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2012 TED Fellow - Asha de Vos

2012 TED Fellow - Asha de Vos

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2012 TED Fellow - Asha de Vos
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Fellows 2012
to the third anniversary of the TED Fellowsprogram. When we began, our premise was that we’dgather extraordinary young people from around the globeand add their unique voices to the TED community. Wehoped the program would slingshot Fellows’ careers,opportunities and relationships. We believe it’s time todeclare this experiment a resounding success.We currently have 65 active Fellows and Senior Fellows.So far, over the course of the program, we’ve fielded274 Fellows from 73 countries*, spanning eight classes: TED2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; TEDGlobal 2009,2010 and 2011; and TEDIndia.Here at TED2012, our Fellows include a civilizationtoolkit creator, a 2012 Oscar-nominated documentaryfilmmaker, a wartime photojournalist, boundary-chal-lenging artists, a development critic, a computationalarchitect, radical user-interface designers, appropriatetechnology inventors, a biomineralogist, an ecologicalnetwork scientist, a tissue-engineering researcher, aspace archaeologist, a whale biologist, human rightsactivists, NGO founders, an architect/computer scientist,breakthrough entrepreneurs and so many more.” Amongst the larger group of Fellows, you’ll find thefounders and leaders of organizations like Kickstarter, African Leadership Academy, Embrace (baby warmers),Working Villages (agriculture in eastern Congo), Ushahidi,Backyard Brains (neuroscience for young people),MakerBot Industries (3D printing technology), littleBits(Legos for the iPad generation),
Gopher Illustrated 
mag-azine (art and culture), AIDG (engineers helping in Haiti)and the Innovations in International Health lab at MIT(low-cost health solutions for the developing world).Many of you have asked, “How can I get in touchwith or keep track of the Fellows’ work?” I’m pleasedto announce the brand new Fellows Network(fellows.ted.com), which contains detailed profiles onFellows’ projects, passions and – optionally – personaldetails. And you can contact any of them through theexisting TED Profile system. We expect that Fellows– most of whom know only 40 of their 274 colleagues– will forge new bonds amongst themselves, and that TEDsters and Fellows will enjoy a whole new level of engagement. The Fellows program is extremely grateful for theinaugural support of the Bezos Family, the DhanamFoundation, Ann & John Doerr, the Harnisch Foundation,the Arcus Foundation, Chandra Jessee, Gerry Ohrstromand other key supporters. We hope you will consider joining them and taking part in the Dhanam Foundation’soutstanding challenge grant.We invite you to meet as many of the Fellows as youcan, if not at the conference, then soon afterwards.Have a great TED! Tom Rielly & Logan McClureand the TED Fellows teamfellows@ted.com
*Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bangalore, Belarus, Belgium, Benin,Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, DRC,Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras,India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kashmir,Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mexico, Nepal, NewZealand, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Philippines,Poland, Rwanda, Senegal, Singapore, Sir Lanka, Slovenia, South Africa, SouthKorea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Yemen.
Fellows 2012
How it works
Each year, 20 Fellows attend the TED Conference in LongBeach, California, and 20 attend TEDGlobal in Edinburgh,Scotland, as full conference participants, with all expensespaid. They enjoy an exclusive Fellows pre-conference wherethey meet, share ideas, receive communication, fundraising,and design training, and encounter a few surprises. They alsohave the opportunity to give a talk before or during TED, andpotentially to see their talks posted on TED.com. Through-out the rest of the year, they tell their ongoing stories on the TED Fellows Blog and YouTube channel, and receive personalcoaching and mentoring. Coming soon: more extensive Fel-lows profiles on TED.com so you can find out more! The program focuses on individuals from six target regions: Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, though people from the rest of the world are also represented and welcome to apply. Fellowsare drawn from the many disciplines that reflect the diversity of  TED’s members: technology, entertainment, design, the sci-ences, the humanities, the arts, NGOs, businesses and more. Though we target innovators aged 21 to 40, anyone over 18 iswelcome to apply.
TED Senior Fellows
Of the 40 Fellows selected each year, 10 indi-viduals are invited to participate in the extendedSenior Fellowship program, which begins theyear after their initial Fellowship. Read more onpage 56.
How you can get involved
 You can help the TED Fellows in six ways:1) donating to support the program2) corporate underwriting3) mentoring a Fellow4) teaching at a Fellows event5) nominating an excellent candidate6) contributing in-kind goods and services To learn more about the TED Fellows program,visit:www.ted.com/fellowscontact:fellows@ted.comfollow:@TEDFellow
Launched at TED2009, the TED Fellows program brings outstanding individualswho have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage and moral imag-ination into the TED community in order to amplify the impact of their remarkableprojects and activities.

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