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),
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
*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.