Out of a growing will and desire to make a difference and lead the country's future, Cape Verdean Youth and Civil society have recently joined forces to take on several projects demonstrating their growing will and desire to make a difference and take a lead in their country's future. The Youth wants a country able to keep the pace of the World, and sees the Innovation and Technology as a link to the Global Village. Connection!!!
When we look at the Global Village that it is the world around us, we have decided to make the most of our strategic position. We decide to design the visual relation with X from TEDx on the World Map and we found our treasure. At first sight, the words Cape Verde and wealth do not usually come together. On the contrary, we seem to be doomed by the lack of natural resources, complex identity, vulnerable to natural disasters; namely, drought. So the question is, where is this wealth? Our treasure it’s the triumph of a stable democratic model, a continuous peace, a high literacy rates, a sense of community that is resilient to the current habits, and the people's audacity to always be bold in challenging thoughts and paradigms, truly punching above our weight, in spite of our small geographical size! Connection!!!
This boldness was stressed by the American historian Marcel Balla, that mentioned on his research that “ Cabo Verde was the center of the World, and was the inception of the New World, because it was from this Archipelago that during the 15th century that the discovery of the Americas started”. So small and we were the Center of the World? It might look a fairtytale, but this is the daily reality of Cabo Verde's citizens who are connected (mainly via Viber) to their compatriots living in Boston, or whose children are studying in Europe or Brazil via skype and know Lisbon better than the other Cabo Verde islands put together and yet, each day, these same citizens also manage to embrace their African identity through music and cuisine or even trips to Senegal. Connection!!!
Beyond this bond there is the fact that Cabo Verde is a little bit of South America, Europe and Africa, not only due to our behavior, but also by the colour of our skin that traveled and danced through this mixture present in the creole people that proudly lives at the middle of the Atlantic.. Connection!!!
This is the Subject chosen for TEDxPraia -Connection – the first TEDx event held in Cabo Verde, and we dare to believe that it will be a success.
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