As readers of this blog would know, we are hosting TEDxColombo, a spin off from the world renowned TED conference. Based on the theme of “Ideas for Sri Lanka’s Future” at this important juncture in our history, the event would feature 4 live speakers and 3 Ted talks and lots of space for discussion, debate and lots of good ideas.
Date : Sunday, 19th of July @ Punchi Theatre from 9.30 to 4.30 pm (registrations start at 9 am).
The speakers for the event are as follows,
- Rohan Samarajiva (Chair of Lirneasia) on the topic of implementing tri-lingual government services.
- Nushad Perera, CMO of Dialog Telekom on the topic of “Fixed vs. Mobile”.
- Asantha Sirimanne, Editor-in-chief of Lanka Business Online on Fiscal Responsibility.
- Lakshman Gunasekera, former Editor of Sunday Observer. on the Topic of Transforming Sri Lanka’s Media Culture
Watch the TEDxColombo twitter for updates and connect to us from Facebook. If you’d like to attend the event, register online. We are fast running out of places. If you need quick info feel free to give us a buzz on 0774186560
Thanks for all the bloggers and tweeps who are helping us spread the word (blogs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ) All of you deserve free tickets. email tedxcol[at]beyondborders.lk with the subject line “Blogger tickets” to get one.
We won’t be streaming the event, but we’ll be recoring it and sending it to TED, who might it put up on their site if they think it’s worth it.
Hans Rosling takes a look. Rosling is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and Director of the Gapminder Foundation. Gapminder developed the Trendalyzer software that converts international statistics into moving, interactive and enjoyable graphics. The aim is to promote a fact based world view through increased use and understanding of freely accessible public statistics. His lectures using Gapminder graphics to visualise world development have won awards by being humorous yet deadly serious, like this one.
I once had an argument with a friend, whom the most of society would recognize as being disabled, about the acceptable terminology for someone like her. She didn’t seem to mind being called disabled, and I wasn’t buying it.
I argued that we all have different disabilities and abilities. It’s just that society expects that we be somewhere around most common standard. She said she knows the arguments, but some just preferred to be identified as disabled.
Those were the thoughts running through my mind as I watched this wonderful Ted Talk by the beautiful Aimee Mullins, who’s dozen pair of legs give her super abilities. A must watch.
That shattered some barriers.