What’s Happening at TEDxPortElizabeth in 2018?

Thulani Swartbooi TEDxPortElizabeth organiser from Uitenhage, South AfricaGood morning, and in case we don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night. The TEDxPortElizabeth team has been on an extended break since 2017. The tide has not yet turned in terms of securing our new license, and that is the only matter that prevents us from hosting more events in Nelson Mandela Bay. We are not allowed to host any TEDx events without a license, which is usually valid for 12 months.

We hosted our first event at the NMB Science & Technology Centre in Uitenhage during February 2016. During that same year, we hosted three events including a sold-out conference at the AFDA campus, Upper Central, Port Elizabeth and a TEDxWomen live stream during October 2016.

In 2017 we hosted four events, primarily using in the TEDxSalon format. These events are different from the conference because they usually have two speakers, focussed one theme/topic. The team of Thulani Swartbooi and Sipuxolo Toni did a stellar job to fulfil our mission of finding and sharing local ideas worth sharing. The TEDx team also grew by leaps and bounds, and some of our alumni have moved onto other projects with great success.

So where is TEDxPortElizabeth going in 2018?

A new team is being formed, and a new license application has been submitted to the TEDx management in New York. At this stage, we need to do the following to ensure we continue:

  1. Secure our new license to host a conference in 2018
  2. Restructure our TEDx team of volunteers
  3. Ensure sponsorship of the events are in place

So we have a question for you: are you curious or are you serious about joining forces? If you want to speak at our next event; or if you want to attend our next event; or if you want to join the TEDxPortElizabeth team, simply send us your information via our contact page.

TEDx reflects on a breathtaking 2017

Thank you all for another wonderful year. Here’s a short video recap of last from TEDx around the world…

Everyday, as we watch the talks produced by TEDx groups around the world, sort through the photographs taken, and read the stories shared, we are constantly awed by the hard work and dedication you bring to your communities and to the TEDx mission.

2017 was an incredible year for TEDx, filled with impressive milestones that speak to your efforts to spread local ideas that make an impact on a global scale. As the year comes to an end, we continue to be encouraged by the strength and passion of the TEDx community, and hope you’ll join us in taking a moment to reflect on the positive spirit of TEDx and all of the good you help put back into the world.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year,

The TEDxPortElizabeth Team

Tiyani Ndlovu

Tiyani NdlovuTiyani Ndlovu, originally from Johannesburg but came to Port Elizabeth to study and now currently working as a quality engineer at an automotive company. I’m also studying part time a Bachelor of Technology in Quality at Nelson Mandela University.

Excellence, diligent, hard working and courageous are the words to describe myself. As an engineer academics are always important but acquiring skills, experience and self-development are just as important to be one step ahead. I am an ambitious woman, encouraged to be innovative, to think beyond borders.

My mission in life is to change the world for all women in the STEM and Engineering sector and to be an example and pave the way for other young women to consider and pursue a career in engineering and technology.

 

 

 

Find Tiyani Ndlovu here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Tiyani Ndlovu’s favourite because:

This talk was simple yet so informative of how to start a movement, although it was a dancing crowd, it can be applied in any kind of movement you would want to start.

Being part of the engineering industry, my mission in life is to change the world for all women in the STEM and Engineering sector and to be an example and pave the way for other young women to consider and pursue a career in engineering and technology.

The Revolutionary Spectrum by Siv Greyson


From a very young age, Siv struggled to fit within the ideal version of girlhood, thus lived in constant resistance of gendered social norms – Today, Siv lives happily as a non-binary person feeling less pressured to perform a femininity that was never theirs.YouTuber, writer and a black queer student activist – will share their experience and views about “The Revolutionary Spectrum.”With Twitter as their biggest teacher, YouTube as their largest outlet, and all of social media to explore, Siv uses their social media presence – as well as their strong presence in the Cape Townian and Port Elizabethan young queer scenes – to challenge constructed ideas on gender (and race).

