TEDx TBILISI
26 January, 2012

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago. TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende

and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The inaugural TEDxTbilisi event will be held on the 11th of February, 2012 at Tbilisi State University.  The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is a one-day event of inspiration and ideas.

The theme for TEDxTbilisi is “The Long View”,reminding us that despite the frantic pace of day to day life, humanity, economics and culture all follow an extended arch of development and growth.  The overall program strives to illuminate what is unique, innovative and inspiring from - and about – Georgia’s past and present.

In the TED tradition, each speaker is challenged to give "the talk of his or her life" in 18 minutes or less.  Professor David Lordkipanidze, Director General of the Georgian National Museum and Her Excellency, Diana Janse, Swedish Ambassador to Georgia, are just two of the illustrious people presenting that day.

TEDxTbilisi is part of the global TEDx family of events.  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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

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