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The nature, texture, and posture of the farm are changing.

The gates are opening — slowly if not surely — to many who were previously excluded. Land reform promises to deliver tangible justice to those who’ve been deprived for far too long.

Human population is projected to reach an astounding 9.7 billion by 2050. Every mouth will need to eat, and do so well. What the farm needs to do today, to ensure that none go hungry tomorrow, is no longer a mystery.

Climate change remains a challenge. But human ingenuity is hard to beat. …


TEDxJohannesburg hosted a live stream of the TED Conference, direct from a cold Vancouver in Canada, on the evening of Wednesday, 17 February.

Image by Roy Blumenthal.

The theme was Dream. Because dreams matter. And TED2016 was dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. Our event covered two sessions out of a week of mind-altering, breath-taking, awe-inspiring ideas. As promised, it was a week to stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges, to listen to our greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers. A week to stir the blood.

The sessions we selected lived up to every expectation.

We closed with Session 6 — titled Code Power — a mental bow to the pervasiveness of code in our world. See the recaps below, in chronological order.

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Linus Torvalds transformed technology not once, but twice. First, with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet; and again, with Git, the powerful source code management system used by software developers worldwide. ‘I’m not a visionary,” he says “I’m an engineer… I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall…


TEDxJohannesburg hosted a live stream of the TED Conference, direct from a cold Vancouver in Canada, on the evening of Wednesday, 17 February.

Image by Roy Blumenthal.

The theme was Dream. Because dreams matter. And TED2016 was dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. Our event covered two sessions out of a week of mind-altering, breath-taking, awe-inspiring ideas. As promised, it was a week to stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges, to listen to our greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers. A week to stir the blood.

The sessions we selected lived up to every expectation.

We opened with Session 2, Radical Repatterning. …

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