TED premieres videos from TED Global (Arusha 2007)
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) just recently premiered four videos from the first ever TEDGlobal held earlier this summer in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference was titled “Africa: The Next Chapter.” I have to say I was moved by George Ayittey’s statement that helping Africa is like the “blind leading the clueless” – I was also inspired by William Kamkwamba‘s story of building a windmill in his village in rural Malawi. Both videos are included in the previews (listed below).
TED’s description of the four talks now available online:
Euvin Nadoo set the scene on day one, describing a continent poised to light up.
George Ayittey roused the audience alternating from lacerating criticism of Africa’s “hippo generation” to inspiring appeal for the “cheetah generation” to arise.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the final speaker of the four days, provided a tour-de-force, telling powerful personal stories and showing how the different pieces of the aid vs trade argument, which had animated the conference all week, could be reconciled.
And 19-year-old William Kamkwamba won a standing ovation for his shy 3-minute interview, revealing how as a 14-year-old he solved his parents’ energy needs in a village which had no electricity.
For those new to TED, here are a couple of my favorite talks:
>Hans Rosling, debunking third world myths with data
>Gregory Colbert, incredible imagery; discussing animal copyright