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Jose Antonio Abreu Jose Antonio Abreu
Maestro
Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema ("the system") in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. 30 years on, El Sistema has seeded 102 youth orchestras -- and many happy lives. 7: Dream (TED Prize)
Thurs Feb 5, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
Ray Anderson Ray Anderson
Sustainable-business pioneer
Ray Anderson founded the company that makes covetable Flor carpeting. But behind the fresh design is a decades-deep commitment to sustainable ways of doing business -- culminating in the Mission Zero plan. 2: Reframe
Wed Feb 4, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
Yann Arthus-Bertrand Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Photographer
With photography, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has captured the beauty of the Earth. Through video and film, his latest projects bind together ecology and humanism. For him, it's all about living together. 3: Reconnect
Wed Feb 4, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
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Tim Berners-Lee Tim Berners-Lee
Inventor
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), overseeing the Web's standards and development. 2: Reframe
Wed Feb 4, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Jamie Cullum Jamie Cullum
Jazz-pop singer
Wrestling with inspiration, Jamie Cullum has been ripping up the jazz rulebook. 12: Engage
Sat Feb 7, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Dickson Despommier Dickson Despommier
High-rise farmer
Your community garden is about to get off the ground -- as Dickson Despommier works to lift urban agriculture into the skies. 9: Grow
Fri Feb 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Jake Eberts Jake Eberts
Producer
Film producer Jake Eberts has worked with some of the world's greatest directors on many award-winning films. Now, he's turned his attention to Jacques Perrin's film about the oceans. 3: Reconnect
Wed Feb 4, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
Olafur Eliasson Olafur Eliasson
Sculptor of light and space
The transparent simplicity and experiential nature of his work has built Olafur Eliasson's reputation as one of the world's most accessible creators of contemporary art. 4: See
Thurs Feb 5, 2009
8:30 – 10:15
Juan Enriquez Juan Enriquez
Futurist
Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about profound changes that genomics will bring in business, technology, and society. 1: Reboot
Wed Feb 4, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Bill Gates Bill Gates
Philanthropist
A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he's doing it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation. 1: Reboot
Wed Feb 4, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Ueli Gegenschatz Ueli Gegenschatz
Aerialist
Ueli Gegenschatz took flight just about every way a human can: paragliding, skydiving, BASE jumping (from the Eiffel Tower), and most breathtakingly: by donning a wingsuit and soaring. 10: Dare
Fri Feb 6, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
Elizabeth Gilbert Elizabeth Gilbert
Writer
The author of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some large topics. Her latest fascination: genius, and how we ruin it. 5: Understand
Thurs Feb 5, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Seth Godin Seth Godin
Marketer and author
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age. His newest interest: the tribes we lead. 3: Reconnect
Wed Feb 4, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
Thelma Golden Thelma Golden
Curator
Opening minds and showcasing new voices -- it's all part of the job description for Studio Museum in Harlem executive director Thelma Golden. 8: Discover
Fri Feb 6, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
Jazz legend
Herbie Hancock is an iconic jazz musician, known as much for his mastery of the traditional as he is for entirely changing the game. 10: Dare
Fri Feb 6, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
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Sarah Jones Sarah Jones
Polymorphic playwright
Tony Award-winning monologist, UNICEF ambassador, firebrand and FCC-fighting poet -- Sarah Jones assumes as many roles offstage as on. 6: Invent
Thurs Feb 5, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Lena Maria Klingvall Lena Maria Klingvall
Painter, singer, athlete
Lena Maria Klingvall was born with no arms and only one full leg. Her story -- she's a gold-medal swimmer, a singing star, a painter, a writer -- is one of limitless determination and brilliant adaptation. 10: Dare
Fri Feb 6, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin JoAnn Kuchera-Morin
Composer
