Launch of the inaugural, gorgeously-illustrated, and limited-edition book 'Pioneers, Launch of the inaugural and gorgeously-illustrated book 'Pioneers, Provocateurs, Possibilists: Humans of Singapore' by 27 global TED and TEDxSingapore speakers and talents, 392 illustrations and 90 full colour photo, limited edition of 1,800 copies only. All proceeds go towards the cost recovery and to the Migrant Worker Library and 1Bag1Book initiatives founded by TEDx speaker Zakir.

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27 chapters and writers : 7 Global TED speakers and 20 TEDxSingapore speakers across professions: Architect, Archeologist, Artist, Conservationist, Designer, Doctor, Domestic worker, Educator, Entrepreneur, Geopolitical analyst, Impact investor, Inventor, Innovator, Marine biologist, Musician, Photographer, Poet, Social entrepreneur, Writer.


  • The late Hans Rosling, global health expert and TED speaker People are interesting, numbers are boring

  • The late Milton Tan, design pioneer Where do ideas come from?

  • Tony Wheeler, co-founder Lonely Planet Writing big dreams in Jalan Besar

  • Kishore Mahbubani, geopolitical expert and TED speaker How can the West adapt to a rising Asia?

  • Melissa Kwee, social champion The quest for belonging

  • Benjamin Kheng, artiste Storyteller

  • Gwee Li Swee, writer-poet I speak Singlish, can?

  • Tong Yee, social capitalist and educator Trust, faith, teaching and learning


      • Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-large and TED speaker Tales of Kcymaerxthaere

      • Aaron Maniam, polymath and TED speaker Grow into the stories we tell ourselves

      • Alvin Pang, poet and writer What gives us our names: Passion, Purpose, Community

      • Zakir Hossain Khokhon, poet Writing poetry is like building a house

      • The late Teresa Hsu when she was 113 years young 'Ha ha’ is better than ‘Sng sng’

      • Kelley Cheng, designer You will not meet a tall, dark and handsome stranger


      • Randolf Arriola, global live-looper The other road, taken

      • Zakaria Zainal, photographer and storyteller Singaporean, but not by NRIC alone

      • Bob Lee, photographer How I taught photography to the visually-impaired

      • Esther Tan, All-Women’s Everest team The unlikely mountaineer

      • Neo Mei Lin, marine biologist and TED Fellow Singapore got marine life, meh?

      • Lian Pin Koh, conservationist and TED speaker Dreams to drones

      • Michael Sng, toymaker and TED speaker To be, or not to be a creator?

      • Esther Wang, designprenuer Compassion, courage and commitment

      • Masami Sato, social entrepreneur Discovering the true power of small

      • Nilushika Jayaweera, social champion Bit by bit, drop by drop

      • Laina Ravendran Greene, impact investor Angels of impact

      • Noel Hildalgo Tan, archeologist Learning how to see

      • Dave Lim, founder Passion, people, purpose, possibilities & The story of TEDxSingapore

  • Limited print of 1,800 copies only

  • Illustrated on every page, 392 illustrations and 90 full-colour photos

  • 210 pages, size W195mm x H250mm (similar to Monocle)

  • All proceeds go towards cost recovery of the book, and directly supports the Migrant Workers Library and OneBagOneBook initiatives founded by Zakir Hussain Khokan, TEDxSingapore speaker+poet+author.

  • ISBN: 978-981-14-4016-8


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