The text depicted here quotes John Locke: “It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.” Photo by Michael Brydon.

Will the societal shocks of 2016 lead to a bumper crop of art in 2017 and beyond? These TED Fellows aim to channel the energy of activism into creative work that can change hearts and minds.

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In his instantly recognizable, grandly sweeping style, eL Seed has painted Arabic calligraffiti murals everywhere from Tunisia to Paris, Dubai to New York. Recently, he created his most ambitious project yet: a mural that spans 50 buildings — and can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain. eL Seed pursued this self-funded project as a way to make a political point, but he describes, the real transformation was personal.