TED is an annual event that brings together world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas on various disciplines either technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, or business development.
The talks are known as ‘TED Talks’ and are available to watch for free online. TED has also created TEDx, a programme of localized, self-organised events bringing people together to share TED-like experiences.
The inaugural conference was held at the GICC on Saturday and themed, ‘Imagine a Better World’. The line-up of speakers included well-versed and experienced poet, TJ Dema sharing her journey as an artist; the challenges she has faced as a woman and needing to prove herself in a male dominated arena. Tebogo Mapine aka Normadic demonstrated live on stage what it takes to create music. He received kudos for being the local originator of Motswako, a South African genre of hip-hop.
The youthful Lilian Nkosazana Moremi became a pioneer in her own right, when she birthed the Botswana Student Network, an advocacy organisation for students to share common challenges and find solutions. Moremi like numerous other young Batswana was faced with unemployment and decided to volunteer. She is now the manager of Ducere Foundation and Career Coaching Company.
Operations Manager of Deaftronics, Tendekayi Katsiga shared experiences on the deaf community he works closely with.
Deaftronics assembles and provides solar rechargeable hearing aids and accessories including training. Kali Ilunga, a Johannesburg based new media strategist, entrepreneur and speaker believes a lot can be achieved if people were to use their imagination; ‘ideas matter,’ ‘think global’ and ‘disrupt something’ is his motto. He believes that in a knowledge economy, ideas are the raw materials. Ilunga and his team have established a driving App used by thousands of learner-drivers in South Africa.
‘Thought Leader’ or Science of Human Behavior and Branding specialist, Timothy Maurice Webster’s message was that often times people want to conquor the world before they conquor themselves. “We need to appreciate fully our past unfortunate circumstances in order to make peace with ourselves,” he said.
Webster is also an author, speaker and strategist.
Other inspirational talks were delivered by Mahube Mpugwa who reached the peak of the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest to raise funds for the Cancer Association of Botswana. For his part, Thuli Ntsatsi urged the audience to imagine a better world, one rooted on culture.” Local expert, Stuart White’s message was that what matters the most is, “Not what other people are thinking about you, but what you think of yourself that will help you make the world a better place.”