Development

TEDxSowetoChange will feature Bono’s TEDTalk: The good news on poverty (Yes there’s good news).

Bono, the lead singer of U2, uses his celebrity to fight for social justice worldwide: to end hunger, poverty and disease, especially in Africa. His nonprofit ONE raises awareness via media, policy and calls to action.

Irreverent, funny, iconoclastic and relentless, Bono has proven himself stunningly effective in encouraging and cajoling the world’s most powerful leaders to take seriously the challenge of disease and hunger and seize the historic opportunity we now have to beat extreme poverty, especially in Africa, through technological innovation, smart aid, transparency and investments which put citizens in charge.

As lead singer of U2, Bono performed at Live Aid in 1985, which inspired him to travel to Ethiopia with his wife, Ali. There they spent several weeks helping with a famine relief project. The experience shocked him and ignited a determination to work for change. In Bono’s own words, “What are the blind spots of our age? It might be something as simple as our deep-down refusal to believe that every human life has equal worth”. In 2005, the year of Make Poverty History, Bono became one of the inaugural winners of the TED Prize; he used his wish to raise awareness and inspire activism.

In 2002, he co-founded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), which later became the advocacy and campaign organization, ONE. Today ONE has more than 3 million members who pressure politicians around the world to improve policies to empower the poorest. Thanks to these efforts, along with those of partners and grassroots leaders in Africa, these policies have delivered results. For example, eight million people are now on life preserving antiretoviral medications, malarial death rates have been halved in eight target countries, 50 million more children are in school and 5.4 million lives have been saved through vaccines.

In 2006, Bono and Bobby Shriver launched (RED) to engage the private sector in the fight against AIDS in Africa. (RED) Partners direct a portion of their profits from (RED)-branded products, services and events directly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In just six years, (RED) has contributed more than $200 million - every penny of which goes directly to HIV/AIDS programs with the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. To date, (RED) dollars have helped the lives of more than 14 million people in Africa through education, testing, counseling, and treatment programs.

Bono also co-founded EDUN with his wife Ali. EDUN is a global fashion brand which does business in an number of countries in Africa and beyond, sourcing materials and manufacturing clothing. In Uganda, EDUN is supporting over 8,000 farmers in their move from subsistence to sustainable business practices.

Granted knighthood in 2007 and dubbed a “Man of Peace” in 2008, Bono mobilized in 2010 following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, performing the song “Stranded” with bandmate The Edge – and Rihanna and Jay-z – during the for Hope for Haiti Now telethon. The event was watched by 83 million people in the United States alone and raised a reported $58 million for relief.

Bono’s journey in activism spans a generation and where he is coming from, and above all where he is going, is something we should all pay close attention to.

See Bono’s much discussed TED talk from last February’s Long Beach conference here:


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TEDxChange 2013 Speaker: Halimatou Hima, Investing in Girls

Halimatou Hima was born in Niger, where she served as the first president of the Youth Parliament at age fifteen. During her tenure, she engaged various stakeholders for national campaigns on girls’ education, especially in rural areas, among other initiatives. She earned a scholarship to the United World College and Wellesley College, where she joined a small group of students to build Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Upon her graduation in 2010, Halimatou worked extensively in rural Niger on child marriage, girls’ education, and youth participation with Unicef. She independently spearheaded microenterprise programs with women. Halimatou — selected in 2011 as one of “Africa’s 25 top emerging women leaders under 25 for their commitment to service” — is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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The courage to believe change is possible

Can a person change a world rife with problems — villages without basic healthcare, girls turned away from schools, hospitals unable to get life-saving vaccines to the people who need them? For three years, TEDxChange, a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the TEDx program, has said yes, by spotlighting people who are taking risks, thinking big and making change happen.

This year’s TEDxChange event takes place on 3 April 2013 in Seattle, USA. TEDxSoweto, along with over 200 other TEDx communities around the world, will stream this event live. Our programme will run from 16:30 to 19:30 at JoziHub, on 44 Stanley Avenue, in Milpark Johannesburg.

Here, TEDxChange host Melinda Gates chats with TED Curator (and former TEDxChange host) Chris Anderson about positive disruption.

