Come Experience TEDxHarlem March 27th 2012 The Apollo Theatre Harlem NYC

TEDxHarlem is a creative conference that seeks to understand, celebrate and empower the informal methods of social innovation that grow up organically in the local Harlem community and beyond. Inspired by the concept of Living Labs, TEDxHarlem views cities as an untapped resource in the creation of new system solutions to wicked problems.

TEDxHarlem will connect some of the world’s most eclectic and innovative ideas with the Harlem community. The celebration is dedicated to those who have the courage to passionately breathe life into their ideas as well as those who are willing to listen and become part of a movement.

TEDx events are independently organized events, created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

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.  The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).  Events include a screening of TEDTalks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections.


TED began in 1984 as a gathering place for innovators and leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design. 26 years later, TED has become a nexus for a global community of individuals who believe in the power of Ideas Worth Spreading. currently has a library of over 600 amazing talks of such high quality that the site has become the platinum standard for innovation in digital storytelling.

If you are not familiar with TEDxHarlem, TEDx or TED, below are two short pieces worthy of your attention.

Piece 1 – TEDx

Barbara Askins is the President and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District in New York City. She talks about the business of food and how it is changing the landscape in Harlem.

Piece 2 – TED

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture — and about the meaning of art itself.

TEDxHarlem is a creation of Living Labs Foundation, Inc. The Living Labs Foundation, Inc. views cities as an untapped resource in the creation of new solutions and innovation.  As such, we view Living Labs Foundation, Inc. as an innovation company for and in the public interest. A 501(c)3 social action enterprise, Living Labs Foundation, Inc. provides social innovation platforms for community growth.

For more information: TEDxHarlem.

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