Born and spent my childhood in Tanzania, and have been living in Canada for 2 decades. Currently leading an incredible team that organizes TEDxCalgary, which has the express purpose of building bridges across silos, promoting a civic dialogue and serving as a voice to inform diverse communities on helpful paths of development.
I am also educator by profession and have been involved in civil society as a community organizer for years. I currently work in one of the largest public education boards in Canada as a High School Teacher in an interdisciplinary position as a teacher for marginalized inner city youth. I recently gave a 12 minute TEDx Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NG-5ZZHvRc - where I am convinced we need to redefine our education systems- from educating Human Resources to Resourceful Humans. Watch it and connect with me on twitter @rahimsajan
I am engaged in several social entrepreneurship and conventional entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at- doing good and doing well at the same time. I am passionate about books! I buy more than I can read, read more than I can remember, remember more than I can use! When not poring over books- I spend a whole lot of time planning crazy motorcycle expeditions- to take when there isn't snow on the ground. When the roads are clear- I am all over this continent with two wheels.
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013
Areas of Expertise
Education - Curriculum Development, Political affairs, Political Analysis, Guide for the Hero's Journey, Education and Training, Tinkering, Startup Co-Founder, Human Whispering
An idea worth spreading
We need to constantly be aware of the need to check for errors in Judgement, living in a complex and fast paced environment can make us vulnerable to make decisions without understanding the deep structure of the issues we are immersed in.
Deep lasting change only happens if we take great care in making sure we understand the dynamics of the situation we are involved in and think very critically about the position the decisions we are going to be make will have.
I'm passionate about
Adventure, Sustainable Community Development, Civil Society issues, Sustainable and engaging urban environments as well as expanding my thoughtscape.
Talk to me about
Anything but you will get me going with Civil Society, Education, Economics, Media, Marketing, Politics etc etc.
People don't know I'm good at
The speed with which I can spool up for an adventure!
My TED story
I stumbled onto TED about 8 years ago- and immediately adopted it as a teaching tool in my classroom as a Robotics and Astronomy Teacher at the time. I have been a TED supporter for many years and now am contributing to its future as the Curator for TEDxCalgary.
It's a little known fact that TEDxCalgary was one of the first licensees to be granted in Canada though it took us about 1 year to get the first edition launched on April 29 2010.
TEDxCalgary is now a respected voice in the community active on a number of fronts on the civic landscape, largely due to the amazing team.
The value of TED continues up to this point to be in the stories that it allows me to be a part of, and the opportunities it allows me to drill down to get deep understanding of issues.