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One TED speaker adorns the walls of the New York City subway, another the walls of a building in Dubai…

One TED speaker adorns the walls of the New York City subway, another the walls of a building in Dubai…

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A subway line with museum-worthy art. After 45 years of construction and $4.5 billion spent, the first section of New York City’s Second Avenue subway line opened on January 1 with four stations. Maybe the best feature of the []

Meet the 2017 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

Meet the 2017 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

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Welcome the class of TED2017 Fellows! Representing 12 countries, one tribal nation and an incredible range of disciplines, this year’s Fellows are all leaders in their fields who constantly find new ways to collaborate and bring about positive change. Among those selected are an Ecuadorian neurobiologist working to uncover the neural circuits that connect the []

Staff picks: 2016’s best, from our editors and curators

Staff picks: 2016’s best, from our editors and curators

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Looking for a few great talks to inspire you for a great year ahead? TED’s content+editorial team staffers pick their favorites — including some don’t-miss talks you might have passed by in this busy year. To spark your curiosity …  Fawn Qiu: Easy DIY projects for kid engineers Don’t you hate it when an operating-system upgrade means your []

Live in cinemas around the world: Watch talks from TED2017

Live in cinemas around the world: Watch talks from TED2017

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It’s one thing to watch a TED Talk online; it’s another experience altogether to be in a cinema together with your friends and fellow TED enthusiasts, watching speakers deliver the talks of their lives in real time. Last year, we shared the opening night of our annual sold-out TED Conference with more than 1,000 cinemas in 20 []

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