As many readers will know, TED talks are among the treasures of the internet - short lectures by some of the world's greatest thinkers and innovators, recorded at numerous TED conferences around the world.
The TED brand is coming back to London in an independently produced event under licence to the Observer newspaper. TEDxObserver, at Kings Place on Saturday 19 March, places some heavyweight intellectual talent on stage alongside individuals with thought-provoking life stories.
We could parcel the line-up into paragraphs but, in the style of an efficient Powerpoint slide, here is a bulleted list:
- Sarah Brown: Campaigner and writer
- Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish: Doctor and author
- Cory Doctorow: Sci-fi writer, blogger, editor
- Jason Drew: International businessman, serial entrepreneur
- Denise Lewis: Olympian, broadcaster, Unicef ambassador
- René Redzepi: Head chef at Noma, the world’s best restaurant
- Geoff Mulgan: Academic, Chief Executive of the Young Foundation.
- Ivor Setterfield, conductor, musician
- MJ Delaney: Director, “Newport, State of Mind”
- Lewis Pugh: Environmental campaigner, endurance swimmer and maritime lawyer
- Petra Nemcova: Ex-supermodel and philanthropist
- Mariella Frostrup: Broadcaster and Observer columnist
- Martine Wright: 7/7 survivor
- Mark Solms: Lecturer, psychoanalyst
- Goldie: DJ, musician
- Peter Lovatt: Principal lecturer, reader in psychology
- Baaba Maal: Singer, musician
- Cédric Villani: Mathematician
- Russell Davies, Wired columnist, blogger
- Andy Serkis, actor
Tickets cost £65 (a tenner off for concessions) and can be booked here.
Update: the main hall is already sold out. Further tickets will go on sale shortly.