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Theme: Sources of optimism

This event occurred on
February 4, 2012
4:00pm - 8:00pm MSK
(UTC +4hrs)
Moscow, Skolkovo

One can believe in a better future without having any special reasons. The argument between a pessimist and an optimist is often irresolvable, simply because it develops into an argument between reason and hope.

The positive side of optimism carries with it the right to be irrational, and it is probably because of this that we find it pleasant to find rather serious and even scientific reasons to meet the future with a smile.

On February 4, TEDxSkolkovo will welcome speakers who have found reasons to be optimists, and some have even gone further to create such reasons for others as well. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will focus on the theme “Sources of Optimism.” Ten speakers will take the stage to tell real-life stories and demonstrate why one should not be afraid of the future.

Talks will cover how to be an active citizen and change the world around you, how to invent new projects and find colleagues, how to cure illnesses and achieve new results in the most important spheres of your life, and more.

100, Novaya st., Skolkovo Village
Moscow, Skolkovo
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Olga Romanova

Journalist, Civil activist

Boris Akimov

"Lavka.Lavka", Founder

Nina Dobrynchenko

Protection of the Childhood Foundation, Director

Dmitry Stepanov

Afisha Rambler Joint Company, Product Director

Sergey Musienko

Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Nikolay Kulikov

Stand-up comedian

Sergey Smirnov

"Smirnov Design", Director General

Andrey Skvortsov

"Mercator", CEO

Linor Goralik


Sergey Sirotenko

Sports Centre of Excellence Leader at PwC Russia

Organizing team


Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Maria Privalova
    speakers curator
  • Peter Mansilla-Cruz
    speakers curator
  • Daria Avdulova
    event manager
  • Nikolay Yakovenko
    PR manager