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Stories: A sneak peek of session 1 at TEDGlobal 2014

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TEDGlobal 2014 is the first official TED conference held in South America. And so the program begins with stories from the continent. In this session, hear surprising voices from South America and the Caribbean islands, from an ad executive whose clever marketing campaigns aim to defuse the Colombian civil war to the chief of the Yawanawa people in the Amazon.

The speakers who’ll appear in this session:

Peru-born author Marie Arana has cultural roots in both Americas, a perspective she brings to her latest work, a remarkable biography of Simón Bolívar.

Ad executive José Miguel Sokoloff has planned marketing campaigns that aim to defuse the guerrilla war in Colombia by encouraging fighters to come back home.

Geoscientist Andrés Ruzo studies the Earth’s heat. He is particularly fascinated by the “Boiling River” of the Amazon, a mysterious hot spot located more than 700 kilometers from the nearest volcanic center.

With roots in the Havana underground music scene, Danay Suárez’s soulful, lyrical hip-hop style is a powerful addition to Cuban and world music.

Tashka Yawanawá is the chief of the Yawanawá people, who live deep in the heart of the Amazon. Having witnessed the near-destruction of his people, and having studied in the United States, he provides a critical bridge between cultures.

Curious what these speakers had to say? Read our recap of the session.

And below, check out the introduction video for this session.

Video credits:

Felipe Rocha Author/Director
Atila Meireles Art Director/Director
Adriana Barbosa Producer
Mauricio Jesus Silva Production Assistent
Suélen Mariano Project Manager
Felix Pinchi Aguirre Artist
Chants of Spiritual Awakening Works
Ayahuasca Dreams
Gabriel Chileno Cuevas Motion Designer
Paulo Oliveira Photographer
Romero Meireles Assistent
Modular Safari Sound
Daniel Rotatori (Manguinha) Editor
Aline Lata Making of