TEDxCapeTown: In Depth

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- Feedback & Reflection: here
- Design Thinking Framework: here 
Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014 
Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium   
Time: 18:00 to 21:00
Cost: R60
Theme:  TEDxCapeTown: In Depth - A systems approach to regenerative water solutions, incorporating the genius of people, nature and place 
*Note: This is NOT a TEDx event with new speakers, this is an engagement workshop to delve deeper into ideas shared by our past speakers, directly with the speakers.

Who can attend: This event is open to the public. Anyone who is keen to actively engage is welcome. (limited seats available)


18h00-18h15               Guests arrive; food and beverages are served

18h15-18h30               Welcome address & background on speakers & their initiatives

18h30-19h00               Claire Janish & Shannon Royden-Turner introduce their collaborative work

19h00-20h00               Facilitated workshop with the speakers to unwrap their topic using the design thinking framework

20h00-20h30               Facilitated engagement session between audience and speakers

20h30-21h00               Networking, food & beverage


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Confirmed TEDxCapeTown speakers include:

Claire is a Biomimicry Professional and sustainability & innovation advisor - Selected in the Mail & Guardian's 200 young South Africans in 2010 and 2011. She was a finalist in the Most Influential Women in Business & Government awards in 2012. 

She currently heads up biomimicrySA and recently was awarded Regional Network Leader of the Year award at the global Biomimicry Conference in June 2013. Claire works in the areas of strategy, technology & education and is the leading presenter, trainer and consultant for biomimicry in South Africa. 

 Claire has a MSc Chem-Engineering in the field of Cleaner Production and has worked across Africa as a consultant in: Environmental Technologies, Sustainable Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Production & Consumption, Sustainable Urban Design, Integrated Waste Management, Water Management Systems, Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Eco-labeling, Environmental Management & Environmental Education. Claire founded and heads up biomimicrySA, and is a trainer for the International Biomimicry Professionals Program. She is also the co-creator of the Genius Lab, an organisation inspiring innovation for organisations and individuals. 

Shannon seeks to bridge the divide between technology and humans, between research and implementation, between disparate disciplines, between formal and informal sectors, and between natural and artificial [cities or towns] ecosystems.Contemporary responses to the planning and implementation of urban infrastructure in Africa tends to be driven exclusively by a technical agenda, often lacking an adequate understanding of the existing system and how it functions, resulting in increased social disparity and environmental degradation. African cities are often perceived to be disorderly and desperately in need of a new imposed order. 

Shannon sees existing African urban systems as filled with the unique wisdom of self organising and emergent systems, and seeks to find solutions that work with, rather than against, this wisdom.

This is achieved through the use of integrative systems thinking, to facilitate participatory research, planning and implementation of new urban infrastructure in a way that ensures deeper levels of social and environmental justice. 

 Background information:

We first started TEDxCapeTown in 2011 to provide a platform for critical engagement, new conversations and to bring an element og 'sexiness' and appeal to what was a sterile topic of water. We hoped that this would engage a community to look at solutions which could address the challenges around our precious water resources.

What transpired was beyond our wildest expectations. With minimal resources and 3 months of planning we managed to host TEDxCapeTown 2011: Be Water My Friend. Tickes sold out and #TEDxCt trended globally on Twitter - we realised then that TEDx was something special and if we guided her well, she could play a role in assisting positive change in the world we live in.

We believe that this next step in further engagement and deeper conversatoin around the ideas shared by our speakers is both the natural and also necessary step to take in order to see a greater impact.

And what better way to kick this off than around Water Week and our founding roots of TEDxCapeTown, we look forward to having you with us on this new journey!

See what happened: HERE



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Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium has contributed significantly to TEDxCapeTown in many ways. Earlier in 2012, the opening function of TEDxSeaPoint was fully sponsored by the Two Oceans Aquarium. The Two Oceans Aquarium has continously backed the TEDxSeaPoint initiative offering contacts and speakers. Two Oceans Aquarium also sponsored the venue for TEDxYouth@CapeTown in May 2012. For TEDxCapeTown, the Two Oceans Aquarium continued this support by providing the venue for the speaker coaching sessions.

The Two Oceans Aquarium fosters love, respect and understanding of our oceans to inspire support for their future well-being.


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