Rafael Salazar

VP Open Innovation Labs, Opinno - MIT Technology Review


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Suggestions for speakers

Hi All,

We are planning our TEDxPlazaCibeles 2012 edition. Our main theme is about "common people, outstanding ideas" that can change the world. We are focused on social entrepeneurship, but any other suggestion is welcome.

Could you suggest an outstanding speaker?.


  • Jan 23 2012: wow nice information
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    Jan 23 2012: Hi Rafael Salazar

    I suggest contacting James Greyson of Blind Spot Global Systems, a think tank in the UK. Find him at

    And see also
    Contact details for James Greyson at BlindSpot global revival think-tank
    Mailing address: PO Box 140, Lewes BN7 9DS, East Sussex, UK

    Telephone: 01273-814945 International phone: +44-1273-814945

    Email: contact AT blindspot. org. uk

    Or use this contact form.
    Or reach James via his Wiserearth profile.

    Follow James' 'flipping paradigms' blog on twitter.

    Thanks, Mark Hurych
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    Jan 22 2012: I suggest you to find any representatives of the Occupy Movement that has "outstanding ideas" that can change the world.

    That would fit your main theme pretty much perfectly.
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    Jan 22 2012: John or Hank Green. John is an author, Hank is an entrepreneur, and both are social activists for the "nerd community" or "nerd fighters" (fighting for them, not against them). It's an amazing movement, with the catch phrase of Don't Forget To Be Awesome (DFTBA).
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    Jan 20 2012: Santiago Calatrava speaking on his architecture/art.
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      Jan 23 2012: Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for your suggestion.
      Indeed Santiago would be a great speaker, I will do my best to contact him. You know this high profiles are not easy to reach.

      Thank you very much!.


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    Jan 20 2012: Ad Broere, Dutch economist and former banker.
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      Jan 23 2012: Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your answer. I have been reading about Ad Broere and he has an intereting profile.
      We will make our best to fit him in our event.

      Thank you once again,


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        Jan 23 2012: Thanks for the reply. I've been in contact with Ad about the TEDx event, and he's really interested.
        If you'd like to contact him then you can find him on facebook (under his full name) or via his website (http://www.adbroere.nl).
        I think he'll make a great speaker, especially on the social entrepeneurship part!

        Kind regards from the Netherlands,


  • Jan 19 2012: If we could get Leonard Cohen to talk, I think he would be an excellent speaker.
    Another suggestion for a speaker I have is Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.
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      Jan 23 2012: Hi Rhona,

      Thank you very much. We have already contacted Leonard Cohen.
      John Stewart is interesting, but I would have to talk to him to see how he can fit in a "Social Entrepeneurship" TEDx event.

      Thank you once again for your suggestions...


      • Jan 24 2012: You are welcome. Happy Today.
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    Jan 17 2012: Sounds Great Rafael, I sure hope I can be there.
  • Jan 17 2012: Rafael; you got a good ideq going on. I congratulate you and wish you success.
    Would you please let me know; when and where will this event take place? I asked this question because I alm interested in talking in any TEDx in Spain. (I have not contacted with any TEDx yet as I am new in TED community)
    At the moment I am in the process of preparing my talk as I need detailed information about the topic.

    Entrepreneurship - is a great topic in Spain.
    I teach Peak Performance pyschology and Communication to young entrepreneurs and students.
    If you are interested maybe we can talk further.

    An Outstanding Speaker in and from Spain?

    Renewable energy - can be a topic too; as there is more solar energy and less sun in Germany than in Spain.
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      Jan 18 2012: Hi Edwin...
      Thank you for your time and interest in our event, TEDxPlazaCibeles.
      The 2012 edition will be on May 26th, in madrid.
      We have contacted some potential speakers, but we have not closed yet our agenda.
      We have planned 8 high standards speakers for the 18-min talks, and 2 or 3 "unknown" speakers for our 5-min talks new format.
      Where do you think you could fit?. We have very high standards, since we are inviting Nobel Prize winners, Principe de Asturias Award winners, Kiva and Ashoka CEO's , MIT and Harvard directors, etc...
      If you feel you can fit in our event, either with the 18-min or the 5-min sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me (rafael.salazar@tedxplazacibeles.com), and propose a catching and fascinating experience or talk about an outstanding idea related to Social Entrepeneurship.



      • Jan 18 2012: Thanks Rafa. I will do my best to send you a mail as soon as I can.

        I got a questing though: You said you need outstanding speakers,
        did you mean people with outstanding ideas worth spreading?

        why not, Mr Zara - Amancio Ortega Gaona? or he might be too busy?
        I would love to listen to him. If Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates could find time for TED, he can too.
        Don't you think so?
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    Jan 17 2012: Thank you for your suggestion Urs!.

    We will read about Stefan Winzenried and try to fit him in our event.

  • Jan 25 2012: I believe Hans Reitz, the co-founder of Grameen Creative Labs (together with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus) would be a great speaker for your event. http://www.grameencreativelab.com
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      Jan 26 2012: Hi Roberto,

      Thank you for your suggestion.
      We have already contacted Mr Yunus to be our speaker at TEDxPlazaCibeles.
      We are waiting for his answer .

      Thanks again for your time.


  • Jan 24 2012: Hi Rafael

    How about Noam Chomsky?

    Best wishes

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      Jan 26 2012: Hi Nusrat.

      Thanks for suggesting Mr Chomsky.
      We would like to have profiles like Chomsky's in one of our TEDx events, but this year we are focussing on social entrepeneurship.
      We will take note of your suggestion for next year's theme.

      Thank you once again.


  • Jan 17 2012: Leonard Cohen
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      Jan 18 2012: Thank you for your suggestion Rhona.

      Leonard Cohen could be our entertainment session... We will see how he can fit and will contact him!.
      We are also focusing on finding speakers for the talk sessions. If you have any potential speaker, please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Thanks again for your time.