June 14, 2012

Tip Top TED: Learning from a Barefoot movement

I'm pretty crazy about TED talks. They're changing the way I {we} as a generation are thinking by open our minds to new ideas presented by amazing people. 

"If you're looking for something that will expand your mind, open your heart and possibly rekindle your faith in humankind, a good place to start is listening to the fabulously inspiring presentations made by the best and brightest among us."
Those of us who watch TED talks surely have our individual favourites so I'd like to start a weekly post on what I consider to be some of the most interesting/invigorating/inspiring talks. Consider it a little end of week pick-me-up :)
This is a talk by Sajit 'Bunker' Roy who founded the Barefoot College which aims at making rural communities in India become self sufficient.  Women and men - many of them illiterate - are trained as solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages.  He describes it as the only college where the learner is the teacher and the teacher is the learner. These “barefoot solutions” can be broadly categorized into solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. The Barefoot College education program, for instance, teaches literacy and also skills, encouraging learning-by-doing. (Literacy is only part of it.)  Bunker’s organization has also successfully trained grandmothers from Africa and the Himalayan region to be solar engineers so they can bring electricity to their remote villages.

If you have any recommendations, please let me know. There are over 1000 videos on the website and we may be missing out on a few gems.
 If you don't know what I'm talking about, get out from under your rock and find out more about TED Talks {here}.

1 comment:

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