The TED conference is pretty much my idea of heaven – the world’s greatest thinkers and doers from the Technology, Entertainment and Design worlds coming together every year to discuss and spread their ideas. I hope one day to attend, and even to speak.
My good friend, David McQueen, is blessed enough be attending TED Global (believe me it’s extremely difficult to get a place at TED so big time props to him) which this year is focussed on Africa. Held in Tanzania this coming weekend, TED Global this year is called “Africa: The Next Chapter”.
In their own words, TED Global say: “Instead of relying only on development aid, Africans across the continent are beginning to take matters into their own hands. Ingenious solutions are being applied to tackle some of the toughest health and infrastructure problems. Businesses are being launched that are capable of transforming the lives of millions. New communication technologies are allowing ideas and information to spread, enabling markets — and governments — to be more efficient. And the numbers suggest that incomes are starting to nudge up in some countries and real growth is on the way. A new Africa beckons.” This is what everyone there will talk about.
It is fantastic to see a conference that will come together to discuss and show off what is positive about Africa and how empowering changes are being made in the continent by Africans, for Africans. It is set to be a phenomenal few days with high profile speakers from a range of backgrounds including arts, music, journalism, business, science, technology. I can’t wait to hear all about it when Dave comes back.
Once the conference is done, I will post some of the talks on my blog because they are always truly inspirational. Fanastic work to the team at TED for putting this on and long may inspiring and uplifting dialogues on Africa continue.