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Kiran Bedi: “From a Prison to an Ashram”

Kiran Bedi was one of India’s top cops and was voted the most trusted person in the country.  In telling her story, she said that she, “didn’t mean to be different from the men, but it was different because I was different.”  She made a name as a proponent of tough, equal policing when she famously gave the Prime Minister a parking ticket!  To keep her from giving citations to any more VIPs, she was assigned to a prison: 10,000 prisoners, of which 600 were women and 9,400 were men.

On the first day of work, she said, “I asked them if they wanted to pray, and they said yes.  So I prayed for them, and things started to change.”  She started a mandatory prisoner education program with no budget, using prisoner volunteers as teachers.  She instituted meditation practice and a suggestion box and turned the facility “from a prison to an ashram.”

For more on Kiran Bedi:

December 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Rachael Ray: “You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life”

Over lunch, Rachael Ray described her experience of how food brings families together, and enables the moments of humor, fun, and connection that make a life rich.  She also told us that “everything I need to know I learned as a waitress”: Serve others with a smile.  Work hard and take pride in a job well-done.  Give people what they need and not what you think they should have.

She also described her efforts to educate kids about nutrition and good food, Yum-O!

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December 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Surprise Guest: Hillary Clinton!

Between talks, the TED hosts announced a surprise guest: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!  Sec. Clinton said that “the rights and roles of women and girls are a central tenet of American foreign policy.”  Women’s rights, she noted, are “not just a moral or humanitarian or fairness issue.  It’s a security and prosperity and peace issue… in the vital interest of the United States of America.”

She also took a moment to share her sadness at the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, praising her “fierce intelligence, passion, and sense of purpose.”

To read the text of Sec. Clinton’s speech:

December 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

TEDWomen “Composers “

This morning’s session featured women who are breaking new ground in science and technology:

– Deborah Rhodes, who has developed a technology for better mammograms
– Kate Orff, who is restoring New York City’s Gowanus Canal using “Oystertecture”
– Amber Case, who uses “cyborg anthropology” to show us that “machines help us be more human”
– MIT roboticist Cynthia Brazeal and her protogee Heather Knight, who are turning robots into “social technology”
– Fiona Eberts, who is bringing better nutrition to Africa through a “Miracle Tree” that really does work miracles
– Annet Namayanja, a Ugandan agricultural scientist who breeds better beans

December 8, 2010 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

TEDWomen Session Summaries

Check out the TEDWomen website for photos and additional info on each talk:

December 8, 2010 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Arianna Huffington: “We are going to sleep our way to the top”

And she meant it, quite literally.  “The essence of leadership,” she said, “is being able to see the iceberg before it hits the Titanic” – something that people can’t do when sleep-deprived.  She learned the value of sleep for herself when she fainted of exhaustion at her desk, sending her to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and needing stitches.

She urged us all to discover the power of sleep: “What can you do to maintain your inspiration every day?… If you want to have a more productive, inspired, and joyful life, get more sleep!”

December 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

Mona Eltahawy: Audacious, Pugnacious, Hilarious

“I’m a Muslim, I’m a feminist, and I’m here to confuse you,” said Mona Eltahawy. She began by describing Islam’s “kick-ass women role models” and went on to announce her mission to “fight lazy stereotypes and misogyny.” Religious orthodoxy of all kinds, she noted, “is much kinder to men than women.” Assertive, funny, and full of contradictions (and with a self confessed weakness for younger men), Mona won’t let you get away with putting Muslim women in a box.

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December 7, 2010 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

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