About Reine

TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

Areas of Expertise

Education, Community Service, Literature, Language, Oral Communi

An idea worth spreading

we deserve to make a difference! Our input, in whatever field we focus upon, needs to promote a better life, for ourselves and for those around us.

I'm passionate about

Education and working toward the Common Good! and TEDxLAU!

People don't know I'm good at

belly dancing, salsa, and tango.

My TED story

I was checking my Facebook newsfeed when I saw a title that caught my attention: Why schools kill creativity. I watched Sir Ken Robinson's talk and was fascinated! I had never even heard of TED! But I knew one thing...this was a talk to be shared on our campus, with my colleagues and students. And I did...and it was only the beginning. Later on I helped in organizing the first public TEDxBeirut salon on our campus, and then went on to get the first university TEDx license in Lebanon. We seem to keep growing, in ways I hadn't fully planned...and this is my ultimate satisfaction. With TED, the connections seem to form without our full awareness..and the surprises make it all the more worthwhile!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Reine Azzi
Posted over 2 years ago
Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?
This is one of those talks I can't stop talking about! are we fully aware of the consequences? should we be more careful? or are we responsible and need to do this?? In spreading awareness regarding the TEDx event and this open debate, I just wish more people can join in. Love this discussion! and thank you for posting right on time!!! I was calling out for that :) We even create a survey to see what our audience thinks. Join us! https://www.facebook.com/tedxlau
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Reine Azzi
Posted over 2 years ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
This was the one talk which drastically changed the way I view "nonprofit". we are constantly restricting ourselves to this slightly Kantian model of intentions for effective altruism. the emphasis on proper motives and the "bleeding heart" is blinding us to the fact that these acts don't necessarily lead to the greater good. I love the utilitarian undertones to this talk. One of my absolute favorites at TEDActive this year.
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Reine Azzi
Posted over 2 years ago
Follow the Frog
my favorite!! really goes well with the GiveWell talk and Peter Singers ideals for effective altruism.
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Reine Azzi
Posted over 3 years ago
How will TEDx change the world?
we just finished the first meeting with the student organizers at TEDxLAU in Lebanon, and this was our final activity! Wish i could show you the poster! but some of the comments were: "Geeks of the world unite", "inspire thoughts and ideas", "pause, reflect, and reconsider", "motivation: urging people to make a move", "defying challenges", "by not talking about change but paving the way for it", "the lack of inspiration is a major source of human misbehavior; the abundance of inspiration is the source of progress. TEDx is the future.", "TEDx is about making outstanding ideas reachable. It's about making people understand that anyone can be heard.", and we also had a student who chose this quote by Eric Hoffer: “In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” Thanks a lot for this discussion topic! We all loved it! From Beirut, TEDxLAU :)