Our latest language playlist: 4 talks in Russian

This week’s language playlist — in Russian! — features the finest talks from Russia and Central Asia. We have a cities theme going here, so you’ll learn all about how bookstores become gathering places, why cities need more theaters, and much more. Enjoy!

Подборка этой недели — на русском языке! В неё включены лучшие выступления из России и Центральной Азии. Тема этой подборки — города. Вы узнаете, как книжные магазины становятся излюбленным местом для встреч, почему города нуждаются в большем количестве театров и многое другое! Наслаждайтесь выступлениями! 

City bookstores foster freedom and humanity: Shashi Martynova at TEDxTurgenevLibrary
At TEDxTurgenevLibrary, publisher and transaltor Shashi Martynova discusses how the role of Russian bookstores is shifting. Bookstores are becoming more than mere places to purchase books — they are now hubs of communication. Rather fitting for a TEDx event in a library.

На конференции TEDxTurgenevLibrary издатель и переводчик Шаши Мартынова рассуждает о том, как меняется роль книжных магазинов в России. Они теперь не просто места для покупки книг, а настоящие центры общения. Неплохая тема для выступления на конференции TEDx в библиотеке.

Classic literature today: Evgeniya Butenina at TEDxYauzaRiver
Evgeniya Butenina suggests that classic literature inspires modern society in this amusing talk at TEDxYauzaRiver, with a hilarious joke about Pushkin rapping to boot.

В этом весёлом выступлении на TEDxYauzaRiver Евгения Бутенина подсказывает, что классическая литература вдохновляет современное общество, и начинает она с шутки про рэп и Пушкина.

Город как открытое культурное пространство: Константин Гаранин at TEDxYaroslavl
What makes a city truly great? In this rousing call to arms at TEDxYaroslavl, Garanin decries the lack of culture in cities, pushing for greater access to museums and theatres. In his ideal world, cities would be spaces where people can communicate freely with the arts.

Что делает город по-настоящему великим? В этом пылком воззвании на TEDxYaroslavl Гаранин осуждает недостаток культуры в городах, призывая сделать музеи и театры более доступными. В его идеальном мире города были бы пространством свободного взаимодействия людей с искусством.

Changing Almaty: Egor Korobeynikov at TEDxAlmaty
At TEDxAlmaty in Central Asia, Egor Korobeynikov discusses how Almaty is doing today, explores the city’s relationship to its space, and suggests ways to promote change in the Kazazkhstan’s former capital.

На TEDxAlmaty в Центральной Азии Егор Коробейников обсуждает состояние Алма-Аты на сегодня, изучает отношения города с пространством вокруг и подсказывает, как можно изменить к лучшему бывшую столицу Казахстана.

Translated and reviewed by Aliaksandr Autayeu and Olga Dmitrochenkova.

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Designing the city of the future: 5 more great TEDxCity2.0 posters

TEDxCity2.0 day is today! All over the world, TEDxCity2.0 events are re-imagining the cities we live in and dreaming solutions for the cities of the future alongside TEDCity2.0 in New York. 

Before the event, 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, five more stand-out posters from these events:

1. TEDxSkolkovo, Moscow, Skolkovo, Russia
imageAndrey Egorov, organizer:
The skyscrapers represent new Moscow — Skolkovo has already become a part of Moscow — [while] the monument Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa is a part of Moscow’s past, representing the ideals of development. It was built for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.

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5 Talks in Russian: TEDx’s first Russian playlist!

With over 6,000 events (in over 100 countries and over 1,000 cities) having taken place since the TEDx program’s start in 2009, the TEDx community is truly global. And with a community like this, we at the TEDx blog have decided to try something new — weekly language playlists!

Уважаемые дамы и господа, встречайте первый плейлист выступлений TEDx на русском!

Do you speak Russian? Want to speak Russian? Curious about the language? Then you might enjoy this — our very first playlist of TEDx Talks in Russian.

Below, 5 TEDx Talks in Russian, from TEDx events all over the world, which will teach you all about how to be a good Internet citizen, the intricacies of architecture in Kazakhstan, and what it’s like to be a journalist in Kyrgyzstan.

TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx Talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Elena Parfentseva’s talk and find out more about how to make your own TED-Ed lessons.

Internet citizenship: stopping bad guys?: Boris Shusterman at TEDxKharkov
At TEDxKharkov, Boris Shusterman explores politics and asks, “Who really controls the Internet?”

На TEDxKharkov, Борис Шустерман изучает политику и спрашивает: «Кто на самом деле контролирует интернет?»

Parts and prosthetics: Elena Parfentseva at TEDxYouth@Skolkovo
In this short and sweet talk from TEDxYouth@Skolkovo, Elena Parfentseva discusses prosthetics, medical advances and the importance of smiles.

В этом кратком и милом выступлении на TEDxYouth@Skolkovo, Елена Парфенцева рассматривает протезирование, достижения медицины и важность улыбки.

Interactive Museums in the context of contemporary life: Lubov’ Evtihova at TEDxTurgenevLibrary 
At TEDxTurgenevLibrary, Lubov’ Evtihova explains how she looks at museums as living organisms.

На TEDxTurgenevLibrary, Любовь Евтихова объясняет, как она рассматривает музеи как живые организмы.

The urban revolution in Kazakhstan: Aigul Zabirova at TEDxAlmaty
At TEDxAlmaty, Aigul Zabirova takes us through the history of architecture in Almaty, explaining how urban revolutions have shaped the city over the years.

На TEDxAlmaty, Айгуль Забирова показывает нам историю архитектуры Алма-Аты, объясняя, как городские революции изменили город с течением времени.



Kyrgyzstan is a best place for study journalism: Bektur Iskender at TEDxBishkek
At TEDxBishkek, Bektur Iskender talks about his experiences studying journalism in Kyrgyzstan.

На TEDxBishkek, Бектур Искендер рассказывает о своём опыте изучения журналистики в Киргизии.

"Asteroids are nature’s way of saying, ‘how’s that space program coming?’" - Dr. Ed Lu at TEDxMarin

It’s a humbling day to be an Earthling. Just sixteen hours before the highly-anticipated flyby of the asteroid 2012 DA14, the skies above the Chelyabinsk region of Russia were shattered by the explosion of an incoming meteor. Although fortunately nobody appears to have been killed by the blast, more than 1,000 people reported injuries, mostly from flying glass and debris.

We know that these objects are out there, but what are scientists doing to locate them? And how would we respond if one were found to be on a collision course with our planet?

At TEDxMarin, Dr. Ed Lu gave a fascinating talk highlighting the efforts that scientists like himself are making to detect and deflect near-Earth objects.

Fortunately, says Dr. Lu, "You don’t need oil miners and Bruce Willis" to push an asteroid off course. "Deflecting asteroids is not that hard. We have the technology to do something like this."

The bad news? We can’t deflect an asteroid we don’t know is coming. And there are a lot of asteroids out there (check out the jaw-dropping graphics at about 6:00). That’s why Dr. Lu and his team are working on satellites to detect them from space — before it’s too late.