TEDxUCT Amandla means Power

UCT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  |  Event , ±14 min episodes total time 3 hr 43 min  | 
This very first TEDxUCT stands tall and stands ready to remind those who have forgotten; educate those who never knew; and galvanise all who dare to care about today’s “Amandla”. We hope to reignite a fire of inspiration, ideation and interaction across the entire UCT community: from students to staff to alumni from all co rners of the university. “Amandla Awethu” translates into “Power to us” or “Power to the people.” It was, and still is, used as a rallying cry- as a cry for democratic freedom in South Africa.

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01

Steve Arowolo - The Power of Diversity

Speaking to the theme of Amandla Means Power, Steve Arowolo digs beneath the meaning of the statement, uncovering the the underlying power of The People's Power. He is emphatic about the lessons humans can learn from nature's harmony: proposing that for a truly united democratic society, we must embrace the idea that differences are not deficiencies, but the traits we need to thrive and prosper if we are to call ourselves a rainbow nation. Steve is a post-graduate student with UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative.
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02

Dave Duarte - The Power of Doing Nothing

Why is it that productivity is associated with cramming more things to do into every square inch of our days? Our response to the increasing information stimuli and complexity is to work longer hours, take shorter breaks and multi-task. Dave Duarte, entrepreneur and lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business, believes that this is an immature approach. He argues that the key to being more efficient and more effective at what we do is to slow down, listen to our bodies, and make technology work for us.
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03

Tali Hoffman - The Power of the Citizen Scientist

Our economies and lifestyles depend on biodiversity. Our very survival depends on the products of biodiversity: water, food, energy...but the sustainability of our communities depends on the health of our relationships with our biodiversity. Zoologist, Tali Hoffman, is adamant that conservation is no longer restricted to scientists in white lab coats, or game rangers in khaki uniforms. This is the story of the African Mammal Mapping Project and how it is promoting citizen science to reconnect us with our natural environments. Find out more about the project here: www.mammalmap.adu.org.za
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04

Dean Benjamin - The Space Between Passion and Action

"How can we claim to be passionate about something, but not actually do something about it? What are the consequences if someone does not do something? How many more people will be pushed below the poverty line?" With these questions in mind, in the middle of his undergraduate degree at UCT, Dean Benjamin founded Siyaya- an entrepreneurial empowerment initiative that operates in the townships of Cape Town. Learn more about the initiative here: http://uctsiyaya.blogspot.com/
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05

Buhle Zuma - How to Make Friends in a Rainbow Nation

How do we begin to live this idea of a Rainbow Nation in a post-Apartheid South Africa? How do we begin to live social inclusiveness? Through his own surprising personal narrative, Buhle Zuma- a PhD student of Social Psychology at UCT- is adamant that all it takes is a simple smile and a genuine curiosity in our fellow South Africans beyond what we look like or sound like.
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06

Kennedy Kitheka and Kumbirai Gundani - Entrepreneurship Is Not a Fall-Back Option

Unlike the start-up cultures of the world's leading innovating nations, South Africa's entrepreneurship environment is not one that readily welcomes- or funds- failures or rookie start-ups. If South Africa is to call itself a leading African economy that embraces innovation, it needs to start encouraging and supporting its young entrepreneurial minds. These are lessons hard learned by Kennedy Kitheka and Kumbirai Gundani, partners in the educational platform, Funda (which means "to learn"). Here they share their personal journey into the world where very few university graduates start out their careers.
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07

Ant Vervoort - Dismantling the Apartheid City

UCT Alumnus and architect, Ant Vervoort, believes strongly in the capacity of architecture to contribute critically to South Africa's rapid social change. In this impassioned critique of his own profession, Ant proclaims that architecture is a force for serious and important social change that "can no longer be the space of the servant of the rich, nor the space of the barefoot philanthropist."
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08

Kim Feinberg - What's the Big Deal with Potential?

From the time we are born, there are people and systems around us making decisions that we could not possibly know the effect of. Society has a strange way of forcing one to become what it believes one should be, and poverty has a terrible way of increasing our vulnerability to these forces. In such an environment, does potential even matter? Kim Feinberg, founder of the Tomorrow Trust, shares her personal story about the power of creating the right environment for potential to be nurtured.
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09

Prakash Patel - With Great Connective Power Comes Great Responsibility

Prakash Patel is passionate about social media's role in shifting centuries-old power dynamics. He believes that with a mobile device and an internt connection, we literally have the power in our hands; but it is how we use that power will determine the strength of the social impact we can have.. This passion led him to ask: what would Nelson Mandela's life had been like if he had access to the tools we have today?
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10

Ralph Hamman - So You Think You're Collaborating?

The recent Marikane Mine shooting tragedy in South Africa is a complex scenario of multiple parties with multiple problems. Many journalists, politicians and international advocates of peace have voiced out against the tragedy, and Ralph Hamman- lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business- does not attempt to do the same. What he does do, however, is to propose a simple idea that is surprisingly chronically misunderstood and under-utilized: Collaboration. He argues that we need to get better at collaborating- especially across organizational and institutional divides. But it's not as easy as we might expect.
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Gita Goven - Building the City of the Future, Right Now

To build the city that we know we want to live in, and want our children to thrive in, we are going to have to work with the sectors that we know need to work better. The City of Cape Town already has a housing back-log of 450 000, set to grow to 720 000 by the year 2030. That's a whole new city. And at the current rate of city development, and settlement redesign, all we seem to be doing is rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. These were just a few of the wake-up calls delivered by architect Gita Goven, who is determined to ensure that the African city of the future is freed from the segregated foundations of the past. Her work with an organisation called CommuniTgrow is doing just that. Find out more at www.wescapelife.co.za.
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12

Jade de Waal - From Awkwardness to Creative Collaboration

Music student, chef and founder of FoodJams, Jade de Waal, shares her key ingredient for some of her most unexpected and surprising collaboration projects: Awkwardness. In this delightful talk, she gets comfortable with being uncomfortable- and proves that some of the most powerful collaborations occur when we move out of the plane of what we have in common; when we cross the boundaries that keep creative collaboration within industries or professions; and when we're thrown into a kitchen with a stranger and a ball of pizza dough.
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