Wednesday, 23 February 2011

TedxGranta Cambridge conference part 3

This is my last blog post on TedxGranta Cambridge conference. After a delicious lunch, we went back to the theatre for the last session, called Take Action.

This included:
  • a video of Sally Osberg, president of the Skoll Foundation on inspirational women past and present, which carried a quote by J. Campbell: Heroism is a matter of integrity. Among the inspirational women mentioned by Osberg was Ann Cotton, who was a speaker on the day (see below).
  •  a speech by Ann Cotton, the founder of Camfed, a charity that educates girls in Africa. Education can make a huge difference to these girls' lives: "When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She’ll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family." 
  • a video by the founders of Babble, a US parenting website that  spares no punches and doesn't sugarcoat the overwhelming experience of having a baby. There might be highs but there are lows, too...
  • a speech by John Wroe from Momentum Arts, which organised the Street Child World Cup, a friendly sports-meet-arts event in South Africa. They are getting ready for Brazil World Cup 2014, so do contact this charity if you want to be involved!
  • a speech by Nicky Webb of Artichoke, a creative company responsible for incredibly inventive art events, such as the Sultan's Elephant, which, regrettably I missed! She also mentioned Antony Gormley's One & Other (2009), which involved 2,400 people from all over the UK. Each participant occupied the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for an hour.
Despite a few technical glitches, it was a perfect day. I walked on air all the way home, despite the damp and cold night.

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