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Just announced: TEDGlobal 2017 heads back to Africa

Just announced: TEDGlobal 2017 heads back to Africa

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Ten years on, TEDGlobal returns to Africa, and applications are open now to attend. TEDGlobal 2017: Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts. happens August 27–30, 2017, in Arusha, Tanzania. Our conference in Arusha ten years ago felt like history in the making. The ideas and connections forged then have had untold impact. As curator Emeka Okafor says: “At the end of TEDGlobal 2007, we talked about []

World Lion Day: A visit to big-cat filmmakers Beverly & Dereck Joubert

World Lion Day: A visit to big-cat filmmakers Beverly & Dereck Joubert

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Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been living in the bush in Botswana, making wildlife and conservation films together, for more than 30 years. Their films have shaped an intimate and profound narrative about the interconnected relationship among people, animals and the land, adding layers of understanding based on years of close and constant observation of []

Video: Three views of tech innovation in Africa

Video: Three views of tech innovation in Africa

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These three fascinating videos made by TED and IBM show how technology is helping solve problems in three case studies across Africa, filmed on location in Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria. They showcase three innovative projects that use technology for everyday problem-solving in local conditions.

The Next Einstein Forum begins

The Next Einstein Forum begins

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Why did Albert Einstein have such a unique scientific mind? Because he came from a disadvantaged background, says TED Prize winner Neil Turok. “When new cultures enter science, especially disadvantaged cultures, transformation can happen,” he said today in his opening remarks at the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016. “I believe that the entrance of []

Avoiding the hunger season: How a TED Fellow is working to save African cassava from whiteflies

Avoiding the hunger season: How a TED Fellow is working to save African cassava from whiteflies

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For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop. Cassava, also called manioc, arrowroot or tapioca, is an important food all over the world — more than half a billion people (yes, billion with a b) rely on cassava for their daily meals. For East African farmers, a whitefly infestation can completely destroy the year’s []

Somi unveils an odyssey of song and soul in ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

Somi unveils an odyssey of song and soul in ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

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This week, East African singer Somi releases her first major-label album, The Lagos Music Salon, in the United States. Already, it is #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, #1 on the Amazon Jazz Vocal Chart, and #1 on the Amazon Pop Vocal Chart. The TED Blog caught up with the jazz-soul vocalist and songwriter—who was was born in Illinois to Rwandan []

An approach to global aid where all are treated as equals

An approach to global aid where all are treated as equals

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By Lisa Katayama In a developed country where the dialogue around human rights is very charity-minded, it’s rare to find young people with visions of engaging rural farmers in developing countries as equals. That’s why Tokyo native Doga Makiura stands out. When Doga was 13, he left his home in Japan and enrolled himself in []

My City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in Nairobi

My City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in Nairobi

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Juliana Rotich was not expecting our interview to end in tears. Neither was I. But on reflection, we were both completely ok with it. After all, that’s what happens when terrorism becomes personal. For Rotich, that happened at the end of September, when al Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall in the northwestern part of []

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

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Could unemployment be a factor that leads to terrorism? In today’s talk, peace strategist Mohamed Ali (not to be confused with the boxer) introduces us to the youth of Mogadishu, Somalia — 70 percent of whom are unable to find jobs. In this talk, Ali highlights just how appealing the messages of terrorist organizations and []

Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

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In today’s talk, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo describes how China’s growing presence in Africa is challenging a centuries-old tenet of Western political thought.   For more than 200 years, Moyo argues, liberal democracy has ruled the roost. Particularly in the West, it’s long been considered the political system most likely to deliver economic success and []

The moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson Urama

The moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson Urama

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Nigerian astronomer Johnson Urama wants to promote the future of astronomy in Africa by looking deep into history. With his African Cultural Astronomy Project, he is gathering the lost ancient astronomical traditions and stories of indigenous Africa, hoping to show modern Africans that the science of the skies is relevant to their past, present and future. []