May 18 — July 10

Schedule

Learn more about the astonishing group of speakers who will share bold ideas, tough truths and jaw-dropping creative visions at TED2020.
Speaker lineup subject to change.

TED2020 program

All times are:

Monday, May 18, 12:00PM - 12:45PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 1

Join a live interview dedicated to reshaping a better future.

Hosted by Chris Anderson + Whitney Pennington Rodgers

Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
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Kristalina Georgieva has helped shape the agenda of the European Union.

Kristalina Georgieva became the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in October 2019. Before joining the IMF, she was CEO of the World Bank from January 2017 to September 2019 and served as interim president of the World Bank Group for three months.

Georgieva served as the European Commission vice president for Budget and Human Resources, overseeing the European Union's €161 billion (US $175 billion) budget and 33,000 staff members and working to address the Euro area debt crisis and the 2015 refugee crisis. As commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets. 

Prior to joining the European Commission, Georgieva worked for 17 years at the World Bank, where she began as an environmental economist in 1993. In 2008, she became its vice president and corporate secretary, serving as the interlocutor between the World Bank Group's senior management, its board of directors and its shareholder countries. While at the World Bank, she held a number of other senior positions, including director for Sustainable Development, director for the Russian Federation in Moscow, director for Environment, and director for Environment and Social Development for the East Asia and Pacific Region.

Georgieva serves as cochair of the Global Commission on Adaptation to climate change and cochair of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. She has authored and coauthored more than 100 publications on environmental and economic policy topics, including textbooks on macro- and microeconomics. 

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1953, Georgieva holds a PhD in economic science and a MA in political economy and sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, where she was an associate professor from 1977 to 1993. During her academic career, she was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2010, she was named "European of the Year" and "Commissioner of the Year" by European Voice for her leadership in the EU's humanitarian response to crises.

Twitter: @KGeorgieva   ·   https://www.imf.org/About/senior-officials/Bios/kristalina-georgieva ×

Chris Anderson

Head of TED
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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.

Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of 'TED Talks' -- short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.

Chris was born in a remote village in Pakistan in 1957. He spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and he attended an American school in the Himalayas for his early education. After boarding school in Bath, England, he went on to Oxford University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Chris then trained as a journalist, working in newspapers and radio, including two years producing a world news service in the Seychelles Islands.

Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK's early computer magazines. A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN. Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.

This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.

He expanded the conference's remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a Fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients "one wish to change the world." The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to 'ideas worth spreading,' part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online. The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.

Continuing a strategy of 'radical openness,' in 2009 Chris introduced the TEDx initiative, allowing free licenses to local organizers who wished to organize their own TED-like events. More than 8,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 60,000 TEDx talks. And three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched, offering free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.

TED.com   ·   @TEDChris ×

Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
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Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Tuesday, May 19, 12:00PM - 12:45PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 2

A live interview discussing the future of capitalism, commerce and cash. Hosted by Corey Hajim + Whitney Pennington Rodgers

Dan Schulman

President and CEO, PayPal
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PayPal president and CEO Dan Schulman is committed to improving the financial lives of people and businesses around the world.

With extensive corporate experience and a lifelong commitment to social justice, Dan Schulman believes the private sector has a responsibility to serve multiple stakeholders and to improve the state of the world.

Schulman has been recognized as one of Fortune's top 20 businesspeople of the year for three consecutive years and has received "Visionary Awards" from the Council for Economic Education in 2017 and the Financial Health Network in 2018 for his promotion of economic and financial literacy to create a better informed society. He is committed to building a world where everyone has access to economic opportunity, which he advances through his work as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Steering Committee to promote global financial inclusion.


Twitter: @dan_schulman   ·   linkedin.com/in/dan-schulman ×

Corey Hajim

TED business curator
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Corey Hajim is TED's business curator, working with speakers for TED across multiple platforms.

Prior to TED, Corey Hajim spent a decade in finance, most recently as a portfolio manager and analyst at a hedge fund based in New York, where she managed investments in consumer, media and technology equities. She also spent three years as a reporter at Fortune Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and earned her MBA at Harvard Business School, where she co-authored case studies with two professors and ran the weekly newspaper, The Harbus. Hajim spent her early career in production, editorial management, marketing and research.

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Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
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Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Wednesday, May 20, 12:00PM - 12:50PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 3

Join a live interview with Uri Alon on a better way to get back to work. Followed by a live interview with Georges Benjamin on how to ensure health for all after the pandemic.

Hosted by David Biello + Chris Anderson

Uri Alon

Biologist
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Uri Alon studies how cells work, using an array of tools (including improv theater) to understand the biological circuits that perform the functions of life.

Trained as a physicist, Uri Alon is a pioneer in the field of systems biology. He combines experiment and theory to understand general principles in biology. His work defined the small set of recurring circuits in biological systems called network motifs. In his lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, students use tools from physics, neurobiology, computer science and concepts from improv theatre to study basic principles of interactions. They investigate the protein circuits within a cell and look for basic interaction patterns that recur throughout biological networks.

Alon has published over 120 highly cited papers, including the classic paper on lab behavior called "How to Choose a Good Scientific Problem," which takes a step back from the rush to get grants and publish papers to ask: How can a good lab foster growth and self-motivated research? He writes, advocates and even sings about the importance of human relationships in science.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Alon earned his BSc degree in physics and mathematics, his MSc degree in physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his PhD in theoretical physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After conducting postdoctoral studies in the Departments of Physics and Molecular Biology at Princeton University for three years, he joined the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the Weizmann Institute as a senior scientist in 1999. He was promoted to associate professor in 2004 and full professor in 2008. His prizes and honors include the Moore Fellowship, California Institute of Technology (2000), EMBO Young Investigator Award (2001), Minerva Junior Research Group on Biological Computation (2003), Morris L. Levinson Award in Biology, Weizmann Institute Scientific Council (2003), IBM Faculty Award (2003), Teva Founders Prize (2005), EMBO membership (2007), Michael Bruno Memorial Award (2009) and Radcliffe Fellowship (2009).

Twitter: @urialonweizmann   ·   weizmann.ac.il/mcb/UriAlon/homepage ×

Chris Anderson

Head of TED
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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.

Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of 'TED Talks' -- short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.

Chris was born in a remote village in Pakistan in 1957. He spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and he attended an American school in the Himalayas for his early education. After boarding school in Bath, England, he went on to Oxford University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Chris then trained as a journalist, working in newspapers and radio, including two years producing a world news service in the Seychelles Islands.

Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK's early computer magazines. A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN. Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.

This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.

