Global warming’s biggest losers: Matteo Mantovani

While nations in Africa and the Middle East are among the lowest contributors to climate change, they stand to lose more than most from its effects. At TEDxBaghdad, Matteo Mantovani outlines the risks facing these areas of the world — from loss of water for irrigation to the threat of crippling dust storms — and advocates for local citizens to do what they can to stem warming. (Filmed at TEDxBaghdad)

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TEDx Playlist: 9 incredible musical performances by kids

TEDxAmericanRiviera, Photo by Carolyn Newstrom

You don’t have to be a grown-up to wow an audience — and these very musical kids prove it. From a 12-year-old guitar player to the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra’s Academy of Peace Through Art, we’re sure you’ll enjoy these 9 musical performances fueled by raw talent and hard work.

TEDxYouth@Madrid - Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro Trio

Take your eyes off the screen for a moment and you’ll be sure to believe you’re listening to a vocalist with decades of musical experience. But Andrea Motis is only 15 years old. With her stunning voice and brass talent, she stuns the TEDxMadrid crowd with the American standards, “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “Slightly Out of Tune,” and “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.”

When it Comes to Music, it’s All About the Feel : Ray Goren at TEDxOrangeCoast

Ray Goren started playing guitar four years ago. He was 8. Now, he spends his time beguiling music critics and amazing crowds nationwide. At TEDxOrangeCoast, he showcases his remarkable talent.

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This week, the TED Blog released the exclusive video of TEDxBaghdad organizer Yahay Alabdeli’s speech at TEDxSummit, “Why I organized a TEDx in Baghdad.”

Yahay, an Iraqi refugee, returned to his country for the first time in 34 years to organize a TEDx event in Baghdad.

At TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, Yahay told his story.

Inspired by an Arabic poem he heard at a TEDx event in Rotterdam, Alabdeli said, “after 34 years of looking for identity, looking for home, this poem gave me all the answers I had been looking for.”

In his heart, Iraq had always been home, yet the country he saw in the media portrayed a home he could no longer recognize. “Baghdad: a city of killing and bombing? No! This is not my Baghdad,” an emotional Alabdeli protested, “My Baghdad was once a center of Arab learning, a city of peace (Madinat-as-Salam).” That realization spurred Alabdeli to organize the first TEDx event in Baghdad, which he themed, “Making the impossible possible.”

Organizing a TEDx in a European city is more like a conference, Alabdeli explained, but in places like Ramallah, Tripoli, Baghdad—it is more like a dream. “People leave inspired, they laugh and they cry, lives are transformed.”

In the end, more than 650 people attended TEDxBaghdad, including the Prime Minister of Iraq, and Alabdeli found what he had been searching for—a community full of hopes and dreams, and a real will to rebuild Iraq.

“We have shown the world that we are still alive,” he finished, as the audience rose to their feet in a standing ovation for the inspiration, determy’s snation, and passion of one extraordinary individual, living proof of TED’s premise that ideas can indeed change the world.“

TEDxBaghdad's second event just took place on the 22nd of October, soon after their City 2.0 event. Pictures from the event can be found here, and previously on the TEDx blog, a diary from a TEDxBaghdad team member.

Design by a housefly: Mahmood Hajim @ TEDxBaghdad

How does the common housefly beat its wings two-hundred times a second without burning out? Ingenious design. Engineer Mahmood Hajim demos his fly-inspired perforated propeller that could revolutionize everything from wind farms to submarines.

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 »