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A TEDx event crosses the US-Mexico border, to show that ideas can’t be fenced in

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Adriana Eguia Alaniz started her talk in the United States, speaking English. She ended it in Mexico, speaking Spanish. Welcome to TEDxMonumento258, an event held across the US-Mexico border. On September 4, 2015, attendees gathered in both San Diego and Tijuana to watch as ideas permeated the border fence that divides the cities. The organizers of TEDxSanDiego and TEDxTijuana planned this day-long event together, and imagined it as a metaphor. “You can pass laws, you…

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Translation by collaboration: How TEDxSapporo translators work together to find the perfect word

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A snowboarder, a forklift operator, an exchange student and more: The TEDxSapporo translation team meets in a playground-themed space to work on translations as a group. Photo: Courtesy of Ayana Ishiyama Ayana Ishiyama always thought she wanted to be a journalist. Two years ago, when she left her hometown in northern Japan to study abroad in the US, she signed up for journalism courses and wrote articles for the school newspaper to sharpen up her English…

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Retired TEDx organizers make meaningful connections — locally and around the world

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Randy Bretz, 70, didn’t want to golf or fish in his retirement. Instead, he organizes TEDxLincoln in Nebraska. “It’s given me something very meaningful to do in the community,” he said. Photo: Courtesy of TEDxLincoln As Randy Bretz neared the end of his long career in TV and radio production, he knew the traditional retirement agenda wasn’t for him. “I don’t golf, and I don’t fish,” he said via Skype from his home in Lincoln,…

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Sweet tea, friendly folks + Kermit the Frog: TEDx takes shape in the South

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Kermit the Frog shared inspirational words on creativity at the first TEDxJackson. Why? Because creator Jim Henson was from this part of Mississippi. Photo: Tate Nations/TEDxJackson “It is great to be back in Mississippi — yes it is,” said Kermit the Frog on the TEDxJackson stage in 2014. “I have deep roots here.” The Muppet was alluding to the fact that his creator, Jim Henson, was from the area. Kermit spoke about his humble southern upbringing…

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