Friday, 10 May 2013

Jepchumba at TEDxEuston 2012 - ""Asking "Why""

She is feisty, she is smart, she is determined. Jepchumba has been known to describe herself as a 'mad scientist.' Her twin passions are digital media and Africa. As a child, this incredibly talented, innovative thinker constantly asked the question, 'why?" As an adult she has not yet lost that habit, nor does she intend to. Her hugely entertaining, yet inspiring, TEDxEuston 2012 talk invites us to challenge the conventional wisdom of outgrowing the phase when we ask questions, when wide-eyed we ask, 'why?

Watch her brilliant talk HERE!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Ndidi Nwuneli at TEDxEuston 2012 - "Rage for Change"

When Nina Simone sang Young, gifted and black, she might have had Ndidi Nwuneli in mind: she has a degree from Harvard and was named by Forbes as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. Yet guiding principle seems to be; ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.' On a trip to Guatemela as a student, she found herself wondering why this supposedly very poor country was ‘so much more advanced than so many African countries? Why? What is the reason?” She believed four key principles were at work in Guatemala: leadership, effectiveness, accountability and professionalism. This led to her  quitting a high profile job in the US and returning to Nigeria to found  a non-profit organization dedicated to breeding an  “army of committed change agents”, young people, business owners and social entrepreneurs who care about making a difference. Her latest venture, which she shared with passion at the TEDxEuston 2012 is an agribusiness and agro-processing company which aims at displacing imports with locally sourced, high quality substitutes. Her talk challenges the conventional wisdom of accepting the status quo.

Watch her brilliant talk here.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

TEDxEuston Salon 2013 - Great things on small doses!

This excellent piece was contributed by Adaugo (Diggi) Amajuoyi - enjoy!

TEDxEuston Salon took place on the 6th of April 2013, at the very cool private members bar in Bank called Eight. A discrete black door in an alley way opened up to a winding staircase which led to a beautifully decorated lounge. The dimly lit den began to fill with guests some stood waiting and talking, while others sat patiently in the luxurious sofas, tweeting or taking photos.