Above, snapshots from TEDxLaCalera, an event in La Calera, a small farming community in rural Colombia.

Despite massive farmer strikes in Colombia, with tens of thousands of farmers, students, coffee workers, miners, and others protesting the government’s treatment of agrarian economic issues, TEDxLaCalera brought together a small farmer community for a day of inspiration and new ideas.

"One day before the event all roads had blockages including fires [and] rocks,” wrote one attendee. “The day of the event, the roads opened, and we could travel to La Calera! During this troubled [time], events like a [TEDx] are extremely important. New ideas, inspiration, networks and actions are hugely in need for a new rural order to be established … New possibilities and innovation have to be built at the countryside. Open spaces to plant ideas, in order to harvest transformation.”

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