7 amazing TEDxCity2.0 posters celebrate the city of the future

image(TEDxCity2.0 posters from TEDxMelbourne, TEDxTanta, TEDxPeshawar and TEDxLeeds)

What is the city of the future? What will it look like? How will it come to be?

This weekend, from Taipei to Melbourne to Mexico City, over 100 local organizers will offer their answers at TEDx events in honor of TEDCity2.0, a day-long TED event to celebrate urban innovation.

TED challenged organizers to remix the official TEDCity2.0 posters
(made by design firm Kiss Me I’m Polish) to give them some local flavor — with really impressive results.  

Below, some of our favorites — including a design from TEDxStormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland — whose team cited Seamus Heaney’s poem, “The Cure at Troy,” as inspiration, a poem signaling new hope for Belfast after long political trauma. Eva Grosman, TEDxStormont’s organizer, sent this excerpt:

“History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.”

1. TEDxChristchurch
: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Kaila Colbin, organizer:  “Christchurch is a city best defined by transition, as it seeks to rebuild and reinvent itself following the major earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Today, the city is littered with shipping containers and broken buildings, but it also boasts seeds of life as creative temporary projects have begun to spring up. A summer events pavilion made entirely of blue shipping pallets or a Cathedral made out of cardboard…these are all signs of the re-emergence of Christchurch as a place to experiment and grow.”

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Welcome to the first TEDx playlist in Arabic: 4 talks in Arabic

مرحبا بكم في أول قائمة تشغيل لمحادثات TEDx باللغة العربية.

We are very pleased to publish our first playlist in Arabic! This is only the beginning, we have other exciting Arabic language plans in development, including the launch of TED.com in Arabic later this month!

يسرّنا نشر أول قائمة تشغيل باللغة العربية! نرجو أن تستمتعوا بهذه الباقة المختارة من المحادثات من أرجاء العالم العربي. هذه مجرد البداية، لدينا خطط أخرى تهم اللغة العربية في طور التطوير، بما في ذلك إطلاق موقع TED.com باللغة العربية في سبتمبر المقبل!

But in the meantime, enjoy our selection of talks from the Arab world, spanning topics from how to deal with sexism in Tahrir Square to pondering ways to tackle important mathematical and philosophical questions in academia.

Presenting on TV against all odds: Ali Taleb Almarrany at TEDxSanaa 2012
Growing up in Yemen under extreme poverty, Ali Taleb Almarrany lost an eye in a tragic firearm accident in the ninth grade. At TEDxSanaa, he tells the story of how this tragedy led him to his biggest success: becoming a TV journalist, despite the odds. Clocking in at more than 1,000,000 views and still going strong, this talk is not to be missed. (Filmed in Arabic with subtitles in English.)

لدى نشأته في اليوم في ظروف الفقر المدقع، فقد علي طالب المراني عينا في حادث سلاح ناري مأساوي حين كان في المرحلة التاسعة. وفي هذه المحادثة من TEDxSanaa يخبرنا كيف أن هذه المأساة قادته إلى أعظم نجاح: أن يصير صحافي تلفزيونيا، على الرغم من كل الصعوبات. حظت هذه المحادثة التي لا ينبغي تفويتها بأكثر من 1,000,000 مشاهدة، والعدد في تزايد. (تم التصوير باللغة العربية بترجمة نصية إنجليزية).

The invisible patriarchy in public space: Sarrah Abdelrahman at TEDxKafrElsheikh
At TEDxKafrElsheikh, Sarrah Abdelrahman describes how she decided to stand up to the police officer who harassed her in Tahrir Square and how she created a video that encourages other women to speak up against sexism in public spaces in Egypt.

تصف ساره عبد الرحمن في TEDxKafrElsheikh كيف قررت أن تقبل في وجه ضابط الشرطة الذي تحرّش بها في ميدان التحرير وكيف قامت بإنشاء فيديو يشجع النساء الأخريات على رفع أصواتهم في مواجهة التمييز الجنسي في الفضاءات العامة في مصر.

Peace journalism: Vanessa Bassil at TEDxLAU
In this rousing talk at TEDxLAU, Vanessa Bassil discusses the importance of transparency in journalism and encourages journalists to practice honest journalism in the field. (Filmed in Arabic with subtitles in English.)

تناقش فانيسا باسيل في هذه المحادثة المثيرة من TEDxLAU، أهمية الشفافية في الصحافة وتشجع الصحفيين على ممارسة الصحافة الشريفة في الميدان. (تم التصوير باللغة العربية بترجمة نصية إنجليزية).

الفاعلية: Elsheikh Mohamed Elsheikh at TEDxKhartoum
At TEDxKhartoum, well-known academic Elsheikh Mohamed Elsheikh discusses how sometimes really big questions can only be answered by looking through an interdisciplinary prism. (Filmed in Arabic with subtitles in Arabic.)

اديمي المعروف الشيخ محمد الشيخ، في TEDxKhartoum، كيف أنه أحيانا من الممكن الإجابة عن الأسئلة الكبيرة حقا، فقط من خلال النظر عبر موشور متعدد التخصصات. (تم التصوير باللغة العربية بترجمة نصية إنجليزية).

Translation by Khalid Marbou.

At the end of March, over 30 Egyptian TEDx team members, from 20 different events across the country (TEDxTanta, TEDxYouth@Tanta, TEDxAUC, TEDxKFS, TEDxTantaU, TEDxSohagU, TEDxMinia, TEDxMansoura, TEDxYouth@Zagazig, TEDxBenhaUniversity, TEDxYouth@Alexandria, TEDxMenofiaU, TEDxNahdaU, TEDxHOEAlexandria, TEDxAlSaaSquare, TEDxMUST, TEDxGUC, TEDxShebinelkom, TEDxAlMahallaAlKubra,TEDxPortTawfik), met to talk, share stories, and brainstorm how to make the Egyptian TEDx community a place where news ideas thrive and change happens in their wake.

Though many of the participants had never met before, everyone “got along very well and very fast,” said workshop organizer Amr Elsheikh of TEDxTanta. So much so, he said, that ice breakers seemed unnecessary.

As anyone who has ever tried to plan an event knows, organizing a conference from start to finish isn’t always easy. But by discussing everything from hiccups faced by new organizers to the roadblocks that halt even the most seasoned TEDx’er, Egyptian organizers were able to brainstorm ways to host the best, most interesting TEDx events possible.

"With each team talking about how they faced problems squarely and managed to create a respectable event by their own ways and solutions, everyone got to learn a new way to solve potential problems," said Amr. 

"Even more inspiring, some talked about how delivering their event — (starting from scratch all the way ‘til the big day) and the success of the videos on YouTube afterwards — changed not only how they acted, but also drastically changed many of the ideas they held about themselves," he said.

"They expressed their gratitude for having the chance to have faced all the obstacles and the hardships, and for still having to face them now, for it made them believe in themselves when everyone else bailed on them, and got them to places they never thought they would discover."

After much discussion, and — also — much fun, this giant group of TEDx’ers posed for pictures to remember their day, and then as Amr nicely put it, “got on their train to head to their home city, with loads of great new ideas and some inspired thoughts.”