On the 18th of May TED kicked off their TED2020 event. An eight-week virtual get together that is running from 18 May to 10 July.

If you follow the CN&CO blog you will know that we visit TED.com regularly to clear our heads, have a laugh or get inspired. TED Talks open our minds, spark new ways of thinking and can lead to some very interesting conversations. Each week we pick a favourite and publish it on a Tuesday, because we like how “TED Talk Tuesday” sounds. It’s also a way that the CN&CO team play their part on spreading ideas and helping to make the world a better place. 

In March we also joined the TED Circles community and were one of the first to host a get together in Africa, you can join our next on the 18th of June here.

The theme for TED2020, Uncharted, is indeed a fitting one amidst the new world that we are currently navigating, as our Kurt Solomon shared in a blog earlier in the year as we commenced the first part of our nation-wide lockdown in South Africa, “If you had told me last year that in 2020 I would be housebound for 21 days; that I would have to celebrate family and mates birthdays through my computer and that the world was fighting a pandemic, I would not have believed you.”

TED shared on their website,

“The future has never felt so uncertain. There are deadly perils to be dealt with, starting with a global pandemic. Yet we also now have an opportunity to rebuild our world in a better, fairer, more beautiful way.”

“Though we can’t do this in person, this eight-week program will allow countless ways to deepen community relationships and re-imagine what the future can be together.”

You can join TED2020 Uncharted, full details on the TED website.

Over the course of the next eight weeks, there will be a series of Talks from TED 2020 that are released on the TED Interview podcast. The first one that was released is a conversation with Kristalina Georgieva, who is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund – “what we learn from the crisis can make our economy stronger”. Kristalina shares insights into discussions within the IMF, monetary support to aid the recovery of the global economy, lessons from the 2008 financial crisis, the importance of solidarity, and a bit about her personal journey growing up in Sudan.

We also came across this talk on social media. It examines the facts and figures of the coronavirus outbreak.  Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant evaluates the global response in a candid interview with head of TED Chris Anderson.

A global pandemic calls for global solutions