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[Liveblog] Roger Thurow #TEDxChange

Ethiopia 2003 – the first famine of 21st century. – My eureka moment.

Looking into the eyes of someone dying of hunger becomes a disease of the soul. – a WFP officer.

In southern Ethiopia – We drove to the hunger zones in southern Ethiopia. People kept alive by international organizations.

Hunger in the 21st century . I saw wrongs and injustices I hadn’t noticed before. Why was hunger starting after bumper crops in Ethiopia? Why was it happening still at the dawn of the 21st century?

Outrage and inspire. Outrage that we had brought hunger with us into the 21st century. Inspire that ending hunger can be the singular achievement of our age.

We have long known the way, but we couldn’t muster the will.

This moment of great disruption went far beyond my personal impact.

[Liveblog] HALIMA HIMA #TEDxChange

I would ask myself every day:

Did I give lately of what I hold dearest. 

“Never cease searching for education,” her grandmother would tell her.

Her grandmother said education is a harmonious combination of knowledge, humility and purpose.

I grew up in a small town in Northern Niger. My mother, who never graduated from high school, would often say no dinner until you finish your lessons.

The only time I felt bitterness in her voice is when she talked about how much she had finished her studies.

My father was the type of person who would make you feel really bad about not trying hard enough.

It was guided by hopes of my mother and resilience from my father that I became more acquainted with the realities of girls my age in rural areas. We faced threats, yet when we engaged in communities it became clear to me that we had to bring together people who would not sit together.

If we are really to create meaningful discourse in a community we had to bring everyone together.

Only 1 in 4 girls completed primary school. I wondered why and I asked myself what can I do to make a difference.

Yet it was only 7 years later that I realized that the fate of my country rested on the fate of these girls.

Upon traveling to New Mexico.

“Never forget where you come from and stay true to yourself,” her grandmother told her.

My mother told me to be courageous. My father told me be like the camel, but don’t anyone treat you like one.

I learned change often starts with an individual.

Challenges are no longer an excuse. Instead they are an opportunity to look for alternatives.

Two out of three people in poverty are women in rural areas in Niger.

You cannot invest in an individual. You cannot invest in a group and expect that to be enough for a girl. You have to invest in social allies. She would need support, more than just mentoring.

In talking with a women in Niger, she asked,

What she hoped for the future:

I wish I had a second chance, but truly I do not hope much for myself at least. But I can assure my daughter will go to school and remain in school longer than I did.

Despite my fears I accepted today because I hope that girls who grow up in places that don’t even appear on the world map will dream and achieve.

Q & A with Melinda Gates

How do we get those voices out there?

Answer: It is really important to listen to the communities at the beginning. We need to be there at stage minus 1, in fact.



[Liveblog] CATHLEEN KAVENY – #TEDXChange 2013

We are all called to be good Samaritans.

They think that the Roman Catholic tradition, to which I belong, hardens people’s hearts against sexually transmitted diseases.

The most positively disruptive words in the Bible.

Mary proclaims God’s special concern:

“God has shown great strength with his arm. He has brought down the powerful with his arm.

Over the centuries many bishops and theologians have put these words in spiritual terms and has no relevance to our earthly lives.

What would happen if we take Mary’s word for the here and now? We would have a biblical mandate for positive disruption.

Positive disruption – better patterns. 

When we challenge ourselves and our communities to recognize each human being as in the likeness of God.

Martin Luther King Jr positively disrupted Jim Crow laws with Civil Rights Movement.

To loving our neighbor as Jesus loved us.

Even today we can find examples of Catholics disrupting their communities. 

All Africa Conference – Sister to Sister. In March 2002 and number of African theologians met at Yale Divinity School to discuss HIV and its impact on the continent.

The American nuns do not see themselves as proposing an agenda. Their goal is to facilitate and to support the wise response of the African sisters to their own problem.

One American nun said,

“These women are so strong, but they have no resources and patriarchy is alive and well in their traditions.

In 2010 – Pop Benedict XVI – assumption of moral responsibility of male prostitute to use a condom in sexual encounters.

Q & A with Melinda Gates

Elevating women’s voices: It’s a challenge. Women in the West have a responsibility to reach out to members of the hierarchy.

We are going to be judged by how we treat other people.




Liveblogging #TEDxChange Today at 12 PM EST

Today I will liveblog TEDxChange from 12 PM – 1:30 PM EST (9 AM – 10:30 AM PST). You can follow all of my liveblog posts here at mombloggersforsocialgood.com/tag/tedxchange. Also, you can follow my twitter updates at @socialoodmoms and follow the entire conversation at #TEDxChange.

The theme of TEDxChange this year is positive disruption. You can see the six speakers here who range from a communications specialist who fosters social change to a NIgerian youth poet to a former foreign correspondent who now writes about poverty and global hunger.

You can watch a live stream of TEDxChange at TEDxChange.org starting at 12 PM EST/ 9 AM EST.

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