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Reflections on TEDGlobal 2014, from the community

Reflections on TEDGlobal 2014, from the community

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One of the best things about a week after a conference? The chance to reflect on the experience. In the last week, several TEDGlobal 2014 attendees and community members have shared their thoughts throughout the blogiverse. Below, some highlights: Steve Song shared his experience preparing to speak at TED in a post called “Steve and []

Bold expeditions: A recap of session 12 of TEDGlobal 2014

Bold expeditions: A recap of session 12 of TEDGlobal 2014

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In the final session of TEDGlobal 2014, Mighty spaces, we take four journeys — three to great expanses in the world, and one into our minds and hearts: A low blue haze lights the stage as choreographer Aakash Odedra spins slowly. The light grows and his dance picks up — a mix of classical Indian []

Fabien Cousteau’s underwater adventure, in GIFs

Fabien Cousteau’s underwater adventure, in GIFs

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Whenever Fabien Cousteau opened the door of his home during June, he met the neighbors: sharks and grouper. That’s because Cousteau was living underwater for 31 days, in a deep sea lab off the coast of Florida. At TEDGlobal 2014 this morning, Cousteau spoke about Mission 31, during which he and his team conducted experiments that will []

Mighty Spaces: A sneak peek of session 12 at TEDGlobal 2014

Mighty Spaces: A sneak peek of session 12 at TEDGlobal 2014

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This session presents speakers who are at home in awe-inspiring places. These bold explorers come bearing discoveries from the tundra and the rainforest, from beneath the ocean’s surface, and even from that most elusive of mighty spaces — the happy human heart. The speakers who’ll appear in this final session of the conference: Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has []

Human rights heroes: A recap of session 11 of TEDGlobal 2014

Human rights heroes: A recap of session 11 of TEDGlobal 2014

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From a speaker helping to contain the ebola outbreak to an America lawyer standing up for rights in Afghanistan to a journalist cracking open the Nigerian media, Session 11: Fighters was filled with crackling talks. A recap: Fred Swaniker kicks off the day with a bold vision for Africa’s future, which, he argues, rests squarely in []

Fighters: A sneak peek of session 11 at TEDGlobal 2014

Fighters: A sneak peek of session 11 at TEDGlobal 2014

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Where would we be without our fighters? This session pays tribute to the brave activists who are in the trenches working toward the things that matter. Making their impact through law, journalism and education, these speakers bring a fearsome and tireless dedication to the cause of human dignity. The speakers who’ll appear in this session: Kimberley Motley is the []

Sideways solutions and inverted explanations: A recap of session 10 of TEDGlobal 2014

Sideways solutions and inverted explanations: A recap of session 10 of TEDGlobal 2014

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The thinkers in this session, “Lateral Action,” don’t go about creating change in the usual ways. Here, their unexpected approaches: Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina opens the session with a hypnotizing performance on the electric guitar and a rack of pedals that layer sounds into gorgeously complex song structures. Singing calmly behind layers of chords, she mixes []

TEDGlobal: The Forest

TEDGlobal: The Forest

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We built a theater for TEDGlobal 2014 and, after the event closes, it will be taken down. And as Chris Anderson admitted at the end of session 9, this has many of us concerned about the environmental impact of this conference. A chance encounter with Tasso Azevedo, the speaker who shared how deforestation in Brazil rolled back 75% in []

Lateral Action: A sneak peek of session 10 at TEDGlobal 2014

Lateral Action: A sneak peek of session 10 at TEDGlobal 2014

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Real solutions can emerge from places surprisingly adjacent to the problems they address. This session examines how progress — from villages to urban spaces, from the artist’s studio to the corporate world — can be found by taking a step to the side. The speakers who’ll appear in this session: Khalida Brohi found an unexpected way to fight []