TEDx Kathmandu Speakers Details

TEDxKathmandu, an independently organized TED event, is taking place on 30th July 2011 in Kathmandu at Indreni Complex, Naya Baneshwar. The speakers—respected and recognized artists, entrepreneurs, and social activists—will present their world-changing ideas during brief talks and presentations. This TEDx Kathmandu event is the first event of its kind happening in Nepal, after already having been organised in over 800 cities in 60 countries.

A total of Nine (9)  speakers will be speaking at the event. In addition, two 15-minute videos from TED events from other parts of the world will be screened during the event. The program aims to inspire everyone in the audience, chosen through application, and everyone else watching the video of the event, to be posted online. The program will also be covered live over the the internet at TedxKathmandu.com.

Update: The event is supported by VOW magazine.

The speakers will talk about their work, and how they helped being change through innovation.

Ani Choying Drolma will share her personal story and how change, and innovation are relevant to her experience as a Buddhist nun, a singer, and a social worker. She will also give a short performance at the end.

Anil Chitrakar will talk about the need for Nepalis to unite against the political stalemate, urging them to transcend political boundaries. He will also talk about the power of social media in civic activism, drawing from his recent experience of having brought thousands of people together solely through the use of online social media.

Haushala Thapa will speak about the need for creative and innovative education, specially the underprivileged children. She will draw from her experience of having taught drawing, photography, and other creative arts to underprivileged children, with massively positive results, and explain how it can be widely emulated.

Kedar Sharma will talk about the pitfalls of unrestrained modernism, and how Nepal's rapidly evolving consumerist society could harm not only the Nepal, but also have far more widespread effects. He will argue for the need of a fusion of Nepali and modern values, for a sustainable social growth.

Mark Zimmerman will talk about his experience as an American doctor who has worked in the rural health sector for almost three decades. He will explain how the health sector in Nepal has evolved since the mid-1980's.

Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati will speak on her latest project, Nepali Photo Archive, which aims to document Nepal's history through previously-unseen historical photos. Through the photos, the project aims to document the Nepali lifestyle apart from that usually seen through photos of the Nepali elites.

Prabhas Pokharel will talk about the need for disruptive innovation for development in countries like Nepal. Picking up from his experience of having worked in the innovations sector in Kosovo, Pokharel will suggest how Nepal can emulate innovative practices of similar countries.

Sunil Babu Pant, a member of Nepali Constituent Assembly, will talk about his experience in working to bring about acceptance for sexual minorities in Nepal, and how his work has placed Nepal amongst the foremost in accepting the rights of the sexual minorities in the entire region.

Salil Subedi will talk about the universality of music, and explain how his experience with performance led him to become an expert of Australian aboriginal musical instrument Didjeridu. He will also talk about the power of music, and give a short performance.

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