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Jamil Abu-Wardeh Jamil Abu-Wardeh
Producer
Jamil Abu-Wardeh believes in the community-building power of a shared laugh -- especially in Arabic. He jumpstarted the Dubai standup comedy scene and produced the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour. Session 4: Irrational Choices
Wed Jul 14, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Naif Al-Mutawa Naif Al-Mutawa
Creator, The 99
Naif Al-Mutawa has created a group of comic superheroes based on Islamic culture and religion. They derive their superpowers from the 99 attributes of Allah. Session 1: Global Century
Tues Jul 13, 2010
2:00 – 3:45
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson
TED Curator
After a long career in journalism and publishing, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading. Session 10: Who's the Teacher?
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
5:00 – 6:30
Julian Assange Julian Assange
Whistleblower
Internet activist Julian Assange serves as spokesperson for WikiLeaks, a controversial, volunteer-driven website that publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct. Session 12: Waging Peace
Fri Jul 16, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
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Eben Bayer Eben Bayer
Green designer
Eben Bayer is co-inventor of MycoBond, an organic (really -- it's based on mycelium, a living, growing organism) adhesive that turns agriwaste into a foam-like material for packaging and insulation. Session 6: Different by Design
Wed Jul 14, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Mitchell Besser Mitchell Besser
HIV/AIDS fighter
How can mothers with HIV avoid passing it to their kids? In South Africa, Mitchell Besser tapped a new resource for healthcare: moms themselves. The program he started, mothers2mothers, trains new mothers to educate and support other moms. Session 5: Healthier Together
Wed Jul 14, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
David Bismark David Bismark
Voting system designer
David Bismark has co-developed an electronic voting system that contains a simple and reliable method of verification. Session 6: Different by Design
Wed Jul 14, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
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Patrick Chappatte Patrick Chappatte
Editorial cartoonist
Using clean, simple pencil strokes, editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte wields globally literate and to-the-point humor on world events -- the tragic, the farcical and the absurd. Session 1: Global Century
Tues Jul 13, 2010
2:00 – 3:45
Tom Chatfield Tom Chatfield
Gaming theorist
Tom Chatfield thinks about games -- what we want from them, what we get from them, and how we might use our hard-wired desire for a gamer's reward to change the way we learn. Session 10: Who's the Teacher?
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
5:00 – 6:30
Jason Clay Jason Clay
Market transformer
Jason Clay is a WWF vice-president who works with big corporations to transform the global markets they operate in, so we can produce more with less land, less water and less pollution. Session 11: The Tiny Blue Dot
Fri Jul 16, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Marcel Dicke Marcel Dicke
Ecological entomologist
Marcel Dicke wants us to reconsider our relationship with insects, promoting bugs as a tasty -- and ecologically sound -- alternative to meat in an increasingly hungry world. Session 7: Creatures Great and Small
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Adrian Dolby Adrian Dolby
Organic farmer
Adrian Dolby converted Barrington Park Estate Farms into the UK's largest organic enterprise, proving that financial and ecological sustainability can -- and do -- go hand-in-hand. Session 7: Creatures Great and Small
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby
Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley; now he’s back on the road (with friends) with his new album, "A Map of the Floating City." Session 7: Creatures Great and Small
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Karsu Donmez Karsu Donmez
Singer-songwriter
Young pianist Karsu Donmez was raised on jazz, Chopin and Turkish music; her sound blends the three into a modern take on the blues. Session 5: Healthier Together
Wed Jul 14, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
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Peter Eigen Peter Eigen
Founder, Transparency International
As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He's founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe. Session 8: Adventures in Fairness
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
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Ze Frank Ze Frank
Humorist, web artist
Ze Frank rose to fame on a viral video -- in 2001! He has been making online comedy, web toys and massively shared experiences (like the addictive Young Me Now Me) ever since. Session 11: The Tiny Blue Dot
Fri Jul 16, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Toni Frohoff Toni Frohoff
Wildlife biologist
Toni Frohoff investigates the behavioral and emotional connections between humans and marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins. We want to get to know them. Are they trying to get to know us? Session 7: Creatures Great and Small
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Neil Gershenfeld Neil Gershenfeld
Physicist, personal fab pioneer
As Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, Neil Gershenfeld explores the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds. Session 6: Different by Design
Wed Jul 14, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
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John Hardy John Hardy
Designer, educator
Jewelry designer John Hardy co-founded the extraordinary Green School in Bali, where kids get a holistic and green education. Session 5: Healthier Together
Wed Jul 14, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
Iain Hutchison Iain Hutchison
Facial surgeon
Iain Hutchison is a pioneering oral and facial surgeon; his foundation, Saving Faces, explores the nature of our expressions. Session 3: Found in Translation
Wed Jul 14, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Sheena Iyengar Sheena Iyengar
Psycho-economist
Sheena Iyengar studies how people choose (and what makes us think we're good at it). Session 4: Irrational Choices
Wed Jul 14, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
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Jessica Jackley Jessica Jackley
Microlender
Jessica Jackley is the co-founder of Kiva.org, an online community that helps individuals loan small amounts of money, called microloans, to entrepreneurs throughout the world. Session 8: Adventures in Fairness
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Tim Jackson Tim Jackson
Economist
Tim Jackson studies the links between lifestyle, societal values and the environment to question the primacy of economic growth. Session 8: Adventures in Fairness
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Maz Jobrani Maz Jobrani
Comedian
A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani is now touring with his second solo comedy show, Browner and Friendlier. Session 4: Irrational Choices
Wed Jul 14, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Steven Johnson Steven Johnson
Writer
Steven Berlin Johnson examines the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010
4:45 – 6:30
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Mor Karbasi Mor Karbasi
Singer-songwriter
Jerusalem-born Mor Karbasi's songs are the product of a Middle Eastern melting pot. Session 3: Found in Translation
Wed Jul 14, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Tan Le Tan Le
Entrepreneur
Tan Le is the founder & CEO of Emotiv Lifescience, a bioinformatics company that's working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG). Session 6: Different by Design
Wed Jul 14, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Annie Lennox Annie Lennox
Activist, singer-songwriter
The most successful female British pop musician in history, Annie Lennox has now committed herself to raising awareness of, and supporting actions against, the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010
4:45 – 6:30
Annie Lennox Annie Lennox
Activist, singer-songwriter
The most successful female British pop musician in history, Annie Lennox has now committed herself to raising awareness of, and supporting actions against, the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010
4:45 – 6:30
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Stefano Mancuso Stefano Mancuso
Plant neurobiologist
Stefano Mancuso is a founder of the study of plant neurobiology, which explores signaling and communication at all levels of biological organization, from genetics to molecules, cells and ecological communities. Session 9: The Unknown Brains
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
Nic Marks Nic Marks
Happiness researcher
Nic Marks gathers evidence about what makes us happy, and uses it to promote policy that puts the well-being of people and the planet first. He's the founder of the Centre for Well-Being at the UK think tank New Economics Foundation (NEF). Session 1: Global Century
Tues Jul 13, 2010
2:00 – 3:45
Miwa Matreyek Miwa Matreyek
Multimedia artist
Miwa Matreyek creates performances where real shapes and virtual images trade places, amid layers of animation, video and live bodies. Session 6: Different by Design
Wed Jul 14, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
David McCandless David McCandless
Data journalist
David McCandless draws beautiful conclusions from complex datasets -- thus revealing unexpected insights into our world. Session 3: Found in Translation
Wed Jul 14, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Christien Meindertsma Christien Meindertsma
Artist
Christien Meindertsma uses art (and craft) to expose the hidden processes and connections of our modern life. Session 7: Creatures Great and Small
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Gero Miesenboeck Gero Miesenboeck
Optogeneticist
Using light and a little genetic engineering -- optogenetics -- Gero Miesenboeck has developed a way to control how living nerve cells work, and advanced understanding of how the brain controls behavior. Session 9: The Unknown Brains
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
Inge Missmahl Inge Missmahl
Analytical psychologist
By building psychosocial care into the primary health care system in Afghanistan, Inge Missmahl offers hope to a society traumatized by decades of conflict and insecurity. Session 5: Healthier Together
Wed Jul 14, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
Sugata Mitra Sugata Mitra
Education researcher
Educational researcher Sugata Mitra is the winner of the 2013 TED Prize. His wish: Build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another. Session 10: Who's the Teacher?
