10,000 Participants, 130 Communities, 6 Continents, 1 Weekend
Pat Mitchell and The Paley Center for Media host the 2012 TEDxWomen Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. –TEDxWomen 2012 will bring together a unique group of women and men to challenge the traditional gender roles and spotlight groundbreaking advances in topics ranging from autism to violence against women. Featuring a well-known playwright, a war correspondent, a Korean spiritual leader, two teenage activists, and an African president, among others, this event is expected to reach up to 10,000 people around the world.
Hosted by Pat Mitchell and The Paley Center for Media, TEDxWomen2012 will take place on November 30 and December 1 at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, DC, and live streamed to 130 locally organized TEDx communities around the globe.
A TEDxWomen mobile app for iPhone and Android will also be available to get up-to-the-minute information about the event including agenda, photos, video, and more: http://road.ie/tedxwomen
The Paley Center for Media is a thought-leader on the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
The theme of TEDxWomen 2012, The Space Between, explores the notion that women are less likely to approach subjects from a black-or-white perspective through six sessions:
- Poverty and Plenty: The space between having a little and having a lot
- Fact and Faith : The space between what we know and what we believe
- IQ and EQ: The space between our intellectual and emotional intelligence
- The Mirror: The space between what we see and what is true
- Stops and Starts: The space between disruption and moving forward
- The Rising: The space between war and peace, doing something and doing nothing, silence and speaking out
This year’s speakers include:
- Julia Bluhm and Izzie Labbe: two young women who successfully petitioned Seventeen magazine to stop altering face and body shapes of girls with photoshop.
- Anita Sarkeesian: a feminist media critic who initiated a successful Kickstarter campaign to examine gender tropes in video games. Shortly after, a Flash game, where users could punch a likeness of Sarkeesian, went viral, underscoring the sexism she sought to unveil.
- Bob Woodruff: a former ABC war correspondent who suffered a traumatic brain injury while embedded in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, who will describe their journey of starts and stops.
- Eve Ensler: a well-known feminist playwright, performer, writer, activist, and author of the The Vagina Monologues.
- Chung Hyun Kyung: a Korean spiritual leader and ecofeminist.
- Musimbi Kanyoro: head of the Women’s Global Fund.
- Jessica Pabon: on the history of graffiti artists.
TEDxWomen is an independently organized event, licensed by TED.
TEDxWomen is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, AOL, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Accenture, Coca-Cola, Verizon Foundation, Intel, Weber Shandwick, and USIP.
For more information on TEDxWomen, please visit the conference website at http://tedxwomen.org.
About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit http://www.paleycenter.org.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. 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.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration