I subscribe to a weekly email called “This Week on TED.com”. It’s kinda like my ‘Reader’ if you will for TED Talks, my virtual food court in the mall of life. Browsing the talks is like roaming through the food court, pausing at the booths and tables and hightop counters and eavesdropping on the conversations. It could be two teen girls philosophizing about true love, a businessman having an ‘ah-ha’ moment solving his company’s fiscal challenge, or an elder reminiscing about the good ‘ole days.
In my most recent email from Ted Talks, one of the featured talks started its intro out like this:
What can a young woman with an idea,
an internet connection and a bit of creativity achieve?
Sounds a lot like me, well except for the young parameter. Okay, I’m in. I want to hear what this person has to say. CLICK.
Siyanda Mohutsiwa’s talk is titled “How young Africans found a voice on Twitter”. She has spoken at a TEDx event in Amsterdam November 2015, and the TED2016 event held in Vancouver, BC last month. The video shown below is from the Vancouver event where Siyanda shared the mic with others such as Al Gore, Norman Lear, and John Legend. Holy shit. Not bad for a twenty-something math student from Africa eh?
And it all began with a simple question on Twitter in July 2015 …
If Africa was a bar, what would your
country be thinking or doing?
Take a watch and take a listen to Siyanda’s TED Talk. Then start thinking about both filling in the blank to my post title and answering its own question. I’m already pondering the same and will write more in a Part II post soon.
Until then, I’m going to steal the last line from her March 22nd post, On The Merits of Following Random-Ass people online on her website which just so happens to be a another awesome WordPress blog which you really should add to your list of followed sites …
But there is one thing I am sure of. And that is that following random-ass people online has absolutely changed my life.
Give Siyanda a follow. She seems to be a pretty terrific random-ass person.
Maybe following her will change your life.
Image source: Siyanda’s Twitter account