TEDxCapeTown at FUSE - We are Africa’s Un-Conference 2018

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

How? Our team focuses on Community Engagement that take TEDxCapeTown to selected public events around South Africa, where we screen curated TED and TEDx talks.

The Mission: Screen 4 TED/TEDx talks that complements the theme of the FUSE - We are Africa’s Un-Conference 2018.

Partnership: TEDxCapeTown’s Community Engagement team, partnered with the FUSE event team, to host an activation on the first day of the week long event, highlighting the theme of encouraging the creation of more than ONE story about Africa.

The Event: The FUSE - We Are Africa’s Un-Conference 2018 theme was, ‘We Are Not One Story. We Are Africa,’which was inspired by Wanuri Khiu’s 2017 TED talk, 'Fun, Fierce, Fantastical African Art'. (see link below)

The event was  joined by key influencers from progressive, relevant industries for an immersive programme designed to promote collaboration, maximise creativity and set light to a new vision for the future of high-end African travel and hospitality.

 

The Audience: 650 contributors gathered from progressive and relevant industries for an immersive, collaborative programme including keynote presentations from Tshekeki Khama, the Botswana Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Conservation, as well as Sisa Ntshona, the Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism (also a past TEDxCapeTown speaker.)

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The screenings and live talks that inspired:

'The Leaders Who Ruined Africa and the Generation Who Can Fix It', by Fred Swaniker

Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk Swaniker looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future. Watch video here.

'Fun, Fierce and Fantastical African Art', by Wanuri Khiu

“We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation. Where's the fun?” ~ Wanuri Khiu

Introducing "AfroBubbleGum" -- African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda. Rethink the value of all that is unserious as Kahiu explains why we need art that captures the full range of human experiences to tell the stories of Africa. Watch video here.

The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories”. ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Watch video here.

Rediscovering Ourselves In Nature Through Poetry, by Ian McCallum

"Poetry is, after all, a language of protest; but it is also a language of hope,” ~ Ian McCallum.

In this impactful talk, he elegantly unpacks how poetry can act as a bridge between humankind and nature, pointing to a truth the Earth is telling us: we need to protect our wildlife and their habitats. McCallum encourages us to say "no" to the madness of what we are doing to the land, to the sea and to ourselves -- and "yes" to those who come in the name of healing. Watch video here.

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