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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 []

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 []

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 []

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 []

Through the looking glass: A recap of session 8 of TEDGlobal 2014

Through the looking glass: A recap of session 8 of TEDGlobal 2014

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In this session, “Lenses,” speakers look through cameras and new lenses — at subjects from the very, very big to the very, very small to the very, very far away. Wendy Freedman talks about a remote location in the Andes, far from the lights of civilization, where the stars can be seen clearly with the naked eye. In that location, []

A map of the future: A recap of session 7 of TEDGlobal 2014

A map of the future: A recap of session 7 of TEDGlobal 2014

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The theme of this session is “Blueprints.” And so we hear from speakers who have that all-too-easy-to-overlook first step: a plan. Brazil is named for a tree, says Tasso Azevedo. And thus, it is a good place to be a forester. 12% of the world’s forests are in the country, primarily in the Amazon, which plays a vital role in []

10 research tips for finding answers online

10 research tips for finding answers online

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Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information []

Books to get you ready for TEDGlobal 2014

Books to get you ready for TEDGlobal 2014

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Can’t wait for TEDGlobal 2014? We’re here to help! Spend the next two weeks curling up with these books by the wonderful speakers who will grace the stage in Rio. Memoir American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, by Marie Arana. The writer’s classic, in which she shares her own experience growing up between Peru and the United []

TEDGlobal 2014: The full lineup revealed

TEDGlobal 2014: The full lineup revealed

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TEDGlobal 2014 is themed “South!,” and it will be the first official TED conference held in South America. Focusing on themes emerging around the world, this conference will take a bold look at the ideas flowing from the Global South, discussing innovation as well as social and political issues, art as well as education, resources []

Wired: The speakers in session 6 of TED2014

Wired: The speakers in session 6 of TED2014

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Technology is always a big theme at TED (it’s the “T,” after all), and in this session we draw back the curtain to take a closer look at what’s really going on within some of the world’s most influential companies. But this isn’t just about the current headline-grabbers. Speakers will also share thoughts and demos []

Us: The speakers in session 5 of TED2014

Us: The speakers in session 5 of TED2014

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Who are we? What are we doing here? Such thoughts plague more than just angst-filled teenagers. In this session, speakers take a piercing look at these and other complex questions, challenging preconceived notions of who we really are (let’s not forget microbes), how the brain works — and how consciousness fits into the equation. Here []