TED Talks Archives

Thursday, August 15th, 2013   |   Posted in Multimedia, TED Talks   |  

Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets

From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa. He highlights the history and legacy that are embodied in written words and symbols, and urges African designers to draw on these graphic forms for fresh inspiration.… Read more »
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013   |   Posted in Multimedia, TED Talks   |   Tags:

Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups.… Read more »
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013   |   Posted in Multimedia, TED Talks   |  

Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions

  In the Masai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.… Read more »
Friday, March 22nd, 2013   |   Posted in Multimedia, TED Talks   |  

Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting

  At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.… Read more »
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013   |   Posted in TED Talks   |  

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

  Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.… Read more »
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013   |   Posted in TED Talks   |  

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on aid versus trade

  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.… Read more »
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013   |   Posted in TED Talks   |  

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

  Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.… Read more »
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013   |   Posted in TED Talks   |  

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

    Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school.… Read more »
Monday, June 18th, 2012   |   Posted in Multimedia, TED Talks   |   Tags:

Ory Okolloh on becoming an activist

Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family — and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya’s parliament. Ory Okolloh maintains the blog Mzalendo, providing an unprecedented look at the doings of Kenya’s parliament — information once unavailable to Kenyan citizens.… Read more »