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All about next month’s InK Conference in India

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The InK Conference (which stands for Innovation and Knowledge) is being run by longtime TEDster Lakshmi Pratury, who co-hosted TEDIndia a year ago. TED has signed a content partnership agreement with INK that will allow us to bring the best InK talks to TED.com. TEDIndia in 2009 was a thrilling experience, attracting a sold-out audience []

Fellows Friday with Vijay Nair

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Band manager Vijay Nair is revolutionizing the independent music scene in India. In an industry heavily dominated by Bollywood, Vijay has resorted to creative techniques like printing instructions of how to pirate one of his band’s CDs on the back of the disc. Though his quirky company has had a lot of success, all start-ups []

Fellows Friday with Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

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Africa has beautiful stories to tell, says Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. At 16 years old, the Nigerian published her own magazine. She later continued bringing a “voice to voiceless issues” as a talk show host and film producer. Founder of the African Movie Academy Awards, Peace now dedicates her time to building cinemas in rural Africa, and []

Fellows Friday with Shaffi Mather

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Ever since founding the first truly effective ambulance service in India, Shaffi Mather has been hooked on social enterprises. He’s gone on to set up inclusive high-quality schools, support small-scale dairy farming, and is now launching a bribe-fighting business. (Watch his talk from TEDIndia 2009.) Can you give us an overview of each of your []

Fellows Friday with Sanjukta Basu

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Blogging about her personal life helped Sanjukta Basu find her voice. Despite Indian social mores restricting women’s self expression, Sanjukta has opened up her heart online, empowering others to do the same. Compelled by the transformations social media created in her own life, Sanjukta develops strategies to make the voiceless’ stories heard. After quitting your []

Fellows Friday with Sean Blagsvedt

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To harness the power of digital social networking for India’s poor, Sean Blagsvedt created the job search site Babajob.com. In this interview with TED, Sean talks about the importance of developing technology for social good, the fun of designing building space, and playing alongside his wife in their “avant-garde experimental” band. What work of yours []

Art of substance and absence: Alwar Balasubramaniam on TED.com

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Alwar Balasubramaniam’s sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal — or conceal — what’s really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations. (Recorded at TEDIndia, July 2009 in Mysore, India. Duration: 16:51) Watch A. Balasubramaniam’s talk on TED.com where you can download it, rate []

Fellows Friday with Sunita Nadhamuni

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Water and sanitation are among the most crucial issues facing India today, Sunita Nadhamuni notes in her interview with TED. But while these problems are daunting, Sunita says India’s many innovations in managing water can teach the rest of the world a thing or two. Tell us about your water and sanitation organization. What makes []

Fighting modern slavery: Fellows Friday with Siddharth Kara

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Siddharth Kara fights bonded labor, forced labor, and human trafficking with what he says are the most effective weapons against them: rigorous scientific research and analysis. Read his interview below to learn why dispassionate study may be the antidote to this inherently emotional issue, and why Siddharth is optimistic about the direction of the anti-slavery []

Fellows Friday with Jane Chen

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Jane Chen has helped develop and market a low-cost device that could save millions of premature babies in the developing world. Read this TED interview to discover Jane’s inspirations, love of music and penchant for making pies. (Watch her talk from TEDIndia 2009.) Tell us about your work. I am the co-founder of a non-profit []

A second opinion on learning disorders: Aditi Shankardass on TED.com

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Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass knew that we should be looking directly at their brains. She explains how a remarkable EEG device has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children’s lives. (Recorded at TEDIndia, November 2009 in Mysore, India. Duration: 7:17) Watch Aditi Shankardass’ talk on TED.com, where []

Q&A with Ananda Shankar Jayant: The power of myth and metaphor

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Before her TEDTalk posted today, the TED Blog caught up with classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, she continued dancing and gave an amazing performance at the TEDIndia conference in November 2009. Now in remission and still enjoying life to its fullest, she gives an update on []

Fighting cancer with a dance: Ananda Shankar Jayant on TED.com

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Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it. (Recorded at TEDIndia, November 2009 in Mysore, India. Duration: 16:07) Watch Ananda Shankar []

India's hidden hotbeds of invention: Anil Gupta on TED.com

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Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world’s unsung inventors — indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people’s lives. He shows how the Honey Bee Network helps them build the connections they need — and gain the recognition they deserve. (Recorded at TEDIndia, November 2009 in Mysore, India. Duration: []