Sunday, 17 April 2011
Chapter 48 TEDxRamallah - glimpses
It was emotional, it was strong and it was proud.
It was groundbreaking.
Beirut, Amman and Bethlehem. Three countries, Over 20 talks and performances, one spectacularly run and presented event.
You can watch the event here so I won't go into the details.
I'll simply give you glimpses into the bits and pieces that touched and inspired me:
Mohamad El Dahshan: I love saying 'former president'
Sam Bahour: My Palestinian father can only come home as an American tourist for 3 months
Fadi Ghandour: Arab children read only 6 minutes a year as compared to 12000 in the west
Mohammad Khatib: people live passionately when given the space
Steve Sosebee: Don't be consumed by hate; humanity takes courage
Mark Gonzales: til olive trees no longer bleed
Khaled Sabawi: Not the two state solution, nor the 1 state solution - but the Green state solution
Leila Atshan: humor keeps me going
Wael Attili: keep rejecting templates
Gisel Kordestani: I'm not a doctor. I'm not an engineer. When I don't know what to do to make a change, I do what I know.
Go watch it - be inspired. Because in a country where the occupation hangs heavy, where bureaucracy can deter even the most determined and hope is sometimes forgotten - this was a statement.
This was a fist raised high in the air that says we will keep going.
We will make it.