TEDGlobal 2010

  • July 12-16, 2010
  • Oxford

TEDGlobal 2010 will explore the undercurrent of good news just below the surface of today's troubling headlines -- new ideas, new science, new technology, new social and political thinking, new art and a new understanding of who we are.

Speakers

Jamil Abu-Wardeh

Producer
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The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour: Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found... More

The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour: Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found that, by respecting the "three B's" (blue material, beliefs and "bolitics"), the Axis of Evil comics find plenty of cross-border laughs.

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Naïf Al-Mutawa

Creator of "The 99," an Islamic comic book
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Superheroes inspired by Islam : In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages... More

Superheroes inspired by Islam : In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

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Chris Anderson

Curator, TED conferences
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How web video powers global innovation: TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of... More

How web video powers global innovation: TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter...

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Julian Assange

Editor in chief, Wikileaks
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Why the world needs Wikileaks: The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about... More

Why the world needs Wikileaks: The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished -- and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad.

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Eben Bayer

Co-founder, Ecovative Design

Mitchell Besser

HIV/AIDS activist

David Bismark

Voting system designer

Patrick Chappatte

Editorial cartoonist

Tim Chatfield

Gaming theorist
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7 ways games reward the brain: We're bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours -- and real money -- exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why? As Tom Chatfield shows, games are perfectly tuned to dole out... More

7 ways games reward the brain: We're bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours -- and real money -- exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why? As Tom Chatfield shows, games are perfectly tuned to dole out rewards that engage the brain and keep us questing for more.

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Jason Clay

Market transformer
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How big brands can help save biodiversity: Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are... More

How big brands can help save biodiversity: Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.

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Marcel Dicke

Ecological entomologist

Adrian Dolby

Organic farmer

Thomas Dolby

Music Director, TED

Karsu Donmez

Singer-songwriter

Peter Eigen

Founder, Transparency International

Ze Frank

Humorist, performance artist, and interactive designer

Toni Frohoff

Wildlife biologist

Neil Gershenfeld

Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

John Hardy

Designer & educator

Iain Hutchison

Facial surgeon

Sheena Iyengar

Psycho-economist
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The art of choosing : Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has... More

The art of choosing : Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

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Jessica Jackley

Microlender

Tim Jackson

Economist

Maz Jobrani

Comedian, Axis of Evil Comedy Tour
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Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?: A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear... More

Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?: A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted ..."

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Steven Johnson

Author
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Where good ideas come from: People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles... More

Where good ideas come from: People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

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Mor Karbasi

Singer-songwriter

Tan Le

Co-founder & president, Emotiv
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A headset that reads your brainwaves: Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos... More

A headset that reads your brainwaves: Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.

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Annie Lennox

Activist & singer-songwriter

Stefano Mancuso

Plant neurobiologist

Nic Marks

Happiness researcher
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The Happy Planet Index: Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against... More

The Happy Planet Index: Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

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Miwa Matreyek

Multimedia artist

David McCandless

Data journalist
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The beauty of data visualization: David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he... More

The beauty of data visualization: David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.

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Christien Meindertsma

Artist
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How pig parts make the world turn: Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 187 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.

How pig parts make the world turn: Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 187 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.

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Gero Miesenboeck

Optogeneticist

Inge Missmahl

Analytical psychologist

Sugata Mitra

Education researcher
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The child-driven education: Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa... More

The child-driven education: Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

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Peter Molyneux

Creative Director, Microsoft Game Studios, Europe
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Demo of Milo, the virtual boy: Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.

Demo of Milo, the virtual boy: Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.

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Joseph Nye

Diplomat

William Perin

Community activist

Emily Pilloton

Founder, Project H Design

Arthur Potts Dawson

Green chef

Lewis Pugh

Coldwater swimmer
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Lewis Pugh's mind-shifting Mt. Everest swim : After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then, he heard of Mt. Everest's Lake Imja -- a body of water at an altitude of 5,300 meters, entirely created by... More

Lewis Pugh's mind-shifting Mt. Everest swim : After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then, he heard of Mt. Everest's Lake Imja -- a body of water at an altitude of 5,300 meters, entirely created by recent glacial melting -- and began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach both swimming and think about climate change.

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Matt Ridley

Author
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When ideas have sex: At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

When ideas have sex: At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

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Johan Rockstroem

Sustainability expert

Zainab Salbi

Activist and social entrepreneur

Laurie Santos

Cognitive psychologist
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How monkeys mirror human irrationality : Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

How monkeys mirror human irrationality : Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

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Mallika Sarabhai

Dancer, actor, activist

Dimitar Sasselov

Astronomer
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How we found hundreds of Earth-like planets: Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on... More

How we found hundreds of Earth-like planets: Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). How many such planets have they found already? Several hundreds.

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Sebastian Seung

Computational neuroscientist

Elie Shafak

Novelist
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The politics of fiction: Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

The politics of fiction: Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

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Rachel Sussman

Photographer of the oldest living things in the world
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The world's oldest living things: Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.

The world's oldest living things: Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.

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Auret van Heerden

Labor-rights activist

Heribert Watzke

Food scientist

Chris Wild

Retronaut

Stefan Wolff

Ethnic conflicts scholar

Conrad Wolfram

Mathematician

Sheryl WuDunn

Women's rights advocate
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Our century's greatest injustice: Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.

Our century's greatest injustice: Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.

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Ethan Zuckerman

Founder, Global Voices
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How to listen to global voices : Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about... More

How to listen to global voices : Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know.

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TEDGlobal 2010 is part of the TEDGlobal series of events.

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