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Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong
Religious scholar
Karen Armstrong is a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world. Session 10: Worldview Rethink
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
4:30 – 6:00
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James Balog James Balog
Photographer
James Balog's latest work, the Extreme Ice Survey, captures the twisting, soaring forms of threatened wild ice. Bonus Session
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
7:00 – 8:00
Janine Benyus Janine Benyus
Science writer, innovation consultant, conservationist
A self-proclaimed nature nerd, Janine Benyus' concept of biomimicry has galvanized scientists, architects, designers and engineers into exploring new ways in which nature's successes can inspire humanity. Session 4: Nature's Challenge
Wed Jul 22, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Daniel Birnbaum Daniel Birnbaum
Curator
Daniel Birnbaum works to reveal the nature of contemporary art -- and to explore the way art and philosophy underlie one another. Session 12: Enquire Within
Fri Jul 24, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Rory Bremner Rory Bremner
Comedian
One of the UK's sharpest funny men, Rory Bremner exposes the lunacies of modern politics with devilishly clever political satire and spot-on impressions of leaders from around the world. Session 10: Worldview Rethink
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
4:30 – 6:00
Stefana Broadbent Stefana Broadbent
Tech anthropologist
Stefana Broadbent watches us while we talk (and IM, and text). She is one of a new class of ethnographers who study the way our social habits and relationships function and mutate in the digital age. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown played a key role in shaping the G20 nations' response to the world's financial crisis, and was a powerful advocate for a coordinated global response to problems such as climate change, poverty and social justice. Session 1: What We Know
Tues Jul 21, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Tim Brown Tim Brown
Designer
Tim Brown is the CEO of the "innovation and design" firm IDEO -- taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface. Session 7: Radical Development
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
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Constanza Ceruti Constanza Ceruti
High-altitude archeologist, TEDGlobal 2009 Fellow
Constanza Ceruti is a high-altitude archeologist. She specializes in exploring and excavating Inca Empire ceremonial centers and cities on the summits of sacred Andean mountains. Session 11: Cities Past and Future
Fri Jul 24, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Steven Cowley Steven Cowley
Physicist
Steven Cowley directs the UK's leading fusion research center. Soon he'll helm new experiments that may make cheap fusion energy real on a commercial scale. Session 9: Revealing Energy
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
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Alain de Botton Alain de Botton
Philosopher
Through his witty and literate books -- and his new School of Life -- Alain de Botton helps others find fulfillment in the everyday. Session 1: What We Know
Tues Jul 21, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
David Deutsch David Deutsch
Quantum physicist
David Deutsch's 1997 book "The Fabric of Reality" laid the groundwork for an all-encompassing Theory of Everything, and galvanized interest in the idea of a quantum computer, which could solve problems of hitherto unimaginable complexity. Session 5: Hidden Algorithm
Wed Jul 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Marcus du Sautoy Marcus du Sautoy
Mathematician
Oxford's newest science ambassador Marcus du Sautoy is also author of The Times' Sexy Maths column. He'll take you footballing with prime numbers, whopping symmetry groups, higher dimensions and other brow-furrowers. Session 6: Curious and Curiouser
Wed Jul 22, 2009
4:45 – 6:15
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Cary Fowler Cary Fowler
Biodiversity archivist
Biodiversity warrior Cary Fowler wants to save the world from agricultural collapse, one seed at a time. Session 4: Nature's Challenge
Wed Jul 22, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Stephen Fry Stephen Fry
Actor and author
Stephen Fry follows his passions -- and they've led him to create brilliant characters, films, books and tweets. In his new documentary series Last Chance to See, he explores the shocking notion of species extinction. Session 1: What We Know
Tues Jul 21, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
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James Geary James Geary
Aphorist
Lost jobs, wayward lovers, wars and famine -- come to think of it, just about any of life's curveballs -- there's an aphorism for it, and James Geary's got it. Session 5: Hidden Algorithm
Wed Jul 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Andrea Ghez Andrea Ghez
Astronomer
Andrea Ghez is a stargazing detective, tracking the visible and invisible forces lurking in the vastness of interstellar space. Session 2: Seeing Is Believing?
Tues Jul 21, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
Eric Giler Eric Giler
Wireless electrician
As the CEO of MIT-inspired WiTricity, Eric Giler has a plan to beam electric power through the air to wirelessly power your laptop or recharge your car. You may never plug in again. Session 9: Revealing Energy
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Misha Glenny Misha Glenny
Underworld investigator
Journalist Misha Glenny leaves no stone unturned (and no failed state unexamined) in his excavation of criminal globalization. Session 8: In the Shadows
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
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Imogen Heap Imogen Heap
Musician
Imogen Heap's aching voice and surprising electronics infuse countless videos and iPods with bone-chilling atmospherics. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Rob Hopkins Rob Hopkins
Resilience leader
Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition movement, a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating societies independent of fossil fuel. Session 7: Radical Development
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Sophie Hunger Sophie Hunger
Singer
Indie newcomer Sophie Hunger's haunting vocals -- at once fragile and soulful -- carried her wistful, blues-dappled acoustic folk from intimate cafe appearances to extraordinary word-of-mouth success and cross-Europe tours. Session 6: Curious and Curiouser
Wed Jul 22, 2009
4:45 – 6:15
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Bjarke Ingels Bjarke Ingels
Architect
Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels' architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building's occupants and surroundings. Session 11: Cities Past and Future
Fri Jul 24, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Garik Israelian Garik Israelian
Astrophysicist
Garik Israelian's stargazing on the Canary Islands has led to high-profile discoveries about space's big disasters -- including the first evidence that supernova explosions make black holes. Session 6: Curious and Curiouser
Wed Jul 22, 2009
4:45 – 6:15
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Emmanuel Jal Emmanuel Jal
Hip-hop artist
Emmanuel Jal's hypnotic voice rises from hellish origins as a beacon of hope for those caught in seemingly endless cycles of war and despair. Session 8: In the Shadows
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson
Change producer
Mark Johnson has a vision to bring the world together, despite distance and difference, to play one song. Session 2: Seeing Is Believing?
Tues Jul 21, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
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William Kamkwamba William Kamkwamba
Inventor
To power his family's home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap -- starting him on a journey detailed in the book and film "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind." Session 7: Radical Development
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Parag Khanna Parag Khanna
Global Theorist; Guest Host at TEDGlobal 2012
Geopolitical expert Parag Khanna foresees a future where American influence is waning, and the new powerhouses (and threats) may not be the players you'd expect. Session 10: Worldview Rethink
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
4:30 – 6:00
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Magnus Larsson Magnus Larsson
Dune architect
Magnus Larsson hopes to build new structures in the desert -- by using bacteria to turn shifting sand into a solid mass. Session 11: Cities Past and Future
Fri Jul 24, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Mathieu Lehanneur Mathieu Lehanneur
Designer
Kitchen-sized fish farms, living air purifiers and devices that turn old water bottles into martini shakers all spring from the form-and-function-fusing mind of designer Mathieu Lehanneur. Session 4: Nature's Challenge
Wed Jul 22, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
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. Late Nights
Wed Jul 22, 2009
10:00 – 11:30
Manuel Lima Manuel Lima
Complexity decoder
Decoding complexity and making it simple through visualizations is the work and study of Manuel Lima. Session 5: Hidden Algorithm
Wed Jul 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
John Lloyd John Lloyd
Producer
John Lloyd helps make some of the cleverest television in the UK. Bonus Session
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
7:00 – 8:00
Beau Lotto Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist, Artist
Beau Lotto is founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab. With glowing, interactive sculpture -- and old-fashioned peer-reviewed research--he's illuminating the mysteries of the brain's visual system. Session 5: Hidden Algorithm
Wed Jul 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Ross Lovegrove Ross Lovegrove
Industrial designer
Known as "Captain Organic," Ross Lovegrove embraces nature as the inspiration for his "fat-free" design. Each object he creates -- be it bottle, chair, staircase or car -- is reduced to its essential elements. His pieces offer minimal forms of maximum beauty. Session 9: Revealing Energy
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
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Felix's Machines Felix's Machines
Musical sculpture
Felix's Machines could be the rubble of an abandoned antiques shop, until they come to life, pulsating with eerie, rhythmic melodies and peppered with the twinkles of LEDs. Bonus Session
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
7:00 – 8:00
Henry Markram Henry Markram
Neuroscientist
Henry Markram is director of Blue Brain, a supercomputing project that can model components of the mammalian brain to precise cellular detail -- and simulate their activity in 3D. Soon he'll simulate a whole rat brain in real time. Session 5: Hidden Algorithm
Wed Jul 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Elaine Morgan Elaine Morgan
Aquatic ape theorist
Elaine Morgan, armed with an arsenal of television writing credits and feminist credentials, spent her life on a mission to prove humans evolved in water. Session 6: Curious and Curiouser
Wed Jul 22, 2009
4:45 – 6:15
Evgeny Morozov Evgeny Morozov
Internet scientist
Evgeny Morozov wants to know how the Internet has changed the conduct of global affairs, because it certainly has ... but perhaps not in all the ways we think. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Geoff Mulgan Geoff Mulgan
Social commentator
Geoff Mulgan is director of the Young Foundation, a center for social innovation, social enterprise and public policy that pioneers ideas in fields such as aging, education and poverty reduction. He’s the founder of the think-tank Demos, and the author of "The Art of Public Strategy." Session 10: Worldview Rethink
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
4:30 – 6:00
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Loretta Napoleoni Loretta Napoleoni
Macroeconomist
She made her name following the dollars in terrorist networks, but now Loretta Napoleoni is on the trail of something far more sinister -- the gray zone where crime and unregulated credit meet. Session 8: In the Shadows
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Novelist
Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature. Bonus Session
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
7:00 – 8:00
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Radio Science Orchestra Radio Science Orchestra
Electromusicians
The theremin-led Radio Science Orchestra explores the connections between inner and outer space using analog electronics, both vintage and modern. For TEDGlobal, the RSO has invited Lydia Kavina (in photo), Leon Theremin's great-niece from Moscow, to play with them. Session 9: Revealing Energy
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
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Bertrand Piccard Bertrand Piccard
Solar adventurer
Bertrand Piccard circumnavigated the Earth in a hot-air balloon. Now he wants to circle it in an airplane powered only by solar energy. Session 9: Revealing Energy
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Dan Pink Dan Pink
Career analyst
Bidding adieu to his last "real job" as Al Gore's speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace. Session 12: Enquire Within
Fri Jul 24, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Michael Pritchard Michael Pritchard
Inventor
With cutting-edge nanotech, Michael Pritchard's Lifesaver water-purification bottle could revolutionize water-delivery systems in disaster-stricken areas around the globe. Session 7: Radical Development
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Lewis Pugh Lewis Pugh
Coldwater swimmer
Pushing his body through epic cold-water swims, Lewis Gordon Pugh wants to draw attention to our global climate. He's just back from swimming in a meltwater lake on the slopes of Mount Everest. Session 4: Nature's Challenge
Wed Jul 22, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
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Aza Raskin Aza Raskin
Interface wizard
Aza Raskin is the head of user experience for Mozilla Labs -- the makers of the Firefox browser -- where he's helping chart the future of the open Web. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Tom Rielly Tom Rielly
Satirist
Traditionally, Tom Rielly closes the TED Conference with a merciless 18-minute monologue, skewering all the speakers with his deadpan delivery, spot-on satire and boundary-less performance (complete with PowerPoint, pratfalls and partial nudity). Session 12: Enquire Within