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

A foreigner’s experience of Xenophobia in SA

Goodness Onwuka spoke at the TEDxPortElizabeth Salon held at Art on Target on 8 April 2017.


Goodness Onwuka, a man who came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he currently lectures will also share his experience and will explore the concept of Xenophobia.Goodness is idealistic about the applications of Machine learning. He thinks everything machine learning touches turns to gold. He came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization and now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa where he currently lectures. Growing up in a country with over 300 tribes and not new to the concept of ethnic superiority he quickly came to realize that South Africa like so many places in Nigeria are similar in their perception of diversity. Having come from a culturally diverse environment, he brings his experience from home and a machine learning perspective to exploring the concept of Xenophobia.

TEDxPortElizabeth launches Salon events in 2017

2017 TEDxPortElizabeth Salon 1

[Port Elizabeth, South Africa] TEDxPortElizabeth is thrilled to announce its first Salon event at Art on Target on Saturday 8 April from 14h00 to 16h00, with the theme “Truth or Dare.

The Salon is dedicated to overturning stones and revealing hard truths about global issues in Nelson Mandela Bay. We will discuss untold truths about xenophobia and gender inequality in South Africa.

Guest speaker, Siv Greyson – YouTuber, writer and a black queer student activist – will share her experience and views about “The Revolutionary Spectrum.”

Siv Greyson Youtube Black Queer photographer

Goodness Onwuka, a man who came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he currently lectures will also share his experience and will explore the concept of Xenophobia.

Goodness Onwuka Nigerian in Port Elizabeth NMMU

Event Details:

VENUE: Art on Target, 2 Kloof Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
TIME: 14:00-16:00
TICKETS: R50 per person

Tickets are available at: http://tedxportelizabeth.org.za/tickets

MEDIA CONTACTS

  • Khanyi Ndabambi, Cell. 072 6137 229
  • Sinomtha Gede, Cell 073 8984 098

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About TEDx:

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos are shared with the community. To find more TEDx events in South Afric, click here.

About TEDxPortElizabeth:

TEDxPortElizabeth’s mission is Local Ideas Worth Spreading in Nelson Mandela Bay. We are currently the only license holder of TEDx events in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. You can watch our 2016 conference TEDx Talks here.

 

Khanyisile Ndabambi

I am a confident, energetic and strong female who studies Public Relations Management at NMMU. I enjoy photography, public speaking, acting and also writing. If I were to describe myself in one word it would be “Self-driven” nobody can achieve my goals besides Khanyisile Ndabambi.

Find Khanyisile here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Khanyisile’s favourite because:

One thing i loved about her talk was when she said , “There is no rewind button on life.” she took control of her reality. She also highlights the fact that passion is the key to making your dreams come true. She used her passion for music to turn her passion into reality.

Farah Fortune – Publicist

Selwyn Milborrow

Selwyn Milborrow is a publisher, writer, poet, novelist, multimedia journalist, iReporter, blogger, radio presenter, social media manager, PEN SA professional member, and on the advisory board of TEDxPortElizabeth.

Find Selwyn Milborrow here: https://selwynmilborrow.com | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Selwyn Milborrow’s favourite because:

I am a creative person and find Sir Ken Robinson a fascinating person. His TED talks is amazing and filled with his trademark humour. I join with Sir Robinson in asking ‘Why don’t we get the best out of people?’ He argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies, far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity are ignored or even stigmatised, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. My goal is also to encourage creativity and young people pioneering us into a better and brighter future.

Sinomtha Gede

I was born and raised in the city of East London. I am currently doing my 3rd year in PR Management. I wish to be a Body Positivity activist, motivational and inspirational speaker for young women and young girls who struggle with low self- esteem. We are pressured on a daily basis to conform to societies standards of beauty ignoring the inevitable fact that we are all literally created differently and that no one person is the same! Too many women allow their self-worth be determined in the eyes of others. The world will always beat and bring us down to a point where one lives in shame, constantly fearing the useless opinions of others. If we can all live a shame free life in-spite of a society that tells you because you are “different” you do not deserve to. We can reach our full potential and do amazing things!

