“Dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen.”
— Shonda Rhimes, Writer & Producer, TED2016 Session 1 speaker
Last night in a space where old historical building meet modern creative minds, TEDxXiguanLive concluded with some great conversations.
We streamed live from TED2016 in Vancouver, and we chose Session 8: Nightmare? as our content.
This session started by Al Gore, former U.S. vice president and Nobel Prize laureate. In his 4th TED Stage appearance, he passionately pointed out for the climate crisis we are facing, we need to change, we can change, and we will change. In one of his slides, our beloved city Guangzhou is featured as one of top 10 cities at risk from sea level rise in 2070 by assets at risk.
“When any great moral challenge is ultimately resolved into a binary choice between what is right and what is wrong, the outcome is foreordained because of who we are as human beings … That is why we’re going to win this.”
“The greatest failure of the human race is that we’ve left one billion of our members behind,” says social entrepreneur Andrew Youn. His nonprofit, One Acre Fund, is dedicated in a mission of changing it, by making tools and techniques accessible to small farmers in the same time provide asset-based loan. “It’s like Amazon for rural farmers,” he says. “Wherever we deliver services, farmers use our tools to climb out of poverty.”
Now with CRISPR, gene editing seems to become a tool at anyone’s reach. According to Jennifer Kahn a talented high-schooler can do it, where can this technology lead us, and what are the potential dangers?
We then heard the beautiful singing from Rhiannon Giddens, her voice bring history to life through music.
Because of video stream became not as smooth at this point, we moved into planned conversation. There are some great conversations and some audience even felt the conversation part was the most enlightening session. We discussed climate change, some weird imagination of gene editing, and what we can do to stop extreme poverty.
There will be more TEDxXiguan events down the line for year 2016, as we have announced our theme - Constructive Disruption - share with us what’s your take and what do you expect.
If you have taken some nice pictures, please share them and tag #TEDxXiguan#.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Below is the album from our event, you can also visit flickr.com/tedxxiguan