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
5:00 – 6:30
Peter Molyneux Peter Molyneux
Game changer
The head of Microsoft's European games division, Peter Molyneux is building an astonishing new "virtual friend" who interacts with you. Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010
4:45 – 6:30
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Joseph Nye Joseph Nye
Diplomat
The former assistant secretary of defense and former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Joseph Nye offers sharp insights into the way nations take and cede power. Session 1: Global Century
Tues Jul 13, 2010
2:00 – 3:45
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Emily Pilloton Emily Pilloton
Humanitarian design activist
Emily Pilloton wrote Design Revolution, a book about 100-plus objects and systems designed to make people's lives better. In 2010, her design nonprofit began an immersive residency in Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest and most rural county in the state. Session 6: Different by Design
Wed Jul 14, 2010
5:00 – 6:45
Arthur Potts Dawson Arthur Potts Dawson
Green chef
Arthur Potts Dawson wants us to take responsibility not just for the food we eat, but how we shop for and even dispose of it. And he's showing the way -- with impeccable taste. Session 5: Healthier Together
Wed Jul 14, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
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: Irrational Choices
Wed Jul 14, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
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Matt Ridley Matt Ridley
Rational optimist
Matt Ridley argues that, through history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, "ideas having sex with each other." Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010
4:45 – 6:30
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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi
Activist and social entrepreneur
Iraqi-born Zainab Salbi founded and runs Women for Women International, and has dedicated her life to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities. Session 12: Waging Peace
Fri Jul 16, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Laurie Santos Laurie Santos
Cognitive psychologist
Laurie Santos studies primate psychology and monkeynomics -- testing problems in human psychology on primates, who (not so surprisingly) have many of the same predictable irrationalities we do. Session 4: Irrational Choices
Wed Jul 14, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai
Dancer, actor, activist
As the leader of Darpana, Mallika Sarabhai is a pioneer in using dance and the arts for social change. Session 12: Waging Peace
Fri Jul 16, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Dimitar Sasselov Dimitar Sasselov
Astronomer
Dimitar Sasselov works on uniting the physical and life sciences in the hunt for answers to the question of how life began. Session 11: The Tiny Blue Dot
Fri Jul 16, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Sebastian Seung Sebastian Seung
Computational neuroscientist
Sebastian Seung is a leader in the new field of connectomics, currently the hottest space in neuroscience, which studies, in once-impossible detail, the wiring of the brain. Session 9: The Unknown Brains
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
Elif Shafak Elif Shafak
Novelist
Elif Shafak explicitly defies definition -- her writing blends East and West, feminism and tradition, the local and the global, Sufism and rationalism, creating one of today's most unique voices in literature. Session 3: Found in Translation
Wed Jul 14, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
Rachel Sussman Rachel Sussman
Artist, photographer
Rachel Sussman is on a quest to celebrate the resilience of life by identifying and photographing continuous-living organisms that are 2,000 years or older, all around the world. Session 11: The Tiny Blue Dot
Fri Jul 16, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Heribert Watzke Heribert Watzke
Food scientist
Heribert Watzke studies the brain in our gut -- and works to develop new kinds of food that will satisfy our bodies and minds. Session 9: The Unknown Brains
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
2:30 – 4:15
Chris Wild Chris Wild
Retronaut
Chris Wild calls himself a "retronaut," which he defines as "someone who goes back in time using just perception." Session 2: Human Systems
Tues Jul 13, 2010
4:45 – 6:30
Stefan Wolff Stefan Wolff
Ethnic conflicts scholar
Stefan Wolff studies contemporary conflicts, focusing on the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in postconflict reconstruction in deeply divided and war-torn societies. Session 12: Waging Peace
Fri Jul 16, 2010
11:15 – 1:00
Conrad Wolfram Conrad Wolfram
Mathematician
Conrad Wolfram runs the worldwide arm of Wolfram Research, the mathematical lab behind the cutting-edge knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha. Session 10: Who's the Teacher?
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
5:00 – 6:30
Sheryl WuDunn Sheryl WuDunn
Author, journalist
As a journalist reporting on China, Sheryl WuDunn saw the everyday oppression of women around the world. She and Nick Kristof wrote "Half the Sky," chronicling women's stories of horror and, especially, hope. Session 1: Global Century
Tues Jul 13, 2010
2:00 – 3:45
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Ethan Zuckerman Ethan Zuckerman
Blogger, digital visionary
Ethan Zuckerman studies how the world -- the whole world -- uses new media to share information and moods across cultures, languages and platforms. Session 3: Found in Translation
Wed Jul 14, 2010
8:30 – 10:15
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Auret van Heerden Auret van Heerden
Labor-rights activist
At the head of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Auret van Heerden takes a practical approach to workers' rights, persuading corporations and NGOs to protect labor in global supply chains. Session 8: Adventures in Fairness
Thurs Jul 15, 2010
11:15 – 1:00