It is still fresh on my mind, because it just happened not so long ago. It was on the 13th of August 2010, when I attended TedX Stellenbosch. TedX are independently organised events licensed under TED.
Well it is a conference-like event where the curators of the event invites influential people from all walks of life. The speaker ranged from business people, academics and philanthropist. It was well attended by at least 550 people who share a common belief that “Ideas must be shared”. It such an important event in a sense that people can use ideas to change the world. Furthermore, the attendees are exposed to innovative ideas and cutting-edge thinking in the areas of leadership, social responsibility, technology, education and governance, and to learn from people who have demonstrated success despite the unique challenges they faced.
On the opening of the event the video was played. Unfortunately I cannot get hold of it. But yeah it basically says the following:….
“Ideas control the world. They are the single most powerful force in our universe, and yet rarely do we openly test, celebrate and develop them in a communal setting. For ideas to impact the world, develop into innovations, ripple through communities and spread between cities, we need to tell their stories and rediscover a child-like state of wonder.
After digesting this quote, there I comfortably sat on my chair as I listened to awe-inspiring speakers. The speakers were equally good, but hey truth needs to be told, I was moved by Yusuf Randera-Rees, his entrepreneurial spirit inspired me to unleash mine. For Africa to change, people need to attend ideas stimulating events like this one, for I have said before, ideas change the world.
As for me I was greatly inspired, I believed more than ever that Africa need me to serve her unselfishly. Some speakers proved to me that the social work that I am doing brings more positive change in society. I will continue with my social responsibility project for I believe that for Africa to prosper, people must serve her tirelessly.
Yes, it was TedX Stellebosch, It was an awesome event. For stream of photos visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxstellenbosch/page10/.
It was such a life changing experience. My special thanks goes to the organisers of the event Eeke de Miliano, Gareth Pearson, , Thibaut Marquis, Pieter Botha, Mariska du Preez, Catharine Powell, and Hugo Van Vuuren. For they have choosen me amongst hundreds of applicants.
Ted…..Ideas worth spreading!