An audition tape leads to one of our most powerful talks of all time. And our first TED Book in print.

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I rarely reblog but this touched me. We are able to choose our reactions and actions. We can chose peace.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Zak Ebrahim stands before an image of him with his father. He spoke so eloquently at our audition event in New York City that we invited him to speak at the main TED conference. Photo: Ryan Lash

Zak Ebrahim stands before an photo snapped of him and his father when he was a child. Zak spoke so eloquently at our audition event in New York City that we invited him to speak at the main TED conference. Photo: Ryan Lash

“Hi. My name is Zak Ebrahim and I’m the son of a convicted terrorist,” said a soft-spoken man in a checkered button-down shirt, sitting in your average white-walled room. “With my story, I hope to show that if I can choose a peaceful, non-violent path that anyone can.”

[ted_talkteaser id=2024]This was my formal introduction to Zak Ebrahim, whose profoundly compelling TED Talk went live today.

It was September 2013. Two months earlier, we had put out an open call for submissions to our annual talent search event in New York. Exactly two minutes and forty-nine seconds before the midnight deadline, Zak sent in a one-minute video that shared the…

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