X Marks the Spot: A stunning event in the Indian Himalayas, plus this week’s TEDx talks

Posted: October 20, 2013 in uncategorized

“People of the Himalayas face extreme odds,” said speaker Stephanie Wolcott, who shared photos and stories from the trek and event with us. “Organizing, promoting, and hosting a TEDx [event] in such an environment should have been impossible, but a small group of young men did it. Yes, the talks were not as polished and punchy as most TED talks, but they showcased brave innovators who were able to envision a better life and build it. Indeed they had much to teach us.”

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In the remote town of Leh, tucked away in the Indian Himalayas, a group of 100 TEDx’ers gathered among the stunning valleys and sweeping mountain vistas. The diverse group of speakers at TEDxLeh included a Tibetan Buddhist monk, a Ladakhi filmmaker, a snow leopard preservationist, India’s best white water rafter, a solar energy entrepreneur, and two Dutch guys who showed up on bamboo bicycles.

All of them were there to help people from this isolated region gain access to ideas and resources that might help make their world a better place. For a few of the speakers, TEDxLeh was the culmination of an 11-day trek through the mountains. They hiked for seven hours a day at an altitude of 16,000 feet, braving slippery slopes in freezing rain, and delivering solar lanterns to villagers.

“People of the Himalayas face extreme odds,” said speaker Stephanie Wolcott, who shared photos and stories from…

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