4 thoughts on “TEDxDar 2011–Who Killed Zinjanthropus?”

  1. This blog was a very eloquent recap of TEDxDAR 2011. Although I am somewhat familiar with the TEDTalks, you explained the purpose of TEDxDAR very well! I was not aware of Zinjanthropus, therefore I found it interesting how the speakers were able to be themed around this fossil. I was particularly surprised at your description of January Makamba and his speech. I am much more aware of United States politicians and their tendency to “turn any gathering into a political rally,” therefore it was intriguing to see a parallel between the East African politicians and those we see in the U.S. I was glad to see that Makamba was able to step away from his political interests and challenge new solutions to problems that exist in Tanzania.

    I was happy to see that TEDxDAR was a success and that there was a large variety of individuals who spoke and/or performed. As you said, “I felt so proudly Tanzanian.” I am glad to hear that the focus was on the positive, rather than the negative. I feel that the focus on negative aspects of countries such as Tanzania often outweigh the time spent celebrating the great achievements of individuals within the country. Thank you for sharing this information about the event! Would you make any suggestions to the organizers for further events?

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Welcome to ChickAboutTown! I am glad you enjoyed this post.

    I took the time to explain TED, TEDx, and TEDTalks because I kept finding in offline conversations, that many of the people I spoke to knew very little about TED. I am glad you liked the explanation.

    Since you say that American politicians, like East African ones, take the opportunity to turn every gathering into a political rally, maybe it’s just a politician thing. January Makamba impressed me a lot by keeping his talk apolitical and very analytical. He’s now definitely on my radar of Tanzanian politicians to watch out for (only one of two such politicians to date).

    TEDxDar was extremely positive, and I greatly look forward to future ones. The one suggestion I’d have for the organizers would be to challenge speakers to respect the traditional 18-minute format of TEDTalks, though I understand that this would be very hard to do for cultural reasons.

    Thanks for your feedback!


  3. Well, well. It may have taken you a while to give us an overview of TEDxDAR, but I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get round to reading it. Very well done. I was really transported to the auditorium and felt just as inspired by these excellent Tanzanians. TEDTalks definitely has the right idea!

    P.S. It is very sweet of you to dedicate the post to me! TEDTalks Rule!! :-)

    [Should that be TEDtalks rules? It is one entity, right? Ah well, never mind.]

  4. Hi Vive,

    Allow me to hide the nerd in me for a minute and NOT respond to your last question. More on that on other channels! :-)

    I am glad you finally got round to reading this post and that you enjoyed it. Yep, TED, in all its forms, rules!

    It was my pleasure to dedicate this post to you, gango-’til-I-die! :-)


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