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TEDx To Give Voice To Palestinian Youth (VIDEO)

Planners now formulating strategies, staff and speakers for September event in Ramallah

A group of leading Palestinians who are seeking to uncover new ideas and spark conversations in the community are bringing TEDx to the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level, where they include live speakers and recorded presentations. The events are organized and planned independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a free license granted by the TED organization.

“The Next Generation” is the title being given to the upcoming event, which will take place September 7 at the Ramallah Municipality.

Ahmed Shami, an organizer of the event who gave a presentation at a TEDx in Miami four years ago, told The Media Line that it took the team, led by Wajdi Hussinie, almost four years of paperwork to bring the program to Palestine.

“Bringing TEDx to Ramallah was extremely important to provide a platform for Palestinian youth to communicate their stories of injustice,” he said. “Public speaking and strategic communication skills must be developed within the Palestinian DNA because we have very special and different messages to be told.”

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