Find Sinomtha Gede here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Sinomtha Gede’s favourite because:

This TEDx Talk speaks volumes of what I essentially mean in my bio. There are so many different levels one has to overcome to reach their full potential with many obstacles in the way of who we are.

Gerald Pietersen

Born and raised in Uitenhage, Gerald has always been someone that looks for the better in others. One of his main life goals is to establish youth nationally in such a way that they can always find a way to make things work through applying their skills and knowledge. He worked in the automotive sector for eighteen years and has since started his own business in training and development with the hope of branching into formalized coaching and mentoring. He is married to Sheri-Ann who is qualified as a psychologist and actively practicing as a disability coordinator at the local university.

Find Gerald Pietersen here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Gerald Pietersen’s favourite because:

Since I watched Dr. Meg Jay’s view on the 20’s in this video, it affirmed a lot of things for me. Firstly the fact that my life and work experience in my twenties was not in vain and that all the mistakes I made was actually not mistakes. I came to realize that life has more than just a second chance. Starting afresh can and should happen every waking moment. “Why the 30’s is the new 20’s” has taught me to remain grounded, focused and determined to turn my experiences into learning and coaching opportunities.

Thulani Swartbooi

Words from my application to the Curator: I seek nothing but greatness in what I choose to involve myself in and as a PE native I have decided to take full advantage of the knowledge and networks collected and structured over the years.

I have been involved in organising two types of TedX events and I am motivated by people and the spirit of sharing. The experiences have brought a greater self-knowledge and awareness which will shape my future prospects and engagements to my community and people. I really hope to reach my community whether it is via TedX or another medium to spark change and difference through communication and engagement.

Find Thulani Swartbooi here: | Facebook | Twitter

The following TED talk is Thulani Swartbooi’s favourite because:

The talk is very much direct and honest in breaking down our most fundamental structures involving the largest community of beings. It may sound like a call out but it is a necessary truth which needs to be understood to bring up a healthy future generation to rapidly develop world solutions to world problems.

TED Idea Search Events in Africa

We received this email from Kelo Kubu, As you all know TEDGlobal is coming to Tanzania next August 2017.

TED will be hosting speaker auditions in Lagos and Nairobi next February. The closing date for applications is December 13th. Below is the application link. Please share with your community.

Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to our Idea Search events in Africa

Nairobi and Lagos might be a bit far but it might be something worth doing. Here’s more details:

We’re in the middle of the TED Africa Idea Search — a talent search for the next great TEDGlobal speaker. Could it be you?

We’re thrilled to announce that applications are open for two new events in Africa: TEDLagos and TEDNairobi 2017 Idea Search!

Here are just a few speakers who were discovered during past talent searches — and who’ve seen more than a million views on their great ideas:

Here’s how to enter the TED Africa Idea Search: Complete the entry form and make a 1-minute video. Your 1-minute video can and should be very simple: Just explain your idea in a few sentences, and give us a flavor of how you’d present it.

Would you like to get an email of tips for making a great audition video? Sign up here.
Applications will close on Friday, December 16 at 6pm Lagos time / 8pm Nairobi time. We encourage local applicants to Lagos and Nairobi. Please choose only one event to apply to — applying to both events will not increase your chances of being selected to speak.
We can’t wait to hear your idea!

 

Zelda La Grange – Change Starts With You

Recently it was the 3rd anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s greatest leader. Inspired by the book: Good Morning Mr Mandela, I found this delightful TEDx Talk by Zelda La Grange:

It is easier to change others, than it is to change yourself” Nelson Mandela. After having worked alongside Nelson Mandela for 19 years his former Personal Assistant shares the lasting lessons from her experiences.

