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TED conference spinoff comes to Miami

Tedxmialogo Rodrigo Arboleda, CEO of One Laptop per Child; artist Edouard Duval Carrié, Stan Stalnaker, founding director of Hub Culture and poet P. Scott Cunningham will be among the speakers Thursday at the first TEDxMIA conference, an independent spinoff of the national TED Conference.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a quarter-century old non-profit conference designed to spark and share new ideas. The Miami spinoff, Thursday at the Wolfsonian at Florida International University on Miami Beach, will focus on ideas that can directly impact Miami.

"We want to put Miami on the map as a place where intelligent ideas are happening," said Caroline MacDonald, a TEDxMIA curator. "Every talk will be very very diverse. These are all people who have an idea they want to spread."

The conference is sold out but will be streamed online live at TEDxMIA.com from 7-9 p.m. The organization hopes to hold a conference every six months. Other locally-based TED spinoffs include TEDxBrickell, launched by separate organizers earlier this year.

Speakers and topics are:

  • Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman and CEO of One Laptop per Child Association, on "Children as a Mission, Not a Market"
  • Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean of Education at the University of Miami, on "Community Well Being, Socialize or Social Lies?"
  • Nerissa Street, Trans-Former, on "Beyond the Lucky Break: How One Thought Determines if We Thrive or Starve"
  • Stan Stalnaker, Founding Director of Hub Culture, on "Rethinking Growth, New Economic Frontiers"
  • Sanjeev Chatterjee, Executive Director of the Knight Center for International Media, on media "Beyond Words, Across Borders"
  • Edouard Duval Carrié, Artist, on "Miami, As An Alternative to Itself"
  • Roland Samimy, Adjunct Professor at Florida International University, on "Tapping Sustainable Power from the World’s Ocean Currents and Tides"
  • P. Scott Cunningham, Poet, on "Why Miami Needs Fake Universities"

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