Selected quotes from some of the best speakers at TEDGlobal 2012

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” Tim Lebrecht

“We need to find ethical ways of prescribing placebos.” Jill Blakeway

“Louis Vuitton is the opiate for the Chinese upper classes today.” Robyn Meredith

“None of the threats to the global commons will be solved by building walls.” Admiral James Stavridis

“We’re not on a journey to a goal, the goal is with us changing with us.” John Cage quoted by Anthony Gormley

“The elemental world we all live in is the darkness of the body.” Anthony Gormley

“Educational grading has become degrading.” Simon Schocken

“We never see what is there, we only see what it was useful to see in the past.” Beau Lotto

“The 21st Century is not familiar to us, so we spend our time responding to a world that no longer exists.” Eddie Obeng

“Being open to the concept that globalisation is only 10-20% complete leaves room for some expectation that there might be more gains to be achieved from further integration.” Pankay Ghemawat

“People say that changing education systems is like moving graveyards, you can’t rely on the people out there to help you.” Andreas Schleider

“Our internationalism is the driver of our nationalism.” Alex Salmond

“European data retention is a blueprint for how to control a society.” Malte Spitz

“The Church of TED is very optimistic. Bulgarians are some of the most pessimistic in the world. There are the Happy, the Unhappy and the Bulgarians.” Ivan Krastev

“Transparency is not about restoring trust to institutions, it’s about managing mistrust.” Ivan Krastev

“Anonymous activities are Ultra Coordinated Motherfuckary. The internet will judge the operations of governments, states, and institutions.” Gabriella Coleman

“Just because a worker spends time making a piece of something does not mean that she becomes that thing.” Lesley Chang

“The things we buy or have around the home or office are not what they seem to be. They are not about what we think they are in the world.” Lesley Chang

“Knowledge comes from our senses, extend our senses and we extend our knowledge. Let’s stop building apps for mobile phones and start building apps for our bodies.” Neil Harbisson

“Everyone becomes psychotic in his or her own way.” Elyn Saks

“Why is that when people become ill and have something wrong with any of their organs, they get sympathy from other people – except when that organ is their brain?” Ruby Wax

“My goal is to create an image that would remind you of something that you haven’t seen before.” Robert Legato

“Treating people with drugs today is like fitting people with shoes without asking them their foot size.” Susan Solomon

“We’re no longer consuming to keep up with the Jones’s, we’re consuming to get to know the Jones’s.” Rachel Botsman

“Our bodies change our minds, our minds change our behaviour and our behaviour changes outcomes. I faked it until I became it.” Amy Cuddy

“If you can manage to experience three positive emotions for every one negative one, it will dramatically improve your effectiveness.” Jane McGonigal

“In the nineteenth century “computers” were people who made the calculations that were published in look up tables and were full of errors.” Laura Snyder

“Think of the computer as a spiritual space for thinking.” John Maeda

“I’m interested in designing not the object but the process that leads to the object.” Michael Hansmeyer

“Saving is present pain for future pleasure. Smoking is present pleasure for future pain.” Keith Chen

“Naked and pure is the spirit that transcends the existence mediocre.” Graffiti quoted by John Wilbanks

“I watch the US embassy data on Beijing air quality to decide whether I should open the window or not.” Michael Anti


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