Sustainable Surfboards

From plastic bags to pesticides – most of the waste we produce on land eventually reaches the oceans, either through deliberate dumping or from run-off through drains and rivers. Surfboards are 100% toxic, but there are sustainable surf craft options that can replace these toxic…more

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The Fun Side of Waste Management

Why is waste management only ever seen as a chore/headache/mission? What if it was rather about fun and games, creativity and curiosity? Over the last 3 years the EcoBrick Exchange has tested out various approaches of implementing self-sustaining waste economies, and the journey has been…more

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FRANK

Tamara Wensing created her life by following her feelings and believing in herself. She wants to create FRANK as a community in Cape Town by broadcasting inspiring movies. People today get ill & depression, Tamara knows this and feels she can change this. We must…more

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Growing leaders through grassroots basketball

African Grassroot Hoops was established in November 2014, and registered as a non-profit company (NPC). The aim was to bring basketball to underprivileged areas in Cape Town, and surrounding areas, by building and/or revamping public basketball courts. By building and rebuilding basketball throughout South Africa…more

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The Mind, Behavior and Plant Based Eating

Noeleen Bridle believes plant based eating is the key to improving our health, happiness and overall appearance. Most importantly it is the link between food and behaviour that she would like to share with you. How can working with your thoughts and mind be the…more

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Life as a ‘digital nomad’

Imagine life without the daily grind and without everyday social pressures. Imagine the ability to choose where in the world you live and how you spend your time. Maybe boundaries only exist in your head: anything is possible. Caroline Morris takes a look at the…more

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Inventions and Sustainability

A tale about a cup of coffee that sparked a business idea to save the world. Richard Hardiman will share his story about the invention of WasteShark, an autonomous drone that ‘eats’ the plastic choking our harbours and then ‘regurgitates’ it for recycling.

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Restoring Calm through Knitting

Connie Abrahams is uniting young & old, bringing peace & knitting skills to the children of her community. Aunty Connie, together with other pensioner-volunteers are breaking the stereotypes of the Cape Flats and bringing a sense of purpose and pride to the next generation with…more

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The Magic of Matjiesfontein

Dean Allen first fell in love with Matjiesfontein in the late 1990s. Since then he has got to know the special people of this small Karoo town and has written a PhD and a book about its incredible history. His talk will explore this unique…more

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Rethinking Public Transport Design

Yasser Booley, a photographer from Cape Town, recently embarked on a journey from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam using only public transport. Aurecon is using Yasser’s story as a design thinking tool to understand the needs of public transport users.

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What if I had the recipe for your success

With tongue in cheek & comparisons to Richard Branson & Michael Jordan, Gary Hirson shares “the recipe to success” – what, why & when we want something, writing it down & breaking it down. The three beliefs needed to achieve & choosing how to react…more

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Living on a farm in Washington state

Annika Theron will share the story of how she was living in a tent on a farm for about five months with no water or electricity being faced with solving daily farming-related challenges. Becoming removed from conventional society, allowed her to appreciate time to truly…more

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Tokyo…Pow…Wow!

Andrew recently attended the 3rd annual gathering of PechaKucha city organisers in Tokyo. He shares some of his observations and experiences based on a very short visit to the city, the world’s largest.

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Part time work full time passion

It is the act of prioritising our passions that will truly shape our country and the World. Where the majority of our time is spent does not determine the level of impact we have on humanity and our environment. It is what we prioritise in…more

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Couchsurfing: How to become a tourist in your own city

Lee Dzbenski found herself alone and with friends who had different priorities.So she signed up for everything and found Couchsurfing which changed her life. She found dinner companions, party buddies, learning about new cultures, making friends, discovering your city. Ultimately falling in love with her…more

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Living with Bushmen

Tsamkwa/tge? Are your eyes nicely open? Paul will be sharing his knowledge of this ancient race and their story-pictures left as a record for humanity, their place in world evolution, and our place in the world as modern humans.

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South American Food

Juan Andres is an Argentinian who has lived in South Africa for 13 years. With a passion for food and cooking Argentinian ASADO style, his business is a direct expression of himself – and he wants to tell the world about it.

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Testicular Cancer Education in a Nutshell

Torsten Koehler is a testicular cancer survivor, author of a book on the subject and founder of the awareness campaign “Love your Nuts”. A student said to him once: ‘Thanks to you, I went to the doctor in time. You saved my life!’ Just by…more

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Tell your children stories

Ross Metcalfe loves telling stories to children. The act of storytelling is a gift from one generation to another. It only requires a willing adult and a willing child. He wants to awaken the storyteller in everyone by telling the story of Lilly and her…more

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The Gamification of Everything

From a young age, we ‘gamify’ – creating games that make ordinary activities into something fun and rewarding. Gamification can also be applied to enhance routine tasks in the workplace. John shows how to introduce gamification principles into companies and how they can become part…more

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Plant biotechnology and the wonders of GMO’s

Tapiwa Guzha a plant bio-technologist making & studying GMOs for the academic and socio-economic benefit of South Africa. African solutions to African issues of drought, poverty and public health. Tapiwa will explore an alternative to the often negative public perception of GMOs.

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Neuroscience

Computational Neuroscience is a rapidly emerging discipline whose methods and techniques are critical for analysing and understanding the brain: one of the most challenging scientific problems faced by mankind. The payoffs are huge, not only for mental health but many scientific spinoffs, like artificial intelligence…more

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DNA of Innovative Leadership

On its own Positive thinking never works! For true change, we need to un-memorize old emotions and recondition the body to a new mind, and attitude. The journey of how to change and lead your life through understanding that every-day thoughts are reflected in the…more

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Why the F*** not?

NNuma Numic, from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a war child refugee with a positive attitude about life. Sharing where his life has taken him, making dreams come and embracing chances life offers. Why the f*** not! His decisions took him from a war country…more

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Seva: The Art of Giving

Seva is the art of selfless service – giving without any thought of reward or payment. This concept inspired Danny Diliberto to hand out food to the homeless and from this simple gesture his soup kitchen was born, serving over 40,000 meals to disadvantaged school…more

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