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Field Work: A sneak peek of session 4 at TEDGlobal 2014

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The speakers in this session can’t be contained in a cubicle or desk chair. These bold thinkers — from an activist surfacing human rights on video to a scientist uncovering the biodiversity of her island nation — do their work out in the world, surfacing fresh insights as they go.

The speakers who’ll appear in this session:

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim investigates the medicinal and nutritional uses of plants in her native country of Mauritius.

Political scientist Severine Autesserre advocates a bottom-up, village-to-village approach to conflict resolution in her most recent book, Peaceland.

Doreen Khouri works with individuals and organizations who stay in war-torn areas, helping them carry on with everyday life.

Using cutting-edge technology, Oren Yakobovich encourages the recording of human rights abuses to expose them to worldwide scrutiny. He founded the organization Videre, which is short for the Latin phrase “videre est credere”—to see is to believe.

Circle of Sound spins rock, electronica, and traditional Indian instrumentation into a rhythmic treat. It’s the duo of Soumik Datta, who plays the 19-stringed sarod, and Bernhard Schimpelsberger, who plays Indian rhythms on a souped-up drum kit.

TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch wants to launch a new era of openness in business by spreading awareness of how anonymous companies pave the way for corruption—and rally public support to legislate to make them transparent.

Want to know what these speakers had to say? Read our recap of these talks.

And check out the introduction video for this session.

Video credits:

Thiago Zanato Author/Director
Zach Pughe-Sanford Producer/Camera
Nanuk Sound
Daniel Rotatori (Manguinha) Editor