North Korea can change, too: Hannah Song

The North Korean government wields one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet. But that could change. Hannah Song explains how information leaks out of the country and, more importantly, how details about the outside-world get in. (Filmed at TEDxTripoli.)

Each week, we choose four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Browse all TEDxTalks here »

State of the X: TEDx event numbers for February

TEDx events by the numbers: January

  • 277 TEDx events happened around the world
  • 237 cities hosted one or more TEDx event
  • 66 countries hosted one or more TEDx event

TEDx events by the numbers: All time

  • 3437 TEDx events have happened around the world
  • 1000 cities around the world have hosted one or more TEDx event
  • 126 countries have hosted one or more TEDx event

The global TEDxWomen community

From the TEDxWomen blog:

It’s awe inspiring to think about all the women  and men joining us all across the world for today’s TEDxWomen. There are over 100 events on every continent, in every time zone, enabling thousands of people to gather in community and experience the TED talks taking place in New York and Los Angeles, as well as their own local talks. We are amazed by the energy of all of our TEDx organizers and their dynamic, diverse communities.

Picture the women of TEDxNASAJSCWomen, gathered at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. They’ll be highlighting women speakers in the realms of  engineering innovation, new scientific discoveries, and perspectives from space, including Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the ISS Program who will talk about experiments that can’t be done on earth including Dr. Keiko Nakamura-Messenger, the first Japanese female to the South Pole and discoverer of two new minerals!

Picture the women of TEDxBuslimWomen in Tripoli, Libya, which will actually take place tomorrow. They’ll hear from six local speakers on the theme of “be inspired.”

Picture the women of TEDxDirahWomen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, many of them students at King Saud University. Local speakers will include a library director, a researcher of biotechnology, and a writer on special education.

Picture the women of TEDxVasatanWomen in Stockholm, gathering in an old church that has been reshaped into a working office for Swedish entrepreneurs, and those of TEDxAmsterdamWomen, gathering at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Picture the women of TEDxDaLuz in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the women of TEDxEwhaWomen in Seoul, South Korea.

Picture all of us, joining together to explore “ideas worth spreading” from some of the world’s most innovative, engaged, and charismatic leaders. It’s a genuinely global community and a groundbreaking moment. We’re so honored to be the catalyst for all of these conversations.

Reposted with permission. Originally posted to the TEDxWomen blog, written by Courtney Martin. »