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TEDGlobal2012 – Welcome to Radical Openness: Jonathan Batiste opens TEDGlobal 2012

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Jonathan Batiste

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

A darkened stage, a moment of silence … and a mysterious note of jazz. Opening TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland: Jonathan Batiste, a musician who has delighted audiences in more than 40 countries and collaborated with diverse musicians from Prince to Jimmy Buffett to Wynton Marsalis. He’s the co-director and music curator at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

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TEDGlobal2012 – Supreme Court rules mandatory life sentences for children are unconstitutional.

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At TED2012, lawyer Bryan Stevenson made an impassioned case for confronting racial and economic injustice in the American justice system. And, he argued, confronting that means changing the way the system approaches child offenders. In his talk he says: “I represent children. A lot of my clients are very young. The United States is the only country in the world where we sentence 13-year-old children to die in prison. We have life imprisonment without parole for kids in this country … the only country in the world.”

Stevenson is Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who represented two plaintiffs in a case before the United States Supreme Court. In Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, two young men were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, sentences that were mandated by law. Stevenson argued that laws mandating sentences of life without the possibility of parole for adolescents…

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TEDGlobal2012 – Session-1

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It’s time for TEDGlobal2012! We’ve gathered in beautiful Edinburgh for what we are quite sure will be a thought-provoking, mind-expanding conference. The overall theme of the event this year? Radical openness. As TEDGlobal2012 co-curator and TED’s European director Bruno Giussani reminded us, this is always a founding principle of TED. The problem is: it’s actually a really difficult topic on which to base a conference. “People’s immediate reaction is that it’ll be all about open source, collaboration and crowdsourcing. But you can’t do a whole conference on those topics,” Bruno said in an interview in the run-up to the conference. “So we’ve expanded the brief to include radical thinking, open thinking, and the concept of looking at things differently.”

As always, each session at TEDGlobal has its own sub-theme. Session One, just about to get under way, is all about “Critical Crossroads.” That…

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