Moving Beyond Extreme Poverty: Women Speak Their Development Strategies
When women become active participants in defining their development strategies, change takes place. African Women Rising has been on the frontlines working in Northern Uganda for the last 15 years, an area long-damaged by conflict and extreme humanitarian aid dependency. The recognition of women living in extreme poverty as powerful agents for change is forging a shift in how we implement development and the meaning of community empowerment.
Executive Director of African Women Rising
Linda Eckerbom Cole - Swedish born and raised, with Berber roots, now splitting time between the US and Uganda for much of her adult life. Critical years were managing complex emergency operations in conflict and post- areas of Angola, Mozambique, and Uganda. An avid vegetable gardener and a strong believer in helping build community from the ground up. Collector of outsider art and curator of stories from women on the front lines. Published expertise on unlocking the key steps of integrating women back home after war, and 15 years post-conflict experience building out the positive evidence base of those ideas as founder and Executive Director of African Women Rising- a community-based organization that has directly impacted the lives of more than 100,000 refugees and war-affected women and their families in Northern Uganda. A true humanitarian, she stepped up as the Co-founder of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade in her disaster-hit hometown of Santa Barbara after the deadly fire and debris flow in 2018-2019.
Chad Lane – The Adaptive Age: AI’s New Frontier – The Evolution of AI: Learning, Adapting, Transforming
Oct 4, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Adaptive AI in the workplace is heralding a new era of technical transformation, fundamentally reshaping how businesses operate and innovate. Unlike traditional AI models that rely on static algorithms, adaptive AI learns and evolves in real-time, mirroring human-like flexibility and responsiveness.
Tony Hunter – Reimagining the Global Food System: Feeding 10 Billion in 2050
Oct 18, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Tony Hunter will engage in a conversation about reimagining the global food system. He will challenge conventional methods and explore innovative approaches to sustainably and equitably feed a growing global population.
William Skinner – California doesn’t have a water problem – it has a storage and distribution deficiency.
November 1, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
In recent years, California has faced severe droughts that have further highlighted the inadequacy of its water infrastructure. As a result, many experts argue that California doesn’t have a water problem per se but rather a storage and distribution deficiency.
Debra Hopkins – Breaking The Chains: Empowering creativity and community through art and connection
Nov 15, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
The power of art is immense. It can evoke emotions of all kinds, from the most profound sorrows to the highest joys, simultaneously or separately. For many people, art is a form of therapy that goes beyond time and space.
Wendy Whitman – Evil Obsessions: Unraveling Our Fascination with Crime
Dec 13, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
The “true crime” phenomenon has never been more evident. From television series to books to documentaries, there seems to be a never-ending fascination with crime, specifically murder. Serial killers are a constant topic of conversation, whether in the news or in fictional shows and novels. In interview after interview, Wendy Whitman has been asked to explain this obsession.
Charles Feinstein – Addressing the Climate Emergency: Economic and Policy Options and Making Polluters Pay
Jan 17, 2024 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, with global consequences affecting the natural environment, basic livelihoods, and nearly every sector of human activity. The interview will briefly review the current scientific understandings that define climate change as a critical threat.
OUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY
NAVIGATING THROUGH COVID-19
The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
At TEDxSantaBarbara, we believe it is our role and responsibility to prioritize two things: the health and the well-being of our community while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus. Through that lens, we will continue to make decisions with vigilance and courage informed by the latest science-based information.
As of now, we are postponing our main event in the Fall, to the first weekend in November 2021.