TEDxVolcano: Explosive, impromptu, livestreamed tonight!

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Stranded by the ash cloud, inspired by the just-concluded Skoll World Forum, and temporarily headquartered in one of the world’s greatest cities, a group of entrepreneurs, thinkers, tinkerers and creatives is throwing an unprecendented TEDx event: TEDxVolcano.

Put together in 48 hours by TEDster Nathaniel Whittemore with the support of TED (including host June Cohen), Evan Grant and TEDxLondon, The Hub, Sandbox Network, Assetmap and many others, TEDxVolcano will feature a wide range of thinkers and doers stranded by the volcano, plus inspired audience participation and a few ash-induced surprises. Also: the extraordinary sounds of London-based, global-minded musician Susheela Raman.

The list of speakers includes:

Cara Mertes, director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program
2006 TED Prize winner Larry Brilliant, president of Skoll Global Threats Fund
CBS travel correspondent Peter Greenberg
First Round Capital‘s Chris Fralic
Skoll Foundation executive director Sally Osberg
Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Benetech and MacArthur “genius” fellow
Rita King, CEO of Dancing Ink Productions
Matthew Bishop & Michael Green, author of Philantrocapitalism and The Road from Ruin
and Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media

It’s set to start at 6pm UK time, and we’ll be RT’ing it live from @TEDNews — hashtag #tedxvolcano — and posting photos from Robert Leslie and others as soon as they come in.

NEW: Watch the livestream >>