Speed-dating. For Thinkers.

It’s described as “Wikipedia on steroids”. There are 50 thought leaders, experts and mavericks sitting at different tables around the room. You have the chance of four 20-minute conversations, and you don’t know who you’ll be talking to. REBECCA DAVIS found out a little more about the Africa Centre’s Talking Heads Live events, which kick off this weekend. The Africa Centre is a pretty interesting beast. Established in 2005, it has a lofty mandate: “To utilise art and culture generated in Africa and the diaspora to create positive change,” Talking Heads curator Robin Jutzen tells the Daily Maverick. Each of their projects has a different way of fulfilling this ambitious aim. The Badilisha Poetry X-Change, for instance, aims to correct the situation whereby African poetry previously had no centralised repository online, often limiting the readership to foreign publications and academics, meaning that young African pupils are often likely to be ... read more

Review: Talking Heads

The Greek philosopher Socrates believed that one of the most effective methods of teaching lies in the art of conversation – simply the ability to speak one’s thoughts clearly and, just as much, to be able to listen to others. This much I knew, but I still had no idea what to expect, and it seemed I wasn’t alone. Dozens of people stood around, sipping wine and nibbling snacks and the room was buzzing with conversational electricity and anticipation. We were soon quietened by a warm poetry reading and then led to another, larger room in which there were dozens of tables with numbers on them. This was speed dating… but in small groups thirsting for knowledge, not singles searching for love.  My first session was with Francois Groepe, the former Managing Director and CEO of Media24, who led a fascinating and enormously informative discussion on the destruction of print ... read more
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