"Power of Together" Speakers

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What Is Civil Society?
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Ukrainian Celebrity-Activist
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Xiao Qiang
Expert on China’s Online Media
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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
Ugandan LGBT Activist
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Mara Gabrilli
Disability Rights Advocate, Brazilian House of Representatives
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Bruno Torturra
Founder of citizen journalists group, Media Ninja
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Mary Beth Tinker
American Free Speech Activist
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Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume
Venezuelan HIV/AIDS Activist
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Leonardo Letelier
Founder of Brazil’s first Social Fund
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Augusto de Franco
Expert on Social Revolutions
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Isadora Faber
Teen Education Activist, “Brazil’s Bravest Blogger”
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Antonio Carlos Malheiros
Justice in the Court of São Paulo
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Ben Hayes
Counterterrorism and International Security Expert
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Cristiano Ferri
Hacker Laboratory, Brazilian House of Representatives
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Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans
Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans
Expert and Activist on Civil Society Law
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The 2014 TEDxLiberdade event in São Paulo, Brazil will demonstrate the power of people working together for the common good and the importance of protecting our right for collective action

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What is Civil Society?

TEDxLiberdade, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, on behalf of the Civic Space Initiative, are pleased to announce: The Power of Together

Experience Maidan – Citizens assembling for their country | Ruslana |

Ruslana Lyzhychko is not only Ukraine’s most successful female solo artist, she is also committed to social issues and the democratic development of her country. During the Ukraine protests she was on stage for up to ten hours each night inspiring and encouraging her people fighting for their rights. For that she received a Women of Courage Award. Through this talk she brings the experience of the protests at Maidan to a worldwide audience and shows the importance of citizens fighting for their political freedoms.

From 'Fart People' to Citizens on China's internet | Xiao Qiang |

Xiao Qiang delivers a fascinating look at the awakening of Chinese people to their political rights through their struggle against online censorship and control of information. This topic is only becoming more critical as online restrictions are rising throughout the world, while online sharing is becoming an indispensable component to civil society rights.

Advocating for Uganda's LGBT: Risk and Resilience | Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera |

Kasha courageously advocates for the rights and improved living conditions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in Uganda, often putting her life at risk. She provides a stirring narrative of the particular dangers faced--and the resilience demonstrated--by the LGBT members of civil society in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa.

Nothing about us without us | Mara Gabrilli

Mara Gabrilli discusses her fight to protect the rights of assembly and association for persons with disabilities. Mara is a tireless activist, a columnist, a Congresswoman, who also runs radio programs and her own institute devoted to advocacy and research on people with disabilities. She led the effort to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Brazil.

No cuts – no censorship - 2013 protests in Brazil | Bruno Torturra

In June of 2013, the Brazilian streets became scenes of protest. Bruno Torturra, armed with smart phones and cameras, brought the sights and sounds of these protests to the world’s attention. Together with his group of citizen-journalists, Midia Ninja, he broadcasted the narrative of the Brazilian people.

Kids! The new frontier for a democratic society | Mary Beth Tinker |

“When kids have a voice, civil society becomes more civil and democracy becomes more democratic.” From youth marches during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, to today’s youth projects the world over, to her own experiences fighting for her youth rights in the U.S. Supreme Court, Mary Beth Tinker discusses the unique qualities of kids and adolescents that help bring society forward—if we recognize and enable their human rights to assemble, associate, and express their ideas.

Document, Denounce and Divulge human rights violations | Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume |

After a tragic loss in 1995, Feliciano founded an organization that provides critical support to people with HIV/AIDS and ultimately became one of Venezuela’s most prominent HIV/AIDS activists. When he realized that legal barriers in Venezuela were hindering the work of his organization and others, he also became a global advocate for civil society freedoms. He shares his story and the lessons he learned along the way — why civil society rights are critical to defending all human rights, and the importance of documenting, denouncing, and divulging human rights violations.

Using your capital to transform lives | Leonardo Letelier |

Leonardo Letelier left the lucrative consulting field to found Brazil’s first Social Fund, a pioneering organization that raises private sector funds to provide affordable loans to NGOs working to improve lives and communities. These loans link the capital and good intentions of private institutions to the on-the-ground expertise of NGOs, multiplying the number of lives reached. He challenges the potential philanthropists in the audience on their assumptions of giving—what is stopping you from transforming lives?

A picture of social revolutions | Augusto de Franco

As humans, how do we interact with one another to improve our lives? Augusto de Franco explores this question through the “Escola de Redes,” a platform for social network research. He was also involved in the creation of Brazil’s law on NGOs. Today he will present us with a picture of social revolutions that are happening all over the world.

Diário de Classe - as a 13 year old student is improving education | Isadora Faber

As a 13 year old student in Brazil, she launched an online Classroom Diary to discuss problems in her school, from broken desks to toilets without seats. Despite attempts by her school to shut down her campaign, she quickly became a national figure and launched a country-wide conversation on the right to public education. Newsweek named her “Brazil’s Bravest Blogger,” and Brazil’s Financial Times recognized her as one of the 25 most influential personalities in Brazil.

Threats to Freedom of Expression in Brazil | Antonio Carlos Malheiros

As a judge Antonio Carlos Malheiros explains current threats to freedom of expression in Brazil and his experience in the judiciary to protect this freedom.

‘Counterterrorism’ used to crackdown on civil society | Ben Hayes |

Counterterrorism and international security expert Ben Hayes shows overwhelming evidence that oppressive regimes around the world are abusing international counterterrorism guidelines to repress civil society action, and are being encouraged to do so. Countries with severe restrictions on civil society like Saudi Arabia receive stellar ratings under these guidelines, while much freer countries like Norway are considered non-compliant.

E-democracy and building the Open Parliament | Cristiano Ferri |

Cristiano Ferri developed the Legislative e-Democracy Program, an online platform of the Brazilian House of Representatives, that allows thousands of citizens to interact with lawmakers, comment on legislation, and debate policy. On the TEDx stage, he demonstrates online tools that catalyze citizen engagement in creating law and policy--allowing people to interact directly with lawmakers, comment on legislation, and debate policy.

What football taught me about citizen action | Katerina Hadzi - Miceva Evans |

Katerina started her activism as a student and witnessed how the law can support people’s ability to take action in their communities. Now director of a leading European organization she is committed to expanding the space for citizen action through better laws and building people's capacity. Football and its dedicated fans, as well as her colleagues from Europe through the Middle East have taught her how persistence, good laws, and citizen empowerment can fight against government injustice and build powerful civil societies around the world.