Former PA and ‘honorary granddaughter’ to the late Nelson Mandela during his administration.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Caleb Zealand’s TEDx Talk is now on Youtube

We’ve finished editing all the videos from our TEDx conference on 1 July 2016 at AFDA’s Port Elizabeth campus. We’re grateful for our filming team especially Rostin van Heerden in Uitenhage and Randy Gallant in Port Elizabeth.

Although we’re still uploading all 15 speakers and performers’ videos, we have two currently live on Youtube. Here’s the first one featuring child palaeontologist Caleb Zealand:

Caleb Zealand loves dinosaurs. He shares three types of dinosaurs you need to know: Pachycephalosarus, a land dinosaur; Pterannodon, a flying reptile; and Mosasaurus, a marine reptile.

Caleb Zealand is 7-years old and in grade 1 at the Uitenhage Convent Roman Catholic Primary School. He has memorised the names of numerous dinosaurs from books, toys and movies. When he grows up he plans to become a palaeontologist like Dr Alan Grant in the 1990 book, Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton and the movies franchise.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Added Aug 8, 2016

 

Live from TEDSummit – a look back at a productive week

Hello TEDx’ers!

We have just come out of the final session at the TEDSummit in Banff, Canada where nearly 400 members of the TEDx community came together for a week long first-of-its-kind experience. Here we were joined by many of the most prolific TED and TEDx speakers and members of all TED’s communities — together almost 1000 strong. The theme of the conference was ‘Aim higher, together’ and we certainly did!

2016 TEDSummit TEDx community Cananda
We wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the week.

  • We kicked off the week with a pre-conference gathering for TEDx’ers which we named the TEDx Global Forum.This was not an ordinary workshop but rather a journey centered on Passion, Purpose, and Action! In more than 30 breakout rooms, TEDx’ers articulated our shared passions, wrote out purpose statements, and brainstormed on actions we can take as a community. The outcomes of the sessions were rich and plentiful. As soon as we have a chance to process and organize all the ideas we will share them with you so we can explore and advance them together. In the meanwhile we wanted to share pictures from these breakouts.

  • Also at the TEDx Global Forum, Chris Anderson addressed TEDx’ers and spoke about his experiences as a curator (and included some amusing examples of talks “gone wrong”), his hopes for the TEDx community and his excitement to find new ideas that are emerging from new voices.The next day he hosted the TEDx community for a conversation about his latest book on speaker coaching.

  • TEDx’ers work hard and play hard! After a busy morning we went on an amazing adventure to Lake Louise where we hiked, canoed on the gorgeous blue glacier water, played lawn games and socialized against one of the world’s most magnificent backdrops.This was followed by a festive reception hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon.

  • TEDSummit kicked off on Sunday with a concert under the stars hosted by our TED Fellows, and in the opening session Chris spoke about the power of TED, the challenges we face today as the world sometimes doesn’t live up to our expectations; and, why ideas matter, now more than ever.

  • More than 114 community-led workshops and activities were offered at the Summit. The program book was 128 pages (check out a digital copy here). TEDx’ers hosted many sessions including one on tackling trauma by Jo Dee Davis and augmented learning by Eric Hawkinson. One of the most popular sessions was hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet speaker Robert Waldinger on happiness.  And best of all, many of us got to attend so many of these sessions that offered unique opportunities for learning.

  • As always, there were an abundance of fascinating talks. Jennifer Brea gave a heart wrenching talk about battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and eL Seed discussed the profound impact art has on our lives and our perceptions.

  • Through a pre-recorded video that was played during Session 3, Marwa al-Sabouni, an architect who lives in Syria, gave the audience insight into perhaps another reason for the war in Syria: architecture.

  • Fun gatherings were plentiful, here are just a few highlights.

  • In the end, this is how we all aim higher together.

We wish we could have all come together in one room. We missed you dearly and hope we catch you at the next TED event!  We look forward to sharing with you even more details about our time and outcomes from TEDSummit in the coming weeks!

We are excited to continue to aim higher, together, with all of you.

Until then,

Jay, Salome and the TEDx team