Each year TED selects 20 fellows and 10 senior fellows for the prestigious TED Fellowship Program. This diverse group of dreamers, thinkers, and doers are given professional coaching and instruction to help them share their passion projects with the world.
Yesterday, the 2018 TED Fellows were announced; the group includes an astrophysicist, a geographer and glaciologist, a clean water advocate, an infectious disease doctor, a photojournalist and filmmaker, and a regenerative tissue engineer—to name a few. All of these fellows survived the rigorous application project to join the ranks of the vast network of 453 fellows who came before them.
And, as Eillie Anzilotti writes in Fast Company, it’s perfect timing that three of this year’s fellows have made it their mission to end sexual harassment and abuse through advocacy, reporting, and technology in the spirit of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
TED 2018 Fellow Laura L. Dunn is a victim’s rights attorney; she is also the founder of a nonprofit called SurvJustice, an organization that provides assistance to victims of campus sexual violence. Another fellow, Yasin Kakande is an investigative journalist and author of the book Slave States: The practice of Kafala in the Gulf Arab Region, who worked undercover for to reveal human rights abuses of migrant workers in the Middle East. Through his work, Kakande has exposed injustices committed against women and young girls. Senior Fellow Jessica Ladd, who has been through the program once before, is a sexual health technologist and founder of Callisto, a nonprofit that provides online technology to college campuses as a platform for victims of sexual assault to report perpetrators.
As the problems of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse continue to grow, it’s safe to say that the innovation and awareness of these three fellows couldn’t have come at a better time. As part of the program, each fellow will be giving a TED Talk of their own, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what they have to say.
The full list with descriptions from Ted.com:
If you can’t wait for TED2018, check out these talks from last year’s fellows:
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