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Defining biomimicry and the role it plays in finding solutions, according to Claire Janisch

Claire Janisch is the owner of Biomimicry SA and a qualified chemical engineer in industrial ecology. She took to our virtual stage for “Humanity Aligning Closer to Nature” - Conversation 5 of Intersections of Change - to discuss biomimicry and the impressive role mimicking nature can have in solving problems.

This conversation aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the human position in the biosphere and how we can make the necessary changes to protect our planet.

The 4 challenges impacting our alignment with nature, according to Ian McCallum

Ian McCallum, an analytical psychologist, writer and specialist wilderness guide took to our virtual stage for “Humanity Aligning Closer to Nature”, Conversation 5 of Intersections of Change, to discuss four key challenges facing our species.
This conversation aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the human position in the biosphere and how we can make the necessary changes to protect our planet.

The heart of violence against womxn, according to Dr Eve

Dr Eve, past TEDxCapeTown speaker, a couple and sex therapist and acclaimed author, joined Conversation 4 of our Intersections of Change digital series to speak to our “Decade of Womxn” theme.

She joined our panel of forefront gender activists and gender equality thought leaders to give us her insight on how we can achieve the UN’s gender equality goals by 2030.

Don’t limit yourself by labelling yourself, says Shimmy Isaacs

Shimmy Isaacs, award-winning comedienne, actress and writer, joined Conversation 4 of our Intersections of Change digital series to speak to our “Decade of Womxn” theme, and encourage womxn to claim their voices and speak up.

The 'Decade of Womxn" panel of forefront gender activists and gender equality thought leaders gave us insights on how we can achieve the UN’s gender equality goals by 2030.

How to grab hold of your narrative, with Dr. Sindiwe Magona

Dr. Sindiwe Magona, past TEDxCapeTownWomen speaker, author and teacher, joined Conversation 4 of our Intersections of Change digital series to speak to our “Decade of Womxn” theme.

She joined our panel of forefront gender activists and gender equality thought leaders to give us her insight on how we can achieve the UN’s gender equality goals by 2030. According to Dr. Magona, it starts with grabbing hold of your narrative.

Meet Velani Mboweni: ‘Where to from Here?' Speaker

Velani Mboweni is the Co-Founder and CEO of LULA, an award-winning mobility startup that connects company commuters to private shuttles to enable sustainable and productive commuting in Africa.

This serial entrepreneur started his journey 13 years ago, when he sold airtime to classmates via SMS-based protocol apps. Velani went on to start two more ventures - an assignment delivery business at the University of Cape Town and a social venture called Phambili Mzansi.

Meet Caitlyn Roux: 'Where to from Here?' Speaker and Workshop Host

Caitlyn Roux is a speaker, Brand Strategy Honours graduate from the Vega school, and Transformation Life Coach in the making. She took to the [email protected] stage in 2017 with a talk that has since been viewed 1.2 million times, “Self-Love, be Intentional” and reminded thousands of people about the importance of prioritising a relationship with oneself.

#ClimateChange Champion - Meet Joshua Ngoma, EARN

[Featured at our #JoinTheCountdown event: How we can change so that the climate doesn't have to]
Joshua is a retired mining engineer, serial business builder, business trainer, coach, and mentor. He is the Founder and Chief Enabler of Enterprising Africa Regional Network (Pty) Limited (EARN),  purpose-driven organisation, with a goal to create global impact through the development of a new generation of successful African Entrepreneurs.

#ClimateChange Champion - Meet Andrew Ardington, RegenAg SA

[Featured at our #JoinTheCountdown event: How we can change so that the climate doesn't have to]
Andrew Ardington is the founder of RegenAg SA, The Regenerative Agricultural Association of South Africa, a nonprofit, education, and advocacy organisation that is working to stop the catastrophic consequences of Industrial Agriculture by facilitating farmers and consumers in transitioning to Regenerative Agriculture.

#ClimateChange Champion - Meet Abraham (Abe) Cambridge, Sun Exchange

[Featured at our #JoinTheCountdown event: How we can change so that the climate doesn't have to]

Abe Cambridge is a serial energy entrepreneur with an academic background in climate science and solar energy. He is one of ESI Africa's "African Energy Elites" and the company he founded, Sun Exchange, was named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa by Fast Company for its disruptive approach to solar finance.

A conversation with ‘The One Who Sings’ - Zolani Mahola

Zolani Mahola - aka The One Who Sings - is a multi award-winning musician, public speaker and actress best known as lead singer of the Pan-African supergroup Freshlyground. As of January 2020, she embarked on a solo career that saw her collaborate with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and a plethora of African artists and organisations. Since her TEDxCapeTown talk on our stage in 2014, she has crystallised her life’s work as an advocate for creative force for social good. She will share her take on using creativity to make a positive impact on society.

What we play is life, says Winslow Schalkwyk

Winslow Schalkwyk - is an artist, spoken word writer, performer and producer that has evolved since his performance on the TEDxCapeTown stage. He shared his perspective and experience on the topic of Unlearning, as showcased via his latest production, SUGARWATER which was featured as part of the 2020 digital line-up for the National Arts Festival 2020. We had the pleasure of watching a reboot of his poem, “What we play, is life”, that was specifically written for the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2012.

Rest is a human right, says Mel Mwevi

Mel Mwevi - is a storyteller, singer-songwriter, performance poet, scriptwriter and actor from Namibia. “Hear to Listen” was her thought-provoking contribution to the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2016. During Lockdown, Mel put together a visual poem, in collaboration with visual artist and her husband Martin Amushendje - as a response to the National Theatre of Namibia's call for artists to speak on human rights issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of our Intersections of Change digital programme, Conversation Three: Creativity Inspires Hope, Mel unpacked her journey of creating this visual poem and the deeper meaning behind the name, “Rest... a Human Right?”

Roeshdien Jaz on how Creativity has inspired hope

Roeshdien Jaz joined us on our virtual stage to talk about how creativity has inspired hope for him, since 2012. Roeshdien was diagnosed with colon cancer then, and his journey of self-reflection includes unpacking the power of Integral Emotional Intelligence (EQ/EI) and how elevating one's emotional intelligence can literally “save” your life (Self-awareness/ Self-management/ Social awareness/ Relationship management).