Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TEDxDAR 2011: Our Governors, Ourselves

The second sub-theme for this year's TEDxDAR touches on issues of relationships and agency between individuals, society and the institutions we create to govern our lives. The question being: "What are the avenues of finding voice, articulating demands, and taking a stance against and within institutional constraints?"

I smell a political discussion brewing :) This is the good stuff, and I am so glad to see that it is framed so generally as to demand that we actually think a little about the structures of our politics and our own agency within the polity that we have built. From my perch online, it seems to me that Tanzanians have been Finding Voice in a big way in the past few years. It is getting easier and easier to be heard whether it be online, or because some reporter is polling you or interviewing you or a development worker/researcher is trying to turn you into a case study or your politician actually needs your vote and is willing to talk to you...

What are we saying, who are we saying it to, who exactly is saying it, why, and what do they hope to gain from speaking? Thinking of attending on Saturday? Registration is still open.

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