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What to Expect at TED2011

Written on March 02, 2011 by R. Depp

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Listen and wonder: simple words but have profound meanings at the TED2011 event.

TED2011 conference rolled out their series of symposiums  last February 28 and pushes through until March 4. The event is one of the biggest gathering in the world in which professionals from various fields share their thoughts and ideas in front of over 1,350 attendees. For this year, the Long Beach Performing Arts Center housed the event and has the theme, “The Rediscovery of Wonder.” TED2011 showcases over one hundred talks, demos and activities.

This is what TED curator Chris Anderson has to say about the event:

“This year’s speakers and performers are diverse, inspiring and, in many cases, groundbreaking. Recent tectonic events in the world have reminded all of us of how technology, imagination and courage are helping to shape history. It’s the perfect backdrop to a week spent immersing ourselves in the rediscovery of wonder. We can hardly wait for the conference — and to start sharing ideas from the conference on TED.com throughout the coming year.”

A PRnewsWire got hold of the partial list of speakers for the TED2011 event:

  • Felisa Wolfe-Simon – discoverer of arsenic-based life forms on Earth
  • Aaron O’Connell – first to experiment on “quantum effect in the motion of a human-made object”
  • Julie Taymor, director of The Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe, and now Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark
  • Heatherwick – architect of the headline-stealing Seed Cathedral at the Shanghai Expo’s UK Pavilion
  • Indra Nooyi – CEO of Pepsi
  • Wadah Khanfar – head of Al Jazeera
  • Morgan Spurlock – creator of the documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, the first to sell at Sundance
  • Roger Ebert – iconic film critic and cancer survivor
  • Sarah Marquis – an explorer who braved Siberia to Australia on foot
  • Musicians Bobby McFerrin, Jason Mraz, Antony and the Johnsons, Maya Beiser and more

TED is a nonprofit organization which advocates Ideas Worth Spreading and organizes this event for the past 26 years. The event is where great people from various walks of life are given 18 minutes to share the stories of their lives.

To know more about the event, visit TED2011 official site here.

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