NEW YORK - U2 frontman and global activist Bono is one of three recipients of the inaugural TED Prize from the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference.
The other recipients are Canadian photo-artist Edward Burtynsky and medical technologies pioneer Robert Fischell. Each will receive $100,000 and the chance to have three wishes fulfilled by a group of world-class companies and many members of the TED Community, it was announced Tuesday.
The three wishes of each honoree will be revealed at the next TED conference, to be held Feb. 23-26 in Monterey, Calif.
"We are exhilarated to have such extraordinary individuals as our inaugural winners of the TED Prize," said Chris Anderson, TED curator and founder of the Sapling Foundation, in a statement. "We believe they will inspire the TED Community — and perhaps many others — to play a role in nudging our world toward a better future."
Each year, TED brings together "leading opinion formers" to share ideas.
Earlier this week, Bono, a native of Ireland, was honored with the international Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., for promoting greater Western involvement in improving medical care and reducing poverty in Africa.
New track MIRACLE DRUG honours the boy CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's mother, who refused to believe that teaching her paraplegic son was a waste of time.
Singer BONO explains, "He had been deprived of oxygen for two hours when he was born, so he was paraplegic. But his mother believed he could understand what was going on and used to teach him at home.
"Eventually, they discovered a drug that allowed him to move one muscle in his neck. So they attached this unicorn device to his forehead and he learned to type. And out of him came all these poems that he'd been storing up in his head.
"He went off to university and became a genius - all because of a mother's love and a medical breakthrough."
The new album features another emotive track, SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T MAKE IT YOUR OWN, which Bono wrote to perform at his father's funeral last year.
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I'm after the version of the 'One' video which features the buffalo, and the David Wojnarowicz 'Smell The Flowers While You Can' quote. I had the other two versions on The Best Of.... DVD, but this is the version I love, and have not been able to get hold of.
If anyone has it, and could send it to me, i'd be unbelievebly grateful.
It only took 23 years, but Bono finally has his October lyrics back. During a speech tonight in Portland, Bono told a Rose Garden crowd that earlier in the day two girls, "Cindy" and "Danielle" returned the bag that had been stolen or lost during the band's first visit to Portland in March, 1981. The bag is said to have contained a notebook with Bono's early lyrics for the October album, although Neil McCormick recently told @U2 that Bono has confessed "there was probably nothing in the notebook." Well, now Bono can see for himself how much or how little had been written down when the notebook went missing.
[EDIT: Get all the details over at u2log.com... thank you, paradisecowgirl!]
Just a suggestion.
Edit: The TV guide is wrong, it starts at 12:25am, not half past. Wouldn't want you to miss the start!
While I'm at it, @U2 report that Channel 5 will be showing a programme on Wednesday at 7:30pm in which Alastair Campbell interviews Bono. Should be interesting!