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TED2007: Day two wrap-up

Posted by: Bgiussani

Quotes of the day:

Former US president Bill Clinton, TEDprize 2007 winner: "Help me in creating a better future for Rwanda by assisting my
foundation, in partnership with the Rwandan government, to build a
sustainable, high quality rural health system for the whole country,
that can then be a model for other countries. We have a
chance here to prove that a country that almost slaughtered
itself out of existence (while none of us, most of all me, did
anything to help) can practice reconciliation, reorganize itself,
focus on tomorrow and provide comprehensive healthcare to its citizens."

News photographer James Nachtwey, TEDprize 2007 winner: "I
am a witness and I want my testimony to be honest and uncensored. I
also want it to be powerful and eloquent and do justice to the people
I’m photographing."

Biologist E.O. Wilson, TEDprize 2007 winner: "I’ve come on a special mission on behalf of my constituency, the millions of trillions of insects and other small creatures, to make a plea for them. Please keep in mind that if we would wipe out insects from the planet – which we are trying hard to do – the rest of life would disappear within a few months."

Author Michael Pollan: "Looking at the world from other species’ point of view is a cure for human self-importance."

Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold: "I have this picture up on my computer screen, and a woman comes up and asks whether that’s a Jackson Pollock painting, but no, it’s a picture of penguin shit on rocks."

VC John Doerr: "I’m scared. I don’t think we’re gonna make it." (About climate change)

Former Nigerian Finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: "There is an Africa that you don’t hear often about, the Africa that’s changing, the Africa of people that are taking their destiny into their hands."

TED Media Director June Cohen: "The newest digital technologies are returning us to the most ancient form of media — one in which a natural order is restored; our individual stories take center stage, with the rest of the world as a backdrop."

Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig: "We have to recognize they kids different from us. We watch TV, they make TV. It is technology that has made them different."