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About Me

David Choo has been working as an Creative Urbanist with various companies and projects. He has so much interested in communities movement based on their villages/cities because he believes that stories of communities can bring changes to their society, not only physical development or reconstruction.
He's been trying to make a change as a curator of TEDxItaewon, Seoul. He is TEDx Ambassador for Korea also and has attended TEDActive(Palm Springs) and TEDxSummit(Doha) 2012. He would like to share his ideas and passion with global network for villages/cities and North Korea by managing his organization.

South Korea, Seoul
Current organization:
Past organizations:
Current role:
Licensee & Curator
Areas of expertise:
Urban and Regional Planning, Developer of Mixed Use developments, Architectiure, Masterplanning, Project Management, Photo Editing, Social & Business Networking

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I'm passionate about

Curiousity, Wonder, Inspiration. Listening to life stories. Collaborative/Sharing Economy. Social Innovation. Faith Economy.

An idea worth spreading

1) TEDx event experience in S.Korea. => I know we all have quite different backgrounds, but in this inter-national and multi-national backgrounds we can make a difference together. There is so famous street called "ITAEWON" in Korea, a place international people gather and enjoy shopping. This is a perfect multinational circumstance. With gathering, networking, sharing ideas and enjoying TED, we all can understand the cultural difference and come to know the way solving problems around us. 2) TEDx event sharing in developing countries => I've been to Nepal three times and other asian countries also. IMHO, the sustainable support to the young generation in developing countries is holding TEDx event! I hope to hold TEDx event in Nepal this summer and other developing countries next year. Holding TEDx events is the way to make them to be connected to various people, knowledge, and ideas. Hope to hear your voices and to see at our TEDxItaewon event. Thanks! :-)

Talk to me about

He is korean looking, but living as a global citizen. He is TEDx licensee/curator and TEDx Ambassador in Korea.

People don't know that I'm good at

Listenning to people's complain, connecting people, educating and inspirating people, and taking photograph.

My TED Story

#1. 4 years ago, somebody recommended this TED.com site to me. So I have watched 1 story everyday for 4 years. Whenver I watch these stories, I feel more brave, inspired and become doing more specific actions. #2. Anwar, one of the most powerful translators from Sudan, he gave me an inspiration of doing of change this society. I have decided and lived to inspire and act doing good, right thing with my work and community. #3. I have attended to TEDActive and TEDxSummit in 2012. And now I am TEDxItaewon licensee/curator, TEDx Ambassador in S.Korea. TEDxItaewon is one of 48 strategic partners of TEDxChange. You can visit TEDxIteawon site => www.TEDxItaewon.com. SEND YOUR MESSAGES TO ME!(@davidychoo) and VISIT MY FACEBOOK!! :-)


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  • +3

    A comment on Talk: Rick Warren: A life of purpose

    Jul 31 2014: Now I'm translating his book, 'The Daniel Plan' in Korean language. His book for making healthy changes in our bodies would be working for people who are suffered from selecting unhealthy choices. Looking forward to seeing the book in Korean soon!
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela

    Dec 9 2013: Thank you for your great and inspiring talk.
    We've lost a big hero, Nelson Madela. However, he left precious values such as peace, reconciliation, harmony. RIP Madiba.
  • +5

    A comment on Talk: Dong Woo Jang: The art of bow-making

    Nov 4 2013: He was too nervous, but he has done very well! As a korean, I'm proud of him because he did try to do something meaningful even though we all koreans are grown in the stressful system of education. Thank you Dong Woo Jang. Hope to see you soon in Seoul!
  • +1

    A comment on Conversation: 1

    Jun 30 2013: A stupid question and a lot of brilliant ideas! Actually, I just wanted to try to post up but there's no 'delete' botton.
    If you guys want to join the conversation about 'Before I Die' wall, plz visit the page below;
    => http://www.ted.com/conversations/19256/what_s_your_ideas_on_how_to_st.html
  • A reply on Talk: Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained.

    Jun 24 2013: Come and visit Seoul. You'll come to know the meaning of 'different' word. I'll be your guide when you get here in Seoul. Hope to see you Rita, in Seoul soon! :-)
  • A comment on Talk: James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

    Jun 24 2013: Totally agreed with you James! "I think number one is curiosity. It's the most powerful thing you own. Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality. And the respect of your team is more important than all the laurels in the world." Thank you for the great inspiration.
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    A comment on Talk: Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained.

    Jun 20 2013: Thank you so much for this amazing talk, Joshep Kim! It's so amazing and touching stories worth spreading. I hope to see the day of unification btw S and N.Korea soon!
  • +2

    A reply on Talk: Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained.

    Jun 20 2013: 모두 고생 많으셨습니다. 탈북자 이현서씨에 이어 두 번째로 TED의 무대에 서서 이렇게 감동적인 이야기를 들려주신 조셉 김 님과 이를 번역해 주신 분들께 감사드립니다. 영상이 빨리 업로드되어 기쁘네요. 수고 많으셨습니다!
  • A reply on Talk: Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea

    Mar 25 2013: Hey Zane Bliss, could you send me the link please?
  • +2

    A reply on Talk: Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea

    Mar 25 2013: Well said Wei Li and Sulkiro Song. Totally agree with you guys!
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