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TED News in Brief: Edi Rama becomes prime minister of Albania, Human kaleidoscope wins award

TED News in Brief: Edi Rama becomes prime minister of Albania, Human kaleidoscope wins award

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The past two weeks have seen some fascinating TED-related news items. Below, highlights. As the mayor of Tirana, Albania, Edi Rama transformed his city into a multi-colored explosion of geometric pattern. (Watch his TED Talk.) The leader of Albania’s opposition Socialist Party, Rama has now been named the nation’s new Prime Minister following his party’s commanding win in []

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 []

6 very promising oil spill cleanup innovations

6 very promising oil spill cleanup innovations

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  Two years ago, a chance discussion with a group of Gulf of Mexico fishermen changed the course of Cesar Harada’s life. The TED Senior Fellow had landed his dream job at MIT in Boston, but after hearing first-hand accounts of the conditions in the Gulf following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of 2010, Harada []

5 amazing spaces with surprising ways to stay cool

5 amazing spaces with surprising ways to stay cool

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Going to an outdoor event during the steamy months of summer generally involves packing a miniature fan and slathering yourself in sunscreen, as most venues do little to shade attendees in the cheap seats. This is something Wolfgang Kessling, of the German climate engineering firm Transsolar, would like to change. In a talk at the []

The wide open future of the art museum: Q&A with William Noel

The wide open future of the art museum: Q&A with William Noel

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At TEDxSummit, Walters Art Museum curator William Noel gave this fascinating talk on revealing the lost codex of Archimedes. The TED Blog caught up with him to talk about the digital future of a traditionally closed institution: the art museum. As with the Archimedes codex, the Walters Art Museum’s online collection operates under the Creative []

Today! May 19 is Food Revolution Day

Today! May 19 is Food Revolution Day

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We’ve heard the statistics. Obesity has more than doubled worldwide since 1980. For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Where do we begin to tackle such an immense problem? There is []

TEDxMogadishu report: A rebirth of hope

TEDxMogadishu report: A rebirth of hope

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From the TEDx Tumblr, this inspiring story: TEDxMogadishu — the first TEDx event in Somalia — will happen tomorrow, May 17, and livestreamed around the world. Update: Read press reports from TEDxMogadishu >> On May 17, between 50 and 100 people from diverse backgrounds will attend the event to listen to Somalis discuss the rebirth []

Video: A chat with Hans Rosling at TEDxSummit

Video: A chat with Hans Rosling at TEDxSummit

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“The strive for a washing machine is stronger than the strive for democracy,” says TEDTalks star Hans Rosling at the beginning of this casual video, shot at TEDxSummit last week. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Rosling sat down with a group of fans to chat about presenting data with clarity and passion — using Legos, []

Great quotes from TEDxSummit

Great quotes from TEDxSummit

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Collected by Felicia Kamriani … nuggets of wisdom and insight from last week’s TEDxSummit: “The bigger the dream, the smaller the competition.” Javier Yunes, TEDxRosario “The city you get is the city you build.” Norman  Lee, TEDxManitoba “The best team is the one you already have.” Julian Dominguez Yates, TEDxRosario “Don’t swim upstream.” Alexander Jutkowitz, []

Catching up with translator and TEDx organizer Ivana Korom

Catching up with translator and TEDx organizer Ivana Korom

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TEDxSummit, 16 April – 20 April, 2012. Doha, Qatar. Photo: Kris Krüg At TEDxSummit we caught up with Ivana Korom to talk about translating and planning a TEDx event in Serbia. Ivana is a freelance trainer and educator from Novi Sad. When and why did you start translating for TED? I’ve been translating for two []

One-minute video: What is TEDx?

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TEDxSummit attendees (and Chris Anderson) meditate on what x means to them in this short video collage: “What is x? Idea sex.” “X to me means exponential. 2 people make it 4, 4 make it 16, and they make it countless. In the matter of no time, the entire world will be knowing about the []