You don’t have to be a Nobel prizewinner to create ideas that will contribute to planet Earth’s success. Ellen MacArthur was a young sailor before she founded an organisation that is modelling a new vision for a circular economy, and Boyd Varty is using fireside stories from his wilderness experiences to export and grow an African idea of Ubuntu.
Here are three TED talks from people who are demonstrating how ideas, photos and storytelling from the natural world are building bridges to a future that is more thoughtful. In David Griffin’s talk, don’t miss the incredibly funny story of an interaction between a photographer and a leopard seal, which must rank as one of the most entertaining wildlife “connections” of the last ten years.
1. Dame Ellen MacArthur holds the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe. As she tried to outrun a powerful storm in the south seas (she says the closest people to her at the time were in the European space station), how did she connect her battle for survival with the future of sustainable living and the concept of a circular economy?
2. David Griffin is the Director of Photography for National Geographic. He uses a number of exceptional photos to demonstrate how photography of the natural world exposes a broader audience to the reality of our planet’s present and future. David also demonstrates how amateur photographers from around the world are joining in online and contributing to a collective story.
3. Only Boyd Varty can see the humour in an almost deadly crocodile attack. Many of you will have seen his TED talk, filmed shortly after the passing of Nelson Mandela, but if you haven’t, then spend some time being inspired by his discussion on “Ubuntu”, using his memories of his late friend and colleague, Solly Mhlongo, as well as the moving story of a deformed elephant.
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Written by Ryan James, Londolozi blog contributor