Cambridge University’s maiden TEDx event will take place this August 15, 5:30pm (reception) for 6pm, at Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge! The impetus for this TEDx event came from a University-related organization, The Wilberforce Society’s delivering of a proposed, innovative Tunisian Constitution to the General Rapporteur’s office and its positive coverage from global media and think-tank accolades. Innovations come from courage and resilience which are often an uplifting reaction to devastating adversity.
Theme of this TEDx is “The Power of Resilience.” Even folks in an environment as suffused with success as Cambridge sometimes face crushing disappointments. That’s when resilience has to kick in and raise the level of performance. Managed constructively, disappointments can be the best teachers that help us think on a different and higher plane.
With resilience as our theme, here are some stimulating innovators from many walks of life. They will share their stories and their big TED idea(s) worth pursuing:
*Alexander McLean*: TED fellow and founder of the African Prison Project who has done an enormous amount for prisoner assistance and the overturning of dubiously imposed death sentences in Uganda (www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/8432006/An-English-prison-reformer-in-Kampala.html)
*Simon Bransfield-Garth*: Tech Innovator and CEO of Azuri, which is a leading British company in the innovation space. Simon and Azuri have been selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and recent Winner of the coveted Ashden Award.
*Karen Countryman-Roswurm*: Karen has been a true pioneer in the anti-trafficking movement over the last two decades. Connecting the ideas with the personal dimension, Karen will discuss the resilience of own experiences of life on the streets, from which she was emancipated and began her career at the Wichita Children’s Home as a Street Outreach Worker. Karen founded the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action (ASERCA) and serves as a professor at the Wichita State University's School of Social Work. Karen is also the Founding Director for the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking.
*Sharath Srinivasan*: David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights in the department of Politics and International Studies, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. At CGHR, he leads Africa-focused research projects on new communication technologies, voice and citizen-led governance, collaborating with leading thinkers and practitioners on the continent. Sharath’s “big TED idea” concerns “voice as resilience through digitally networked African publics.”
*Riddhi Sohan Dasgupta*: Author of proposed Tunisian Constitution (http://www.theworld.org/2013/07/tunisia-constitution/), international law expert, and humanitarian in the United States.
We hope you will enjoy the event (to occur on August 15 in Cambridge and to be uploaded on to TED.com and Youtube soon thereafter)! Your gracious attention is appreciated.
TEDxCambridgeUniversity Organizing Committee
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