He expanded the conference's remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a Fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients "one wish to change the world." The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to 'ideas worth spreading,' part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online. The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.

Continuing a strategy of 'radical openness,' in 2009 Chris introduced the TEDx initiative, allowing free licenses to local organizers who wished to organize their own TED-like events. More than 8,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 60,000 TEDx talks. And three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched, offering free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.

TED.com   ·   @TEDChris ×

David Biello

TED science curator, author
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David Biello is TED's science curator and the author of "The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age."
A contributing editor at Scientific American, David Biello has written about all things science, from geoengineering and geology to synthetic biology and the sixth extinction.
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Georges C. Benjamin

Executive Director, American Public Health Association
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One of the United States' most influential physician leaders, Georges C. Benjamin speaks passionately about the health issues that have the most impact on our nation today.

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is a health policy leader, practitioner and administrator and serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since 2002. He is a former secretary of health for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state's Medicaid program. In April 2016 President Obama appointed him to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation's critical infrastructure.

An established administrator, author and orator, Benjamin started his medical career in 1981 in Tacoma, Washington, where he managed a 72,000-patient visit ambulatory care service as chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at the Madigan Army Medical Center and was an attending physician within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He then served as chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After leaving the Army, he chaired the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He was promoted to acting commissioner for public health for the District of Columbia and later directed one of the busiest ambulance services in the nation as interim director of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department.

Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several nonprofit boards such as Research!America, the Truth Foundation and the Reagan-Udall Foundation.

apha.org/about-apha/executive-board-and-staff/apha-staff/georges-c-benjamin-md   ·   Twitter: @GeorgesBenjami7 ×
Thursday, May 21, 8:00PM - 9:15PM EDT

Mainstage Session 1: Listening to Nature

Lean back and watch a range of talks, interviews and performances; all designed to take you on a journey of curiosity, learning, wonder and inspiration.

Hosted by Chris Anderson + Helen Walters

Ariel Waldman

Antarctic explorer, NASA advisor
An artist who's pivoted to science, Ariel Waldman creates multidisciplinary, creative collaborations that explore the world under our feet (and beyond our atmosphere).

Ariel Waldman is the chair of the council for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program, dedicated to developing long-term aerospace travel concepts. She's the principal investigator of a five-week expedition to Antarctica to film microscopic life beneath the ice and the host and producer of Offworld, a show on Adam Savage's Tested. 

Waldman is the global director of Science Hack Day, a grassroots endeavor to prototype science projects based in 30 countries. In 2013, she received an honor from the Obama White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.

arielwaldman.com   ·   Twitter: @arielwaldman ×

Tracy Edwards

Trailblazer
Tracy Edwards battled against the odds (and the sea) to become the first woman to win the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy in 1990.

Tracy Edwards gained international fame in 1990 as the skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world. The team raced in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. Her 58-foot yacht Maiden won two legs and came second overall in her class, the best result for a British boat since 1977 and unbeaten to this day. Edwards was awarded an MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy. She paved the way for other women to follow. She published the book Maiden in 1990, and it became number one the New York Times bestseller list for 19 weeks.

Following her success with Maiden, Edwards entered the Jules Verne Trophy in 1998, again with an all-female crew. This yachting trophy is for the fastest circumnavigation around the world with no stopping and no outside assistance. While on course to smash the record for more than half of their route, her team was thwarted when the mast snapped in treacherous seas off coast of Chile. During their attempt, Edwards and her team broke seven world records.

In 2014 Maiden was found rotting in the Seychelles. Edwards began raising funds in order to bring the yacht back to the UK. Thanks to the generous support of HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Maiden has been restored to her former glory. Now this iconic piece of British maritime history has embarked on a three-year world tour to raise funds for The Maiden Factor Foundation, a funding project that empower girls through education.

themaidenfactor.org   ·   tracyedwards.com ×

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Cellist
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the youngest classical instrumentalist and first-ever cellist to reach the UK Top 10.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason was greeted with universal acclaim in May 2018 after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, he performs in major orchestras and concert halls worldwide. He plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello (circa 1610) on loan from a private collection. 

Kanneh-Mason is currently a full-time ABRSM Scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music. He began learning the cello at the age of six and then studied at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, where he held the ABRSM Junior Scholarship. A keen chamber musician, he performs with his sister, Isata, and brother, Braimah, as a member of the Kanneh-Mason Trio. He was appointed a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year's Honors list.

From 2018 to 2019, Kanneh-Mason was a "young artist in residence" at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, taking part in the orchestra's education program and performing in Liverpool. He is passionate about making classical music accessible to all and is an ambassador for music education charities London Music Masters and Future Talent.

shekukannehmason.com   ·   Twitter: @ShekuKM ×

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Pianist
Isata Kanneh-Mason has been heralded as one of the most promising musicians of our time.

Isata Kanneh-Mason's debut album, Romance, drew popular and critical acclaim, entering the UK classical charts at #1 when it was released in July 2019. Gramophone magazine hailed the recording as "one of the most charming and engaging debuts," and Classic FM praised Kanneh-Mason as "a player of considerable talent." Kanneh-Mason recorded the album as an homage to composer and pianist Clara Schumann in the year of what would have been her 200th birthday, selecting works from across Schumann's compositional output, including solo piano pieces, a sonata, chamber music and a piano concerto.

While continuing her postgraduate studies as a Gwendolyn Reiche scholar at London's Royal Academy of Music, Kanneh-Mason has embarked on a successful concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, solo recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and abroad, including a return to King's Place in solo recital and a debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. She also performs with her siblings, including regular duo recitals with her brother, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Kanneh-Mason reached her category final in the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, winning the Walter Todds Bursary for the most promising musician. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Academy as an Elton John scholar and performed with Sir Elton in 2013 in Los Angeles.

kannehmasons.com   ·   Twitter: @isatakm ×

Dallas Taylor

Host/creator of "Twenty Thousand Hertz" podcast
Dallas Taylor is host of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast on sound.

Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the most recognizable and interesting sounds. He is also the creative director of Defacto Sound, a sound design company where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series. Dallas is a regular contributor to major publications and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.

Twitter: @d_llas   ·   dallastaylor.com ×

Jane Goodall

Primatologist, conservationist
Dubbed "the woman who redefined man" by her biographer, Jane Goodall has changed our perceptions of primates, people and the connection between the two.

Jane Goodall hasn't exactly found the missing link, but she's come closer than just about anyone else on Earth. Her extensive research into the behavior of chimpanzees, which started in Africa in the 1960s and continues today, fundamentally altered scientific thinking about the relationship between humans and other mammals.

