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Theme: in Motion

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May 14, 2017
9:00am - 7:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Tunis, Tunis

When most people imagine the future, their minds conjure up familiar images of flying cars, lifelike robots, and smart devices all whirling around a busy world. It’s an image of synchronization and harmony: life made simple by human progress and innovation.
Incredibly enough, the world that we live in today is approaching these futuristic daydreams. Cars are beginning to drive themselves, computers are starting to learn on their own, and our daily lives move to the beat of an array of smart devices. But for most of us, this world is anything but harmonious or simple. It turns out that breakthroughs are messy, change is complicated, and progress only comes in fits and starts.
The truth is the world is a raucous place. It moves in waves and bursts on the power of big ideas. It’s a world in motion, and it is this endless up and down ride that gives us inspiration, grounds us in what matters, and brings about serendipitous moments of brilliance and beauty. A life in motion is never simple, but its an indispensable element of a life well lived.
On May 14th, TEDxCarthage invites you on a journey through some of the big ideas setting the world in motion.

Palais des Congrès, Tunis
Avenue Mohamed 5
Tunis, Tunis
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Karim Ghariani

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Nora Fitzgerald

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Rochdi Belgasmi

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Salma Negra

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Tounès Thabet

Tounès Thabet is a Tunisian poet, a French professor, and a cultural contributor to the newspaper Le Temps. Tounès is also active in civil society and works extensively with youth organizations such as “Tunis lit” and “Je suis un livre.” She recently released her latest collection of poetry, J’ai tissé l’espérance d’épines et de fils de soie and believes strongly in the power of words to change the world.

Wassim Ghozlani

Wassim Ghozlani is a photographer and director of Maison de l’Image Tunisia, an independent organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts, supporting young artists, training visual professionals, and creating an international-level cultural dynamic in the city of Tunis

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