TEDX Live at Great Lakes
Great Lakes, for the first time webcasted TEDx event live from Rio, Brazil. The ceremony began with a culturally enriching experience of Bharathanatyam by Ms. Srimathi of Cholas batch.
The first session was on the many challenges faced by the speakers throughout their career and the ways in which they overcame them. The talks started off with Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a professor at the University of Mauritius explaining how the amazing fauna of Mauritius was under constant threat. Severine Autesserre then took the participants to Congo, a country under conflict ridden land where civil war has resulted in blood stained decades since World War II.
Doreen Khouri showed a Syria which is not just the land of ISIS, violence and geopolitics but a place where field work has resulted in positive models of self-organized governance in the cities of Aleppo and Raqqa. Oren Yakobovich provided a fascinating outlook on the use of public generated videos which expose human rights violations which are a reality in the Israel-Palestine dispute.
Videre uses hidden cameras worn by locals to record the truth that is happening on the ground, thereby breaking the myths created by censored media. He also explained the importance of technology being available for the right causes in order to bring out the truth through journalism. Final speaker for the session on field work was prize winning Charmian Gooch who talked about the openness required in business as companies find new corrupt ways forming anonymous companies.
Circle of sound, an Indo rock opera came next with a musical fusion of Sarod played by Soumik Datta and rhythms by Bernard Schimpelsberger. This made the evening complete and as the performance ended everyone gave a standing ovation to the duo.