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TED India Conference: “The Future Beckons”

The inspirational, energy-filled, and fun TED conference is heading to India this year.  From November 4-7, 2009, TEDIndia will take place in Mysore and bring together speakers and delegates that are reinventing India.  The huge success of TED makes its arrival in India even more exciting.  At TC-I, we covered a few TED talks here, here, and here.

A little background on the TED conference:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, and philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Nandan Nilekani, Jane Goodall, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

The India conference will answer questions like:

  • Which local innovations are destined for global impact?
  • Who are the young thinkers and doers capable of shaping the future?
  • Can there be economic advancement without environmental destruction?
  • Can a pluralistic democracy survive in the face of rising fundamentalism?
  • Can we make money and be good? Really?
  • What should we learn – or fear? — from China’s investment in Africa?
  • Do we have enough water for everyone?
  • How do we keep our youth challenged and our aged healthy?
  • How can anti-poverty solutions be brought to scale?
  • Is there wisdom to be found in traditional medicine?
  • Which other ancient traditions can illuminate modern life?

This will be an event that any social innovator in India will want to attend – register to apply here.

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4 Comments on “TED India Conference: “The Future Beckons””

  • 29 March, 2009, 23:26

    Thanks for writing about the TEDIndia conference. We are also very excited about the conference visiting the subcontinent.

    Keep in mind that we are seeking out 100 TEDIndia Fellows, from around the world but with a distinct South Asian focus. I would encourage all of you to apply. Also if you know of excellent candidates for this program (language, ethnicity, religion, color, caste no bar…as they say in the good ol’ desi papers!), please email us their names and email addresses.

    All details are available at http://www.ted.com/fellows. Applications open April 20th.

    Also, feel free to send nominations or ask ANY questions you may have at fellows AT ted DOT com.

    Look forward to seeing your applications!!
    -pragnya

  • 21 May, 2009, 3:57

    We are all very excited about TED coming to India! For those of you who want to be a part of the TED fellows program, do send in your applications, as among other things, Fellows get to attend a specially formulated pre-conference, an all-expenses paid pass to TEDIndia, transportation to/from the conference site in India, + room/board for the duration. Apply soon. TEDIndia Fellows applications close June 15th, 2009. All the information is available at http://www.ted.com/fellows.
    We look forward to hearing from you!
    fellows AT ted DOT com

    -Kanika

  • Ed Stolman
    13 July, 2009, 17:39

    Why can’t I get info re things bwefore the conference and travel etc. after the conference. I have been calling, wrilting and never get a response.

    This trip has not been planned well at all.

    I really would like a call from whomever plans all this, as time is fleeeting by, and TED has not been responsive.

    My Phone is 707 939 8189, I really think I deserve a call as no one has tried to answer any other way.

    I am sorry to be persistant, but TED has really goofed and not given out any informaation. When you take a trip like this, you need to have the info at the front end and not this late.

  • 3 October, 2009, 2:17

    For the first time in India, PMI is hosting a three day conference on Project management where distinguished speakers from all over the world are invited. Know more at PMI conference website.

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