TEDGlobal 2013 Kicks Off, Asks People to "Think Again"
TEDGlobal 2013 Kicks Off, Asks People to "Think Again" PR Newswire EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 10, 2013 - 900 participants arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland for four-day program featuring 79 talks, performances, and innovative demonstrations EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, begins its annual TEDGlobal conference today in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference, themed "Think Again," is one of the organization's two annual events (the other takes place in North America). It features innovators, global leaders, artists and scientists from around the globe who take the stage for talks, performances, and demonstrations. "Every year TEDGlobal ignites an exciting conversation about the issues that matter most in the world," says TED's European Director Bruno Giussani . "This year's theme reflects the fact that some radical rethinking is needed right now. We really want people to reexamine critical policy, social and economic issues, and to be aware of scientific advances and technologies that are changing the way we work and interact." The TEDGlobal 2013 conference will host 900 attendees from 62 countries at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Scientists, inventors, policy leaders, entrepreneurs and artists will deliver more than 70 main-stage talks and performances – as well as more than a dozen TED University talks given by attendees themselves. Speakers will cover a wide, eclectic spectrum of topics, including the aftermath of the financial crisis, spinal cord treatment breakthroughs, cities of the future, drones, poetry, the neuroscience of sleep, and the rise of Africa. At the conference, a number of innovative technologies will also be unveiled for the first time. TEDGlobal 2013 Speakers and Performers Include: Session 1: Moments of Truth * John Kenny , Carnyx player * George Papandreou , Former Prime Minister of Greece * Steve Howard , Corporate innovator * George Monbiot , Author and campaigner * Manal Al-Sharif , Women's rights activist * Tariq Harb , Classic guitar virtuoso * Anne-Marie Slaughter , Public policy thinker Session 2: Those Flying Things * Raffaello D'Andrea , Autonomous systems visionary * Lian Pin Koh , Drones ecologist * Andreas Raptopoulos , Airborne logistics activist * Daniel Suarez , Sci-fi author * Elizaveta , Musical alchemist * Greg Asner , Airborne ecologist Session 3: Exquisite Enigmatic Us * Hetain Patel , Visual artist * Russell Foster , Circadian neuroscientist * Elizabeth Loftus , False memories scholar * Sandra Aamodt , Neuroscientist and science writer * Kelly McGonigal , Science-help psychologist * Natasha Bedingfield , Singer, songwriter Session 4: Money Talks * Chrystia Freeland , Plutocracy chronicler * Annette Heuser , Rating agency reformer * Toby Eccles , Social investment visionary * Didier Sornette , Risk economist * Apollo Robbins , Gentleman thief * Mariana Mazzucato , Innovation economist Session 5: Listening to Nature * Bernie Krause , Natural sounds legend * Marla Spivak , Bees scholar * Sonia Shah , Science writer * Greg Gage , Neuroscientist * Yaron Herman , Jazz pianist * Suzana Herculano-Houzel , Neuroscientist * Carin Bondar , Wild sex biologist Session 6: World on Its Head * Nassim Assefi , Doctor, novelist, Guest Host * Gabriella Gomez-Mont , Creativity Officer, Guest Host * Teddy Cruz , Architect and urbanist * Holly Morris , Explorer and filmmaker * Juan Pardinas ,Economic policy innovator * Trita Parsi , Historian * Dina El Wedidi , Singer * Tania Bruguera , Performance artist * Lesley Hazleton , Accidental theologist * May El-Khalil , Founder of the Beirut Marathon Session 7: Regeneration * Molly Stevens , Biomaterials researcher * Siddharthan Chandran , Regenerative neurologist * Gregoire Courtine , Spinal cord researcher * Mark Kendall , Biomedical engineer * Fabian Oefner , Photographer * Le Trio Joubran , Oud trio Session 8: State of the Nations * Renata Salecl , Democracy thinker * Eric X. Li , Investor and political scientist * Shereen El Feki , Arab sexuality expert * Johan Rockstrom , Sustainability expert * Lissie , Singer and songwriter * Benjamin Barber , Political theorist Session 9: Forces of Change * Adrian Hong , Advisor, strategist, Guest Host * Erik Hersman , Blogger, technologist, Guest Host * Dambisa Moyo , Global economist * Charles Robertson , Emerging-markets economist * Toby Shapshak , Technology writer * Just a Band , Funk band * Mustafa Abushagur , Former Prime Minister-Elect of Libya * Joseph Kim , North Korean refugee Session 10: Imagined Beauty * Gavin Pretor-Pinney , Cloudspotter * Uri Alon , Systems biologist * Arthur Benjamin , Mathemagician * Alexa Meade , Visual artist * Stephen Burt , Poetry critic * Andras Forgacs , Bioprinting entrepreneur * Pico Iyer , Global author * Jamie Cullum , Jazz-pop singer Session 11: Tech Impact * An Xiao Mina , Creative technologist * Eben Upton , Raspberry Pi inventor * Anant Agarwal , Education innovator * Abha Dawesar , Novelist * Tim Exile , Electromusician * Alessandro Acquisti , Privacy economist Session 12: All Together Now * Michael Sandel , Political philosopher * Charmian Gooch , Anti-corruption activist * Michael Porter , Business strategist * RuthAnne , Singer and songwriter * Salvatore Iaconesi , Open-source engineer and artist * Br. David Steindl-Rast , Monk Throughout the conference, TED's award-winning video team will begin editing talks to share with the world for free on TED.com , where videos have already well surpassed a billion views. Talks from the TEDGlobal 2013 conference will begin to appear on TED.com during the conference and throughout the coming year. The TED blog [ http://blog.ted.com/ ] will also include speaker highlights and critical links. A number of innovative brands and companies have partnered with TED to share ideas and foster an atmosphere of collaboration and conversation at TEDGlobal 2013. This year's partners include ABB, ARUP, Autodesk, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Deutsche Telekom, Fondation Lombard Odier, frog, Getty Images, Intel, InterContinental Hotels Group, Knight Foundation, Novartis, O2, PR Newswire, Renault Nissan, Shell, Skype, State Street, Steelcase, and Walmart. Under the TEDLive membership, the conference will be streamed live to paid members around the globe. TEDGlobal will also be webcast to more than 135 independently organized TEDx events worldwide. The detailed TEDGlobal program and more information can be found online here: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2013/ Details about the TEDLive membership can be found here: http://www.ted.com/pages/tedlive About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com . TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place next spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TED's media initiatives include TED.com , where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDNews , or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED . 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