Thulani Swartbooi

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.

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.