The ‘Perp’ Team Goes to Zambia


TEDxCapeTown Community Engagement team
Community Engagement team

What We Do: Take TEDx beyond the stage to new audiences, to expose, engage and inspire 'ideas worth spreading'.

How? Our team focuses on Festival Activations by taking TEDxCT to selected creative festivals around the country, where we screen curated TED & TEDx talks.

The Mission: Take TED talks to the Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action

Every June/July, the Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active.
Over three weeks team's plant trees, grow food forests, build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, brighten up schools with eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world.

Partnership: TEDxCapeTown joined Soul Circus, a nomadic festival that goes into communities to pay it forward and perform remarkable acts of kindness. We traveled through 5 Countries over 21 days, enduring a next level road trip and stopping off at the Zambia Festival of Action for a week as part of the journey.Soul CircusGreenpop Zambia Festival of Action

The Audience: The audience consisted of about 100 like-minded people on a mission to restore and sustain planet Earth.

Environmental Action and Cultural Adventure: On the 13th July 2017, the TEDxCapeTown perpetuity team hosted a speaker evening at the festival in Livingstone, Zambia. TED-In-A-Box was used to screen various TEDx talks, and the wonderful Nikki Jackman, a past TEDxCapeTown speaker, gave a live talk that moved the entire audience - all huddled under blankets for warmth due to the cold Zambian evenings.

Nicola Jackman
Nicola Jackman (left), Kerry-Ann Thomas (right)

About The TEDx Talks: The golden thread weaving through the talks can be described as people who are changing the way we interact with the world and each other. This is why Greenop is the perfect platform for these talks – creating a space for ‘movers and shakers’ to learn.

End of discussion - Kyle Louw
Kyle Louw is an internationally recognized spoken word poet who resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He is considered one of the best the Mother City has to offer and his impressive track record over the last two-year proves just that.

A guerilla gardener in South Central LA - Ron Finley
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

My wish - Use art to turn the world inside out – JR

French street artist JR uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. 

Hear To Listen – Mel Mwevi
Mel reminds us of what privileges and racial inequality still exists, and invites you to hear to listen. 

A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves - Camille Brown
Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together. 

Last, but certainly not least…What a treat to witness Nicola Jackman's live talk on Transformation in Zambia. 
Nicola Jackman is an award winning actress, voice artist & joy catalyst. She has been a professional performing heartist for 20 years, nowadays she brings all her character full delight to the stage & screen, with her own special brand of inspirational speaking as a JOY Catalyst and through her one-woman family show "MAfrika".

To watch her past TEDxCapeTown talk, 'The Joy of Giving' follow this link

The Wow: An engaged, intimate audience from many countries – including USA; Belgium; South Africa; Zimbabwe; and most importantly the Zambian locals.

The speaker evening ignited a passionate 5 hour round the fire circle. Visualizations and manifestations of playing it forward to every corner of our planet created many goosebump moments and action plans.

Thank you: A huge moment of gratitude to Greenpop for putting on this incredible festival! Thank you for creating and holding the space you do.

Thank you, Soul Circus to helping us take TEDx Talks to Zambia! We couldn’t have done it without you.

A big heartfelt thank you to the incredible Nicola Jackman for blowing us away with her live talk – we were all moved by her presence! Your talks are deeply appreciated and valued.