Goodall, who founded a research institute in her name in 1977, is an internationally recognized authority on the primate world. She's written books for adults and children, contributed to documentaries and serves as a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, a United Nations peace messenger and the president of Advocates for Animals. For her efforts to observe and preserve all species, Goodall has received honors and accolades from governments, nonprofits, universities and professional organizations, including a medal from UNESCO and the French Legion of Honor in 2006.

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Chris Anderson

Head of TED
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.

Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of 'TED Talks' -- short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.

Chris was born in a remote village in Pakistan in 1957. He spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and he attended an American school in the Himalayas for his early education. After boarding school in Bath, England, he went on to Oxford University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Chris then trained as a journalist, working in newspapers and radio, including two years producing a world news service in the Seychelles Islands.

Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK's early computer magazines. A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN. Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.

This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.

He expanded the conference's remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a Fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients "one wish to change the world." The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to 'ideas worth spreading,' part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online. The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.

Continuing a strategy of 'radical openness,' in 2009 Chris introduced the TEDx initiative, allowing free licenses to local organizers who wished to organize their own TED-like events. More than 8,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 60,000 TEDx talks. And three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched, offering free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.

TED.com   ·   @TEDChris ×
Thursday, May 21, 9:15PM - 10:15PM EDT

Social Hour

Connect with other TEDsters and TED staff over small group conversations.
Friday, May 22, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

Deep dive workshops, activities, small group conversations with speakers, discussions and more.
Tuesday, May 26, 12:00PM - 12:50PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 4

A live interview with Marcelo Mena discussing how people power is the antidote to climate catastrophe. Followed by a conversation with Nigel Topping on the future of climate and the pandemic.

Hosted by Whitney Pennington Rodgers + Bruno Giussani

Marcelo Mena

Former environment minister of Chile
An environmentalist and former minister of the environment, Marcelo Mena is helping Chile make a low emission, resilient and inclusive transition to zero emissions by 2050.

Marcelo Mena is a scientist and professor turned activist and policymaker. He is the director of the Climate Action Center at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) and the Chile Office of the Global Center on Adaptation. Previously he was the practice manager in climate research at the World Bank and the former vice minister and minister of the environment for Chile under President Bachelet from 2014 to 2018. He spearheaded multiple environmental initiatives such as taxes on new car sales and power generation based on local and global air pollution -- the first of their kinds globally. He helped craft a landmark agreement to phase out coal power generation, create 45 thousand square kilometers of national parks, protect 1.3 million square kilometers of ocean and institute the first national plastic bag ban in the Americas. 

At the World Bank, Mena helped create the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, which includes 53 ministers that manage 2.9 trillion dollars a year in national budgets, or 10 percent of global GDP, contributed to the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaption and Resilience and helped design of the new phase of NDC Support Facility.

Mena earned his PhD in environmental engineering, focusing his research on estimating the externalities of biofuels, power generation, transportation and residential heating. He used his research to advocate for renewable energy and push for more stringent regulations to stop dirty coal power generation in Chile. In his career, he has received awards from UNEP, National Geographic, Oceans Unite, NASA and EPA as well as fellowships from MIT and the Fulbright Commission.

Google Scholar   ·   Twitter: @marcelomena ×

Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Nigel Topping

UK High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26
Appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020, Nigel Topping is the UK's High-Level Climate Action Champion.

Nigel Topping strengthens collaboration and drives action from businesses, investors, organizations, cities and regions on climate change and coordinates this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He works alongside the Chilean High-Level Climate Action Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz.

Topping was most recently CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project, following an 18 year career in the private sector where he worked across the world in emerging markets and manufacturing.

Twitter: @topnigel   ·   cdp.net ×

Bruno Giussani

TED Global curator
Bruno Giussani is the Global Curator of TED and Chairman of FIFDH, the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights.
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Wednesday, May 27, 12:00PM - 12:50PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 5

A live interview with Joia Mukherjee about contact tracing at the scale the world needs. Followed by a live conversation with Karen DeSalvo about tech’s potential role in combatting a pandemic.

Hosted by Chris Anderson + Whitney Pennington Rodgers

Joia Mukherjee

Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health
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Dr. Joia Mukherjee is dedicated to improving health care options in poor communities.

Joia Mukherjee MD, MPH is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and chief medical officer of Partners In Health (PIH), an international medical charity that works to provide a preferential health care option for the poor. She is an internist, a pediatrician, an infectious disease doctor and public health specialist.

Mukherjee supports PIH's efforts to provide high-quality, comprehensive health care to the poor in partnership with local communities and health officials in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo Nation. Her clinical focus includes HIV, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, mental health, ebola and human resources for health and health systems strengthening.

Mukherjee collaborates with Harvard's Global Health Delivery Project and teaches social medicine, infectious disease and human rights to medical students, residents and fellows at a wide variety of US and international institutions. She helped create a new residency and fellowship training program for Rwandan and Haitian physicians and global health residencies and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities.

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Chris Anderson

Head of TED
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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.

Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of 'TED Talks' -- short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.

Chris was born in a remote village in Pakistan in 1957. He spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and he attended an American school in the Himalayas for his early education. After boarding school in Bath, England, he went on to Oxford University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Chris then trained as a journalist, working in newspapers and radio, including two years producing a world news service in the Seychelles Islands.

Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK's early computer magazines. A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN. Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.

This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.

He expanded the conference's remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a Fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients "one wish to change the world." The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to 'ideas worth spreading,' part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online. The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.

Continuing a strategy of 'radical openness,' in 2009 Chris introduced the TEDx initiative, allowing free licenses to local organizers who wished to organize their own TED-like events. More than 8,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 60,000 TEDx talks. And three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched, offering free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.

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Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
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Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Karen DeSalvo

Chief Health Officer, Google
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Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a nationally recognized health policy leader working at the intersection of medicine, public health and information technology to improve the health of people and their communities.

Dr. Karen DeSalvo is the Chief Health Officer of Google Health. She is a physician and health care leader working at the intersection of medicine, public health and information technology. At Google Health, DeSalvo leads a team of health professionals who provide clinical guidance for the development of Google's research, products and services. She served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting) in the Obama Administration. DeSalvo was New Orleans Health Commissioner following Hurricane Katrina. Throughout her career, she has inspired new generations of medical and public health professionals to approach health by addressing the physical, emotional and social needs of patients and communities.

