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.

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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.

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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

Caleb Zealand – Child Palaeontologist

Caleb Zealand UitenhageUitenhage school boy Caled Zealand will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Caleb’s topic will be: Why kids love dinosaurs

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.

Siyabonga Ngcai – Poet

Port Elizabeth resident and poet Siyabonga Ngcai will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Ngcai’s topic will be a Poetry Performance

Siyabonga Ngcai, better known as Gqobhoz’imbawula, is an ambitious poet, story teller, song writer, performing artist and Architectural Technologist by profession, born and raised in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. He grew up as a fine artist, Traditional and Pantsula dancer, and later found himself attached to writing short stories and poems.

Gqobhoz’imbawula writes his poetry in his mother tongue, isiXhosa, addressing matters concerning physical and emotional abuse against woman and children, African history, traditional and cultural backgrounds, and other pertinent stories involving the people in our communities. He has shared his craft in countless events, poetry festivals and musical sessions along with national and international artists.

Gqobhoz’imbawula represented the Eastern Cape in a Word’N’Sound Poetry and Live Music Series slam competition called Slam for Your Life in Grahamstown in 2014. He has also contributed his song entitled Ingoma from his album Ukholo lwemveli to the Current State of Poetry, SADC Love Poetry Mixtape which features amazing poets from different regions across the African continent. The mixtape was released on the 14th of February 2015 online for downloads on Bozza.mobi.

Nomhle Nkonyeni – Actress

Port Elizabeth actress Nomhle Nkonyeni will be speaking at the TEDxPortElizabeth event on 1 July 2016. Nomhle’s topic will be: Big Screen Stories

Award winning actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has decided to plough back into her community in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. She is training young people in threatre production at the Opera House.

Nomhle Nkonyeni is a South African actress who has appeared in numerous television productions, including Mzansi, Tsha Tsha and the 2007 mini-series Society. She also appeared in the 2004 feature film Red Dust.

She was the mother of actress Thabang Nkonyeni, who was murdered in 2009.

In 2016 she was awarded the SAFTAs Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nomhle Nkonyeni is internationally known for: Catch a Fire (2006), Of Good Report (2013) and Zulu (2013). Born in Port Elizabeth on 4 April 1942, she has been identified as a major part of the history of theatre in this country. Her contribution is immeasurable according to celebrated author and academic, Professor Z.K.G. Mda