We live in a world where some of the fiercest environmental activists are not even old enough to be in university. Children, who have answered the global call to shout out the environmental crisis that has been happening long before they were born. Across the globe, children like 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, climate and environmental activist, are raising their voices, leading organized strikes and urging global leaders to act. Back home in Africa, young people such as Ugandan Vanessa Nakate [...]

Is the internet your safe haven?

We live in a digital world. And if you need any proof, look at how the pandemic has seen us shift from the normal way of doing things to migrating our day to day activities to the internet. The current spike in internet usage across the globe is as a result of everyday tasks finding an expression online, from attending classes to work meetings and social hangouts. This has     seen us come up with creative ways to work, [...]

Bold & Brilliant TEDxParklandsWomen is here!

For the past two years, TEDxParklands has been on a mission to create a global platform for as many Kenyans as possible to share brilliant ideas with the world. We are honored to bring you, for the first time, TEDxParklandsWomen. This is an event organized around the official TEDWomen conference bringing together a global community of people interested in exploring how change begins with innovative thinkers who catalyze ideas toward action. The theme The theme of this event is Bold & [...]

Get to know your speakers (Part 2 of 3)

What inspires you to live the life you live? I’m inspired by risk and adventure. Doing hard stuff with guaranteed great stories at the end of the day. I’m also inspired by the sacrifice my parents made to give me the upbringing that they did, and I work every day to repay them and do the same for my future family. What’s your favorite piece of content? Definitely YouTube, I watch a lot of inspirational content, from startup founders, athletes, motivational speakers and [...]

Get to know your speakers (Part 1 of 3)

D-day to one of the most exciting events of the year, TEDxParklands is just around the corner!We sat with our speakers in a bid to get to know them better -their aspirations, their favourite things and so much more! Here’s part 1 of this 3-part series. Be sure to catch the rest of our speaker’s thoughts and aspirations in the next blog! What inspires you to live the life you live? Time. I don’t know how much of it I have [...]

You’ve Got to Attend a TEDx Event at Least Once in Your Lifetime! Here’s Why

TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. TEDx events are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community. This year, we’re hosting the second edition of TEDxParklands, an event that brings together the community for an unforgettable experience. Our theme, Under The Blue Nairobi Sky, is a culmination of well-thought ideas and stories by extraordinary individuals, closely knit by their differences and similarities of shared experiences in the city. [...]

Why we invest in Audience Curation, TEDxParklands

I’m writing this article as a follow up to the one written by Annstella Mumbi(the co-organizer for TEDxParklands) which you can read here. She spoke about how we decided to start organizing TEDx events in Nairobi and what we hope to achieve through it. In this article, I will shed light on curation. There are 2 kinds of curation when it comes to TEDx events: speaker curation and audience curation. I will talk about audience curation in this piece and address [...]

TEDxParklands Loading…(The Inception, the Execution, the New)

This story begins one year ago, I was seated watching TED talks as was my usual Sunday tradition. A quick YouTube search had me running into a local TEDx event which blew my mind. It had always inherently bugged me that there were very few authentic African TEDx talks. Most of the ones with huge traction were held outside the continent and always addressed the ‘Africa and problems’ narrative. Where were the happy stories, where were the random African [...]

How To Deliver An Exceptional TEDx Talk

‘’Giving a TEDx Talk is like telling a story to a friend.’’ Each time Mr. Oltesh, a Toastmasters and a John Maxwell coach said this to us, it sounded easier than it initially seemed. We willingly took his advice. If you heard the conviction in his voice, you would too. Mr. Oltesh has a passion for sharing knowledge and ideas through public speaking. Having been a previous TEDx speaker himself, he has, for over 20 years been sharing knowledge, ideas, motivating, inspiring others and giving [...]