Bound for Brazil: How we chose themes and speakers for TEDGlobal 2014

Originally posted on TED Blog:

TG14_rio_webAll eyes are on Brazil, as World Cup play gets into full swing. But here at TED, our attention is turned to the country for an entirely different reason—TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro from October 5 through 10. With a speaker program that ranges from a nomadic filmmaker to a Buddhist monk, from a technologist changing the way we detect cancer to a chef who’s preserving the culinary heritage of Brazil, the conference promises to flip our thinking many times over. We spoke to curator Bruno Giussani about the themes emerging in the program, the speakers he can’t wait to see take the stage in October and how he’s watching the World Cup. Below, an edited transcript of our conversation.

How did the theme “South!” emerge?

Every TED conference has a different theme, and we choose the theme based on our reading of current big…

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