About TEDxPortHarcourt

TEDxPortHarcourt 2017 is designed to foster the spread of powerful thought and ignition of critical dialog. This event's theme will cover fields ranging from socio-political issues to self-realisation to entertainment, education to digital to circular economy, artificial intelligence to religion to activism, feminism to governance to technology and how all of these affect the condition called humanity.

In an attempt to deal with the dichotomies that arise from the instance of opposition or contrast between two aspects of the human condition and how we straddle who we are in real life real time and what may be borne from preconceptions, the 5th edition of the TEDxPortHarcourt 2017 event being organised is themed 'ALTERNATE VERSE'.

During the conversation, the masterminds would seek to establish whether the conditions in question are self-induced or influenced by third party factors.

Our society and interactions have expanded dramatically in the last decade, from families, friends, neighbourhoods, worship centres, workplaces and schools to an almost limitless universe due to the Internet and the proliferation of the social media. It isn't difficult to see how external forces may now be gaining a disproportionate influence over our self & national identities compared to previous generations and these social influences, accelerated by a sudden upsurge of technology, may be shaping our self-identities in ways in which most of us are not the least bit aware.of.

ALTERNATE VERSE may present a possible fictional version of our current world brought about by the events that may have unfolded in the very different spheres of our very existence. Our TEDxPortHarcourt 2017 speakers will try to give forecasts on where we are going to, judging from current indices, and when different variables are applicable.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Starting as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak about an idea worth sharing. Their talks are then made available for all at TED.com and YouTube.

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About TEDx

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED- like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.