TEDGlobal 2007: Session 4: Issa Diabate

Iviorian architect, Issa is a partner in Koffi-Diabate Architects. His work marries African urbanity with local solutions. Exasperated with the worship of ethnicity, his goal as a designer is to create classic objects that travel easily. He shows a sketch by an artist of the city of Lagos, imaged 20 years ago. In seeking out…

TEDGlobal 2007: Session 4: Kwabena Boahen

Session 4 is entitled: Emergent Design Kwabena Boahen, PhD, is a Ghanian bioengineer working at Stanford University. He received his first computer while growing up in Accra, Ghana. He starts out his presentation with a famous quote by Alan Turing, the father of modern computing, “In 30 years, it would be as easy to ask…

TEDGlobal 2007: Session 3: George Ayittey

George Ayittey was meant to speak on day one but for whatever reason was delayed. And I must admit it was worth the wait. One could almost say that for a speaker of this calibre and energy you must pull out all the stops. Emeka Okafor, the program director of the TEDGlobal conference, took much…

TEDGlobal 2007: Session 3: Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline is not new to the TED stage. She lives with Chris Anderson, the curator of TED and also delivered a talk at the previous TEDGlobal in Oxford. Jacqueline is a pioneer in what she calls “market-based philanthropy.” She went straight into sharing a story of 20 prostitutes in Kigali, Rwanda, who were running a…

TEDGlobal 2007: Session 3: Idris Mohammed

One of those moments at TEDGlobal that made me feel jazzy inside was when two performers from the Zip Zap Circus School came on stage to entertain us. I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never heard of them before. Rest assured I will be on the lookout for future performances back in South…