Twitter: @kbdesalvo   ·   linkedin.com/in/karen-desalvo-0b4606b ×
Thursday, May 28, 8:00PM - 9:15PM EDT

Mainstage Session 2: Values Reset

Lean back and watch a range of talks, interviews and performances; all designed to take you on a journey of curiosity, learning, wonder and inspiration.

Abigail Disney

Filmmaker, activist
Abigail Disney turned her back on LA and the cinematic "family business" in 1984, was reborn as an activist and found her way back to film as a documentary director and producer.

Abigail Disney was born and raised in the shadow of the Walt Disney Studio. In 1984, she moved to New York and quickly became involved in work benefitting low-income families. As a full-time activist, her work focused on women and families and then politics and leadership. 

During her journey as an activist, Disney encountered the story that would become her first film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which was short-listed for the 2008 Academy Awards. Since then, she's made many documentaries and cofounded Level Forward, a multimedia company dedicated to supporting new creative voices. Her directorial debut, The Armor of Light, won an Emmy in 2017.

Twitter: @abigaildisney   ·   Instagram: @abigaildisney ×

Adeola Fayehun

Journalist, satirist
Adeola Fayehun combines her passion for activism with her training in journalism to tell African stories on YouTube with humor.

Adeola Fayehun is a Nigerian journalist and political satirist who focuses on geopolitical, social and economic issues affecting Africans. She hosts a satirical news show on YouTube called Keeping It Real with Adeola, produced and published on the "Adeola Fayehun" YouTube channel. Previously, she worked for Sahara Reporters.

Fayehun gained notoriety in 2015 for her controversial street interview with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, during which she asked him when he would step down from office. In 2013, she interviewed former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on the streets of New York City and pressed him about his response to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Twitter: @AdeolaFayehun   ·   youtube.com/AdeolaFayehun ×

Rufus Wainwright

Musical artist, songwriter
Praised by the New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation.

New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright has released seven studio albums with three DVDs and three live albums, including the Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with artists including Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting and producer Mark Ronson.

Making a name for himself in the classical music world, Wainwright's acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009 and was performed in London, New York, Paris, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong. His second opera, based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, premiered in October 2018 at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and won a Dora Award for Outstanding New Opera.

Wainwright has distinguished himself by playing original orchestrated pop songs, orchestral settings of 9 Shakespeare Sonnets and pieces from an extensive classical repertoire with orchestras around the world such as the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Residentie Orchestra, Orchestre National de Ille de France and the orchestra of the Teatro Real. He has appeared at many of the world's greatest concert halls and festivals, including Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera, Teatro Colon, Hollywood Bowl, the Elbphilharmonie, the Olympia, Glastonbury, Roskilde and the Kennedy Honors.

Wainwright has written and recorded songs for a wide variety of movies and TV shows, including Brokeback Mountain, Shrek, Judy, Meet the Robinsons, The Aviator, Moulin Rouge and "Boardwalk Empire." He and his sister, Martha Wainwright, continue the legacy of their mother, Canadian folk icon Kate McGarrigle, and raise funds for the Kate McGarrigle Fund for sarcoma research and a music therapy program. He has completed a new studio pop album, Unfollow the Rules; the album's songs and production harken back to his explosive debut album that celebrates the sound and musical heritage of Los Angeles. He is working on a number of film, podcast and musical projects. He lives in Los Angeles with husband Jörn Weisbrodt and shares custody of his daughter with her mother.

rufuswainwright.com   ·   Twitter: @rufuswainwright ×

Barry Schwartz

Psychology professor
Barry Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology, offering startling insights into modern life.

In his 2004 book The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz tackles one of the great mysteries of modern life: Why is it that societies of great abundance -- where individuals are offered more freedom and choice (personal, professional, material) than ever before -- are now witnessing a near-epidemic of depression? Conventional wisdom tells us that greater choice is for the greater good, but Schwartz argues the opposite: He makes a compelling case that the abundance of choice in today's western world is actually making us miserable. 

Schwartz belives that Infinite choice is paralyzing and exhausting for the human psyche. It leads us to set unreasonably high expectations, question our choices before we even make them and blame our failures entirely on ourselves. His relatable examples, from consumer products (jeans, TVs, salad dressings) to lifestyle choices (where to live, what job to take, who and when to marry), underscore his central point that too much choice undermines happiness.

Schwartz's previous research has addressed morality, decision-making and the varied inter-relationships between science and society. Before Paradox he published The Costs of Living, which traces the impact of free-market thinking on the explosion of consumerism -- and the effect of the new capitalism on social and cultural institutions that once operated above the market, such as medicine, sports and the law. Both books level serious criticism of modern Western society, illuminating the under-reported psychological plagues of our time. But they also offer concrete ideas on addressing these problems, from a personal and societal level.

Schwartz is the author of the TED Book, Why We Work, and a professor of social theory at Swarthmore College.

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Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback
An elite quarterback in the NFL, a business entrepreneur and a community leader, Russell Wilson is dedicated to excellence.

Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, Russell Wilson has led the team to more wins than any other quarterback in team history, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII (2013). In 2014, he led Seattle to a second straight Super Bowl berth as a two-time NFC Champion (2013, 2014). He holds the NFL record for most regular season wins by a quarterback in his first five seasons and the record for the most passing touchdowns in a season by a rookie. He also holds the second-highest passer rating in NFL history, behind Aaron Rodgers. He played collegiate football at North Carolina State and the University of Wisconsin where he set numerous records and garnered national acclaim.

As an extension of his work on the field, Russell partnered with famed mental conditioning coach Trevor Moawad to found Limitless Minds, a business coaching consultancy dedicated to optimizing performance and enriching culture within some of the world's top organizations. In 2014, he founded the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating real and lasting change in the world by motivating and empowering youth. In 2019, Russell and his wife, singer Ciara, founded Why Not You Productions, a production company focused on scripted and unscripted film, television and digital content projects with inspiring and aspiring narratives and human interest stories. Russell also heads Seattle-based West2East, a brand management, creative content and production company. 

Most recently, Russell established the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy to develop quarterback prospects using a unique and cutting-edge curriculum based on his own experiences and knowledge. The quarterback school exists as an extension of the Russell Wilson Passing Academy (RWPA), a summer football camp for children of all ages. Since its inception in 2012, the RWPA has held camps in nine cities and worked with more than 9,000 children.

Twitter: @DangeRussWilson   ·   whynotyoufdn.org ×
Friday, May 29, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

Deep dive workshops, activities, small group conversations with speakers, discussions and more.
Monday, June 1, 8:00PM - 9:00PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 6

A live interview with Audrey Tang on how Taiwan's digital social innovation strategy could change government crisis response.

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister of Taiwan
Audrey Tang is Taiwan's digital minister in charge of social innovation.

Audrey Tang is a software programmer known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell and for building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. She served on Taiwan's National Development Council's Open Data committee and K-12 curriculum committee, and she led the country's first e-Rulemaking project. She has also worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography and with Socialtext on social interaction design. She actively contributes to g0v ("gov zero"), a vibrant community that focuses on creating tools for the civil society with the call to "fork the government."

Twitter: @audreyt   ·   pdis.nat.gov.tw ×

David Biello

TED science curator, author
David Biello is TED's science curator and the author of "The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age."
A contributing editor at Scientific American, David Biello has written about all things science, from geoengineering and geology to synthetic biology and the sixth extinction.
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Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Tuesday, June 2, 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 7

A live interview with Brené Brown on how to make sense of your emotions after the pandemic.

Brené Brown

Vulnerability researcher, storyteller
Dr. Brené Brown studies courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. She's the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

Brown hosts the Unlocking Us podcast, and her 2010 TED Talk, "The power of vulnerability," is one of the most viewed talks in the world. She is the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix; The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service in April 2019. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie. 

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Helen Walters

Curator
Helen Walters is the head of curation at TED, where she has the immense privilege of overseeing the work of an absurdly talented group of specialist curators and deep thinkers to bring the very sharpest minds and ideas to the TED stage.

Helen Walters first attended TED in Monterey in 2008. Back then, she came as a journalist, reporting on the ideas and speakers as the editor of innovation and design at BusinessWeek. Later, she came in-house to help write and produce TED's own coverage of the conference. Later still, in 2013, she went all in and joined the organization full-time, first as the ideas editor, launching and running TED's ideas blog, then as editorial director, working to help translate stage talks into wildly successful online videos, and now helping speakers at all major TED events. She also serves as a meber of TED's leadership team.

In her previous life as a writer and editor, she wrote about everything from high technology to low culture, including writing one book on experimental animation and three books (yes, really) on T-shirt graphics. She still likes nothing more than to talk to interesting people about the ideas that fuel them, and that's why she argues that hers is essentially the best job in the world.

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Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Wednesday, June 3, 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 8

Join a live interview dedicated to reshaping a better future.

Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff

CEO, Center for Policing Equity
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Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff works with police departments to help public safety be more equitable and less deadly.

Self-proclaimed "justice nerd" Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff devotes himself to understanding how people think and talk about racism in order to prevent racist behavior -- particularly in policing. A professor, mediator and translator, he helps communities and law enforcement understand each other and address problems that have felt unsolvable for centuries. He identifies the need to shift how we define racism: not as a defect of character, but rather a pattern of behaviors that are measurable and changeable.

Goff quickly became a national leader in the science of racial bias by pioneering scientific experiments that exposed how our minds learn to associate Blackness and crime implicitly -- often with deadly consequences. His work exposed the disturbingly robust finding that people in the U.S. overestimate the age of Black children, a cognitive error that predicts higher levels of police force against those children. 

Goff is the president and cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), a university research center that diagnoses the roots of disparate policing in order to eliminate them. The center is the world's largest research and action think tank on race and policing. CPE also boasts the world's largest collection of police behavioral data in the National Science Foundation-funded National Justice Database, which they have turned into a tool to reduce burdensome and inequitable policing through scientific analyses.

Goff received his AB from Harvard and PhD in psychology from Stanford. He has won two American Psychological Association early career awards, the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star award and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive's Lloyd G. Sealy Award, among many others. He regularly appears on MSNBC, provides congressional testimony and was a panelist for President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Rashad Robinson

President, Color Of Change
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Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organization with more than 1.4 million members.

Rashad Robinson designs winning strategies to build power for Black communities. He has moved prosecutors to reduce mass incarceration and police violence. He has won net neutrality as a civil rights issue, helped change representations of race in Hollywood and moved Airbnb, Google and Facebook to implement anti-racist initiatives. He has forced over 100 corporations to abandon the ALEC, a right-wing policy shop, forced corporations to stop supporting white nationalists and injust Trump administration initiatives and forced Bill O'Reilly off the air. Robinson was among the first in a global cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and writes a monthly column about race, politics and corporate accountability for The Guardian.

Twitter: @rashadrobinson   ·   colorofchange.org ×

Dr. Bernice King

CEO, The King Center, Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Bernice Albertine King is a connector, communicator, community builder and CEO of The King Center.

Dr. Bernice Albertine King is the youngest daughter to the late civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was five years old when her father was assassinated in 1968. King answered the call to ministry at the age of seventeen when she gave an address advocating against the South African apartheid to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In 1985 and again in 1986, she was arrested with her siblings while protesting against apartheid. In 1988, she gave her trial sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church where both her father and grandfather served as pastors.

In 1990, King was ordained into the ministry, and she serves at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. She has coordinates women and family conferences as well as nonviolent conflict resolution conferences for college and university students. She has also led a class on race relations at Mississippi College in Jackson, Mississippi and taught a leadership development class. She is cofounder of Active Ministers Engaged in Nurturing (AMEN) and the chair of the national advisory committee on National King Week College and University Student Conference on Kingian Nonviolence.

King served as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system under Judge Glenda Hatchett, Georgia's first African American chief presiding justice of a state court and department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. She also served as a rehabilitation-outreach coordinator and counseled teens through the juvenile court system. She became a member of the State Bar of Georgia in 1992.

King is the author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers: Sermons and Speeches. She holds a degree in psychology from Spelman College. In 1990, she was the first official graduate of a joint degree receiving her masters of Divinity and J.D. degrees from Emory Candler School of Theology and Emory University Law School. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College.

Twitter: @berniceking   ·   thekingcenter.org ×

Anthony D. Romero

Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
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Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU is dedicated to defending liberty and individual freedom in the US -- which is an interesting mandate to have right now. Anthony D. Romero has headed the organization since 2001 and focuses on building capacity to defend the laws that protect Americans' freedoms.

Under Romero's watch, the ACLU launched its national "Keep America Safe and Free" campaign to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis; launched its unique legal challenge to the patents held by a private company on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer; launched litigation and lobbying efforts to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples; and filed the first lawsuit against President Trump's Muslim Ban.

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Chris Anderson

Head of TED
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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.

Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of 'TED Talks' -- short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.

Chris was born in a remote village in Pakistan in 1957. He spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and he attended an American school in the Himalayas for his early education. After boarding school in Bath, England, he went on to Oxford University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Chris then trained as a journalist, working in newspapers and radio, including two years producing a world news service in the Seychelles Islands.

Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK's early computer magazines. A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN. Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.

This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.

He expanded the conference's remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a Fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients "one wish to change the world." The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to 'ideas worth spreading,' part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online. The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.

Continuing a strategy of 'radical openness,' in 2009 Chris introduced the TEDx initiative, allowing free licenses to local organizers who wished to organize their own TED-like events. More than 8,000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 60,000 TEDx talks. And three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched, offering free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.

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Whitney Pennington Rodgers

TED current affairs curator
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Whitney Pennington Rodgers is an award-winning journalist and media professional.

Prior to joining TED as current affairs curator, Whitney Pennington Rodgers produced for NBC's primetime news magazine Dateline NBC. She earned a duPont-Columbia award and a News & Documentary Emmy or her contributions to the Dateline NBC hour "The Cosby Accusers Speak" -- an extensive group interview with 27 of the women who accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Pennington Rodgers has worked at NBC's in-house production company Peacock Productions, The Today Show, Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams and New Jersey-centric public affairs shows Caucus: New Jersey and One-on-One with Steve Adubato. Prior to beginning her career in media, she had a short stint as a fourth-grade teacher through the Teach for America program.

Pennington Rodgers received her Bachelor's in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University. She completed her Master's of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where she produced a documentary about recruitment of nonblack students at historically black colleges and universities.

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Thursday, June 4, 8:00PM - 9:15PM EDT

Mainstage Session 3: Ways of Seeing

Lean back and watch a range of talks, interviews and performances; all designed to take you on a journey of curiosity, learning, wonder and inspiration.

Cynthia Erivo

Actor, performer
Best known for her role in the Broadway revival of "The Color Purple," Cynthia Erivo is a Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning performer.

Cynthia Erivo is a Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actress as well as an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominee. Erivo burst onto West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple and has since taken the big screen by storm. In 2018, she made her film debut in two major films from 20th Century Fox: Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale and Steve McQueen's Widows.

Erivo recently starred in Kasi Lemmons' Harriet where she brought the legacy of Harriet Tubman to the big screen. Her performance was met with critical acclaim, garnering two Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe, SAG and multiple NAACP Award nominations as well as AAFCA and Society of Composers and Lyricists Award wins.

Erivo currently stars on the HBO series The Outsider, a series is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. She can soon be seen as Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's Emmy-winning global anthology series "Genius: Aretha." This upcoming season will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.

Additional upcoming projects include Doug Liman's sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking and John Ridley's Needle in a Timestack. Erivo is set to executive produce and star in Warner Brothers' musical take on the American folk tale "Rip Van Winkle," as well as produce and star in the film adaptation of the QCode scripted thriller podcast, Carrier. Erivo will add to her producing credits the title of executive producer of the upcoming Quibi docuseries, WHAT WE KEEP.

Continuing to push the boundaries of her versatile career, Erivo stars in John Cameron Mitchell's music-driven podcast anthology, Anthem: Homunculus. In addition to her illustrious stage career, she is an accomplished performer with symphonies and music spaces including the Kennedy Center Honors, the 2020 Academy Awards, the 2017 Governor's Ball and the 2017 Grammy Awards. A UK native, she graduated from the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2010.

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Shantell Martin

Artist
Shantell Martin forges new connections between fine art, education, philosophy and technology to establish an environment that values artists as integral contributors to a healthy society.

Shantell Martin's explorations of intersectionality, identity, connection and artistic accessibility break the barriers between artist and audience. During her two-year tenure as an MIT Media Lab Visiting Scholar, she created a large-scale wall installation to explore how visual and computerized storytelling might influence media and technology innovation.

Using drawing as a foundation, Martin creates sketches, large-scale murals, live drawings and collaborations with artists and institutions including Kendrick Lamar, the New York City Ballet and Puma. Her solo exhibition NEW/NOW opens at the New Britain Museum of Art in 2020.

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Swizz Beatz

Music producer, entrepreneur, art enthusiast
Swizz Beatz is an American hip-hop artist, DJ, producer and entrepreneur.

Swizz Beatz is a Grammy-winning music producer, entrepreneur and visionary who has worked with some of the biggest musicians in the world, including Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West. A graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program, he began collecting art in his 20s. In 2014, he launched The Dean Collection, which began as his personal art collection and has since grown into a global discovery zone for art enthusiasts. He later launched No Commission, a live art and music festival where artists retain 100 percent of their sales.

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Jad Abumrad

Radio host, creator of "Dolly Parton's America"
As a producer and host of the popular syndicated radio program "Radiolab" (among many other shows and podcasts), Jad Abumrad tells true stories that help people find beauty in a chaotic world.

Jad Nicholas Abumrad is a Lebanese-American radio host, composer and producer. He is the founder and cohost of the syndicated public radio program Radiolab with Robert Krulwich. Radiolab received Peabody Awards in 2010 and 2015, and Abumrad was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011.

Abumrad also created More Perfect, a podcast that tells the stories behind the Supreme Court's most famous decisions. Most recently, he hosted Dolly Parton's America, a nine-episode podcast exploring the life and times of the iconic country music star.

jadabumrad.com   ·   Twitter: @jadabumrad ×

Aloe Blacc

Singer, songwriter and producer
Aloe Blacc blends folk and soul music to create songs that lift the spirit.

Aloe Blacc is a singer and songwriter who moves across genres, creating an effortless blend of folk and soul inspired by a tradition of hip-hop. With hits like "I Need a Dollar," "The Man" and "Wake Me Up," Blacc makes music with an optimistic message. He sang and cowrote the global chart-topping mega-hit "Wake Me Up" with Swedish DJ Avicii, proving his irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. His third solo album Lift Your Spirit (XIX Recordings/Interscope Records) pushed further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that's as undeniably joyful as it is eye-opening. Adding an of-the-moment twist to the music of legends like Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder, Lift Your Spirit is built on songs that pair Blacc's poetic yet incisive lyrics with huge hooks and relentless feel-good grooves. Featuring the hit single "The Man," a song that topped the charts with sales of more than 3 million, the album received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album at the 57th Grammy Awards.

In 2019, Avicii's family honored their son's wish to have Blacc's vocals feature on the first track from Avicii's posthumous album, TIM.  The song "SOS" was released in April to a welcome response from Avicii fans worldwide and topped the charts in several countries globally, hitting #1 on the US Dance Charts. Several other collaborations with hit producers followed including David Guetta, Lost Frequencies, Gryffin, Flight Facilities, Young Bombs, Mesto and Hellberg. 

