Peter Gabriel writes incredible songs but, as the co-founder of WITNESS and TheElders.org, is also a powerful human rights advocate.

Why you should listen

Peter Gabriel was a founding member of the extraordinarily successful progressive rock band Genesis. He left the band in 1975 to go solo and, in 1980, set up the international arts festival WOMAD (which stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance) and the record label Real World, both to champion music and artistic innovation from all over the world. Gabriel's stop motion video for "Sledgehammer" has been named the most-played music video in the history of MTV.  

Gabriel is also very interested in human rights. In 1992, he co-founded WITNESS.org, an organization that helps human rights activists and citizen witnesses worldwide make change happen through the use of video. The organization not only distributes digital cameras to empower people to document human-rights abuses, but provides a platform for the spread of video that reveals what is really going on in places all over the globe.

In 2007, Gabriel also co-founded theElders.org with Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.

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“Peter Gabriel is recognized around the world for his activities for peace and humanity.” — Mikhail Gorbachev

Peter Gabriel’s TED talks

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10 animals who’ve ruled the internet

July 10, 2013

“I make noises for a living, and on a good day it’s music,” says Peter Gabriel in today’s talk. “I work with a lot of musicians from around the world. Often, we don’t have any common language at all. But we sit behind our instruments and suddenly there’s a way to connect and emote.” This […]

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Secret Voices: Speakers in Session 10 at TED2013

February 28, 2013

Shhh … it’s time for Secret Voices, the 10th session of TED2013. Get ready to hear stories of the forgotten, marginalized, stigmatized and hidden. Our first speaker will make quite an entrance while the last will give a stirring finish, in spoken word. In between, thoughts on interspecies communication. Here, the speakers who appeared in […]

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Quotes from Peter Gabriel

The dream is a world in which anyone who has anything bad happen to them has a chance of getting their story uploaded, being seen, being watched.
Peter Gabriel
TED2006 • 442K views Dec 2006
Inspiring, Courageous
Whenever there’s a camera around, a video or film camera, it’s a great deal harder for those in power to bury the story.
Peter Gabriel
TED2006 • 442K views Dec 2006
Inspiring, Courageous