Why become a TED Fellow?

Wondering why you should apply to be a TED Fellow? Get an insider’s view with MyFellowsStory. Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday we’ll feature Fellows that will tell you what the program has done for them, the lasting relationships they’ve formed and those serendipitous moments that make all the difference.

MyFellowsStory :: Taghi Amirani

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Iranian physicist turned filmmaker
TED2010 Senior Fellow
Amirani Media
London
Learn more about Taghi’s work here.

Coup 53 is “The true story of Operation Ajax, the coup d’état staged by America and Britain in Iran in 1953 that overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah.”

Describe your work in 6 words (or less):
East meeting west through political cinema.

Describe one relationship you’ve made because of the Fellows program:
Too many amazing connections to pick one; the most precious is with some of the Fellows from my class of 2009 and the TED Fellowship team itself.

How is your life different today because of the program?:
Access to people and places that have made a huge difference to my work.

Describe the program in three words:
Connections connections connections

Most surreal TED conference moment?:
The whole TED thing is surreal. You step into a bubble. Winning the TED Fellows Hero Award tops the surreal moment list.

Why would you recommend the program?:
If TED enters your life at the right moment in your career, and you are prepared and willing to work at it, then it can have a significant impact on your work and life. As long as you remember it is just a conference, and as such, a microcosm of the real world.

Application tip?:
Be yourself and be true to yourself.

 

MyFellowsStory :: Anita Doron

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Filmmaker
TED2010
Avalanche Films + Mashina Arts
Toronto
Learn more about Anita’s work here.

The Lesser Blessed Official Trailer from Gen One Films on Vimeo.

Describe your work in 6 words (or less):
I make people feel through stories.

Describe one relationship you’ve made because of the Fellows program:
J. Adam Huggins, a fellow Fellow and I were connected by the Fellowship team for having similar creative sensibilities in our work. Well, we discovered that those sensibilities spilled into every aspect of our lives and we became inseparable, living a semi-nomadic, joyfully uncertain life while creating, writing and co-organizing a TEDx conference in Brazil. Our greatest collaboration is Tian Huggins, a small human being of two years.

How is your life different today because of the program?:
No longer an armchair warrior, I’ve unlearned, absolved cynicism and came to see an absolute possibility and need to instigate massive shift.

Describe the program in three words:
Surpass your potential.

Most surreal TED conference moment?:
Spontaneously drawing a two-headed monster with architect Mitchell Joachim and musician Susie Ibarra while our hands were intertwined and then dancing with the incredible Saeed Taji Farouky and Daniel Zoughbie, forming three degrees of Shleparation, as Saeed coined it, a full Jewish / Palestinian spectrum.

Why would you recommend the program?:
If you have a deep desire to change the world and you no longer want to be inhibited by your own, misperceived limitations, become a TED Fellow.

Application tip?:
It is better to show your passionate, lunatic side than keeping it sensible.

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