If you’re up for some inspiration or ideas-wrestling this Friday then TEDxStellenbosch 2012 is your best bet. Taking place on Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, the talks will focus on the theme ‘What if Africa?’ and the speakers will look into Africaâ€™s past, present, and, most importantly, future.
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Africa is a continent of survival, a continent of making do with what is available, a continent known for its creativity and ingenuity. It is that creativity and ingenuity that is catalysed when we ask questions that start with those two words: â€śWhat ifâ€¦â€ť. Such visionary questions destroy assumptions and open oneâ€™s mind to the seemingly impossible.
TEDxStellenbosch is a unique community that celebrates world-changing African ideas in the heart of South Africaâ€™s viticulture and academic hub.
As co-curator Gareth Pearson points out: â€śTEDxStellenbosch is no conference. It is a community of world-changers both on and off the stage. Attendees will walk away from this event inspired, energised and engaged in the world around themâ€ť.
This year TEDxStellenbosch is partnering with the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development who is providing sponsorship for 20 students who are interested in driving forward a community around TED and TEDx at Stellenbosch University.
TEDxStellenbosch talks will be professionally filmed and shared online at monthly intervals to spread African ideas beyond our shores and boost local idea entrepreneurs.
TEDxStellenbosch 2012 will be featuring:
Mikhael Subotzky, Social Documentary Photographer
Melanie Scholtz, Jazz Singer
Zapiro, Political Cartoonest
Lee Swan, Sustainability & Climate Change Strategist
Nic Dawes, Editor-in-Chief of Mail & Guardian
Patricia Glyn, Eco-adventurer
Mmatshilo Motsie, Poet and Spiritualist
Nivi Mukherjee, Kenyan Social Entrepreneur, Technophile and Community Volunteer
Jonathan Deal, Author, Photographer and Journalist
Alta de Vos, Zoologist and Conservationist
Kevin Winter, Environmental & Geographical Scientist
Stan du Plessis, Macroeconomist
Alan Knott-Craig, Businessman and CEO of Africaâ€™s Largest Social Network
Bateleur, Post-rock Instrumentalist Force
Lekena Dorkin Brink, Audiovisual Performing Project
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What is TEDx?
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called Â TEDxStellenbosch, Â where Â x Â = Â independently Â organised Â TED Â event. Â At TEDxStellenebosch TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.