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Saturday, 05 February 2011 17:35

The TEDxRamallah Blog

Here we share stories about Palestine and other inspiring writings with and from the TEDxRamallah community. If you have a post that you would like published then please go ahead and add it.

  • Gaza Hospital: Abedalrahman Katanani

    i was tought, from a master, what it means to digg up inspiration from deep deep inside you, inside your environment. to really use your eyes and see what is around you, and pull out the hair thin thread that makes beauty in a place overwhelmed with what we know as ugliness. words that i had been using for years through my collaborative work in the camps and for a year through my collaborative work on TEDxRamallah. words that are very familiar to me, but their impact was different today. today they came from someone whom i have known to be the receiver. but today the tables were turned and he was the mentor, telling me, from a first hand life, what it is to search for the positive in a world that we, with our words, have drowned in gloom.

    a room, 3m*2m if my architectural experience serves me well to sense that room's size. it's really not a room, it's a home to an artist - his studio and his sleeping abode.

    Zinko. the material he uses. the oldest known material to the camps, as old as palestinian refugee status. a childhood grown out of close contact with a carpenter father.

    he was born in Gaza hospital when it was a hospital in 1983, and moved into it with his family in 1986 when the hospital was closed down and turned into a vertical refugee camp. four buildings, 7, 5, 5, and 4 storeys high. about 300 families. Abed bought his home from selling home made canvases to his university friends.

    and he signs, his name, the simplest and possibly one of the oldest arabic names? abed. a signature that embodies every palestinian's bond to a homeland: the famous house key.


  • Brownbook for TEDxRamallah

    TEDxRamallah on Wednesday, 12 January 2011

    Brownbook is an urban lifestyle guide focusing on design, culture and travel across the Middle East and North Africa. We publish six times a year.

  • Hibr for TEDxRamallah

    TEDxRamallah on Wednesday, 12 January 2011




    Hibr is an innovative youth-driven alternative media outlet that engages individuals, community organizations, schools, universities, and companies around Lebanon in building public awareness on critical social, economic, environmental and public-interest issues.

    جريدة حبر لبناني وسيلة إعلامية يديرها الشباب  تعمل على إشراك الأفراد ومنظمات المجتمع المدني والمدارس والجامعات والشركات في لبنان لبناء الوعي عند القرّاء فيما يتعلق بالقضايا الإجتماعية والإقتصادية والبيئية

  • knowledge bit: Passion

    TEDxRamallah on Friday, 7 January 2011

    The TEDxRamallah process has been a journey in self organization embedded in a single passion capable of taking unique forms between every two individuals in the system.

  • knowledge bit: Potential

    TEDxRamallah on Monday, 3 January 2011

    The TEDxRamallah potential is generated by the coming together of people and space where content generated by people and shared in space turns time from void to substance.

  • part 2: solving the communication conflict, middle-eastern or not.

    williamchoukeir on Tuesday, 28 December 2010

    "[...] What you have said above [in the pre-requisite note], is quite difficult to do when you're faced with people who would NOT reciprocate it back. As in...I could see their view as what they FEEL to be true, but they would always believe their truth to be the ONE and ONLY truth. Makes it hard for me to be understanding. [...] but I guess that's pretty selfish of me isn't it? I should be understanding to BE shouldn't be a bargain 'I'll be understanding if you are too' [...]"

    so what do you do if you understand that people share experiences, not truths, but the other people don't?

  • Il rito di TEDx, the TEDx ritual

    TEDxRamallah on Monday, 20 December 2010

    Una nuova esperienza, cercando di capire come contribuire alla diffusione di storie che meritano di essere ascoltate e dibattute. Con gioia ho risposto all’appello di scrivere alcune righe in Italiano per far conoscere alla comunità italiana questo evento programmato per il 16 di Aprile 2011.

    A new experience, trying to figure out how to contribute to the dissemination of life stories that deserve to be heard and debated. With joy, I answered the call to write a few lines in Italian to make known to the Italian community this event scheduled for April 16, 2011.

  • part 1: solving the communication conflict, middle-eastern or not.

    williamchoukeir on Sunday, 19 December 2010

    some had left. after a heart-warming dinner for the TEDxRamallah community, we sit in a chaotic circle. we watch a TEDtalk courtesy of TEDxSKE, and a discussion starts. i'm confused. it sounds like it revolves around solving the middle-eastern conflict. [...] suddenly, a realization starts to seep into my awareness. and it's only when the gathering ends, that this realization is complete: all arguments start before anyone begins talking. this is what was happening...

  • Titleless thoughts / Мысли без названия

    Elena on Sunday, 19 December 2010

    1983. The Soviet Union. A noisy group of teenagers. One young man attracts a lot of attention - cheerful, with a lot of gesturing. I come closer – he speaks English. "Where are you from?" – I ask. "From Palestine." Ashamed to admit, I do not know where it is. In the evening, leaning over the world map, I try to find it. Can't be found. This was my first encounter with Palestine. Later, I read, saw and heard a lot.

    1983-ий год. Советский Cоюз. Шумная компания тинэйджеров. Один паренек привлекает всеобщее внимание - жизнерадостный, много жестикулирует. Подхожу поближе - английская речь. Спрашиваю: "Ты откуда?". "Из Палестины". Стыдно признаться, не знаю. Вечером склонилась над атласом мира в попытках ее отыскать. Не нашла. Это было мое первое с ней знакомство. Позже, много читала, видела, слышала.

  • Rim Banna sings for Palestine

    joumana on Thursday, 16 December 2010

    An inspiring and beautiful woman from Palestine tells her story and her emotions towards her first trip to Lebanon.

  • Journaling the Journey | Ramallah, Beirut, Amman | 16 Dec

    joumana on Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    Four months till 16 April,

    [...] Ramallah was then the obvious station for it, and Beirut and Amman were the obvious support locations, two cities holding a high percentage of Palestinians in their urban population for the past 60 years plus.

  • From Jerusalem to Shanghai to Jerusalem again, Hussam's projects for Palestine

    angelacorrias on Tuesday, 14 December 2010

    23-year-old Hussam tells us about his projects in Shanghai, shaping his future with heart and mind in Palestine.

  • Beirut, Ramallah, Tedx and Passion.

    zeina on Saturday, 11 December 2010

    A Tribute to Patricia and Riad, to Joumana, to TedxSKE, TedxRamallah and all those who attended the Tedx Salon last Thursday, Dec 9th, 2010 in Awkar, Lebanon.

  • travel documents - from Ramses to TNT

    TEDxRamallah on Saturday, 11 December 2010

    the earth belongs to all. this is what my religion says

  • Ramses, Firas, Beetle, TNT's father

    joumana on Tuesday, 7 December 2010

    a white beetle carries two men one woman, into Burj el Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp.



  • Sketch: a bug named inspiration

    joumana on Monday, 6 December 2010

    RP1 [...] do you know that thing called inspiration? It’s this thing that you absorb from the world around you. it’s a bug that you catch, or, if you’re one of those special ones,  it’s one that you generate.

  • Journaling the Journey | Beirut 01

    joumana on Monday, 6 December 2010

    The relevance of writing this today, is that, it is today that we settled on a venue in Beirut, Sunflower Theatre, a most inspiring name for such a hope generating endeavour. Above the 700+ people who will attend from the Cultural Palace in Ramallah, we now have 300+ who will attend from Beirut, that is only to mention the main venue.

  • A letter, telling the It tale.

    joumana on Monday, 6 December 2010

    I cannot recall how it started, it was such a natural start. and then it grew. and grew. And grew even more. the It is what this letter is about. it brought people together, it joined geographies, it blurred nationalities, it channeled faith. People showed interest, a handful acted, others joined later, some stepped out, others sped in, some are observing, a few are illustrating, stories are being told, ambition is mounting. And I rewind to see what It is.

  • TNT

    bradleysecker on Saturday, 4 December 2010

    The music produced by TNT and his partner Yaseen, who together make i-Voice also stands out from the crowd because the lyrics are in Arabic, the language of most of his target audience. Traditional, local instruments are also intertwined with words to form a very distinctive sound and connection with TNT's heritage as well as his current situation.

  • World history packed in Jamal Barghouti

    joumana on Friday, 3 December 2010

    Palestine, oil rigs, family, scarcity, support, communism, humanity, Siberia, Wyoming, rupees, western desert, USA, Russia, education, family, Qatar, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Shell, Shlumberger, mines, aid, North Sea, all but a few of the words that Jamal Barghouti spoke of as if he was multiples of one, each having lived a full fledged life under the umbrella of each one of these words.

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