Blacc recently joined NBC Songland as a guest judge on the new reality TV show, where he collaborated with the episode's winning songwriter Kyle Williams on "Getting Started," which appeared on blockbuster movie Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. He has also made guest appearances on the hit TV show Black-ish and the EPIX hit Godfather of Harlem and played the role of Nafloyd Scott on the James Brown biopic Get On Up.

On Valentine's Day 2020, Blacc releaseed his new single "I Do." The lead single off his forthcoming record, the song is a ballad inspired by his marriage to recording artist Maya Jupiter. For the first time, the songwriter openly discusses his personal life and relationships, which he sings about with a deep vulnerability. He is an active member of the nonprofit Malaria No More and a champion of songwriters' rights.

aloeblacc.com   ·   Twitter: @aloeblacc ×
Friday, June 5, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

Deep dive workshops, activities, small group conversations with speakers, discussions and more.
Monday, June 8, 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 9

An interview with Achim Steiner on how to build back in the developing world.

Hosted by Sally Kohn + Bruno Giussani

Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
Achim Steiner is a global leader in sustainable development and international cooperation.

Achim Steiner champions economic development, sustainability and equity in many countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He was elected by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017 to head the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which works with 170 countries supporting projects and programs related to poverty eradication and reduction of inequalities and exclusion. He has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to UNDP, Steiner was the director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and previously led the UN Environment Programme, where he evolved the concept of green economy. He was also the director general of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2001 – 2006) and the secretary general of the World Commission on Dams (1998 – 2001). He has received various notable awards, including the Adam Smith Prize for Environmental Economic Policy and the Tällberg Foundation's Leadership Award for Principled Pragmatism. The son of German farmers, he was born in Brazil. He graduated with an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Twitter: @ASteiner   ·   UNDP ×

Sally Kohn

Political pundit
Sally Kohn searches for common ground among political foes by focusing on the compassion and humanity in everyone.

Sally Kohn has a powerful vision for a more united United States. She's an activist, writer and author of The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide To Repairing Our Humanity. She is also on the USA Today Board of Contributors and has been a regular contributor on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.  

A progressive lesbian, Kohn has sparred with some of the most conservative minds on television and sifted through tons of hate mail each day. But she deeply believes in finding our common humanity amidst our political and cultural differences -- the only way any of us can hope to learn, grow and change.

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Bruno Giussani

TED Global curator
Bruno Giussani is the Global Curator of TED and Chairman of FIFDH, the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights.
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Tuesday, June 9, 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 10

A live interview with Ibram X. Kendi about making anti-racism part of our everyday lives.

Ibram X. Kendi

Author and historian
Ibram X. Kendi is the director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and writes about ending racism in all its forms.

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is an Ideas Columnist at The Atlantic and a correspondent with CBS News. He is the author of four books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist and STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, coauthored with Jason Reynolds. His most recent book, AntiRacist Baby, is a children's book about building a more equitable world.

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Wednesday, June 10, 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Live Conversations: Episode 11

Join live interviews with Vishaan Chakrabarti on creating better cities after the pandemic and Aaron Maniam on lessons from Singapore about thriving in a post-pandemic world.

Hosted by Chee Pearlman + Helen Walters

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Architect
Vishaan Chakrabarti believes that a more urban USA would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous and socially mobile nation.

Architect, urbanist, educator and author Vishaan Chakrabarti designs and advocates for a sustainable, attainable and equitable urban future centered on human connectedness. As founder and creative director of the global architecture studio Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, he leads complex design projects such as Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, Philadelphia's Schuylkill Yards, Ford Motor Company's Michigan Central Station project in Detroit's Corktown, major new campus architecture and a unique urban village in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In his 2013 book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America, he illustrates through hard data and soft cartoons why Americans would be more prosperous, sustainable, joyful and socially mobile in a more urban nation.

Chakrabarti served under Mayor Bloomberg as the director of planning for Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11, collaborating on efforts to save the High Line and rebuild the World Trade Center. After teaching at Columbia University for the last decade, he became the William W. Wurster Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, the world's leading public school of architecture, landscape architecture and city planning. He lectures internationally, contributes articles and op-eds to the New York Times and has appeared on CBS, MSNBC and National Public Radio. Born in Calcutta, Chakrabarti holds degrees from Cornell, MIT and Berkeley.

pau.studio   ·   Twitter: @VishaanNYC ×

Chee Pearlman

Design curator
Chee Pearlman creates conversations among designers -- think of her as as the host of a worldwide, perpetual salon.

Journalist, conference creator and curator, Chee Pearlman has been a vital voice in the world of design. After a legendary stint as editor-in-chief of I.D. Magazine, and then as director of Chee Company, a New York-based editorial and design consultancy, she is currently the Design Curator at TED. She was a 2011 Harvard Loeb Fellow, and the curator of the acclaimed 2016 exhibition “Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History.”

With David Rockwell, Pearlman was co-curator of the TED2012 session "The Design Studio."

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Helen Walters

Curator
Helen Walters is the head of curation at TED, where she has the immense privilege of overseeing the work of an absurdly talented group of specialist curators and deep thinkers to bring the very sharpest minds and ideas to the TED stage.

Helen Walters first attended TED in Monterey in 2008. Back then, she came as a journalist, reporting on the ideas and speakers as the editor of innovation and design at BusinessWeek. Later, she came in-house to help write and produce TED's own coverage of the conference. Later still, in 2013, she went all in and joined the organization full-time, first as the ideas editor, launching and running TED's ideas blog, then as editorial director, working to help translate stage talks into wildly successful online videos, and now helping speakers at all major TED events. She also serves as a meber of TED's leadership team.

In her previous life as a writer and editor, she wrote about everything from high technology to low culture, including writing one book on experimental animation and three books (yes, really) on T-shirt graphics. She still likes nothing more than to talk to interesting people about the ideas that fuel them, and that's why she argues that hers is essentially the best job in the world.

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Aaron Maniam

Poet and policymaker
Aaron Maniam is a planner, poet and youth activist enthusiast interested in the intersection between government and technology.

Aaron Maniam is a Singaporean policymaker. He was the first head of Singapore's Centre for Strategic Futures and institute director of the Civil Service College's Institute of Public Sector Leadership. Most recently, he served as senior director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he coordinated economic policy on regulating manufacturing, services and tourism transformation. Maniam first joined the Singapore government in 2004 when he served on the North America Desk of the Foreign Service and at Singapore's Embassy in Washington D.C.