Composer JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is the director of the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UC Santa Barbara. 3-Minute Talks
Wed Feb 4, 2009
4:00 – 1:00
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Eric Lewis Eric Lewis
Pianist
Eric Lewis channels the raw emotion of alternative rock into fiery, take-no-prisoners jazz piano arrangements. Before setting out to capture the voice of alt rock in the keys, he toured with the likes of music legends Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. 9: Grow
Fri Feb 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Pattie Maes Pattie Maes
Researcher
As head of the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group, Pattie Maes researches the tools we use to work with information and connect with one another. 2: Reframe
Wed Feb 4, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
Jennifer Mather Jennifer Mather
Psychologist
Jennifer Mather studies the surprising minds of cephalopod molluscs like cuttlefish and octopuses -- making a fresh case for animal intelligence and, perhaps, unique emotions. 8: Discover
Fri Feb 6, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Pranav Mistry Pranav Mistry
MIT grad student
Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. 2: Reframe
Wed Feb 4, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Nalini Nadkarni Nalini Nadkarni
Tree researcher
Called "the queen of canopy research," Nalini Nadkarni explores the rich, vital world found in the tops of trees. She communicates what she finds to non-scientists -- with the help of poets, preachers and prisoners. 8: Discover
Fri Feb 6, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Naturally 7 Naturally 7
A capella ensemble
The group Naturally 7 practices vocal play -- the art of using the human voice to mimic instruments. It's as if a beatboxing troupe decided they could "-box" a whole orchestra: flute, horns, drums, guitar -- building a vocal wall of sound. 1: Reboot
Wed Feb 4, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Nandan Nilekani Nandan Nilekani
Technologist and visionary
Nandan Nilekani is the author of "Imagining India," a radical re-thinking of one of the world’s great economies. The co-founder of Infosys, he helped move India into the age of IT. 2: Reframe
Wed Feb 4, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Rives Rives
Performance poet, multimedia artist
Performance artist and storyteller Rives has been called "the first 2.0 poet," using images, video and technology to bring his words to life. 3-Minute Talks
Wed Feb 4, 2009
4:00 – 1:00
Hans Rosling Hans Rosling
Global health expert; data visionary
In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into sharp focus. 3-Minute Talks
Wed Feb 4, 2009
4:00 – 1:00
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Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks
Neurological anthropologist
Since Awakenings first stormed the bestseller lists (and the silver screen), Oliver Sacks has become an unlikely household name, single-handedly inventing the genre of neurological anthropology. 4: See
Thurs Feb 5, 2009
8:30 – 10:15
Nate Silver Nate Silver
Statistician
Math whiz and baseball fan Nate Silver was mainly known for predicting outcomes in fantasy ballgames -- until his technique hit a home run calling the outcome of the 2008 election primaries. 11: Predict
Sat Feb 7, 2009
8:30 – 10:15
P.W. Singer P.W. Singer
Military analyst
In P.W. Singer's most recent book, "Wired for War," he studies robotic and drone warfighters -- and explores how these new war machines are changing the very nature of human conflict. He has also written on other facets of modern war, including private armies and child soldiers. 1: Reboot
Wed Feb 4, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Regina Spektor Regina Spektor
Singer-songwriter
Russian-born songstress Regina Spektor has climbed charts around the world with skillfully subtle songs and head-turning glottal stops. 3: Reconnect
Wed Feb 4, 2009
5:00 – 6:45
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Natasha Tsakos Natasha Tsakos
Artist
The president and founder of ZERO llc., Natasha Tsakos brings a creative, innovative vision, and the art of orchestrating and synchronizing various disciplines, to the execution of high-leveled productions. 9: Grow
Fri Feb 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Rosamund Zander Rosamund Zander
Therapist and coach
Rosamund Zander helps people think and act in more creative ways, and to grow to see new possibilities in themselves and others. 9: Grow
Fri Feb 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Gamelan X and ArcheDream Gamelan X and ArcheDream
Ensemble
Gamelan X plays slinky melodies in unusual timbres, layered over sweet thumping grooves. Add the spectacular costumes and UV light dance-theater of ArcheDream and prepare to be blown away. 2: Reframe
Wed Feb 4, 2009
2:15 – 4:00