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Making Change since 2010

The first TEDxChange event took place in New York (USA) in 2010, followed by Kibera (Kenya) and Delhi (India) in 2011, and Berlin (Germany) in 2012. This year, the event returns to the USA and will be staged in Seattle, home city of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Past highlights include talks by statistics guru Hans Rosling; women and girls advocate and former South African first lady Graça Machel; clinical officer and social entrepreneur Dorah Nyanja; Theo Sowa, CEO of the the African Women’s Development Fund; and a performance by the inimitable Senegalese artist Baaba Maal.

This year’s TEDxChange event, hosted by Melinda French Gates, takes place on 3 April 2013 in Seattle, USA. TEDxSoweto, along with over 200 other TEDx communities around the world, will stream this event live. Our programme will run from 16:30 to 19:30 at JoziHub, on 44 Stanley Avenue, in Milpark Johannesburg.

See 3 of the highlights below, and up to 24 TEDxChange talks here.

Hans Rosling takes us to his wonderful world of statistics, and explains why Millennium Development Goals for child mortality are entirely possible.


Graça Machel calls on the world to put women and girls at the center of the efforts to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.


Senegalese artist and singer Baaba Maal performs an acoustic ballad.


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Change is here

There’s TED, and then TEDx. But have you ever wondered what TEDxChange is? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has teamed up with TED for a very special project called TEDxChange – an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. The TEDxChange team works with TEDx organizers around the world to help facilitate meaningful discussions on topics such as vaccines, polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn child health, and agricultural development. The TEDxChange initiative also includes a global signature event convened by Melinda Gates and broadcast across the TEDx community.

This year’s TEDxChange event, hosted by Melinda French Gates, takes place on 3 April 2013 in Seattle, USA. TEDxSoweto, along with over 200 other TEDx communities around the world, will stream this event live. Our programme will run from 16:30 to 19:30 at JoziHub, on 44 Stanley Avenue, in Milpark Johannesburg.

TEDxChange 2013 is themed “Positive Disruption”:

Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance. But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community. To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.

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On demand publishing in rural Africa - Arthur Attwell

Arthur Attwell, former Big Publishing employee, left in 2006 to start a socially minded venture called Electric Book Works, a company which applies innovative technology to traditional publishing.

Watch his TED@Johannesburg Talk

A bath without water - Ludwick Marishane

Ludwick Marishane is a 4th-year commerce student from Limpopo province in South Africa. He is currently rated as the best student entrepreneur in the world (Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards 2011). He is the founder & Chief of Headboy Industries Inc, and is his country’s youngest patentholder after having invented DryBath™. Google has named him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world, and he is studying a BBusSc-Finance & Accounting degree at the University of Cape Town.

For his TED@Johannesburg Talk, Ludwick talked about his award-winning invention, the waterless DryBath. The product’s far-reaching potential will be of use to people in many different types of desperate situations.

One woman’s constitutional right to rule - Yvonne Mokgoro

Yvonne Mokgoro has stepped down from the bench at the Constitutional Court having served a full 15-year term. She now serves as Judge in the Office of the Chief Justice. She also serves on a number of law bodies, trusts and boards. She has taught Law at South African, British, American and Dutch universities, and she holds a number of honoraryProfessorships and doctorates in South Africa and abroad.

For her TED@Johanneburg Talk, Yvonne Mokgoro talked about how the South African constitution continues to turn around centuries of tradition and injustice, and in the process, transforms the lives of the ordinary South Africans.

TED@Johannesburg Talks

In Soweto on May 3, TED@Johannesburg took place at the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music. The day began with deep thinking about the cosmos, and wrapped up with some dynamic and enthusiastic young voices. We are proud and happy to announce that the talks are now available on a special section of TED.com. There are a total of 20 remarkable talks from our event waiting for you to view, rate and comment on. Remember, the higher the number of views and recommendations the greater the chances of a TED@Johannesburg speaker being selected for TED2013 in Longbeach, California, next February.

TED@Johannesburg speakers are: Arthur Attwell, Steve Barnett, Rita Tandy, Jodi Bieber, Gary Flax, Bruce Bassett, Nimrod Moloto, Luke Taylor, Yvonne Mokgoro, Robyn Grobler, Lesley Perkes, Allan Savory, Ludwick Marishane, Simon Ratcliffe, Zoya Mabuto, Josh Ginsburg, Nick Boraine, Andrea Marshall, Toby Shapshak and Lee Swan.

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