If you are interested in reading the rest of the entries, you can find them here:
- TedX Cape Town 2011 Session 1
- TedX Cape Town 2011 Session 2
- TedX Cape Town 2011 Session 3
- TedX Cape Town 2011 Session 4
- TedX Cape Town Closing Thoughts
The second session of the day involved more in-depth talks, which were a bit longer on average.
Tony Budden – Hemp: Educate Innovate Cultivate
In this presentation, Tony spoke about the uses or Bannabis, or more specifically Hemp, which is not psychoactive, ulike its better known cousin, Marijuana. Despite this shortcoming, hemp does have a bounty of uses, including clothing, food, paper, oil and even building material. It can be used for all this, using a minimum of arable land, time and resources.
Tony also spoke about the hemp house being built at the moment, in which the entire house and most of the furnishings is made from hemp materials. It looks like a fascinating project, and I would love to see the house once it is finished.
Kershan Pancham – Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Me of Them All?
I think this was one of my favorite presentations of TedX, in which Kershan speaks about how we can determine who we really are, and leads to the suggestion that we can learn about ourselves by using the people and situations around us as mirrors, suggesting that we the things that we hate or love about the people around us are merely reflections of our own capabilities and problems, we merely like or dislike things in ourselves, but the other people act as mirrors, revealing our own selves.
This is not a new idea to me, but I have never seen it so well presented as with what Kershan did.
Leigh Meinert – Jump University
A presentation about an independent university, which provides bursaries to people from disadvantaged communities, and provides them with a well rounded education, producing leaders and people to build up the industry.
Rob Harmon – How the Market can Keep Streams Flowing
This was a pre-recorded talk, about the problems of river water wastage in Montana, due to outdated water laws, and using the market to ensure that water remains within the river, by encouraging companies to “buy” the water from the people who hold the rights to it, and leaving it in the river.
It was actually a fairly interesting idea. But it also seemed to highlight how outdated laws can cause a lot of damage, and a workaround like the one implemented should not have been necessary in the first place.
Theresa Mallinson – Media Freedom in Africa: an Ideal Worth Living For
Theresa started off by presenting the shocking state of the free media in Africa, apparently there are only five countries in Africa that meet the highest free media criteria, and even those only barely (and no, South Africa is not one of them).
She then spoke about free African media, a site that published stories about media freedom from the whole continent. They are planning to release the articles under a creative commons license, in order to ensure that the information gets out to as many people as possible.
Nathan Daniel Heller – Playing to Change the World
It seems that the last presentation of a session suffers a bit from the fact that the audience has been drinking from a firehose of thought and inspiration from the speakers before.
Nathan spoke about the project he was involved with in South America, in which his team integrated with the people, in order to help them improve their lives through creativity and play.