http://www.ted.com Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
Louise Fresco argues that a smart approach to large-scale, industrial farming and food production will feed our planet’s incoming population of nine billion. Only foods like (the scorned) supermarket white bread, she says, will nourish on a global scale. From TedTalks (Ted.com)
more at www.louiseofresco.com
Diana Ferrus’ poetry has influenced international politics and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. She shares thoughts about poetry and peace, and her powerful poem, “The Peace Song.”
Diana Ferrus works as an administrator at the University of Western Cape. She is interested in recording the stories of black Afrikaans women, and wants to publish an anthology of short stories. This is after she did extensive research about black Afrikaans women writers. Diana is wellknown for her poem about the Khoisan woman Sarah Baartman whose remains were on display in Paris until 1986. In 2002 Diana read her poem for Sarah Baartman at the handing over of the remains to the South African government. “Iv’e come to take you home, home! Remember the veld, the lush green grass beneath the big oak trees, the air is cool there”.
Read more: http://dianaferrus.blogspot.nl/
Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Address – May, 10, 1994