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Lateral Action: A sneak peek of session 10 at TEDGlobal 2014

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10-LateralAction-mainReal 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 honor killings and empower women in her native Pakistan—by working with tribal leaders.

Vik Muniz creates art that make us question our assumptions—like convincing cloudscapes made of cotton, and simple line art drawings created by bulldozers and shot from the sky.

Architect Alejandro Aravena creates, among many audacious projects, housing options for low-income families in urban areas that are beautiful, elegant and functional in addition to being low-cost.

Journalist Misha Glenny excavates the darks sides of globalization, from drug trafficking to cybercrime. His upcoming book, The Invention of Brazil, takes an in-depth look at the surprising history of this country.

In the 1980s, Ricardo Semler led his father’s Semler & Company on a pioneering journey to “corporate democracy.” Now he helps organizations achieve a new goal: wisdom.

Singer and songwriter Juana Molina dreams up whispery, layered pop songs. Her 2013 album Wed 21 hypnotized listeners in her native Argentina and around the world.

Curious what these speakers had to see? Read recaps of these talks.

And below, check out the introduction video for this session.

Video credits:


Thiago Zanato and Pedro Burneiko Author/Directors
Adriana Barbosa Producer
Mauricio Jesus Silva Production Assistent
Suélen Mariano Project Manager
Marcelo Almeida “Maracatu” dancer
Guilherme de Souza “Passinho” dancer
Marina Massoli Contemporary dancer
VJ Palm Multimedia Artist
Iliana Grinstein (aka VJ Fylo)
Thiago Zanato Director of Photography
Modular Safari Sound
Daniel Rotatori (Manguinha) Editor
Aline Lata Making of