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The new revolution in Egypt and why I wanted to feminize it: An essayThe new revolution in Egypt and why I wanted to feminize it: An essay

Posted By Bahia Shehab

TED Fellow Bahia Shehab is an Egyptian artist who, at TEDGlobal 2012, shared her love of the Arabic phrase “No and a thousand times no,” boldly revealing that she had been stenciling the words on the streets of Cairo following the revolution of 2011, saying “no to military rule,” “no to burning books,” and “no […]

Global Issues

8 talks about China8 talks about China

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“When I was growing up, I was told a story that explained all I ever needed to know about humanity. It went like this,” says Eric X. Li in today’s provocative talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013. “All human societies develop in a linear progression, beginning with primitive society, than slave society, than feudalism, capitalism, socialism […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

A widening schism: Dambisa Moyo at TEDGlobal 2013A widening schism: Dambisa Moyo at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

“Give me liberty or give me death,” says global economist Dambisa Moyo, quoting Patrick Henry from 1775. In Western ideology, freedom is the most cherished value of all, and its government and economic systems have freedom deeply embedded in them. Over the past century, these systems have delivered prosperity and innovation: US incomes have increased […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

A tale of two systems: Eric X. Li at TEDGlobal 2013A tale of two systems: Eric X. Li at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

Born in Shanghai in 1968, at the height of the Cultural Revolution, Eric X. Li grew up hearing a story: All human societies develop in linear progression, beginning with primitive society, moving through capitalism to socialism and, finally, Communism. Sooner or later, all of humanity, regardless of creed or culture, will reach that final stage […]

Culture

6 talks for thinking about the Arab Spring

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Two years ago, waves of revolution swept through the Middle East. On February 17, 2011 — two months after civil resistance began in Tunisia and less than a month after the people of Egypt rose up in Tahrir Square — revolt began in Libya to oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Activist Zahra’ Langhi was part of […]

Culture

Blog exclusive: A miniature TED all about votingBlog exclusive: A miniature TED all about voting

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Last night at the TED offices, we held a special event: a miniature TED all about voting. Three amazing speakers took the stage to present ideas and stories related to our electoral process. First up, was TED’s own Lisa Bu, our Content Distribution Manager, who spoke about her experience traveling from China in 1995 to […]

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5 talks on the state of democracy5 talks on the state of democracy

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Rory Stewart opens this talk from TEDxHousesofParliament with a joke: “Little Billy goes to school and his teacher asks, ‘What does your father do?’ Billy replies, ‘My father plays piano in an opium den.’” But when the teacher confronts the father about his occupation, she gets a different answer. As Stewart finishes the joke, “The father […]

Culture

Shadows in the light of openness: Ivan Krastev at TEDGlobal 2012Shadows in the light of openness: Ivan Krastev at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

What’s going wrong with democracy? Iavan Krastev is a political scientist to speak about crisis in Europe. Not, in his words, an inspiring topic. And he’s here to talk about some of the problems with openness, in contrast to most of the talks. “You people in the church of TED,” says Krastev, “are very optimistic. You believe […]