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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 []

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, []

Applications are now open: Apply to be a TED2017 Fellow

Applications are now open: Apply to be a TED2017 Fellow

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  If you could pursue your most extraordinary passions, what would you do? Be an asteroid hunter out to save planet Earth? A theater director who brings indigenous voices to the stage? Or a news publisher who helps young people protect freedom of speech in Kyrgyzstan? Yes, real people get to do this incredible work. []

Constructing kinetic worlds: the futuristic films of TED Fellow Kibwe Tavares

Constructing kinetic worlds: the futuristic films of TED Fellow Kibwe Tavares

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Kibwe Tavares combines his training as an architect with his love of storytelling and animation to create futuristic 3D animated/live action films with social and political depth, creating incredibly detailed, vivid, and kinetic visual environments to entice audiences. His short film, Robots of Brixton, distributed on the internet, won a special jury prize at Sundance. And his []

TED Fellow elected to U.S. House of Representatives

TED Fellow elected to U.S. House of Representatives

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You can start referring to TED Fellow Kyrsten Sinema as Congresswoman. In a race that took nearly a week to call, Sinema has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s 9th congressional district, which wraps around Phoenix. Though the race remained close through midday Monday, Sinema — a Democrat — was declared []

The Rare Disease Challenge: A $400K contest for research

The Rare Disease Challenge: A $400K contest for research

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In July, TED Fellow Jimmy Lin and his team discovered a gene mutation that might explain 4-year-old Maya Nieder’s rare developmental disease. After years of frustrating doctors and specialists’ visits, Maya’s family may be close to an answer, thanks to Lin’s brainchild — the Rare Genomics Institute. Lin began RGI as place for patients with rare []

The proud, the few: the 2013 TED Fellows

The proud, the few: the 2013 TED Fellows

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TED2013’s tagline is: “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” And this year’s class of TED Fellows will be representing all three. The TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from around the globe, all with insightful, bold ideas that have the potential to influence our world. In addition to attending TED2013, the Fellows will go []

Circus in the Sky: Fellows Friday with Usman Riaz

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Multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist and filmmaker Usman Riaz started recording his debut album, Circus in the Sky, at 18, shaking up the music scene in Pakistan. Then he rocked the TEDGlobal 2012 stage with a world-class performance on percussive guitar, alongside his hero, Preston Reed. Now he’s poised to make a global ruckus. You’ve accomplished a []

Flesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim Lee

Flesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim Lee

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Artist Jae Rhim Lee (watch her TED Talk) is asking us to rethink our relationship with death and the planet — with the help of flesh-eating mushrooms, she’s making human decomposition clean and green. You’re an artist and designer primarily concerned with how our bodies interact with the world. I’m concerned with finding alternatives that []

Fellows Friday with Monika Bulaj

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Monika Bulaj’s stunning, painting-like photographs blur religious and cultural divisions, exploding stereotypes. In your photography and writing, one of your main themes is to explore the “borders of monotheism.” What does that mean? I often focus on Judaism, Christianity (mainly Eastern Christianity) and Islam, to explore areas where the sacred crosses borders. I show the []

Different ways of experiencing: Q&A with Aparna Rao

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“The Uncle Phone” by Pors & Rao. Photo by Jorge Martín Muñoz. At TEDGlobal 2011, Aparna Rao showed a glimpse of the high-tech, often humorous art she creates with collaborator Søren Pors. We followed up with the TED Fellow to talk about her artistic approach and projects in progress. You use some pretty sophisticated technology []

Being physical in the digital world: Fellows Friday with James Patten

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James Patten creates physical interfaces for technology — producing rich, captivating experiences for the user. Your studio explores new ways physical objects relate to digital information. Why is that mission important to you? The way the human body and human mind are set up, we’re incredibly good at using physical objects and interacting with them. []