Independently organised TED events
Independently organised TED events
TEDTED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TEDxx = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TEDxParamaribo is the Surinamse variant of TEDx and offers a platform for the Surinamese perspective on TED topics. (Technology, Entertainment, Design, Science, Sustainability, Art, Education and Global Issues). TEDxParamaribo focuses on the way Surinamese people think, work, live, communicate, inspire, learn and manage. It is a community which motivates and inspires by sharing positive, constructive and innovative ideas.
TEDxParamaribo is organized by a nonprofit foundation driven by volunteers and financially supported by sponsors from the corporate world. The main goal of the foundation is to organize several annual TEDxParamaribo events and create a movement around ‘ideas worth doing’.
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Paramaribo (nickname: Par′bo) is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on banks of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District. Paramaribo has a population of roughly 500,000 people, more than half of the country’s population.
The historic inner city of Paramaribo has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. The area, a trading post started by the Dutch, was taken by the English in 1630, and in 1650 the city became the capital of the new English colony. The area changed hands often between the English and Dutch but it was in Dutch hands again in 1667 and under Dutch rule from 1815 until the independence of Suriname in 1975. Paramaribo is home to a historic Jewish community. One of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere is located in Paramaribo. It was built in 1685 near the Suriname River.
In January 1821, a fire in the city centre destroyed more than 400 houses and other buildings. A second fire in September 1832 destroyed another 46 houses on the western part of the Waterkant.
In 1943 a military plane crashed on its way to North Africa near the city, killing two FBI Agents and 33 other people who were on board. The cause of the aircraft accident was never determined and very few remains of the 35 people aboard were found. The citizens are chiefly of African, East Indian, indigenous, Javanese, Chinese, and Dutch descent.