TED goes to Washington: Today is TED@State

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TED is in Washington, DC, today, helping to throw a first-of-its-kind conference: TED@State, bringing great ideas from TEDTalks to Washington. This afternoon at the State Department, five TEDTalks stars — Clay Shirky, Paul Collier, Jacqueline Novogratz, Stewart Brand, and Hans Rosling — will share insight and new ideas; music will come from the legendary Zap Mama.

Our partner in this event is the Global Partnership Initiative, based at the State Department. This initiative was launched in April to establish public-private partnerships with foundations, businesses and NGOs … and TED@State is the first major event under this initiative. The Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, is proud to welcome TED and these visionary speakers to the Department of State (read her remarks to the audience).

You can follow TED@State on our Twitter feed @TEDNews — or look for the hashtag #TEDState. Look for TED@State onstage and backstage photos on Flickr. And we’ll be reporting on each speaker here on the TEDBlog, and hosting the post-event Q&As right here.

Watch CNN’s report on TED@State >>

Above: TEDTalks star Hans Rosling meets with TED’s Director of Film + Video, Jason Wishnow. Photo: TED / Mike Femia.