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State of the Nations: The speakers in session 8 at TEDGlobal 2013

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7461276922_96f6a000a7_zThe world order of centuries past is deeply in flux. Western nations no longer sit comfortably atop the power pyramid, with democracy a gleaming ideal. And no longer is it the leader of nations who wield the most influence, as it may be local leaders who hold the key to change. In this session, a look at the shifting forces at play in our political systems.

Here are the speakers who appeared in this session of TEDGlobal 2013. Click the speaker’s name for a full recap of their talk:

Sociologist and philosopher Renata Salecl scrutinizes our individual and societal neuroses, and offers a way out of our current paralysis.

A rising public intellectual, Eric X. Li argues that the universality claim of Western democratic systems is going to be “morally challenged” by China.

Shereen El Feki works and writes on sexuality and social change in the Arab world.

Johan Rockström works to redefine sustainable development, and figure out what needs to happen.

Lissie writes finely etched songs and sings them with a big old rebellious voice.

Benjamin Barber believes that the future of the world may lie with the politicians who implement practical change every day: mayors.