The TEDxCapeTown team threw together an amazing Freedom Day event on 26 April 2015. Celebrating all kinds of Freedom, not only as South Africans but as a community. As Freedom evangelists we took a look at Freedom in all parts of the world.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. 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.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of a single story.
For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images — miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal — illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. (Filmed at TEDxMaui)
-Lisa Kristine, Photos that bear witness to modern slavery
Photographer Boniface Mwangi wanted to protest against corruption in his home country of Kenya. So he made a plan: He and some friends would stand up and heckle during a public mass meeting. But when the moment came ... he stood alone. What happened next, he says, showed him who he truly was.
-Boniface Mwangi, The day I stood up alone
Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women.
-Kakenya Ntaiya, A girl who demanded school
The news of society's growing inequality makes all of us uneasy. But why? Dan Ariely reveals some new, surprising research on what we think is fair, as far as how wealth is distributed over societies ... then shows how it stacks up to the real stats
-Dan Ariely, How equal do we want the world to be? You'd be surprised
In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" — defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
Boyd Varty, What I learned from Nelson Mandela
These talks were curated from around the globe by the TEDxCapeTown team, and is sure to get you thinking.
Let the freedom reign!
See you at the next TEDxCapeTown event!
- written by Bronwyn Janse