Maniam studies government use of digital technology at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. His research interests include the governance of and with digital technology, deliberative democracy, complexity theory and polycentric governance. His fellowship at the Berggruen Institute focuses on how technology changes international and national order and how governments can respond to these emerging challenges. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (double first class honours) from Oxford; an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale; and a Masters in Public Policy (with Distinction) from the Blavatnik School.

berggruen.org/people/aaron-maniam   ·   Twitter: @aaronmaniam ×
Thursday, June 11, 8:00PM - 9:15PM EDT

Mainstage Session 4: WHAAAAAT?

Lean back and watch a range of talks, interviews and performances; all designed to take you on a journey of curiosity, learning, wonder and inspiration.
Speaker lineup will be announced soon.

Christina Agapakis

Biological designer
In her art and scientific work, Christina Agapakis blurs the boundaries between nature and technology to practice a new kind of engineering, taking into account both human and cultural forces.

In the lab, Christina Agapakis has worked on enzymes involved in the production of biofuels and mapped the evolution of microbial communities in the soil. As an artist, she's isolated halophilic bacteria from California's Salton Sea and made cheese from bacteria living on human skin.

As creative director of the biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, Agapakis works to establish more open, equitable and renewable technologies.

agapakis.com   ·   Twitter: @thisischristina ×

Andrew Pelling

Biomedical researcher
Andrew Pelling uses novel materials for next-generation medical innovations and speculative living technologies of the future.

Scientist, professor, entrepreneur and TED Fellow Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. He is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa where he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers. The lab uses low-cost, open source materials and methods to explore speculative living technologies of the future. He has created human body parts from plants and grown living skins on LEGOs -- innovations with the potential to replace prohibitively expensive commercial biomaterials.

Pelling is cofounder and CSO of Spiderwort, a company developing innovative plant-derived biomaterials and medical devices for reconstructive surgery and regenerative medicine. He also founded pHacktory, a street-level research lab in Ottawa that amplifies community ideas through a potent mixture of craft, serendipity and curiosity.

Pelling's work has been in the international media spotlight for many years and recognized in outlets such as Wired, Huffington Post, NPR, Scientific American, Popular Science, BBC, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle and others, as well as numerous highlights in the Canadian media and Scientific media. He was named a TED Fellow in 2016.

pellinglab.net   ·   Twitter: @pellinglab ×

Lucius

Pop band
A four-piece glitter pop band fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius awes listeners and concert-goers with their hypnotic tunes and colorful performances.

Every Lucius song is an act of enchantment, a spell cast by the indelibly harmonized voices of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Onstage, the performance becomes an invitation to witness to their transformation; dance between two individuals becomes one voice, one vision, drenched in glitter and bound by psychic symmetry. While the effect of this spectacle is hypnotic and gloriously strange, the songwriting continues to be the hand that reaches out from behind the curtain to hold the audience.

Nudes, a collection of acoustically driven songs showcasing their otherworldly harmonies, is the latest output from a collaboration first formed when Wolfe and Laessig met at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After graduating, the duo moved to Brooklyn and made their home in a Victorian mansion found on Craigslist, rounding out the Lucius lineup with Molad and Lalish and making their debut with 2013's Wildewoman. Their sophomore album Good Grief arrived in 2016, encompassing everything from glitzy rhythmic pop to songs channeling the charm and crushed innocence of '60s girl groups. Landing on various best-of-the-year lists, Good Grief also attains a certain transcendent vulnerability. "Some songs really feel like an expulsion of emotions, beyond your control," notes Laessig. Adds Wolfe: "In a way we've exposed ourselves to reveal parts that are fragile, maybe even a little broken, but not destroyed. There's certainly a little bit of humor, and there's also a lot of truth and sadness."

Now residing in Los Angeles, the band has built an extraordinarily loyal following through the years, as proven by the Lucius doppelgängers who often populate the crowds at their shows. At the same time they've earned the feverish adoration of their fellow musicians, with Wolfe and Laessig lending their vocals to albums by artists as eclectic as Nathaniel Rateliff, Sheryl Crow, Harry Styles, John Legend and most recently, Ozzy Osborne.

ilovelucius.com   ·   Instagram: @ilovelucius ×

Ali Kashani

VP of Special Projects at Postmates
As a designer and AI specialist, Ali Kashani explores the unexpected roles robots might take on in our daily lives -- including bringing you lunch.

As an entrepreneur and head of Postmates X (where he's been working since his startup Lox was acquired by Postmates in 2017), Ali Kashani explores the intersection of design and AI to discover everyday robotic solutions for everyday problems.

Currently, Kashani has been pondering how to solve one of the biggest dilemmas in food delivery: "Why move two-pound burritos with two-ton cars?" The solution is Serve, a personal robot that navigates urban obstacles to deliver food to hungry customers.

Twitter: @ahkashani   ·   Medium: @kashani ×

Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Psychologist
A social psychologist at Stanford University, Jennifer L. Eberhardt conducts research on race and inequality.

Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide-ranging array of methods -- from laboratory studies to novel field experiments -- Jennifer L. Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments shape actions and outcomes both in our criminal justice system and our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Her work highlights the negative impact that racial bias can have on us in these settings and provides clear direction on what we can do about it. Amid unprecedented inequality and growing polarization around the world, she is enlisting science in the fight for equal justice. 

After receiving her PhD from Harvard University, Eberhardt joined the faculty at Yale University in the psychology and African and African American departments. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1998, where she is currently a professor of psychology and public policy and a faculty director of Stanford SPARQ, a university initiative to use social psychological research to address pressing social problems. Eberhardt has been named a MacArthur Fellow and one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She is the author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We, See, Think, Do.

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Michael Levin

Bioelectric explorer
Michael Levin's research could give rise to adaptive, self-repairing robotics and novel platforms for artificial intelligence.

With a lifelong interest in the physical manifestations of intelligence, Michael Levin bridges two worlds: biology and computer science. Seeking to understand how cells build and repair complex bodies, he earned his PhD in genetics for illuminating the bioelectrical language that all cells -- not just neurons -- use to coordinate their activities. 

In 2016, Levin focused on cracking the morphogenetic code: controlling biological shape by manipulating the bioelectrical software that runs on genome-specified cellular hardware. His group works to understand computation in cells and tissues.

drmichaellevin.org   ·   Twitter: @drmichaellevin ×
Friday, June 12, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

Deep dive workshops, activities, small group conversations with speakers, discussions and more.
Friday, June 19, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

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Friday, June 26, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

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Friday, July 10, 11:00AM - 5:00PM EDT

Community Day

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