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Rabbi Sacks to deliver TED Talk at TED2017


On 9th March 2017, it was announced that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be one of the speakers at the opening session of the prestigious TED2017 Conference in Vancouver in April 2017.

The theme of TED2017 is ‘The Future You’ and will explore the most pressing questions of our time to imagine what our shared future might look like. Talks will focus on subjects from how we will work to how we will connect and interact to how we will collectively thrive in a world full of change.

This year, TED has once again teamed up with cinemas around the world to show two sessions of TED2017. One of these is the opening session on Monday 24th April that will feature Rabbi Sacks’ TED Talk.

Other speakers at TED2017 include: David Miliband, refugee advocate; Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur; Garry Kasparov, Grandmaster, analyst; Serena Williams, athlete; and Dan Ariely, behavioral economist.

Rabbi Sacks said:

“It is a humbling honour to be invited to deliver a talk at TED2017, having admired and been inspired by its work for so many years. Throughout our history, Jews have stood for the power of ideas rather than the idea of power, and TED is a powerhouse of ideas. In the short term, power is a zero sum game. The more I share, the less I have. However knowledge, insight and teaching are non-zero. The more I share, the more I have. The more I teach, the more I learn. I am thoroughly looking forward to the opportunity not just to teach others at TED2017, but to learn much from them as well about the most pressing issues of our age.”

Notes to Editor:

Held annually in Vancouver, the TED Conference is at the heart of TED. More than a thousand people attend this five-day conference about technology, entertainment and design — as well as science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over 70 speakers appear on the main stage to give 18-minute talks and shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy. More information can be found at

The specific details and content of Rabbi Sacks’ TED Talk are kept confidential until delivery. The full programme can be viewed at:

The opening session will be broadcast live to select cinemas within the United States on Monday 24th April and shown a day later outside the United States. To find out if your local cinema is going to be showing TED2017 and to book tickets, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Dan Sacker,, +4420 7286 6391