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The TED stage features a red circular carpet and light-up letters, the look far more sleek than rustic. But at TEDxGuatavita, the stage was decorated with bales of hay, farming tools and boots with plants sprouting out of them.

Guatavita, a small town in the heart of rural Colombia was the home of the first TEDx event in Colombia focused on the issues facing rural communities. Themed “Hay Campo en el Campo” which in English translates to, “There is space and opportunity within rural areas,” TEDxGuatavita’s ideas filled up their stage almost as much as the haystacks.

“It took us 7 months to prepare TEDxGuatavita,” said organizer Felipe Spath. The biggest issue: many residents of Guatavita had never heard of TED before.

“It was a great challenge to express the nature of an event of this kind, and the immense opportunities deriving from it,” said Spath. “We had to…

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