June 2, 2009

1st Government Sponsored TED Talk To Be Held at State Department

THE US State Department on Wednesday afternoon will host the first ever U.S. government-sponsored Technology, Entertainment, Design, or TED, event.

Speakers include social-media analyst Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody; philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund; futurist Stewart Brand, author of the Whole Earth Catalog; economist Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion; and data visionary Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institutet Professor of International Health. Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, State's Special Representative for Global Partnerships, will introduce the speakers, and Chris Anderson, curator of TED, will moderate a question-and-answer session. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Global Partnership Initiative on April 22, which seeks to establish public-private partnerships with foundations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, universities, and faith communities.

TED is an annual invitation-only event in Long Beach, Calif., that began in 1984 where the world's leading thinkers and doers are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). First Lady Michelle Obama and former Vice President Al Gore have both given recent TED talks.

Video from the State Department event will be posted on the TED Web site, www.TED.com.

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