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Theme: Multiplying the Power of Humanity

This event occurred on
November 27, 2011
4:00pm - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)

TEDxRC² is a worldwide event on 27 November 2011 that aims to multiply the power of humanity and start a global conversation about tomorrow's humanitarian challenges and opportunities.

The "main" event will take place in front of a live audience in Geneva from 16:00 – 18:00 local time, followed by a cocktail. It will feature diverse and fascinating speakers from inside and outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. (A small sampling of our speakers is listed below.) We're delighted to have the European Director of TED, Bruno Giussani, as our host.

We expect the event to be webcast in real-time to interested groups of people around the globe. More information about watching the event via webcast will be made available in the coming weeks.

TEDxRC² will take place on the day before the start of the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which begins on 28 November. Invitations to the Geneva event will be sent out to Conference participants and other guests this summer. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Our website, www.tedxrc2.com, will launch in early August.

For more information or to reach a member of the TEDxRC² team, please write to: tedxrc2@gmail.com. We will respond to you as quickly as possible. Thanks!

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices
2, Place des Volontaires
Geneva, 1204
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Alberto Cairo

Alberto is the head of the ICRC's orthopaedic programme in Afghanistan. His talk, entitled "Forget your CV, let me see your fake leg," will explain why he won’t hire you unless you’ve lost a limb. Alberto has spent the past two decades – far from his native Italy – helping an estimated 100,000 Afghan landmine and accident victims learn to find the strength within themselves to not only walk, but also to hope, again. In a country where the disabled are generally given pity but no rights, Alberto found a way – through micro-loans, positive discrimination schemes and home schooling – to give tens of thousands of disabled Afghans a job and a sense of dignity and pride. He’ll share with us his wish for overcoming the social and physical barriers the disabled face in war-torn communities across the globe.

Seckou Keita

Seckou believes that music can make a difference. Brought up by a traditional Griot family in the region of Casamance in southern Senegal, he began learning how to tell stories through music at a very early age. He’s been described as the "Jimmy Hendrix of the Kora," but he doesn’t do what he does just to sell albums. Seckou knows first-hand what armed violence can do to people's lives because he’s lived it. In his TEDxRC² performance, Seckou will stun us with the musical story-telling gift that has been passed down in his family for generations.

Fiona Terry

Well-known author and long-time relief worker, Fiona Terry, has spent most of the last 20 years involved in humanitarian operations in different parts of the world including northern Iraq, Somalia, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Liberia and Sudan. She was a research director for Médecins Sans Frontières in Paris from 2000-2003 working on North Korea, Sierra Leone and Angola, before spending three years with the ICRC in Myanmar. Fiona holds a Ph.D. in international relations and political science from the Australian National University and is the author of "Condemned to Repeat? The Paradox of Humanitarian Action", which won the 2006 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. More recently she has been teaching at Duke University in North Carolina. She's currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Through the prism of her experience, Fiona will examine the virtues and responsibilities of providing humanitarian aid, and how sometimes it can do more harm than good during her TEDxRC² talk.

Organizing team


Geneva, Switzerland
  • Florian Westphal
    Deputy Director of Communication and Information Management ICRC
  • Paul Conneally
    Media and External Communications Manager IFRC
  • Didier Revol
    Audiovisual Producer ICRC