7 06 2012

This weekend, Tim and I are heading to Phnom Penh for a Tedx conference. If you’ve never heard of Ted, and their thousands of TedTalks, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The website describes it like this:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader… We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers.

There are two official Ted conferences each year but there are hundreds of affiliated events every month, referred to as the Tedx program. The second annual TedxPhnomPenh is being held on Saturday. This year’s theme is “Aspirations. Inspirations. Generations.” and features talks on ARTrepreneurship, the importance of language learning, building rule of law and much more. You can see the complete line-up of speakers here.

Can’t attend a Ted conference? No problem because the brief, accessible and inspiring talks are online. Check out some of our favorites below.

Katie’s short list

French artist JR turns the world inside out through public art.

Another Frenchy, Esther Duflo is a brilliant economist who lists three evidence-based ways to improve development. (Hey fellow PCVs, you should watch this).

Tim’s short list

They’re not the best presenters, but  Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche are doing really cool things with food.

Sir Ken Robinson explores the question, “What if creativity were valued as much as literacy?”






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20 07 2012
TedxPhnomPenh Videos Available « TimKat's Travels

[…] when Tim and I went to the Tedx conference in June? Well, the videos of the talks are now available. Please feel free to check out the […]

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