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A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings | eL Seed

eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50...Read more

The Arts Are Not A Flower | Rachel Goslins | TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue

Why do our nation's schools continue to suffer from declines in arts education budgets and instructional time even though a 2005 Harris Poll found that 93% of Americans believe that the arts are vital to a well-rounded education? In her very...Read more

Candy Chang: Before I die I want to......

In her New Orleans neighborhood in 2012, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: "Before I die I want to ___." Her neighbors' answers -- surprising,...Read more

Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is ... noticing

As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares...Read more

Working Toward a Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO's conventions in the field of culture were drafter and adopted following the request by Member Services to develop international standards that could serve as a basis for drawing up national cultural policies and strengthen cooperation...Read more

What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

UNESCO and cultural heritage: There are things that we regard as important to preserve for future generations. They may be significant due to their present or possible economic value, but also because they create a certain emotion within us, or...Read more

Intangible Cultural Heritage Domains

UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage proposes five broad ‘domains’ in which intangible cultural heritage is manifested: -- Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the...Read more

Forest Whitaker talks to Antonio Mora, Al Jazeera

Forest Whitaker interview with Antonio Mora, Al Jazeera on October 10, 2014 The Oscar-winning actor runs the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative and is UNESCO’s special envoy for peaceRead more


"Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky Imagine all the people living for the day... ." John Lennon Video of the song...Read more

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or...Read more


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