Beautiful, bizarre images of Earth taken by the European Space Agency’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites.

These pictures are more than just cool: In a talk at TEDxBarcelona, Stephen Briggs — head of Earth Observation science at the ESA’s European Space Research Institute — tells the fascinating tale behind the satellite and explains how these uncommon images of Earth are more valuable than you think.

Watch the whole talk here»

Above:
1. Aragon and Catalonia, Spain
2. The Okavango River Delta, Botswana
3. Sand dunes, Namibia
4. The Great Salt Desert, Iran
5. Palouse Region, United States
6. Rural Kansas, United States

(Images via ESA)

Israel and Iran: A love story? At TEDxJaffa, one graphic designer’s take on communication in the Middle East

Ronny Edry is a graphic designer in Israel who, one day, decided that he would fight violence the best way he knew how — with images. After overhearing two people in the grocery story discussing war with Iran, he thought about how he could change Israeli perceptions of the country. The answer, he found, was in design. At TEDxJaffa, he explained his process: “I’m a graphic designer,” he said, “so I made posters about it.” He came home and, on Facebook, shared a poster he made with a photo of himself holding his young daughter and a bold message: “Iranians … we [heart] you.”

The image went viral, inspiring responses from people all over the world. Ronny explains in his talk:

Suddenly I see many people talking to me [on Facebook], most of them I don’t know, and a few of them from Iran, which is — What? Because you have to understand, in Israel we don’t talk with people from Iran. We don’t know people from Iran. It’s like, on Facebook, you have friends only from — it’s like your neighbors are your friends on Facebook. And now people from Iran are talking to me.

…I start answering this girl, and she’s telling me she saw the poster and she asked her family to come, because they don’t have a computer. She asked her family to come to see the poster, and they’re all sitting in the living room crying

So my first reflex, as a graphic designer, is, you know, to show everybody what I’d just seen, and people started to see them and to share them, and that’s how it started … I went to my neighbors and friends and students and I just asked them, ‘Give me a picture, I will make you a poster.’ … And that’s how, really, [it] unleashed, because suddenly people from Facebook, friends and others, just understand that they can be part of it. It’s not just one dude making one poster, it’s — we can be part of it — so they start sending me pictures and ask me, “Make me a poster. Post it. Tell the Iranians we from Israel love you too.”

Companion Facebook communities began to pop up. Alongside Ronny’s "Israel-Loves-Iran" page came Iran-Loves-Israel and even Palestine-Loves-Israel. This simple act of communication inspired a movement — “[A] whole list of pages on Facebook dedicated to the same message, to people sending their love, one to each other,” Ronny said in his talk.

"And then it became news," he said. "Because when you’re seeing the Middle East, you see only the bad news. And suddenly, there is something that was happening that was good newsWe are showing respect, one to each other. And we’re understanding. And you show compassion. And you become friends. And at some point, you become friends on Facebook, and you become friends in life.”

Above, photos from the Israel Loves Iran project, including Ronny’s original poster. For more, watch Ronny’s entire talk here, and check out the Israel Loves Iran project’s Facebook page.


After 4 years of efforts it seems like we have made it. In a few minutes the TEDxTehran gates will open and a little history will be made.If we look at the TEDx world map it seems that we have been everywhere — even into places we thought we would never make itIn the Middle East very few believed that we could pull this one off, especially because the latest happenings on the ground.We should celebrate once the event is completely over but, for the time being, we would like you to think where we can bring TEDx next.Earth is conquered, the moon is the natural next step.

— Yesterday, the first TEDx event took place in Iran — TEDxTehran in the nation’s capital. Above, a dispatch from the event’s organizers, Sara and Giorgio, right before the monumental event opened its doors to the audience.
Image via instagram user mhoubakht

After 4 years of efforts it seems like we have made it. In a few minutes the TEDxTehran gates will open and a little history will be made.

If we look at the TEDx world map it seems that we have been everywhere — even into places we thought we would never make it

In the Middle East very few believed that we could pull this one off, especially because the latest happenings on the ground.

We should celebrate once the event is completely over but, for the time being, we would like you to think where we can bring TEDx next.

Earth is conquered, the moon is the natural next step.

— Yesterday, the first TEDx event took place in Iran — TEDxTehran in the nation’s capital. Above, a dispatch from the event’s organizers, Sara and Giorgio, right before the monumental event opened its doors to the audience.

Image via instagram user mhoubakht

The TEDx community would be nothing without thousands of dedicated volunteers. TEDxTehran, the first TEDx event in Iran, recently honored these hardworking champions of ideas worth spreading with a nerdout-worthy infographic on the volunteers themselves, designed by team member Ladan Asemi. TEDxTehran’s very first event will be held this February, on the 14th.
Says TEDxTehran volunteer blogger, Suad Jafarzadeh:










Tehran is a growing metropolis of 12 million people who breathe life into the city with their creativity and innovation. The opportunity to come together with the dynamic and spirited cityfolk of Tehran is precisely why I decided to answer TEDxTehran’s call for volunteers.I was among twenty applicants selected for the interview process, all eager to help put together the first TEDx event in Iran and help spread compelling ideas that are born within the country.
…Volunteerism is an invaluable aspect of the global TEDx communities, and it is born from a collective need to share, exchange and promote ideas that can enhance our lives…With a team of thirteen selected volunteers with diverse backgrounds ranging from graphic designers and photographers to gold medal athletes and a professional chef, we plan to put Tehran on the global map of TEDx!

The TEDx community would be nothing without thousands of dedicated volunteers. TEDxTehran, the first TEDx event in Iran, recently honored these hardworking champions of ideas worth spreading with a nerdout-worthy infographic on the volunteers themselves, designed by team member Ladan Asemi. TEDxTehran’s very first event will be held this February, on the 14th.

Says TEDxTehran volunteer blogger, Suad Jafarzadeh:

Tehran is a growing metropolis of 12 million people who breathe life into the city with their creativity and innovation. The opportunity to come together with the dynamic and spirited cityfolk of Tehran is precisely why I decided to answer TEDxTehran’s call for volunteers.

I was among twenty applicants selected for the interview process, all eager to help put together the first TEDx event in Iran and help spread compelling ideas that are born within the country.

…Volunteerism is an invaluable aspect of the global TEDx communities, and it is born from a collective need to share, exchange and promote ideas that can enhance our lives…With a team of thirteen selected volunteers with diverse backgrounds ranging from graphic designers and photographers to gold medal athletes and a professional chef, we plan to put Tehran on the global map of TEDx!