If you’re ready to absorb some thought-provoking ideas and experiences in the company of like-minded people, diarise Sunday 22 June and head for the Muizenberg Pavilion in Cape Town, where the organisation TEDxAIMS is fielding a line-up of nine interesting speakers at an event titled “Alone in a crowd”.
Here’s how TEDxAIMS describes its work: “In an ever more connected society, both solitude and opportunities can arise in unexpected places. From healthcare to technology, from education to commerce, outside thinkers with novel insights have an unprecedented chance to change our view of the world and how the people within it live. At TEDxAIMS, we will explore stories of isolation and individualism and of how great ideas are reshaping the ways in which we interact with one another.” Among the speakers:
Carolina Ödman-Govender studied physics engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before completing a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. After a research stint in Italy, she joined Leiden University in the Netherlands to develop Universe Awareness, an award-winning international astronomy education programme. She is one of the co-organisers of the astronomy workshops that explore the frontiers between technology and astronomy, from education to research. She is currently associate scientist with SKA Africa and works on various science for development projects. She is also lead scientist in a South African start-up and a proud mum of two. Her presentation is titled “Motherhood in a World of Men”.
Laura Santoni, founder of The Singing Hearts Club, is passionate about the healing, educational and transformative power of music. She draws from her experience as a teacher, singer, songwriter and kinesiologist to write educational and inspirational children songs and support educators. Laura’s experience with traditional African music in townships schools inspired her to marry her ideas around music and songwriting with her interest in child development to create and facilitate youth empowerment projects. Her address is titled “The Power of Music Made Visible”.
Shani Judes is described as “a connector, curator and public art facilitator” who lives and works in Cape Town. Judes advocates for public art: she believes that art belongs in the streets of our city, as a medium for inclusion, creativity and social change. She’s the founder of SJ Artists, a local artist management agency, runs 1000 Drawings Cape Town, manages the Wavescape Surf Festival, co-founded Township Art Tours, sits on the Art Committee for AfrikaBurn, and has recently been awarded the project management role of the City of Cape Town’s public arts project, ART54. Her talk is titled “1000 Drawings, Doodling for a Difference”.
Savannah Nuwagaba was the first-born of a mother of five in Uganda. After graduating at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and completing her Master’s degree in biomathematics at Stellenbosch University, she is pursuing her PhD at the same university in the field of mathematical modelling of ecological systems. Her talk is titled “Me, Myself and I Will Remain: Why Being Odd is Necessary”.
Athenkosi Dyoli is an aspiring nuclear physicist at the University of Cape Town. Through hard work, he matriculated with an A aggregate. His mantra (attributed to baseball star Oral Hershiser) is “I’m proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up”. His address it titled “What are you doing?”.
— The TEDxAIMS event starts at 3 pm. Go here for tickets.