Discussing new narratives about Afghanistan
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. TEDxKabul is an independently organized TED event that celebrates the stories, ideas and innovations of Afghans effecting positive change in their communities. By bringing together Afghan changemakers, artists and innovators, the goal is to showcase the often forgotten character of Kabul: a city that is innovative, entrepreneurial and forward-looking.
When I first moved to Kabul in 2012, I started asking myself questions about how I was adjusting to and contemplating my new home base. How might we start to talk about progress in Kabul, instead of what the mainstream media portrays? Can we bring both Afghans and expats together to discuss the future of the country?
In 2012, I organized a team to lead the first ever TEDx event in Afghanistan. I received a TEDxChange Scholarship, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to attend TEDx Global so that the event could expend to 500 attendees.
After the launch of the first conference, TEDxKabul has been an annual event organized by a local Afghan medical student, Ejaz Hosham (pictured above), who was a key member of our very first organizing team. He has also received a scholarship to a TED event in order to ensure the size of the event can reach as large of an audience as possible.
TEDx Kabul: Innovation from the Most Unexpected Place in the World, The Washington Post
Current President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Ashraf Ghani gave a talk at the first-ever TEDxKabul event in 2012.
Ariana Delawari is an Afghan American multimedia artist and humanitarian. She is a musician, filmmaker, photographer, actress and writer. In her talk she shares her art and music.
In addition to the TEDx event, the team also hosts TEDxKabulWomen, a special event dedicated to the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers.