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What’s planned for Zouk Mikael (Lebanon) this Sept. 12? A special TEDx session?
I have been hearing and reading terms like ‘salon,’ ‘innovation,’ inspiration’ and ‘TEDx’ in the last three years.  Many people are not exposed to these key words, being thrown around and they are not sure what it’s all about?
It’s about conferences being held around the world for ‘ideas worth spreading’. You could read their website but it’s so full of the word ‘TED’ that it just about makes you dizzy, so here’s a quick re-cap of what they do and why you’d want to be involved in their next salon.
I attended many sessions in Awkar at Patsy and Riad apartment and they were energy recharging events. Engaged people discussing freely on topics being screened, in a very relaxed and homey environment

Time Out Editors posted on Aug 27 2012:


The annual TED conference brings together “humble” geniuses, ideas-people, movers and shakers to talk about technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business and development. It’s basically the best day of lectures that your university never gave you.
But it’s not just the conference, there’s kind of TED everything (hence the confusion.) There’s the Talks, which are the video recordings of lectures from the conference that are available to watch online.
Add the Open Translation Programme, and you’ve got yourself the Talks videos in over 40 languages, made almost entirely by volunteer translators.
There’s the Global conference that has a more international spin, and the TEDx program which is what they’ve got going on in Beirut. The ‘x’ programmes are independently and locally run sessions that follow the mantra of the main conference. At the programme, they screen a couple of TED Talks videos followed by group discussions, and often enlist a couple of local minds for live presentations.
This round of TEDxBeirut has roped guest speaker Yorgui Teyrouz for a Q&A following the video screenings.
I read that transportation will be available from Beirut to Zouk Michael. And that’s a great facility: Transportation is not easy in this tiny Lebanon, even with the crowding of all kinds of private cars. Still, you have got to reach Beirut from where you are located.
There’s also a reception after the conference for a spot of networking. The places at TEDxBeirut book up fast, so register now to join this global community of forward-thinking individuals.

Register for Wednesday Sept. 14 session for TEDxBeirutSalon at the Youth and Culture Center, Zouk Mikael. Register here:

“Be the change you wish to see”: Back to TEDxBeirut?

Count on Lebanese to review past event, like the TEDxBeirut that was held in September of last year.  This time around, it is worthwhile a serious recollection of this non-profit project that came through with flying color. It was a great event that required 6 months preparation and the exhausting last month, which prevented two dozens in the board from getting a couple of sleep daily.

A few members in the organizing board had quit secure and well-paying jobs, a few risked being fired by spending work-hours doing something else other than their paying work, a few stacked up phone bills of around a $1,000, and a few shifted the entire focus of their consultancy towards a non profitable project.

I have posted many articles on TEDxBeirut, TEDxRamallah and other sessions…

Note 1: I wish we could get the full translation of the video presentation: It is very hard to listen to the video with the slow internet connection in Lebanon and many regions of the world. In any case, I am the type who enjoy reading and not sit still and listen when in front of computers…

Note 2:

Technology, Education, & Development (TED) corporation: Who is Chris Anderson?

The weekly British The Observer published a long portrait of Chris Anderson, and described him as global “master of ideas”. Chris is a man of media who is doing his best to becoming a source of real information acceding to the real world”.

Chris has been organizing “TED Talks” since 2001, and disseminated all kinds of topics. The talks are accessible on Internet, and TED is celebrating the visit of 500 million users to its varied talks.

Every year, TEDGlobal invites specialists in many domain of knowledge, with objective of extending “an idea worth disseminating” in less than 18 minutes.

The latest event was held in Edinburgh between 11 to 15 of July. Over 70 speakers took turn on the podium. Chris declared: “I am persuaded that these conferences could have impacts on every one of us, aid us reach a higher level of mental development“.

Chris was born in Pakistan in 1957 and studied in India. His parents were missionaries.

He earned a diploma in philosophy from Oxford and worked for the written press and radio.  Later, Chris created two media groups: Future Publishing and Imagine Media (focusing on mass public electronic advances).

As the enterprises of Chris developed and flourished, he instituted a non-lucrative private foundation “The Sapling Foundation” with goal of discovering “New ways of resolving global problems, taking advantage of media, technology, entrepreneurship, and ideas”.

In 2001,  The Sapling Foundation acquires TED, and Chris quit the world of business to concentrate his energy to TED corporation. The yearly conferences are reserved for the elite classes who can afford high fees, but all the talks are then licensed (for free?) to local entrepreneurs wishing to disseminate the talks in their communities and States.

Chris boast that “Only in TED can we ask critical questions and reply with a variety of approaches and alternatives”.

Many obscure professors and authors managed to get world recognition simply by being selected and chaperoned to speak on TED conferences.  The speakers are trained to give the image of rock stars as they take the podium.

Chris has offered a free video support on Internet and enlarged access to ideas. The next objective is “to constitute a knowledge-base of pedagogic resources that all classrooms in the world may access and use…”

Note 1: I have published many articles on TED speakers. Currently, I was focusing on the speakers in TEDxRamallah and TEDxBeirut. For example,

Note 2: This article extracted a few information from a piece published in the French weekly Courrier International # 1082




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