State Department to Host First U.S. Government Sponsored TED Talks

Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 2, 2009

On June 3, 2009, the Global Partnership Initiative will host TED@State, the first U.S. Government-sponsored Technology, Entertainment, Design, or TED, event in Dean Acheson Auditorium from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The TED@State speakers will be as follows: social-media analyst Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody; philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund; futurist Stewart Brand, author of the Whole Earth Catalog; economist Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion; and data visionary Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institutet Professor of International Health. Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, the Department of State's Special Representative for Global Partnerships, will introduce the speakers, and Chris Anderson, Curator of TED, will moderate a question and answer session.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Global Partnership Initiative on April 22, 2009 at the Global Philanthropy Forum. The initiative seeks to establish public-private partnerships with foundations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, universities, and faith communities. As the first major event under this initiative, the Special Representative for Global Partnerships is proud to welcome the TED program and these visionaries to the Department of State.

Video from the talks at TED@State will be posted on the TED website,, and accessible free of charge via the internet.

This is an open press event.
Pre-set times for cameras: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Final access time for still photography and writers: 2:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from your employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Media representatives without a U.S. Government-issued identification card or media-issued photo identification card must RSVP to Mr. Robert Tice Lalka, Global Partnership Initiative, at by COB of June 2, 2009. Provide full name, affiliation, citizenship, date of birth, and either a driver’s license including issuing state or passport number.

Press Contacts: Robert Tice Lalka, Global Partnership Initiative
(202) 647-3408

PRN: 2009/535