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Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to our Idea Search events in Africa

Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to our Idea Search events in Africa

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Do you have a TED Talk you’ve always wanted to try out in front of an audience? We’re thrilled to announce that applications are open for two new events in Africa: TEDLagos and TEDNairobi 2017 Idea Search! Anyone with an idea worth spreading is invited to apply to either of those two events; around 25 []

Ingenuity starts with a spark: The talks of TED@IBM

Ingenuity starts with a spark: The talks of TED@IBM

From artists to scientists, mothers, mathematicians and business visionaries, people in every corner of the world are dreaming up solutions to our most pressing problems. Whether tackling war and peace or the principles of machine learning, ingenuity starts with one thing: a spark. And regardless of where the spark takes hold, inspiration demands action to []

Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to the TEDNYC Idea Search 2017

Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to the TEDNYC Idea Search 2017

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Do you have a TED Talk you’ve always wanted to try out in front of an audience? We’re thrilled to announce that applications are open for our TEDNYC Idea Search 2017 in New York City. Anyone with an idea worth spreading is invited to apply; 10 finalists will share their risky, quirky, fascinating ideas in []

Meet our new Head of Media: Colin Helms

Meet our new Head of Media: Colin Helms

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This fall, TED welcomes Colin Helms as its Head of Media. In this leadership team role, Colin will oversee strategy and operations of TED’s core media business, including video production, new format development, distribution, social media, mobile and design. Colin brings more than 20 years of experience in both digital and traditional media content strategy []

Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk

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In April 2016, Rachel Dolezal spoke at an independently organized TEDx event held at a university. This particular talk has sparked much debate, including internally on our own staff. For some, sharing the talk risks causing deep offense, and runs counter to TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading. But for others, now that the talk has been recorded, not posting it would unduly limit an important conversation about identity

On babies and TED

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At this year’s TEDWomen conference, we tried out some new ideas for accommodating attendees with small children. Beyond a lactation room, for instance, we offered a list of local, vetted caregiver services to call upon, a free livestream pass for caregivers, a free breast-milk shipping service, and a suite at a nearby hotel where attendees []

TED Fellows in the Field: Exploring Nairobi with “Blinky” Bill Sellanga

TED Fellows in the Field: Exploring Nairobi with “Blinky” Bill Sellanga

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Nairobi, Kenya is one of the undisputed hubs of creativity on the African continent — and TED Fellows are at the center of the action. They’re building global technology companies like Ushahidi and BRCK, making genre-busting music that draws on wide-ranging cultural influences and working with marginalized communities in Kenya to make sure their voices are []

TEDWomen update: Diana Nyad and EverWalk Nation

TEDWomen update: Diana Nyad and EverWalk Nation

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At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to make the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage. The swim took her 52 hours and 54 minutes to complete, a lifetime goal she had begun dreaming of in the late 1970s. She made her first attempt in 1978 at the age of 28. Then after []

TEDWomen update: Wellesley inaugurates Dr. Paula Johnson

TEDWomen update: Wellesley inaugurates Dr. Paula Johnson

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Congratulations to TEDWomen 2013 speaker Dr. Paula Johnson who, earlier this month, was sworn in as the 14th president of Wellesley College. She is the first African-American president of the institution. Dr. Johnson is a pioneer in looking at health from a woman’s perspective. Before taking the helm at Wellesley, she was the chief of []

The TEDGlobal 2017 Fellowship application is open. Apply now

The TEDGlobal 2017 Fellowship application is open. Apply now

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Are you an inventor or filmmaker? A scientist or entrepreneur? Do you have a unique approach to your work that is worth sharing with the world? Could you benefit from the TED platform and the support of a dynamic global community of innovators? If yes, you should apply to be a TED Fellow. This year, []

Just announced: TEDGlobal 2017 heads back to Africa

Just announced: TEDGlobal 2017 heads back to Africa

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Ten years on, TEDGlobal returns to Africa, and applications are open now to attend. TEDGlobal 2017: Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts. happens August 27–30, 2017, in Arusha, Tanzania. Our conference in Arusha ten years ago felt like history in the making. The ideas and connections forged then have had untold impact. As curator Emeka Okafor says: “At the end of TEDGlobal 2007, we talked about []