FBI, here I am

Suddenly, out of nowhere, The Hindu decided to acknowledge that governments have been intruding privacy. They have been doing so at a global level for over two decades now. Hasan Elahi’s name was (by mistake) added to the US Government’s watch list. He turned his life inside-out for everyone, and especially the FBI to watch. He fought the assault of privacy by guaranteeing him none. Watch the talk he gave in TEDGlobal 2011.

14mins 31s.

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tedx youth

something to do tomorrow

TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening all around the world coinciding with Universal Children’s Day, from November 19th – 21st, 2011. These events are designed to empower and inspire young people.

These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.

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TEDxYouthDay 2011

There are over 100 TEDxYouthDay events in nearly 50 countries happening this year. The theme for TEDxYouthDay 2011 is Play, Learn, Build & Share, chosen by the TEDx community. Individual events will also feature their own unique themes.

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Béatrice Coron

suggested by Pritham K Chakravarthy

Béatrice Coron tells stories informed by life. Her own life colors her work: after briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She has been, among others, a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and New York City tour guide. She has lived in France (her native country) , Egypt and Mexico for one year each, and China for two years. She moved to New York in 1985, where she reinvented herself as an artist.

Coron’s oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.

Although, the large amount of paper used does pinch the conscience while thinking of those many trees, it’s definitely a better use of paper than the thousand memos printed and shredded in corporate offices around the world.

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Update from the Collective: We at Chai Kadai chose the internet as our first medium because we understand it as a public space. Dialogues start in a public space, where it is most needed. If you know of any artiste or issue relating to dialogue, art and public space please write to us in not more than 500 words and send it to chaikadai[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Join us at TED

No, we are not talking at TED. That’s too much to aspire. What we gone ahead and done is to start a TED conversation and we would like to invite all of you there. Our question is the essence of us being part of Chai Kadai itself. How to create a welcoming and safe place for dialogue? Please come and join us or tell us anywhere what you think might be the key.

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