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 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.
TEDxMälaren is on the 15th of July in Stockholm. We have opened registration at http://www.tedxmalaren.com/register/ - so please tell your friends in Stockholm - Sweden about it!
Some of our speakers include
Bhavik Gandhi - In 2007, Bhavik became the first Asian to single-handedly row across the Atlantic Ocean, spending 106 days alone at sea in a 23-feet rowing boat.
Anton Abele - At 15, Anton single-handedly gathered more than 10,000 people to fight against street violence in central Stockholm in October 2007.
Mikael Strandberg - In 2004, Mikael Strandberg explored Siberia by canoe and skis for over 3500km at -58 degrees – An Expedition which is globally hailed as one of the coldest ever in the history of exploration.
Here is a preliminary list of events for TEDxStockholm Week:
Also, the US Embassy in Stockholm is organizing a TEDx event.
More info in the TEDxStockholm Facebook group
In this special guest blog also posted on TED.com today, Teo Härén, co-founder of TEDxStockholm, explains the concept behind TEDxStockholm week, which will begin tomorrow (April 17) and run until April 24.
It is all there in the TED tagline, isn’t it? — “Ideas worth spreading”: Three words that say it all. Three words that all TED lovers know.
But today I would like to reflect on the well known tagline for a moment, and I would like to start with the middle word: “worth”. As TED lovers we all believe that TED is important. We think that it can change people’s minds, and therefore change the world. We agree that the inspiration we find at TED is valuable; it really is worth something. We also believe that it is worth even more if we share it with other people. So, all over the world we have embraced the bold and brave TEDx concept to help spread TED talks to places as diverse as Calcutta, Cape Town and Copenhagen. During the past 18 months, it has grown much larger than most people could have imagined.
TEDxStockholm was one of the first groups in the world to host a small TEDx just a few months after the launch of the concept. Since then we have hosted two more. And last September, 200 TED enthusiasts gathered for the third TEDxStockholm, with speakers like Hans Rosling and David Bismark (David even appeared on the TEDGlobal stage later that year).
But there was a problem. We had 200 creative, inspiring people at the event, great talks and even better conversations. They all came to the event ready to embrace new ideas, but all our attendees already knew about TED and we asked ourselves: Are we really spreading anything at all?
So, we took it one step further. We asked ourselves: What if all the people at our event came together and arranged their own TEDx event? Then, we could not only help spread TEDx around the globe, but also locally in and around Stockholm. We challenged them to arrange their own TEDx – and the community rose to the challenge.
Next week, 25 TEDx events will take place in and around Stockholm during the TEDxStockholm week. Both groups and individuals arranged events like TEDxViggbyholm, TEDxHumlegården and TEDxBotkyrka. Some are large, some are small; even the US Embassy in Stockholm is holding one. Our aim was 15 events — we’ve got 25.
But then we thought of all the other events that will take place around the globe — what if everyone that attended a TEDx event in their city kept on spreading TEDx locally by organizing their own event? TEDx would not only spread around the world, but keep on spreading deeper into communities. Then we really would start spreading those valuable ideas.
Remember, the TED tag line is not “Ideas worth watching.” It is “Ideas worth spreading.”
For another interesting perspective on TEDxStockholm, read the other TEDxStockholm co-founder Henrik Ahlen’s blog about it here »