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The big thinkers include leading authors, musicians, playwrights, and pioneers in technology and science.

Bob Geldof, top political author Charles Leadbeater, and biologist Richard Dawkins will be among the distinguished delegates at TED Global.

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is already a top US event.

TED Global will be the first time the US conference is held in Europe.

The aim of the event is to explore the three main arenas that shape and influence people's future.

But it also considers how politics, the environment, and other social issues impact daily life in the 21st Century.

"Our goal in designing TED Global is to ensure that it retains the TED magic", said co-producer Bruno Giussani.

"Tedsters are not just brilliant, successful and influential; they are inventive, curious, open-minded, even playful, and want to have an impact, and in that spirit they attend the conference.

"This allows TED speakers to take risks and be more open than they might otherwise be, and the outcome of this conversation is often surprising and very valuable," he said.

Sessions at TED Global will include ideas about the cities of the future, the impact of networks and innovative, small business.

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