Join Dalai Lama and Nobel laureates live for a major TED Prize event

Charter for Compassion Karen Armstrong Dalai LamaToday I received this email from my friends @

Dear TEDizens,

A TED Prize wish is about to be granted. We’d love you to participate.

On September 27th, 1pm PDT, Karen Armstrong, joined by the Dalai Lama and three other Nobel laureates, will unveil plans for the launch of the Charter for Compassion. The event will include short TED talks on the true meaning and significance of compassion by some of the world’s most inspirational figures.

We’d love you to watch the event, live-streamed over the web … and to consider joining thousands of people around the world for the celebration of a truly giant idea, perhaps the biggest idea humanity has ever had.

Please be part of this. Details here.

Best wishes,

Amy Novogratz, TED Prize Director & Chris Anderson, TED Curator


State of the Blogosphere Survey 2009

Over the years, Technorati has been tracking the State of the Blogosphere. Our annual study investigates how blogging is growing and changing, as well as its impacts on current events and the bottom lines of businesses and bloggers. Please share your perspective by participating in our survey.

We think you’ll find the survey interesting. It should take just 15 minutes of your time, and of course your answers will be completely confidential. Please feel free to send this link to other bloggers you know. And be sure to check back on Technorati in October for a summary of the results.

As with the 2008 study, we’ll be profiling some of the survey respondents in the article that will appear on


The Technorati Team


Ramon Thomas supports Faces of Hope Foundation charity

Ramon Thomas & Faces of Hope Foundation presents special charity movie screening of “The Ultimate Gift.”

The event promises to have a host of exciting activities to look forward to and you are supporting a good cause while doing so. As South Africa’s leading expert on the psychology of technology & dating in the 21st century, I take pride in our social responsibility through our partnership with Faces of Hope Foundation. There will be a ton of opportunities to meet interesting people and some beautiful women lol.

The movie will be screened on Thursday, 29 October 2009 @ the Zone in Rosebank. Their will be lucky draws for Hampers and give-aways from Eyes Slices, Cocktails from Original Iced cocktails to welcome you, Stunning prizes include accommodation, a mini auction for the signed copies of the book by the author Jim Stovall and R1000 voucher for Amrita Medi Health Spa in Krugersdorp. Beautiful flowers presented by OS Flowers, a Melrose Aesthetic centre voucher to the value of R5000 and much much more.

The event starts at 18:00 for 18:30 welcome drinks and snacks. Ramon Thomas will be the MC for the evening. Everyone to be seated at 19:15 – Then there will be give-aways and our auction, hosted by David James aka Koobus from District 9 – which will be filled with wonderful prizes.

The Ultimate Gift screening stars @ 20:00. The movie is a truly inspirational film which will have you captivated. Barry Ronge may make an appearance and other celebs have confirmed their support and interest in this event. Please support this great event for a great cause. Faces of Hope raises funds for individuals who need financial assistance for cancer treatment and awareness of various cancers.

Here’s the official trailer for this film:


First Open Day Meet-n-Greet

Ramon Thomas wants to be your manager, super agentI make models Miss South Africa, businessmen get onto CNBC Africa, unpublished authors gets published or how to make one hell of a profit and still get to heaven. My most recent experience includes a strong focus on life coaching models, businessmen, heads of business schools, PR companies, Marketing Directors and even sales training for radio stations to increase advertising spend.

This open day is to meet prospective clients for my new agency – provisionally called “Arli$$ Ari Gold Management” after my two favourite agents in television. You will get to know me, who I am, what I stand for, and what makes me different. Some of my client portfolios will be on display. And you can ask me anything. My fees are based on a more realistic mindset of what is required in the global recession. And because I leverage a very large online and real-world social network, I can afford to only charge you 10% flat rate. I make up the difference by asking you to do photo shoots or gigs for my own projects at no cost. All this is tracked, so you never feel like you’re being abused or taken advantage. And in each case we ensure you get testimonials, exposure and meet new clients to find even more opportunities.

The venue: Nino’s Rosebank, The Zone opposite Nescafe. And I will be there from 12-6pm before going to the Dr John Demartini Talk @ Montecasino tonight. I’m also working with as the new Marketing Director so I’ll handle your online and offline portfolios to maximise your income and reduce your effort. Leave it to me, and I’ll make it happen for you. As my awesome PA, Yusuf Moses, says at this junction “Let’s dance…!”


Breakfast with Angela Ludek, aka WildAngel

About 3 weeks I met someone with whom I believe I share a spiritual connection. I cannot explain it in words. Freud came close when he described this type of feeling as uncanny – strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way. And Carl Jung helped me understand how we met when he in turn coined the phrase synchronicity – the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. Well what am I going on about here?

Let me take you back to the days of SABC1’s Simunye Grooves days. Angela Ludek was one of the original presenters during programming. And she later moved to Goodhope FM, also owned by the SABC. She has worked with Lovelife organisation in the past to raise awareness on safer sexual relationships between young people. At the time she was at Goodhope FM, she was based in Cape Town, although she is Joburg-born and bred. I had just interviewed Jeannie D, one of the young new stars in the South Africa media landscape. So I got an invite to the launch of a new television commercial directly supervised by the now infamous Pop Idols judge, Randall Abrahams.

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