Fri Jul 24, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Paul Romer Paul Romer
New-growth economist
Paul Romer is developing a radical new model of growth and governance, which calls for the establishment of city-scale special administrative zones. Session 7: Radical Development
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
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Stefan Sagmeister Stefan Sagmeister
Graphic designer
Renowned for album covers, posters and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things. Session 1: What We Know
Tues Jul 21, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Eric Sanderson Eric Sanderson
Landscape ecologist
Armed with an 18th-century map, a GPS and reams of data, Eric Sanderson has re-plotted the Manhattan of 1609, just in time for New York's quadricentennial. Session 11: Cities Past and Future
Fri Jul 24, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Rebecca Saxe Rebecca Saxe
Cognitive neuroscientist
Rebecca Saxe studies how we think about other people's thoughts. At the Saxelab at MIT, she uses fMRI to identify what happens in our brains when we consider the motives, passions and beliefs of others. Session 5: Hidden Algorithm
Wed Jul 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Joshua Silver Joshua Silver
Optical innovator
Atomic physicist Joshua Silver invented liquid-filled optical lenses to produce low-cost, adjustable glasses, giving sight to millions without access to an optometrist. Session 2: Seeing Is Believing?
Tues Jul 21, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
Taryn Simon Taryn Simon
Photographer
With a large-format camera and a knack for talking her way into forbidden zones, Taryn Simon photographs portions of the American infrastructure inaccessible to its inhabitants. Session 8: In the Shadows
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Carolyn Steel Carolyn Steel
Food urbanist
Food is a shared necessity -- but also a shared way of thinking, argues Carolyn Steel. Looking at food networks offers an unusual and illuminating way to explore how cities evolved. Session 11: Cities Past and Future
Fri Jul 24, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
Rory Sutherland Rory Sutherland
Advertising guru
Rory Sutherland stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between ad and entertainment. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
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Itay Talgam Itay Talgam
Conductor and consultant
After a decade-long conducting career in his native Israel, Itay Talgam has reinvented himself as a conductor of people in business. Session 12: Enquire Within
Fri Jul 24, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Paulus Terwitte Paulus Terwitte
Capuchin monk
In a world laden with distractions and complications, Brother Paulus Terwitte is leading a new generation into a simple, contemplative spiritual life. Session 12: Enquire Within
Fri Jul 24, 2009
11:00 – 12:30
Steve Truglia Steve Truglia
Stuntman
Stuntman and record-setter Steve Truglia is planning perhaps the ultimate high dive: a parachute jump from the edge of space, 120,000 feet (36.5 kilometers) up. Session 2: Seeing Is Believing?
Tues Jul 21, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
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Carlos Ulloa Carlos Ulloa
Papervision 3D founder
Carlos Ulloa is the founder of Papervision3D, a popular open-source tool to create real-time 3D environments based on Flash technology. He works as Interactive Director at HelloEnjoy, his own studio in London. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00
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Nick Veasey Nick Veasey
X-ray visionary
Logging countless hours behind an X-ray machine, Nick Veasey illuminates the labyrinthine secrets hidden beneath the exteriors of everyday objects. Session 9: Revealing Energy
Thurs Jul 23, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
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Matthew White Matthew White
Brass virtuoso
Matthew White is a young master of the euphonium, an instrument in the brass family with an ineffably lovely tone. Session 1: What We Know
Tues Jul 21, 2009
2:00 – 3:45
Willard Wigan Willard Wigan
Micro-sculptor
Willard Wigan sculpts figures small enough to fit on the head of a pin. To create these microscopic masterpieces, he works diligently through the stillest hours of the night, between his own heartbeats. Session 2: Seeing Is Believing?
Tues Jul 21, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
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Jonathan Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain
Net watchdog
Jonathan Zittrain wants to make sure the electronic frontier stays open -- and he's looking to the Internet's millions of users for its salvation. Session 3: Connected Consequences
Wed Jul 22, 2009
8:30 – 10:00