20 Courageous Women of TED — a playlist curated by Nassim Assefi

Nassim gives a TEDYou talk at TEDActive 2013
Nassim gives a TEDYou talk at TEDActive 2013

During this year’s TEDActive, Nassim Assefi gave a rousing TEDYou talk on ululation, a high-pitched fusion of howl and trill used traditionally in her Middle Eastern culture as an expression of both great joy and sorrow. She is a TED Fellow, co-organizer of TEDxRainier and a co-host and co-curator for the session “World on Its Head” at this year’s upcoming TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland (June 10-14). She is also a novelist, a global women’s health advocate, a doctor and program advisor to TEDMED.

Given her expertise in weaving stories –whether it be through curating or writing — we asked her to come up with a playlist on her favorite TEDTalks on a subject of her choice. “In my 3 minute TEDFellows talk in 2009, I suggested new diagnostic criteria for courage, a playful melding of my medical and writing worlds. In it, I illustrated courage by sharing the stories of 3 women from Afghanistan all named Malalai (I could add a fourth now, since Malala Yousafzai, who is from the Pakistani border of Afghanistan in Swat). So I thought it would be fun to curate a TED Playlist on courageous women.” Stay tuned for her complete Q&A on her TEDActive experience and on tips on how to cultivate passion and curate a great speaker program.

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