TED Global 2011 talks set for Edinburgh

Alain de Botton, Niall Ferguson and Robin Ince deliver talks in Scotland's capital

TED Global 2011 conference set for Edinburgh

A slew of artists, musicians, scientists, architects, historians, filmmakers, actresses and many more will descend on the capital this July, as part of a four-day programme devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Helmed by non-profit organisation TED, the conference will showcase 70 talks, performances and tech demonstrations from leading figures around the globe, under the banner of ‘The Stuff of Life’. Boasting appearances from philosopher Alain de Botton, historian Niall Ferguson, comedian Robin Ince, actress Thandie Newton and politician Rory Stewart, the annual conference invites leading thinkers to speak for 18 minutes, 800 people from over 30 countries expected to attend.

TED will run from 11–15 Jul.

TED Global 2011

Conference of ideas with a staggeringly wide range of topics covered in the 50+ talks, and some huge questions in the preliminary programme: from 'what's the point of art?' to 'what is it like to be a baby?'. The programme is fast-paced, with talks lasting only 18 minutes, and beyond that there's a wealth of art…


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