actually quite a lot of options to keep track of all the ideas presented on the TEDGlobal main stage over in Edinburgh. There’s Twitter, there’s blogging, there’s a live webcast — every online option to help spread ideas is used to its full advantage.
But then, it’s not quite the same thing to gather ideas by yourself, or to experience them collectively. Any gained knowledge is worthless unless shared; the sharing itself makes an idea grow, and makes you a part of the idea instead of a mere witness.
So that’s where Chicago comes into play. Boom Chicago to be exact. This comedy theatre in the heart of Amsterdam is the venue for TEDxAmsterdam Live. A possibility to see the speakers in Edinburgh live, via a big screen… together with 200 other TED enthusiasts. This is not about consuming ideas, but more about gaining momentum. About finding kindred spirits to expand upon the ideas, or to generate new ones.
But there’s more: apart from the livecast, there will be exclusive talks on stage. Ranging from “The Future of Health” to “Game development” to “TEDxBaghdad”, and featuring some renowned speakers.
‘Nuff said. I’ll be in Edinburgh (from Amsterdam, via Chicago). Not just listening to great presentations, but adding my own perspective to them and talking to other great thinkers and doers about them. Because that’s what TED and TEDx is really about. And that’s what makes ideas change the world.
And what’s more: I’ll be live-blogging. About all the stuff that’s NOT said and done in the official streams and reports. All the stuff that happens just before or after a presentation, the understanding glances, the whispering at the bar, the schmoozing in the hallway, the laughs at the restrooms — all the stuff that great ideas are made of.
So if you can’t make it to Edinburgh, or Amsterdam, or even Chicago: follow the live-blog and send me any feedback or questions. Use me — to add your own perspective to TEDGlobal and to TEDxAmsterdamLive!
Written by Boy van der Leeden, Organizer of TEDxAmsterdamLive
TEDx at TEDGlobal Experiences #1: Behind the Scenes
Matej Golob is the Organizer of TEDxLjubljana, a TEDx event in Slovenia, this is his experience from Monday, July 11th at TEDGlobal 2011 at the TEDFellows presentations, the behind-the-scenes tour just for TEDx’ers and at TED University:
Monday was pain in the neck - literally. I brought the pain in my neck already from Slovenia and unfortunately in Edinburgh it decided to get worse before it will get better. Nevertheless I attended the whole show that was in store for us — the TEDx community — on Day 0 here at TEDGlobal. Intensive clapping that you are drawn into after every stage talk did not help at all, but it was worth it.
At Lyceum Theatre, all 5 cameras started rolling and we were greeted by a great pink dress - Somi singing a beautiful intro song to us to wake us up fully. Enter Tom Rielly with his unmistakable humorous style, he appealed to get applications from “Global South” which includes Eastern Europe, and where Fellows besides being interesting, will also probably be good looking. Them, he round red carpet (which also greets you at the entrance to EICC) magic started.
What TEDx Organizers really yearn for is the behind the scene experience at the big TED, and as I was sitting in the back row with the rest of bright screen glaring and typing crowd, I could overhear the subtle whispers of the director with huge earphones “switch, switch” — It felt good to be in the middle of real TED action.
We heard about the brilliantly simplistic water canary, changing perception about cavemen, very timid pigmies in galleries and very shocking and truth revealing story about warehousing of intellectually underprivileged in the Balkans. There were small glitches with the clicker and resetting of the timer, which added to the sense of reality at the otherwise brilliantly organized day. Escorted along with Rielly’s humor, we heard about how maize sheller is just an app for bike, graphically violent Guatemalan wars and music making lake.
Another video glitch, while slightly discomforting - as we are used to TED.com video perfection - it made us TEDx’ers feel good as we are not alone in our mistakes, but the big TED does it too, here and there.
The second session filled up the last rows with iPads again. We heard about the “dark” TED happening next door, that we just could not see, abandoned Polaris building in Fairbanks that is looking for love again - it inspired me to do something similar with many abandoned buildings in Ljubljana. There was an acciDental activist and another performance by Semi in shiny yellow dress.
As we continued with a short TEDFellow documentary about scientific love for flies and future Japanese smart phones embedded in African beauty scars, my though was “if TEDFellow pre-conference agenda is so good, how will the real thing look like?”
After amazing TEDFellow talk that started with weird beds and then “fertilized” itself into an uncharted territory, Rielly almost killed himself with his jokes, but was pulled out of it by huge applause to him and the team. TEDFellows session wrapped up by Architectural yoghurt talk and unplanned Jobs-style “one last thing”.
TEDFellows sessions totally nailed it, but we were already up for another highlight of the day - the behind the scene tour. We were privileged enough to see rehearsal and feedback giving session by Bruno and Chris, we heard them also give the final instructions and tips with main one being: “Everybody here wants you to succeed!” That’s so true. The backstage tour continued with the visit of the Media Cave which was also amazing - room packed with Macs and creative charge - things move really fast here.
When TED University started in the afternoon, things started really buzzing - the Lyceum was packed and conversation sparked left and right, people introducing to themselves, energy was rising and then the lights went out and real action began.
Another dose of great talks started to take it’s toll and I was getting tired, took a short power nap just before the welcome reception at the Castle. The real TED-style mingling and networking kicked in and I’ve met many people.
My work title on my TED badge is “mobilizing cognitive surplus” and many TEDsters know that that’s from Clay Shirky’s book and TEDTalk. And as I returned to the table where I had a discussion with group of TEDsters - who do I spot there - Clay Shirky himself! I showed him what I had on my badge and we both started laughing. That was one of many highlights that evening.
I am totally looking forward for the next 4 days — You can be told about the TED experience many times, but you need to experience it on your own. It’s totally worth it.
On Sunday, July 10th, almost 100 TEDx Organizers gathered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh for the TEDx Workshop at TEDGlobal 2011. TED Translators at TEDGlobal also joined the workshop.
Virtually, around 130 other TEDx’ers were “in attendance”, watching the Livestream of the workshop, and commenting and asking questions via a live chat.
TEDx Licensing Director Lara Stein kicked off the workshop, welcoming both those in the theater — who hailed from 43 countries, and speak 35 languages — and those viewing online.
Stein introduced TED Curator Chris Anderson, who took to the stage for a short talk on TED, and the TEDx phenomenon. He applauded Organizers for their amazing work, and noted how TEDx has become a “global laboratory of ideas” for both TED, and the world at large.
Kelly and Rives — hosts of TEDActive - hosted the workshop, proclaiming their credo of transparency: if anything goes wrong, they’ll let the audience know.
Luckily, the day went smoothly, starting with Kelly and Rives introducing a few TEDx Organizers, who presented for three minutes each on what they’d learned from their TEDx event:
Pat Mitchell — host of TEDWomen — took to the stage to announce TEDxWomen, a TEDx event happening on December 1st at the Paley Centers in NY and LA, to continue the conversation that began at TEDWomen. Mitchell invited Organizers to host a TEDx event in collaboration with TEDxWomen, and to incorporate the event’s livestream into their local programming.
Ahmad Coucha — TEDxCairo Organizer — spoke about how to manage volunteers who want to get involved in a TEDx event.
Houssem Aoudi of TEDxCarthage spoke about hosting a TEDx event amidst political unrest in his country of Tunisia, and of their inspiring theme — “Imagining our Future” — which allowed Tunisians to envision the future of their country that was of their own creation.
Anwar Dafa-Alla of TEDxKhartoum, a TEDx event in Sudan, spoke on the unique issues with organizing a TEDx event in a country where TED and TEDx aren’t very well known.
Vlad Fiscutean of TEDxTimisoara presented on the unique qualities — passion at the very top — that TEDx Organizers posses.
Corrie Frasier and Lacey Price of TEDxChange announced their next TEDxChange event — to take place in China in March 2012 —and called out to their fellow Organizers to get involved.
Veteran TEDx Organizer Nate Mook — who also hosted TEDxOilSpill and TEDxMidAtlantic — spoke on his adventure of organizing TEDxEverest, a TEDx event at the top of Mount Everest, which didn’t go quite how he had planned.
After a short break, virtual and Edinburgh attendees returned for presentations from TED staff:
June Cohen — Executive Producer of TED Media — spoke on preparing speakers and TED.com Editor Emily McManus spoke on the editorial process of TEDx Talks that go on TED.com.
TED’s Director of Film + Video Jason Wishnow presented on filming best practices for TEDTalks, and Film + Video Editor Kari Mullholland delighted the audience with a presentation on bringing KAZAM! to video editing. KAZAM! quickly became a meme on the TEDx Workshop Livestream chat: a TEDx’er in Brazil even requested that she speak at her upcoming event.
Ronda Carnegie — TED’s Head of Global Partnerships — spoke on the uniqueness of sponsoring TED, and a TEDx event, and presented a few innovative examples of how TEDx’ers have incorporated sponsors into their events.
Lastly Amanda Palmer — Executive Director of the Doha Film Institute (DFI), and Organizer of TEDxDoha — took to the stage for a huge announcement: TEDxWWW, a worldwide TEDx workshop hosted by DFI to occur in Doha, Qatar in April 2012. Immediately following will be TEDxDoha, curated by TED, DFI and the TEDx global community.
On the ground in Edinburgh, attendees took a lunch break and the Livestream of the Workshop went dark, although TEDx’ers continued their chat and own brainstorming session on the stream well after.
After lunch, TEDx’ers in Edinburgh reconvened at the Sheraton for three 30 minute unconference sessions where individuals could choose their own topics to lead a brainstorm on, and discuss.
Topics included: How to attract brilliant speakers; TEDx Exchanges (where TEDx’ers would stay at each others’ homes, and attend each others’ events); Beyond the Simulcast: How to engage the broader community; How do you grow?; TEDx Adventures; Harness Volunteers for your Event; and TED on TV.
The day ended with a group hike to Arthur’s Seat, with appetizers and a champagne toast at the finish.
On October 10, 2010 at TEDxDirigo, we all knew we were seeing the future of aeronautics. It was exciting, it was eye-opening.
Planes that could fly at speeds of more than Mach 3, while using substantially less fuel, even no fuel, do to a radical redesign of the engine. While certainly complex, it also seemed so simple.
Now 9 months after his TEDx Talk, Richard Lugg has launched HyperMach and unveiled the new SonicStar jet. The SonicStar can fly from New York to Dubai in 2 hours and 20 minutes and from New York to Paris in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Lugg shared the question that drives him and his team with the TEDxDirigo audience, and it is one of our favorites, “what comes after what comes next?” The SonicStar is one of his answers to that question.
We at TEDxUlaanbaatar are pleased to announce that three exceptional speakers have been confirmed as speakers for our TEDxUlaanbaatar event in August: Oyundary Tsagaan, Oyungerel Tsedevdamba and Benj Binks.
Oyundary Tsagaan is Managing Director of MNB (Mongolian National Broadcasting) and is an award-winning broadcast journalist in Mongolia. After working for years in Mongolia as a field reporter, political commentator and even press assistant to a Mongolian Prime Minister, she spent 6 years in the United States including working for CBS in San Francisco and earning a masters degree in journalism at the University of California. She received several Orders of Honor for Press Freedom and Best Achievement in Radio and Television, been awarded Journalist of the Year Award and won the Emmy Scholarship at Berkley from the National Television Academy. She will be speaking on legacy and the impact it has on the future of broadcast media in Mongolia.
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba is widely known in Mongolia as a public speaker, author, and passionate advocate for democracy. Mrs. Oyungerel has earned degrees in economic planning, international business, and is also a graduate of Stanford University where she studied international policy. Having initiated, established, and lead a number of civil society and human rights organizations, Mrs. Oyungerel is an eminent public leader and a compassionate social advocate. She has authored multiple books, been recipient of both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Yale World Fellowship and for her efforts to consolidate Mongolian democracy, secure human rights and liberties, and establish rule of law, Oyungerel was awarded the Order of Liberty by the Mongolian Democratic Union in 2003. She will be speaking at TEDxUlaanbaatar on the history and future of democracy in Mongolia.
Benj is a documentary filmmaker who, since 2007, has been working on Mongolian Bling - a documentary which explores the relationship Mongolia’s youth has with their country’s traditions, many of which the elders fear are dying. Benj is fascinated to see the countries beautiful ancient traditions juxtaposed against the youth’s love of Western culture and four years of working on the project has given Benj a unique insight into modern Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar’s hip hop scene. Mongolian Bling is due out in 2012 and coming to speak at TEDxUlaanbaatar will be Benj’s 10th visit to Mongolia. To learn more about Benj and his documentary, visit BenjBinks.com and MongolianBling.com.
Kevin Adams and his father, Wendell, are co-founders of Waterbrick, a revolutionary invention that serves as protective shelter and stackable vessels for potable water and food in Third World countries. Made from Dow plastic, these 9 inches wide, 18 inches tall and 6 inches deep engineered containers hold 3.4 gallons of fresh water, food or anything you want to keep dry. They are used to fetch, carry and store fresh water and /or repurposed to build transitional shelter or schools.
Kevin and Wendell introduced Waterbrick containers to the TEDxPeachtree community in 2009. At that time, their focus was on serving the poor in South Africa. Soon after that, an earthquake decimated Haiti. At the 2010 TEDxPeachtree event, Kevin returned with an update on their commitment to help Haiti’s homeless. “We chose to focus solely on Haiti and not spread ourselves too thin so we could accomplish more,” Kevin said.
In May of 2011, we checked in with Kevin for an update. “We’re grateful for our exposure at TEDxPeachtree,” he said. “Whenever someone has a question about our humanitarian work, I send them to the YouTube link. It gives us the credibility we need to raise money and awareness.”
With the recent devastation in Japan, the funding and focus on Haiti have dropped off. “The death rate from cholera continues to rise,” he said. “It’s because of their infrastructure and lack of sanitation. There is no short-term solution to this problem. It might take a decade or more, with everyone’s help.”
So far, they’ve donated and distributed 8,400 containers. Through a partnership with Dow Chemical, they’ve also donated and delivered 3,500 gallons of chlorine, used for disinfectant in their cholera treatment camps.
To learn more about Waterbrick, visit their website.