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Paint the Town For Hope: Edi Rama at TEDxThessaloniki

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Published on May 21, 2012

When former painter, mayor and current leader of the Socialist Party of Albania, Εdi Rama, campaigned to add a few coats of color to the buildings in his city of Tirana, even he wasn't prepared for how it inspired optimism in it's residents. In this impassioned talk, he makes that case for hope in politics and the citizens' ability to impact change.

Urban renovator and politician Εdi Rama makes a case for politics, at TEDxThessaloniki 2012. Once a painter, Rama talks about bringing color across many of Tirana's old buildings and communist era high rises, arguing that beauty, if offered a chance, will bring beauty. Rama is an Albanian politician, painter, publicist, professor, former athlete and is currently the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania. He served as Mayor of Tirana for three consecutive terms from 2000 to 2011. As Minister of Culture he is known for the creative and effective manner in which he promoted culture and arts in Albania. Rama was given an award by Kofi Annan in light of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, was named World Mayor in 2004 and was chosen by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of the "European Heroes", those who are changing the world for the better.

About the speaker: http://www.tedxthessaloniki.com/speak...

About TEDx:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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