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Tony Porter is an educator and activist who is internationally recognized for his effort to end violence against women.

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Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues. As the co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, Tony is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. Tony’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”

Tony is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training.

He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience to include Brazil, India and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Tony has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

He is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the collective socialization of men, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Tony is the author of Breaking Out of the Man Box and the visionary for NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.


TED Dialogues: An urgent response to a dangerously divisive time

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These are astonishing days. Amid rapid-fire policy changes, America has grown even more divided; similar divisions are spreading across the world. Vitriolic rhetoric roars from all sides, and battle lines are hardening.

We aren’t listening to one another.

Is there space left for dialogue? For reason? For thoughtful persuasion?

We’re determined to find that space. This goes to the core of TED’s mission. We’re therefore launching a series of public events, TED Dialogues, that will focus on the burning questions of the moment; questions about security and fear, democracy and demagoguery, neo-nationalism and neo-globalism.

We’re not looking for more angry soundbites. We’re looking to pull the camera back a little and get a clearer understanding of what’s going on, where we are, how we got here—and how we must move forward. Our speakers will be invited to give short, powerful talks, followed by probing questions from both live and virtual audiences — including you. We will search for voices from many parts of the political landscape. And we will focus on the ideas that can best shed light, bring hope and inspire courageous action.

The events will be held at our theater in New York and streamed freely online. The first event will be Wednesday, February 15, at 1pm New York time, featuring the acclaimed historian and author Yuval Noah Harari. There will be further events on successive Wednesdays.

If you have specific speakers to recommend or topics to suggest, please submit them here. Please sign up for email notification of these events. Or join our Facebook community.

The need for ideas—and listening—has never mattered more.



Would you like to be part of the TEDxZürich core team? Working to create a day of wonder, inspiration and awe in 2017?

TEDxZürich is part of the global TEDx program of self-organized events that bring people together in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. It also organizes events where TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

Are you a perfect fit?

You want to make a difference to our city, our country and the world we live in.

– You are keen to learn, enjoy and live an amazing experience as part of a team.

– You are creative, driven, organized, versatile and possess a positive, hands-on attitude.

Main Responsibilities

– In charge of securing and managing partnerships that guarantee the financial viability of TEDxZürich;

– Build relationships and collaboration with partners that are sustainable and provide the ground for a long-term exchange with TEDxZürich

– Manage the partner pipeline, handle the sales funnel as well as hold negotiations, handling content and contracts;

– As the main contact for partners, facilitate strong and transparent

communication throughout the year, including being reachable for the partners, understanding their business needs, creating communication material and updating all partners on the progress of the event;

– Work in close collaboration with the Head of Marketing ensuring the partners’ brand is positioned within the TEDx communication; and

– Develop an event experience concept (called Partnership Momentum in 2016) with the Co-Heads, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Head of Partnerships and partners to ensure that event theme is reflected in all aspects.


December – January – Organize feedback from partners and start building relationships.

– Create a new information partner deck (including collecting all performance data from 2016).

February – May/June – Secure deals with Main Partners (80% of budget).

– Secure deals with in-kind partners.

– On-going partner communication .

June/ July – September –  Assist in organizing the Partnership Momentum.

– Work as focal point between partners and the Head of Location and Head of Audience Experience

October – November – Ongoing partner communication and managing implementation of presence on site


We are a team of volunteers and depend on the commitment of each to make TEDxZürich a success every year. You are willing to invest time and commit to help the team beyond your main responsibilities. You will attend monthly team meetings and more in the run up to the event. You must also be reachable for the internal team communication throughout the year.

If interested

Please send your CV and a short cover letter to Nina Schneider nina.schneider@tedxzurich.com and Fareena Chaudhry – fareena.chaudhry@tedxzurich.com, by the 20th January 2017.

Is she turning towards you or away from you? No one can agree. She’s the subject of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” a painting often referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of the North.’ But what makes this painting so captivating? James Earle explains how this work represents the birth of a modern perspective on economics, politics, and love.


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TEDx Spotlights>Girl Power showcases the voices of girls and young women around the world. These eight TEDx talks highlight some of the extraordinary achievements of the speakers, and shed new light on what girl power means, namely, that although many of the female speakers seek to make change for girls, they are using their voices to campaign for inclusivity regardless of race, gender or traditional definitions of self

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