A week ahead of Obama’s visit, the city seems to be ready for change. Helping out is an army of thinkers on a mission to spread ideas.
The Mumbai chapter of TED talk, a symposium of ideas to bring about change, will be held today at the ITC Grand Maratha Hotel. Among the 16 speakers are 14-year-old climate change activist Yugratna Srivastava; legendary music producer Seymour Stein, known for signing on pop diva Madonna;
Arvind Talekar of the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Charity Trust; and Srini Swaminathan of Teach for India, an initiative that urges college graduates to teach the less privileged.
The first TEDx conference was held in Mumbai in April and included such speakers as Anupam Kher and transgender queen Lakshminarayan Tripathi.
“The idea is to provide a gateway for exchange of ideas. This time, we’ve gone a step further and made TEDx a global event,” says Viraj Sawant, an organiser. Sawant and his team of 12 plan to make TEDx Gateway an annual event. Apart from featuring talks by speakers, the seminar will also hold video conferences. TEDx is open to all but has a limited seating capacity of 200.