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A mountaintop TEDx workshop: Gathering the people who bring big ideas to communities around the worldA mountaintop TEDx workshop: Gathering the people who bring big ideas to communities around the world

Posted By Lauren Cucinotta

For TEDx organizers, the TEDx Workshop held each year at TED and TEDActive is a way to experience the behind-the-scenes action at what organizers affectionately call “the mothership.” To date, more than 9,000 TEDx events have taken place in 157 countries. At the heart of every TEDx event is an organizer, which is why events […]

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X Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in AustraliaX Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in Australia

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

What would happen if artists Art Wolfe and Liu Bolin stepped into the same room? It’s possible that the space around them would melt into paint. While Wolfe is best known for his documentary photography, charting locations from Madagascar to New Zealand, for his latest series — called The Human Canvas Project — Wolfe painted […]

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X Marks the Spot: A flashmob in Yemen, absurdist art in Kentucky and edible sugar sculptures in CaliforniaX Marks the Spot: A flashmob in Yemen, absurdist art in Kentucky and edible sugar sculptures in California

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In his TED Talk, “The shared experience of absurdity,” Charlie Todd shared the hilarity he creates for his fellow New Yorkers through flashmobs like the No Pants Subway Ride. The flashmob idea has, of course, spread widely. In the video above, watch one coordinated by the organizers of TEDxAden, a spontaneous musical performance in the […]

Culture

Mapping history: How Google Maps and Nat Geo are layering old and new space (just like today’s TED Talk)Mapping history: How Google Maps and Nat Geo are layering old and new space (just like today’s TED Talk)

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Frederic Kaplan has found an unconventional way to build a time machine. Rather than making a metal object (or, uh, a police call box) that whisks you through time and space, he wondered: Could a time machine be built out of information? In today’s TED Talk, filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU, Kaplan previews the Venice Time Machine, […]

Culture

From Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right nowFrom Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right now

Posted By TED Guest Author

By the organizers of TEDxBeirut Archaeologists believe that Phoenician traders, who set out from the shores of Lebanon, spread their alphabet across the ancient Mediterranean world, unleashing a chain reaction that they couldn’t have conceived of even in their wildest dreams. Today, we are honored to spread that word again as Suzanne Talhouk’s talk from […]

Culture

6 studies on how money affects the mind6 studies on how money affects the mind

Posted By Jessica Gross

How does being rich affect the way we behave? In today’s talk, social psychologist Paul Piff provides a convincing case for the answer: not well. “As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases,” he says in […]

Art

Gallery: Beautiful words from TEDxMet, immortalized as artGallery: Beautiful words from TEDxMet, immortalized as art

Posted By Nadia Goodman

When the lights went down at TEDxMet, a TEDx event hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in October, anyone looking very closely could see a tiny light in the first row, casting a dim glow on a lucite desk. The desk was created for artist Alice Attie, who sat with a piece of paper […]

Music

Beyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise albumBeyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise album

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Beyoncé must love surprises. Because late last night, she unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, on iTunes. It’s what she’s calling a “visual album,” and it features 14 songs and 17 music videos — including a song about her daughter, Blue Ivy, and guest appearances from husband Jay-Z, pals Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean […]

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X Marks the Spot: The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts TEDx, plus more TEDx highlightsX Marks the Spot: The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts TEDx, plus more TEDx highlights

Posted By Nadia Goodman

The weekend before last, we joined hundreds of New Yorkers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first-ever TEDx event at a museum: TEDxMet. The speakers included Nobel-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, artist Maira Kalman, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and writer Andrew Solomon. The day was peppered with stunning music and dance performances, and […]

Art

An interview with a part-time superhero who has Tourette’s syndromeAn interview with a part-time superhero who has Tourette’s syndrome

Posted By Nadia Goodman

Jess Thom wants you to know that it’s okay to laugh. “You’re going to hear the words ‘biscuit’ and ‘hedgehog’ a lot in the next few minutes,” she says at the beginning of her talk from TEDxAlbertopolis. That’s because Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements and noises commonly referred to as […]

Culture

X Marks the Spot: A stunning event in the Indian Himalayas, plus this week’s TEDx talksX Marks the Spot: A stunning event in the Indian Himalayas, plus this week’s TEDx talks

Posted By Nadia Goodman

In the remote town of Leh, tucked away in the Indian Himalayas, a group of 100 TEDx’ers gathered among the stunning valleys and sweeping mountain vistas. The diverse group of speakers at TEDxLeh included a Tibetan Buddhist monk, a Ladakhi filmmaker, a snow leopard preservationist, India’s best white water rafter, a solar energy entrepreneur, and […]

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My City: Inaki Romero Larrea on building a better MadridMy City: Inaki Romero Larrea on building a better Madrid

Posted By TED Guest Author

by Rebecca Smith Hurd Spanish architecture generally conjures images of grandeur, particularly when it comes to modernist and contemporary construction. Gaudí’s basilica. Calatrava’s bridges, airports and centers for the arts. Bofill’s state and corporate headquarters. Moneo’s museums. The list of splendiferous urban structures goes on and on. But not everything built on the Iberian Peninsula […]