RJ Thomas

Managing Director, NETucation


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TEDAfrica is possible and practical

There was a huge euphoria after TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania in 2007. A team got together and started to plan a full-on TEDAfrica conference in Cape Town for 2009. Something went wrong and the whole conference collapsed. Fellows from the original conference all over Africa and the rest of the world were disappointed because we could feel Africa's Next Chapter coming.

My idea is simply that from the 100 Fellows no leadership is elected, and instead a project manager is appointed by TED organisation, and an private online forum is set-up to develop the detail project plan and execute it to ensure TEDAfrica takes place by 2015.

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    Jan 24 2012: Interesting discussion. The introduction of TEDx www.Ted.com/TEDx in 2009 as a global strategy for local events has for me created a different model for looking at the future. To date there has been more than 60 TEDx events across the African continent and those numbers are growing. Since Arusha there is a new TEDx community that has introduced the TED brand to the continent.

    In the short term, I would like to see the TEDx community in Africa grow and also to see more interesting TEDx events on the continent.
    A contribution that the TEDGlobal 2007 Africa Fellows can make is to maybe host or support TEDx events in Africa.