Federico Pistono at TEDxTransmedia 2013 - ‘How to be wise’

Federico Pistono is an internationally known author, a social entrepreneur, a scientific educator, a lecturer, and aspiring filmmaker. He has written on science, technology, Internet communities, artificial intelligence, and climate change. Federico’s book “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy” is a bestseller worldwide. He’s a graduate from Singularity University, and lately he founded Esplori, whose goal is to provide an inclusive, global learning environment, where anyone can learn anything, anywhere, without physical or language barriers.

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Katharina Sand at TEDxTransmedia 2013 - ‘Fashionably Disruptive’

Katharina grew up in Italy, Germany, Kenya, and Switzerland. After graduating from London’s Goldsmith’s College, she covered the New York fashion scene as a correspondent for over 5 years.
In the year 2000 she opened the boutique Septieme Etage to bring designers to the place she felt needed it most: the decidedly un-froufrou calvinist Geneva, home of international organizations, financial institutions, and the Swiss private schools forming the next generations of leaders.She is currently working on a book and a digital project for retail disruption. Her closet includes a dress that — unzipped — represents the silhouette of E.T.

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Simon Cohen at TEDxTransmedia 2013 - ‘How to be wise’

In this talk, Simon challenges us to drop conventional ideas about wisdom, ditch the old bearded professors, the tweed, and even the books, and invites us on a personal journey of self-discovery.

Simon Cohen is a social commentator, national broadcaster and media ethics champion. He pioneered Personal Relations (humanising, ethical PR), Inspirational Marketing and Symbiotic Communications, and spread positive social stories to hundreds of millions of people.

Video - Keren Elazari at TEDxTransmedia 2013 - ‘Heroes and Anti Heroes of the Information Age’

Keren has been a key member of the Israeli Cyber Security & Hacking scene in the past decade and since 2000, has been employed with leading Israeli security firms and government organizations to cover emerging security technologies.

She teaches at Tel Aviv University and at Singularity University in Palo Alto; her academic research focus on the effects of hacking and cyber warfare on global politics and national security issues.

Video - Maurice Wheeler at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - ‘Engaging Kids Online’


Maurice Wheeler is partner at The Little Big Partnership, a specialist consulting firm with a focus on kids and family. Maurice has more than 15 years experience working with clients including Nickelodeon, Disney, Microsoft, Tesco, Universal Music, Procter and Gamble and Lego. He can usually be found reading research papers, preparing presentations, running or playing with his two boys.

At TEDx Transmedia 2012, Maurice talked about how to engage 6-12 year olds online.

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Video - Rhianna Pratchett at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - ‘The Future of the Videogames Writer’


Scriptwriter, story designer and ‘narrative paramedic,’ Rhianna Pratchett, is most well-known for being a 14-year veteran of the videogames industry. She went from being a journalist for PC Zone magazine and The Guardian newspaper into games development and has become one of the most respected writers and narrative designers in her field.

She has worked for companies such as Sony, Electronic Arts, SEGA, Codemasters and Square Enix, and her titles include: Heavenly Sword, Mirror’s Edge, the entire Overlord series and the new Tomb Raider reboot, due for release in March 2013. Her work in videogames has seen her nominated for a BAFTA and nominated three times for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s ‘Best Videogame Script’ award, which she won in 2008 for Overlord.

Pratchett was named one of the top 100 most influential women in the games industry by EDGE magazine and has also worked in comics, short stories, non-fiction books, film and TV.

At TEDx Transmedia 2012, Rhianna talked about the future of the videogames writer.

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Video - Andrew Shea at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - ‘Designing for Social Change’


Andrew Shea is a graphic designer, writer, and educator living in New York City. As a designer, he uses design thinking on a range of projects that involve creating logos and branding systems, web sites, environmental graphics, books and printed matter. Shea’s book, Designing for Social Change, was published by Princeton Architectural Press and features 10 strategies that can improve the effectiveness of community-based projects. He teaches design at Parsons The New School for Design, and frequently visits design programs as a lecturer and critic.

At TEDx Transmedia 2012, Andrew talked about how graphic design can create meaningful behavior change.

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Video - Ana Serrano at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - ‘Rethinking The Role Of Creators’


Ana Serrano is Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre and Founder of the CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997 at the Canadian Film Centre.

At TEDx Transmedia, Ana focused on rethinking the role of creators in participatory formats.

Video - Øyvind Olsholt at TEDx Transmedia 2012 - ‘Rethinking Entertainment: Philosophy As Evocative Fun’


Øyvind Olsholt is a Norwegian kids’ philosopher. He has worked in the field of philosophy for children since 1997. In 2000, he co-founded Children and Youth Philosophers (www.buf.no) and has since participated in a number of philosophy projects for kindergartens, schools and museums. He has arranged philosophical summer camps for children and a weekly philosophy club for children.

He is co-author of the books Philosophy in School (1999) and Philosophical Dialogues in Kindergarten (2008).

At TEDx Transmedia, Øyvind argued that philosophical practice could provide a means to ‘rethink entertainment.’ 

Salvatore Iaconesi’s extraordinary TEDx Transmedia talk featured on CNN

The incredible personal story of artist Salvatore Iaconesi using digital and social to fight brain cancer has gained worldwide attention and engaged people globally in a mission to help him find a cure.  

This week his talk at TEDx Transmedia 2012 was featured on CNN.com and inspired a lively debate in the comments section which led to a second article where he responded to eight of the significant questions asked about his methods and aims. 

Check out the two CNN articles, the first featuring his story in his own words: