TEDxChange: a sustainable pitch
This September 20 was the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals, as defined by the United Nations. Reason for TED.com and the Gates Foundation to organise TEDxChange in New York. Like other cities worldwide, Amsterdam joined the live video broadcast with a local event. For Deloitte, I visited this interactive dinner, where eight people had the chance to pitch their sustainable project.
“Money will not be requested. The currency at this event will be skills, knowledge and time”, says Jim Stolze, the organiser of TEDxAmsterdam. One of the eight sustainable entrepreneurs couldn’t make it to Amsterdam, but Ndubuisi Ekekwe from Nigeria was present in the Dialogues House via Skype. The South-African whizkid Marlon Parker (photo top left) pitched Jamiix, a virtual callcenter connected to various kinds of social media.
Arjan Erkel (photo bottom left), famous for being kidnapped in Dagestan while working for Médecins Sans Frontières, is now building up an organisation called Malaria No More. His wild dream is to cover the Euromast in Rotterdam with a mosquito net. He found a team of experts that is willing to join another brainstorm to really work out his idea.