South Sudan’s First Independence Anniversary: Speakers for Tedx Juba 2012

Posted: June 16, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Dear Colleague,

UNICEF has been given an opportunity to organise a TEDx Juba on the occasion of South Sudan’s 1st Independence Anniversary. The event will take place on 13th July (venue TBC).

TEDx is an independently organized speaking event based on the TED’s mission "Ideas worth spreading". This global event is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at local level. The topic can cover every field of human exploration from health and science to art and philosophy. Pls. see the links on youtube for a good reference.

The theme of TEDxJuba is "New Nation, New Ideas". We are confident this event will contribute to foster civil society discourse that would lead to opportunities for young people, children and women to realize their rights.

For this event, we are looking for several South Sudanese speakers (anywhere in the country or the diaspora) to give inspirational speeches on their innovations….which could range from development to entrepreneurship. We would like dynamic speakers, who will inspire and stimulate discussion among the audience and beyond. This will improve efforts in contributing to the growth of the nation. Their ‘talk’ will be broadcasted through YouTube and other channels to the global community. There will be a provision for a translator, if necessary. We would appreciate receiving recommendations for innovative individuals that can share his/her ideas.

For example, it can be someone who is a young local entrepreneur who brought success and change into his community through innovative use of small technological device. Or, an artist who innovated an interesting idea to convey peace message to the larger community etc. Another example we are looking at is the group who adapted one of Shakespeare’s play "Cymbeline" into Juba Arabic to promote good literature in the country.

Kindly find attached the event details and basic speaker criteria. If you already have someone in mind, we would appreciate if you could provide information (with the person’s name, contact details) and the reason why the person would be a good speaker for this event.

Pls. feel free to ask any queries on this to Sid Shrestha, Chief of Strategic Communication (sidshrestha).

Thanks in advance.


(See attached file: TEDxJuba-concept

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque


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