In October, 150 TEDx organizers — along with many, many other fans of big ideas — gathered in an umbrella-covered theater on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach for TEDGlobal: South! For five days, speakers — including 20 culled from the TEDx community — explored the ideas percolating through South America and the global South: the creativity, innovation, examination, and invention that affects us all, worldwide.
Jorge Soto, who spoke at TEDxXallitic in 2013, discussed his novel way to screen for cancer; urban activist Alessandra Orofino of TEDxJardins’s TEDxCity2.0 event spoke on citizen involvement in government; the artist duo of Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, who once spoke at TEDxPhilly, explained their cross-cultural artwork that spans from the City of Brotherly Love to the home of Carnaval; and many others from the TEDx world shared their big ideas for the globe.
And just a few days before the conference, it was clear that TEDx is no stranger to the global South. TEDxRiodelaPlata took over Buenos Aires in Argentina on October 1, with a massive, dedicated, and enthusiastic audience of 10,000 that included TEDx Executive Director Jay Herratti, all the way from New York. And before and after the TEDGlobal conference, TEDx organizers from the global South showcased and continue to showcase the endless innovation of communities there, from small towns in Colombia to schools in Sao Paulo.
On day three of TEDGlobal, Jay gave a more intimate portrait of these communities, sharing with the TED audience how TEDx has grown and continues to grow in the South, thanks to the hard work of a passionate TEDx organizers:
Many of these TEDx’ers were part of the brave and enthusiastic group at TEDGlobal who climbed a mountain, brainstormed new ideas for the program, and discussed ways to make their events even more amazing at the TEDx pre-conference workshop, held at the European Institute of Design.
See photos from the workshop below: