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The first TEDx in Cuba: An event in Habana, two years in the making

The first TEDx in Cuba: An event in Habana, two years in the making

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By Jenny Groza Habana, Cuba, which was called “the rich man’s playground” before World War II, now evokes an air of mystery—a giant question mark. Are there still midcentury cars roaming the streets? Blighted neighborhoods with broken windows and collapsing roofs? Citizens eking out a living after years of oppression? These, says Andres Levin, the []

A 10,000-person TEDx event unfolds in Buenos Aires

A 10,000-person TEDx event unfolds in Buenos Aires

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In October, ten thousand people sat in the stands of Argentina’s largest indoor event space, Tecnópolis, bracing themselves for the moment when the stage lights would turn on. They weren’t waiting for your typical amphitheater fare — not for Beyonce, nor for football. Instead, they were waiting to be entertained by a historian who researches []

Meet the family that’s translated 2,000 talks

Meet the family that’s translated 2,000 talks

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The Open Translation Project has a global family of over 18,000 volunteers. But for the Dekkers — living in Sde Warburg, Israel — the OTP family isn’t a figure of speech. They’ve made translating TED Talks into Hebrew a true family affair. Husband and wife Ido and Tal Dekkers have worked on more than 2,000 []

How a model of mentorship is helping TEDx grow throughout Iran

How a model of mentorship is helping TEDx grow throughout Iran

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It’s not every day that you see a desert cyclist, a Tanbour virtuoso, a Persian literature professor and a health systems expert in the same room together. But at the second TEDxTehran, held in September, they all took the stage, sharing stories of their “breakthroughs.” In the audience, representatives from TEDx events in all corners []

Two guys and an X: A road trip to visit 32 TEDx’ers

Two guys and an X: A road trip to visit 32 TEDx’ers

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By Jenny Groza Two guys, a giant red X and an extremely unreliable compact car on a journey from London to Ulaanbaatar. Sounds like an ideal vacation, right? For Nate Mook — organizer of TEDxMidAtlantic, TEDxMogadishu and TEDxEverest — there’s no other way he’d rather spend his time off. This past July, he and Steve []

How a TEDx event spun up in Bhilwara

How a TEDx event spun up in Bhilwara

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Bhilwara is a city in Rajasthan, India, famous for its textile industry. Textiles dominate the local economy; after agriculture, it’s the leading employer in the city. The city is populated with spinning looms, fabric processing plants and weaving centers, producing huge swaths of yarn and thousands of tons of suiting fabric. But seeing Bhilwara merely []