Ted Talks just released the video of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Brookings Institution fellow and speaker at TED Global 2007. The video is from the talk she did at Monterrey California, but will give you a taste of what we heard this past thursday in Arusha.
TED Global felt like a seminal moment in Africa. I may have said this already but i will say it again. It was unlike any conference i have ever attended. Stupendous, challenging, interesting, eye-opening, heart-opening literally with Dr. Seyi Olesola and figuratively with Binyavanga Wainaina, Chris Abani and the music of Vusi Mahlasela. It was not uncommon to see people quietly wiping away tears during some of the talks. I would be curious as to the psychology behind the organization of the conference, it literally does something to your brain, sort of like neuron shock-therapy. By this i mean the speed, content, superb production, entertaining ‘mental breaks’ and the mix of amazing people. Its like being given knowledge speed in an engaging syringe with extra tablets of wonderful food. (Yeah i know i am a little corny but seriously, its just fantastic).
A few more pictures posted on my flickr account.