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Befriending foes: Talks on setting aside traditional hostilities

Befriending foes: Talks on setting aside traditional hostilities

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In today’s talk, Eli Beer explains how United Hatzalah, his organization of ambucycle-riding volunteer emergency medical responders, has shaved critical minutes off of the average emergency response time — first in Jerusalem, then throughout Israel, and now in several countries around the world. The core mission of United Hatzalah (which is Hebrew for “rescue”) is []

Making peace is a marathon: May El-Khalil at TEDGlobal 2013

Making peace is a marathon: May El-Khalil at TEDGlobal 2013

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The founder of the Beirut Marathon, May El-Khalil tells us how personal tragedy led her to create a peaceful haven in her all-too-often war-torn country. When the former long-distance runner was hit by a truck and left unable to perform as she had before her accident, she turned her efforts to organizing races. “I needed []

X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

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The paradox of finding peace in a war zone, and a way to make aid more effective — by decentralizing it and thus speeding it up. Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. []

Video: ‘Why I organized a TEDx in Baghdad’

Video: ‘Why I organized a TEDx in Baghdad’

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. In this exclusive (unedited) video from TEDxSummit this spring, Yahay Alabdeli tells a moving, personal story of returning to his home country, Iraq — and throwing a TEDx. In a city still recovering, still learning its true nature after years of oppression, the first TEDxBaghdad in 2011 celebrated ideas, connections, education, music. “My Baghdad []

8 great talks on war and peace

8 great talks on war and peace

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“Walls don’t work,” James Stavridis declared at TEDGlobal 2012. A highly accomplished Navy Admiral, Stavridis recalls 20th-century phenomena like trench warfare and the Berlin Wall. “Instead of building walls for security, we need to build bridges.” In his brass-tacks talk, Stavridis lays down a vision of “open-source security,” which he defines as “connecting the international, []